Twenty-five theater experts mainly from the Vietnam Youth Theatre arrived in Tokyo, Japan, on November 21 in a new programme to strengthening the ties and cultural cooperation between Japan and ASEAN countries, reported the CPV online newspaper.

Launched by the Japan Foundation, this programme offers a good chance for experts to visit theatres (the National theatre of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan, Sai-no-kuni Saitama...), art centres (Shizuoka, Kitakyusyu...) and concert halls as well as exchange ideas on theatre management, creation of stage performances with Japanese counterparts from the north to the south of Japan.

The Vietnamese theatre experts will also witness as many stage performances as possible, ranging from Kabuki performance to musicals and contemporary stages. They will come back to Vietnam on December 5.

After their first visit to Japan, selected technical staffs as well as actors/dancers will travel to Japan again sometime from March 2014 to take a long-term training course in Japanese professional theater companies, followed by co-production of stage performance which will be also shown in Vietnam later.-VNA