Nhan Dan – The Vietnam Association of Stage Artists (VASA) held a celebration to mark its traditional day in Hanoi on September 27 (the twelfth day of the eighth lunar month). According to a speech delivered by VASA Chairman, People’s Artist Le Tien Tho, the association now has 2,500 members operating in various forms of stage arts including Cheo (traditional opera), Tuong (classical drama), Cai Luong (reform theatre), drama, and puppetry. Over recent years, the association has co-ordinated with relevant agencies to successfully host a number of events, including the National Cheo Festival, the National Professional Drama Festival and the third International Marionette Festival. The association is now preparing for the International Circus and Juggling Festival, which will be held at the end of this year, and the first Du Ke (singing drama of Khmer people in the southern region) Festival, slated in early 2013. The association has also organised a number of workshops and seminars for artists to exchange their professional experience and promote stage activities. The VASA also presented one first, three second, six third and four consolation prizes for best scriptwriters of the Stage Scrip Writing Competition 2010-2011. Additional honours were presented for outstanding stage pieces and individuals in 2011 as well as veteran stage artists aged between 70 and 80 years old for their contributions to the country’s stage development.