Vietnam puts on spectacular South Bank show

17th Jun 2013

Vietnam is coming to London's South Bank this coming weekend (June 21-23) - with the unique art of water puppetry to the fore.

The Asian country is becoming an increasingly popular destination among holidaymakers on group tours who are wowed by its natural beauty and cultural sites.

It boasts world-class hotels, cuisine, resorts, mountains, islands, caves, grottoes and beaches.

Now the republic is inspiring the English event to mark 40 years of diplomatic relations and friendship between the two countries.

The Vietnam Open Festival features pop-up food stalls from some of London's leading Vietnamese restaurants, musical and dance performances and traditional Vietnamese arts and crafts.

These include the UK's first exhibition of ancient ceramics from Bat Trang and Chu Dau and only Britain's third public viewing of famous traditional Vietnamese water puppetry.

This is a unique and spectacular variation on the ancient Asian tradition and comes courtesy of Hanoi's renowned Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.

The art dates back as far as the 11th century, when villagers in North Vietnam's Red River Delta used flooded rice paddies as a "stage" for impromptu plays.

But it only only started to win international attention in the 1990s as a result of improving East-West relations.

Festival visitors will also have the chance to win one of three great holidays for two to Vietnam.

The festival is organised by the Vietnamese Culture & Arts Society.

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