Category Archives: Art


Voices of the Wind

“We take bamboo and we take trees and we turn them into traditional music.”

– Neng Chue Vang, Hmong instrument maker and musician…

Art + Altitude: Elevations Takes Exploration of Laos’ Depth of Artistic Forms, Inspirations to New Heights

Depths by Elevations Laos (Laos Briefly)

by Julia Case-Levine

Traditional practices accompany contemporary trends in Depths, the inaugural exhibit of Elevations, a non-profit art initiative launched this month in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos.

Launched last Friday night in the Lao capital Vientiane and continuing until January 16th, the exhibition is both an international event, …

Road to Tokyo2020 Paralympics via Catwalk as Athletes Make Model Efforts

Lao Paralympic Athletes

Tears of joy, pain and expectation; the road to Tokyo2020 Games, like all Olympics and Paralympics before them, is being paved with them, and particularly in the South-East Asian nation of Laos.

The efforts of aspiring Paralympic athletes as they strive to achieve personal bests and to represent their nations

Who is Nang Sangkhan (Miss New Year Queen)?

In recent years, Laos has become increasingly open to international women’s beauty pageants as evidenced by its sending contestants to the Miss International Queen, Miss Grand, Miss World, Miss International, and most notably Miss Universe Pageants. There, the beautiful women are adorned in modern attire, sports gear, national dresses and …

Lam Vong Dance to be Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Status

Laos is preparing to nominate the famous traditional dance Lam Vong for UNESCO World Heritage status.

On the 9th of March, a meeting led by Bouangern Xaphouvong, Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism allowed representatives from relevant sectors to deliberate the possibility of nominating this unique and quintessential element of Lao culture for the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage status. It was …

Dreams on Canvas: Two Female Artists Finding their Voice in Vientiane

Ole Scovill Artist

Ole Viravong Scovill was just seven years old when she started drawing. First, it was a comic book; she created a story about a girl who wants to become a painter, but is too poor to realise her dream.…

MRC Launches Writing Competition for Mekong Citizens ahead of Summit

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has launched a regional writing competition in which citizens and residents of all ages from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam can enter and stand a chance to win different prizes.

Entitled “What Does the Mekong Mean to You?”, the competition aims to celebrate the …

Big wins for “Raising a Beast” and “Cat Island” at 2017 LPFF Talent Lab, led by Tribeca Film Institute

Luang Prabang, 11 December 2017 — Xaisongkham Induangchanty’s Raising a Beast and Siege Ledesma’s Cat Island took home top awards last night at the 2017 LPFF Talent Lab, led by Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI). The Lab, which focused on grant writing and project pitching, was held on the opening weekend