Artist's contribution recognised by Aussies

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Art director and producer Le Quy Duong was awarded the Australian Alumni Award for Culture, Arts and Education yesterday.

HA NOI —

Duong's works, well known in Viet Nam, have helped people appreciate Viet Nam's history and culture since he returned to Viet Nam in 2005 after finishing his studies at the University of New South Wales.

He has won a number of international awards including Queensland Literary Award for Best Stage Drama in 2000; third prize at the Hartley – Merrill International Competition in Film Writing at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003, and the Australia Council's Grand Award in Writing for Performance in 2004.

Most of his theatre work has been done in Australia and other foreign countries for nearly 15 years but Duong has now brought his experimental theatre programme to Viet Nam.

While his productions have earned acclaim among critics and audiences at international art festivals in Viet Nam and Australia, he is also known for organising and directing domestic art festivals such as Hue Festival, Binh Dinh Festival, and Nha Trang Beach Festival.

"It's great to receive the award because it is a recognition of my work," Duong said at the award ceremony last night in Ha Noi.

Duong and five others including Dr Vo Tri Thanh, Nguyen Van Duyen, Tran Phu Son, Dr Do Ngoc Thuy and Patricia Franklin were awarded prizes for major contributions to Viet Nam in fields such as education, arts and culture, innovation and research, business and sustainable social development.

The Alumni Awards celebrate the achievements of Vietnamese alumni of Australian universities and colleges and encourage them to contribute more to Viet Nam's economy and society.

"The award recipients and so many other talented alumni are a testament to the benefits of studying in Australia," said Allaster Cox, Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam. — VNS

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