7 artists of Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) including in a total of 391 outstanding artists were honored with the State titles of People’s Artist and Meritorious Artist at a ceremony held at the Hanoi Opera House on August 29, with the attendance of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other senior leaders of the State.
These titles are the State’s most noble awards for artists in recognition of their talents as well as dedication and contributions to the country’s arts sector.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Phuc said over the past years, writers and artists have contributed to the struggle for national independence, freedom and reunification, as well as national construction and defence. He lauded the efforts, talents and dedication of the artists, and described them as pioneers in preserving, developing and spreading the nation’s cultural and artistic values both at home and abroad. The leader pointed out limitations and challenges currently facing the cultural and artistic sector, including cultural degradation.
Given this, the most urgent task is to perfect the standards and values of the Vietnamese culture and people, making culture a foundation for economic development, and the nation’s internal strength, he said.
Promoting cultural and human values has been defined as one of strategic breakthroughs in strategic documents on socio-economic development for 2021-2030, as well as socio-economic orientations and tasks for 2021-2025 which are being prepared for the 13th National Party Congress, he noted.
The Prime Minister expressed his hope that the artists will work harder to develop the Vietnamese arts sector and promote Vietnamese culture abroad
In the year of 2019, 60 years of VNOB celebration, it’s very honor for VNOB to have 7 individuals to receive State’s title, including 1 People Artist and 6 Emeritus Artists. The artist honored as People Artist is choreographer Nguyen Hong Phong. 6 other Emeritus Artists are Mr.Truong Huu Van (Clarinet), Mr. Le Tuan Anh (Concert Master and Violin), Mr. Vu Manh Dung (Opera Singer), Ms. Bui Viet An, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang and Ms. Mai Thi Nhu Quynh (Ballet Dancers).