Stars perform for thousands of industrial park workers

Update: January, 18/2012 - 09:39


Golden boy: Pop star Dam Vinh Vung performs at Golden Ochna Welcomes Tet, a music and song programme for migrant workers organised earlier this week by the HCM City Labour Union and its partners. — VNS Photo
HCM CITY — More than 30,000 migrant workers in HCM City's Tan Tao Industrial Park attended a special performance on Monday that featured a happy taste of Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays.

The event, called Golden Ochna Welcomes Tet, was part of the HCM City Labour Union's charitable and cultural activities during Tet. The programme attracted dozens of local sponsors.

Nearly 60 singers, dancers and comedians participated in the festival, including last year's winners of the Mai Vang (Golden Apricot) Award, an annual event that honours local performers in different fields of entertainment.

A group of dancers from Bong Sen Theatre opened the show by performing Sai Gon Xuan (Sai Gon to Welcome Spring), a traditional dance.

Pop stars Dam Vinh Hung, Ho Ngoc Ha and the pop band V. Music were featured during the show, performing popular pop and dance songs, including Mua Xuan Yeu Thuong (Lovely Spring), Xuan Da Ve (Spring Arrives) and Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year).

Hoai Linh, a Golden Ochna winner in comedy and theatre, performed an extract from the popular comic drama Ong Tao (Kitchen God), a traditional piece created by Minh Hoang.

Many of the audience members saw these icons on the stage for the first time.

Tran Thi Nguyet, who moved from her home village in Dong Thap Province to work in the city, said that she couldn't save enough money to return home for Tet. "Thanks to the event, I feel as if spring is coming to me."

Nguyet and her roommates decided to stay in their tiny rented room in Binh Tan District during the holiday because they wanted to use their savings to support their families.

"Our artists hope to provide migrant workers who have no chance to return home with more joyful and happy Tet," said singer Thanh Thuy, who hoped that her performance would bring her audiences closer together during Tet.

Nguyen Huy Can, chairman of the Labour Union, said the music programme's organisers hoped to encourage people to pay more attention to the lives of the poor and migrant labourers.

"During Tet, we share our love and support for you," he added. — VNS