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Reach Out Laos hotline now open

Anyone with a tough problem in life can get help by calling a Reach Out Laos hotline, to talk about your troubles, whatever they may be. Call 021 417780 (Lao) or 021 417781 (English). And you can always chat with some helpful at Reach Out Laos Chat (ປອບໃຈຜ່ານຂໍ້ຄວາມ) on Facebook.
When: Every Sunday and Wednesday, 6-9pm. The Chat is open 24 hours and someone from the team will respond to you within the next 12 hours.

Winter market

It´s that time of the year again for the Winter Market. Those want to have a stall at the event are invited to book. Volunteers are also needed for helping with organisation before and during the market, as well as for planning and helping with children´s activities during the market.
Where: Nam Chai Community Centre.
When: November 25, 10am-6pm.
For more information please visit Nam Chai Community Centre Vientiane on Facebook

Buddha statue casting ceremony

A metal Buddha statue about 2 metres high is being made. Take part in meditation and donate food, water and other items for charity.
When: Meditation starts on November 23 at 6pm. Casting ceremony will take place on November 24 at 10:30am.
Where: Vat Par Nakhounnoy, Naxaithong district, Vientiane.
Call: 020 9921 1433, 030 5706 187

Japanese speech contest

All students are invited to compete in the Japanese speech contest, which has three categories: a one-minute speech, a 3-minute speech on a topic of your choice, and reading a story, as well as poster design. The winners will get a prize and a certificate, and the winner of the 3-minute speech will be given a return air ticket to Japan.
When: Applications accepted until January 27, 2019. The poster design contest is open until December 30, 2018.
Where: Lao-Japan Budo Centre, Chao Anouvong stadium.
For more information: 020 9935 9262 or
http://jalpal.net/jsc2018/

Smartphone film competition

The French Institute is organising a competition of films made on smartphones titled: ‘1 idea, 1 film, 1 minute’. The patron of the competition and president of the jury is Mattie Do, a well-known Lao filmmaker.
When: November 9-26. The results will be announced on November 30.
Where: The French Institute. For any questions, please contact: culture@if-Laos.org

Visit Laos Year events in November

-   Kin Nga festival of the Ta Oy ethnic group in Ta Oy district, Saravan province, November 10-21.
-   That Luang festival, in Vientiane, from November 18-22.
-   Cycling event to raise awareness of the need to reduce air pollution and protect the environment, in Luang Prabang.
-   Vehicle caravan travelling from Vientiane to Xayaboury, Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Bokeo and Luang Prabang provinces, and returning to Vientiane.

Lao-Chinese film screenings

The Department of Cinema, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, is partnering with the Outstanding Lao-Chinese Film Festival to screen Lao and Chinese films dubbed in Lao. Local residents are invited to attend free of charge. For more information call 021 212478; 020 5611 0717.
Where: Locations in Vientiane and the provinces ofSavannakhet, Champassak, Attapeu, Vientiane, Xayaboury, XiengKhuang, and Huaphan.
When: November 5 to December 2, at 6:30pm.

 

 

Business plan training

Those want to start a business are invited to this free event on how to create a business plan, which is the first step to success. Please register a place at https://goo.gl/forms/dvnl9ZPOfGETnpVx1
Where: Women’s Entrepreneurial Training Centre.
When: November 20-21.
For more information call 251669

Vientiane Classic Run

This is the third annual run, taking place through the capital city. The run has two distance categories: 12 km and 5 km. the actitity aimes to promote the message “Inclusion and Equality for All” which supported by Humanity and Inclusion who work with Lao Handicap.
Where: Register at Happy Lady apparel by phone at 020 55306853 and Banh Cuon restaurant.
When: Collect your Runner’s Race Pack on Saturday December 8, ready for the race day on December 9.

Charity concert

WIG Laos along with students and teachers from 11 schools in Vientiane are creating a new community fundraising concert called Help for Attapeu. The people of Attapeu need help rebuilding their lives and communities. Tickets cost 80,000 kip and will be on sale soon, with all proceeds going to rebuilding projects in Attapeu and WIG Laos projects. The event will also feature stalls selling hand-made goods, food and beverages.
When: November 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: National Culture Hall

YSEALI development grants

Apply for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative’s Seeds for the Future Grants Competition which could help to turn ideas into action. Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. It provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region in the fields of Civic Engagement, Education, Economic Growth, and Sustainable Development.
When: Apply until November 30.
Where:  Apply online at www. ysealiseeds.org

Blood donation for food victims

The National Blood Transfusion Centre in Vientiane invites everyone to donate blood to assist floodvictims in Attapeu province. The blood donation team in Attapeu is unable to run a blood donation drive itself. When: Donations accepted from 8:30am-4pm Where: Second floo of the National Blood Transfusion Centre. Tel: 021 218 922

Visit Tadxon waterfall for the Ancestor Festival

Tadxon waterfall is welcoming those who want some fun after giving alms at temples to celebrate the Ancestor Festival on September 24.
Visitors will be served free grilled chicken at picnic huts, made from chickens raised at the site. Activities include forest walks and a tour of the Chao Souphanouvong Cave, where President Souphanouvong and other Lao leaders took refuge after escaping from Phonkheng jail in 1959 during the Indochina war. The site has 111 huts, 40 guesthouse rooms, and 11 elephants providing rides. There is also a 3,700 metre cable car ride that takes visitors to a rocky hilltop.
Where: Near Nanyang village, Naxaithong district, 4km off Road 13 North from Huakhua village, 28km from downtown Vientiane.
Contact numbers: 020 55 52 04 77 or 020 56 19 55 10

 

 

Vientiane city pillar ceremony

The public is invited to this special ceremony, which will feature candlelight and wax castle processions, and almsgiving.
When: November 17-21. The main ceremony will take place on November 20 from 4pm with a candlelight procession followed by early morning almsgiving on November 21 and a wax castle procession leading to the That Luang stupa at 12:30pm.  
Where: City pillar on Setthathirath Road, Simeuang village, Sisattanak district.

Miss Dok Ngiew contest

Bokeo province invites young ladies to enter this contest as part of the Dok Ngiew Ban (Cotton Tree Blossom) festival. Candidates must be aged 16-25, at least 160 cm tall, and not have applied previously. The winner will receive 15 million kip in cash and a silver crown weighing 0.5 kg.
When: Applications accepted until January 9, 2019
Where:  Apply at the Department of Information, Culture and Tourism in Bokeo province. Tel: 084 211 5801, 084 219 009,
and 020 5886 4446. 

That Luang festival fair

The annual trade fair will yet again be a highlight of the That Luang festival, with a wide variety of goods on sale. There will also be free concerts by popular singers from Laos and Thailand as well as circus acts, lucky draws and other fun activities.
When: November 15-25
Where: Lao-ITECC, old building.

Volunteers for That Luang Festival

Anyone wanting to help keep That Luang Park clean during the festival is invited to join the Lao Youth Union in picking up rubbish during the event.
Where: That Luang Park
When: November 21-22.
For more information please call: 021 453565, 020 56663100.

Vientiane zero plastic week

Students of the New Zealand Asean Scholarship (NZAS) in 2018, who are launching a campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags with the theme “Vientiane Zero Plastic Week 19-25 November 2018”, invite everyone to participate by posting a picture or video every time you refuse to accept a plastic bag or other type of plastic container that will become trash after using it. You stand to win a beautiful free reusable shopping bag or a luxury mug from NZAS Students and GGGI teams at the That Luang Festival.
When and Where: Open until November 22. Post pictures on Vientiane Zero Plastic Week FB Page with the hashtag #VientianeZeroPlasticWeek and #SmallChangesForaBetterWorld.

Opportunity for Lao youngsters

Those aged 19 years to 35 years are invited to apply for the eMpowering Youth Across Asean Programme. The winners will have a chance to join a week-long regional training course during January 20-25 next year and spend two weeks overseas with a volunteer project on from February 17 to March 2. For more information, please visit http://www.aseanfoundation.org/what-we-do/empowering-youths-across-asean
Where: Apply online at https://form.jotform.me/82611903073451
When: Apply by November 18.

Visit Tadxon waterfall for the Ancestor Festival

Tadxon waterfall is welcoming those who want some fun after giving alms at temples to celebrate the Ancestor Festival on September 24.
Visitors will be served free grilled chicken at picnic huts, made from chickens raised at the site. Activities include forest walks and a tour of the Chao Souphanouvong Cave, where President Souphanouvong and other Lao leaders took refuge after escaping from Phonkheng jail in 1959 during the Indochina war. The site has 111 huts, 40 guesthouse rooms, and 11 elephants providing rides. There is also a 3,700 metre cable car ride that takes visitors to a rocky hilltop.
Where: Near Nanyang village, Naxaithong district, 4km off Road 13 North from Huakhua village, 28km from downtown Vientiane.
Contact numbers: 020 55 52 04 77 or 020 56 19 55 10

 

 

     

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