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Deputy minister to make entering international beauty pageants easier
  • By Ha Tung Long | | June 09, 2017 11:33 AM
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien said he would propose to scrap the regulations that require contestants to ask for permission from the Department of Performing Arts to enter beauty pageants.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien

Bien said after taking over the position, he had reviewed the ministry's officials, documents and operations to improve the effectiveness by the directives of the Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien.

According to Bien, the required permission to enter beauty pageants is one of the most controversial regulations which made him think of ways to simplify the procedures. He will propose to adjust resolutions about performing arts so that everyone can participate in international beauty pageants, instead of only people who have won local beauty contests. They also won't have to ask for permission from the Department of Performing Arts.

"Some people who won local beauty contests may not be able to win overseas. Meanwhile, other women who have higher chances are not given permission to participate. This has caused some hindrances and I think everyone who thinks they have the ability should be allowed to participate," he said.

However, the contestants and their agencies still have to report to the Department of Performing Arts. If any violations that seriously affect the image of Vietnam are detected, they will be fined or banned from participating in international contests.

Talking about the recent public outrage over unreasonably banned songs, Bien said the local departments of culture, sports and tourism will also be given the authorisation to give distribution permits to songs. By this way, overloading at the Department of Performing Arts can be avoided and the artists won't have to travel far.

Bien said that songs that don't have offensive content or violate the people's and state's interests can be distributed. However, some songs written before 1975 are still being reviewed and the information is being updated on the department's website.

Missing information about some songs' writers, original lyrics or years they were written will be marked as unknown.

In the coming time, the Department of Performing Arts will submit the official document to the government and hold meetings to gather opinions from the artists and local authorities.

"Our point of view is to manage to be better, not to go backwards. We need to remove barriers and shortcomings to make the legal regulations better," Bien said. "It's not right if state managers keep thinking that they are absolutely right and force their thoughts on others."

According to Bien, the Department of Performing Arts will also review their officials.

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