Lao students perform Sieng Khaen Lao dance at 16th Int’l Cultural Festival

Lao students performed Sieng Khaen Lao dance at the 16th International Culture and Custom Exhibition at Shanghai University (SHU), Shanghai, China on May 10.

Sieng Khaen Lao dance is one of the highlights at the special event, festivals and other local celebrations. The khaen music is regarded by people of all ages as a beautiful and sweet sound that creates happiness.

In 2017, the UNESCO inscribed Khaen music of the Lao PDR on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The exhibition drew almost 30 booths showcasing rich culture of China and civilizations of Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, R. Korea, France, Mongolia and Latin America.

“The International Culture and Custom Exhibition has changed the campus of SHU into a wonderful stage for the presentation of international culture and cuisines from difference countries,” said Wang Lina, a secretary of the Party Committee of the International Department of Shanghai University.

The 16th International Culture and Custom Exhibition, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China – May 10, 2023

At the event, a fashion show also allowed international and Chinese students to present their national costumes.

Mr Anousack Sengkhuen, a Lao year-two master student said, “This year we introduce Lao traditional culture, handicrafts, national flag, souvenirs, and sell Lao food and drinks, especially papaya salad, sticky rice and coconut jelly.”

“I am happy to present my culture to the world and share love with others. The International Culture and Custom Exhibition promotes multicultural understanding among different countries in the world. At this event, we showed posters of our tourist sites, food and souvenirs. I’d like to invite people from other countries to travel and explore the beautiful places in Pakistan, experience Pakistani food and hospitability, culture, sports and much more,” said a Pakistani PhD student Salah Ud Din.

Launched in 2007, the International Culture and Custom Exhibition aims to promote cultural exchange and understanding between Chinese students and their foreign fellows.

More than 4,000 international students from over 100 countries in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and America are studying at Shanghai University. These include twenty-three students from the Lao PDR.

Source: Lao News Agency