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Khaen Lao Art Association To Host 3rd General Meeting Next Week

The 3rd General Meeting of the Khaen Lao Art Association will take place on Oct 8, 2020 at the Lao Front for National Development in Vientiane.

President of the Khaen Lao Art Association Khamphan Meuansithida told a press conference in Vientiane on Oct 1 that over 120 participants will attend the meeting which aims to review the performance of the Khaen Lao Art Association over the past five years and set targets for years to come.

“The meeting will provide an opportunity to the participants to discuss how to strengthen the leadership of the association in preserving and promoting Khaen tradition and Khaen music of Lao people. At this meeting, new executive committee of the association will be elected along with its chairperson and vice chairpersons,” said Mr Khamphan Meuansithida.

the Khaen Art Association was established on Dec 13, 2005 corresponding to the birthday anniversary of late President Kaysone Phomvihane. Several festivals have been organized since then to promote the Khaen arts.

“Khaen music is popular in all regions of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic due to its harmonic richness. It is usually part of folk festivals and it is customary for people listening to it to become active participants in the songs and dances, rather than merely spectators,” said Mr Khamphan Meuansithida. Khaen music is an integral part of Lao life that promotes family and social cohesion.

UNESCO recognizes the Lao khaen music as UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2017.

Source: Lao News Agency