The winners of the twelfth Tran Huu Trang Awards, an annual “cai luong” (reformed opera) competition, were announced at a ceremony in the southern province of Bac Lieu on April 28.

First prizes went to Nguyen Ngoc Doi, Dang Thi My Van and Le Thi Ngoc Quyen.

Chairwoman of the organising board Bach Tuyet highlighted the event as an offshoot of the first national festival celebrating “Don ca tai tu” - the musical art that has been recognised as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

The competition aims to identify young talent and celebrate those who have promoted the traditional southern Vietnamese form of theatre, which originated in the Mekong River Delta.

Tran Huu Trang (1906-1966) was a great playwright in the “cai luong” style. He was bestowed with the Ho Chi Minh Prize for art and literature in 1996.-VNA