[Click the You Tube pic below  for video.] Last night in HCMC, the Soul Music & Performing Arts Academy (SMPAA) celebrated its 4th anniversary.

The night was a magnificent celebration of the arts and the performers of all ages, who exuded prodigious talent, confidence and class in equal measure.

Speaking with AusCham afterwards, SMPAA founder, Mr Thanh Bui (originally from Melbourne) said that he “…truly believe(s) that Vietnam is no longer a war. We are a young country; a developing country (and) I encourage all of us to support the arts… because ultimately, music and the performing arts speak a universal language.”

Picture1Thanh continued that “(Tonight), the kids did an amazing job. But we’ve just started. We’ve got a long way to go.”

And for AFL fans, Thanh thinks that his favorite Aussie Rules football team, Geelong, is a chance for the 2016 AFL Premiership!

During the evening, details of the new Trinh Cong Son Music Scholarship were announced.

The late Tring Cong Son was a famous Vietnamese composer, musician, songwriter, painter and poet and the sponsorship is sponsored by the Trinh family and SOUL. The scholarship’s objective is to support talented young people take Vietnam’s music and performing arts industry to the world.

Note: one week earlier, on 14 July 2016, AusCham organised a factory tour at QLM Labels in HCMC. Founder, Simon Pugh said that the No. 1 strength of his business in Vietnam was “the people”. This type of experience is becoming increasingly common through the business community that is connected with AusCham. The mood is increasingly optimistic and buoyant.

Related items

  • For photos of the 4th anniversary, click here.
  • For AusCham’s video interview with Thanh Bui, click here.
  • For SMPAA’s first music video, FEEL * BELIEVE * INSPIRE, click here.
  • For website of Soul Music & Performing Arts Academy , click here.



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