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Vietnam: Ministry of Culture temporarily banned two singers

27 August 2012

Two vietnamese singers, Tan and Tho, were temporarily banned from performing in any domestic or international events after they had abandoned a performance at a diplomatic show celebrating the signing of a friendship treaty between Vietnam and Laos.

The singers Trong Tan and Anh Tho “must be disciplined for what they’ve done to ensure fairness and strictness. The prohibition could be up to six months,” Nguyen Van Tinh, head of the Performing Arts Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, was quoted as having said in July 2012.

The two singers had performances in Vientiane in Laos from 17 to 19 July. After a successful concert on 17 July, they were supposed to stay in Laos to perform on the next day. However, the two decided to return to Vietnam, saying they had signed a contract to perform in Ninh Binh province on 18 July.

On 10 August, the Performing Arts Department announced that the ban was lifted since the two artists had expressed regret, calling it a wrong decision and an unforgettable and painful experience.

 

Tuoi Tre News – 24 July 2012:
Singers banned for abandoning diplomatic show
The Department of International Cooperation under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recently asked the Performing Arts Department to temporarily ban two local singers from performing in any domestic or international events since they abandoned their performances at a recent diplomatic show.

 

Tuoi Tre News – 11 August 2012:
Ban on singers for skipping diplomatic show lifted
The Performing Arts Department on August 10 announced the removal of a ban imposed on local singers Trong Tan and Anh Tho due to their abandoning a diplomatic show last month.

 

Tuoi Tre News – 25 August 2012:
Singers return with charity show after ban lifted
Local singers Trong Tan and Anh Tho, who have been allowed to be back on stage after being briefly banned due to their abandoning last month’s diplomatic show in Laos, performed at a charity event in Hanoi yesterday.

 

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