THE 22nd Myanmar Ethnic Traditional Performing Arts Contest held at Nay Pyi Taw with pomp and circumstance as of 18 October ended yesterday.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, patron of the leading committee for convening contests, attended the prize-giving ceremony held at Myanmar International Convention Center 2, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, awarding 153 gold medals followed by 132 silvers, 112 bronzes, 47 consolation prizes and 3 special prizes. At the ceremony, U Henry Van Thio said, “we felt honored to see winners from states and regions get prizes in groups or individually, and good losers who enthusiastically took part in competitions with their love for traditional cultures were recorded emphatically.”
Aims and objectives of the contests held annually are to maintain traditional cultures and arts of ethnic groups and to sustainably develop. The significant view of this year is competition of brethren groups in Kayin and Rakhine nationals’ dances and this depicts the Union Spirit, said the vice president.
The Vice President also appreciated those who composed songs with the aim of pointing out for all brethrens the need to defend their Union for eternal existence in unison without heeding difficulties.
“These are our national heritages. Youths across the nation are responsible to pass the legacy to their younger generations. A country’s future belongs to its honest and ebullient youths.” said U Henry Van Thio. Prizes were conferred respectively by U Henry Van Thio, Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko, Union Election Commission chairman U Hla Thein, Lt Gen Kyaw Swe, Union Ministers U Thant Zin Maung, Dr Win Myat Aye and other dignitaries.— MNA