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Vietnamese outdoor show wins gold medal of Stevie Awards
The Saigon Times Daily
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Vietnamese outdoor show wins gold medal of Stevie Awards

The Saigon Times Daily

The stage of Quintessence of Tonkin is permanently submerged under a thin layer of water - PHOTO: VNA

Live entertainment show “Tinh Hoa Bac Bo” (The Quintessence of Tonkin) has beaten other projects from all over Asia to win the gold medal of Stevie Awards for Innovation in Media, Visual Communications and Entertainment, the news website Vietnamplus reports.

Quintessence of Tonkin, held by Tuan Chau Hanoi JSC, impressed the judges of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards 2018 with images of peaceful landscapes and its depiction of the unique heritage of the northern region as well as Vietnamese history and culture from a contemporary perspective.

The show highlights various elements of the Vietnamese culture, such as folk singing, folk games, the worship of Mother Goddesses, and the daily life of farmers, portrayed in contemporary and innovative ways with the help of hundreds of performers, an interactive stage, and state-of-the-art technology.

The 60-minute show is held every day from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on a stage located at the foot of Thay Mountain in Quoc Oai District, 25 kilometers west of Hanoi. The venue is near Thay Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in the country and a pilgrimage site during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The spectacle draws inspiration from the pagoda’s spiritual history, with its story focusing on the founding of the pagoda by venerable monk Tu Dao Hanh and the ancient union between religion and monarchy. A visit to Thay Pagoda can be combined with a trip to see the Quintessence of Tonkin, contextualizing both experiences. 

The stage is permanently half-submerged under the water, and is large enough to accommodate all 250 performers at a time. The water serves as a creative portrayal of the area’s cultural heritage, in the forms of water puppetry and dragon boat racing, among others.

The show mirrors the peaceful life of rural Vietnam, with familiar sounds from wooden drums, brass gongs, night crickets, and flowing water. The project also blends different elements of traditional music styles, including quan ho (love duets) and ca tru (ceremonial singing), both of which have been recognized by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage.

The Stevie Awards are the world's premier business awards created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.

The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards as one of seven Stevie Awards programs are open to all organizations in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on the recognition of innovation in all its forms.

A number of Vietnamese companies and associations have won the awards, including the Hanoi Small and Medium Enterprise Association, Viettel, VNPT, Doosan Vina, and DHL Express Vietnam.

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