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Lao New Year celebrations

Everyone is welcome to attend any and all of the traditional activities mentioned below.
Colourful Nang Sangkhan procession, washing of Buddha images at temples, and building sand stupas by the river. There will also be cultural performances, concerts, sports contests and a singing contest, as well as a market fair selling a wide variety of products. Another feature of the

water festival is a parade with participants wearing traditional costumes.
When: April 14-16
Where: Nationwide

Fashion design contest

Lao Fashion Week invites all designers to enter this contest, themed “Spring”. Applicants must be aged 17-25, have completed secondary school, and able to communicate in English. Five of the designers selected will receive 3 million kip to make their own

costumes to display at Lao Fashion Week 2018 on September 10.
Applications accepted until April 30
Where: Lao Fashion Week company, Nam Phou, Setthathirath Road, Vientiane.
For more information call: 021 254 808, 021 213 776, email: info@laofashionweek.com or Facebook: LaoFashionWeek

Photo contest

ChampaMeuanglao magazine and Lao Airlines invite photographers of all backgrounds and experience levels to enter this competition. Send the best single images of your favourite place in Laos for a chance to win free flights to Hanoi, Chiang Mai, or LuangPrabang. Winning photographs will be displayed over a two-page spread in

ChampaMeuanglao magazine, and an exhibition of winning entries will be held at Kualao Restaurant, Vientiane.
April 1-30
Where: Entry and for more information see link: https://champameuanglao.com/myfavoriteplace/

Lao New Year fair

Huge array of products on sale plus activities including a children’s fashion show contest, stage performances, and games. Children who enter the fashion contest could win 100,000 kip in scholarship money.
When: April 6-12. Children’s fashion show on April 8 at 2pm.
Where: Lao-ITECC (old building). To apply for the fashion contest, call 021 415 588, 020 5550 2581, 020 5531 1571 or 020 5555 5629.

Airport bus service temporarily closed

The Airport Shuttle Bus Service has announced that it will be temporarily closed during the Lao New Year holiday because it is expected that the service will not be able to follow its schedule due to traffic congestion during the Pi Mai Lao celebrations. The temporary closure will start on April 14 and continue till April 16. The shuttle bus service sincerely apologises for the inconvenience. For more information, call 030 5351 495.

Visit Laos Year events in April

-   Lao New Year festival and Singkham Buddha image worship in La district, Oudomxay province, April 12-15.
-   Lao New Year festival to mark ties between Laos and Thailand, in Bokeo province from April 13-16.

-   Lao New Year festival takes place nationwide, featuring a variety of activities and colourful traditional culture, April 14-16.
-   Annual boat racing festival in Nga district, Oudomxay province, April 23-26.
-   Annual rocket festival in Sing district, LuangNamtha province, various dates in April.

Cover song contest 

Here’s your chance to enter a cover song contest with your rendition of “Het Dai Hai Pen Kheuy” and win 5 million kip. Participants must record a video or audio clip of themselves singing “Het Dai Hai Pen Kheuy” and send it to the Facebook page “Champa Studio”. Professional singers may not enter the contest.
When: Entries to be submitted by May 26. Champa Studio will announce the winners on May 31 after selection the three best couples.
Where: See Facebook page “Champa Studio”

Symbol contest

The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) mechanism under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites designers to enter this contest to design a symbol. Applicants must be aged between 15 and 35, photos must be 21x29cm in size and painted by a computer system. The winner will receive 2,000,000 kip in cash and the symbol will be used in the 3rd Mekong-Lancangleaders conference.
When: Applications open until June 13
Where: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 23 Sing Ha Road, Phonxay village, Xaysettha district.
For more information: 021 454 317, 020 5504 0111, 020 5998 6636 and 020 5551 5942

The Red Thread art exhibition

i:cat gallery invites you to an exhibition by two British artists, Jamie Lowe and Victoria Carmen Jones. “The Red Thread” exhibition showcases the work of both artists who have lived and worked in Asia for a significant period of time. They are also art teachers at Vientiane International School.
When: April 7-30, from 11am to 6pm.
Where: i:cat gallery, Setthathirath Road, close to Vat Simeuang
Phone: 020-77839674; email i:catgallery@gmail.com

Lao New Year Party

The Beerlao Music Zone water festival event features international and Lao DJs and performers. Don’t miss this feast of exciting music and fun activities. Entrance is free and open to people aged 18 and above.
When: April 14-16.
Where: That ground in LuangPrabang, Chao Anouvong Park in Vientiane, Savan ITECC Mall in Savannakhet province, and Champassak stadium in Champassak province.

Lao New Year concert, Vangvieng

A Lao-Thai concert will take place over Lao New Year, presented by the TVP band. On stage will be Lao performers and Thailand’s PhetSaharath and KoungSouphaphone. There will be free parking and more than 1,000 free gifts.
When: April 14-16. Concerts from 10am to 7pm
Where:Lom Cave, Vangvieng district, Vientiane province.

Canadian scholarships

The Canada-Asean Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) programme provides students and researchers from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) with short-term exchange opportunities for study or research in Canadian post-secondary institutions at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels.
When: Application process open until April 17
Where: Apply online at link - Canada-Asean Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED).f

Pakxe cloud party

The Friendship Mall in Pakxe invites everyone to a party featuring an exciting line-up of DJs and performers. Don’t miss this feast of exciting music and fun activities. Entrance is free.
When: April 13-16 from 2-9pm.
Where:Friendship Mall, Pakxe district, Champassak province.
For more information: 030 5787 578 or www.facebook.com/friendshipmallpakse/

TK Saolao Concert

This free concert celebrates Lao New Year with popular singers Man Mingmeuanglao, O Nina, Kong Xayyavong and others, plus other entertainment to create a fun atmosphere.
When: April 14-16
Where: Hinsom beach, Parkmy village, Xanakham district, Vientiane province.

Indonesian scholarships

The government of the Republic of Indonesia in Vientiane is offering the Kemitraan Negara Berkembang/Developing Countries Partnership Scholarships (Bachelor and Master) for Lao citizens. Applicants must complete the online application process and get a recommendation letter from the Embassy.
When: Applications accepted until April 30.
Where: Apply online at www.knb.ristekdikti.go.id
For more information call: 020 76755866

Charity workshop to support school construction

The owner of the Thaenhak Wedding Studio, MrVilasakSengphetmany (Fook), is holding a photo workshop on the theory and practice of photography. Participants will pay 50,000 each which will go towards construction of a school in Hongsa district, Xayaboury province. The first 50 applicants will receive a T-shirt and souvenirs from Nikon Sales Thailand and the chance to meet Miss International Laos 2017 PhounesupPhonnyotha and the Miss Laos 2013 runner-up PiyamatPhoumpaseuth. 
Where:Longthanh Golf Course, Vientiane
When:  April 29, from 1-5pm. For more information contact MrVilasak on 020 55555021

French scholarships

The French government is offering scholarships in the fields of health, education and development for master's and doctorate degrees.
When: Application process open until March 31Where: Apply online at ttps://la.ambafrance.org/Bourses-dugouvernement- francais-2018-appel-a-candidature
For more information email: cooperation.education@if-laos.org

Govt hotlines open for public feedback
The Ministry of Finance has launched the telephone hotline number 1519 and welcomes public feedback. Earlier, the Prime Minister's Office launched the telephone hotline number 1516. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has opened the hotline number 1510 while Electricite du Laos has opened a
call centre with the phone number 1199.


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