Five Vietnamese together with nearly 40 youths from other nine ASEAN member countries are gathering in Singapore to participate in the ASEAN Youth Camp 2013.

A biannual affair, the ASEAN Youth Camp aims to foster closer ties among the youths of ASEAN through programmes and activities focusing on the arts, heritage and culture.

Themed “In Celebration, ASEAN Youths Unite”, the ASEAN Youth Camp 2013, organised in Singapore from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, will complete the series of ASEAN Youth Camps organised specially for youths since 1998.

Vietnamese youths attended all the eight workshops focusing on the four art forms of traditional music, traditional dance, painting and photography. They exchanged artistic expertise with their friends as well as shared Vietnamese unique artistic works such as “dan bau” music or “mua non quai thao” dance.

Besides engaging in creative workshops, traditional musicians and dancers will come together to put up performances at the Singapore Night Festival on Aug. 30 while photographers and painters will exhibit their works at the National Museum of Singapore.

The participants will also get to visit many places rich in history and heritage such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Asian Civilisation Museum.
Rosa Daniel, Chair of ASEAN Committee for Culture and Information of Singapore, said: “As our region moves towards closer ASEAN integration with the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, activities such as this ASEAN Youth Camp become an important platform for our youths to meet, work together and learn from each other’s diverse cultures and backgrounds.”
She added that such opportunities will help bring about greater unity and understanding and forge a strong regional ASEAN identity.-VNA