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Street  Jam 5 a hit with youngsters

Author: Vientiane Times Reporters
Published: 01/11/2011
Newspaper section: International Cooperation

Crowds of young people fascinated by hip-hop culture and extreme sports flocked to the Street Jam 5 event held at Chao Anouvong Park in Vientiane on Saturday

The was the fifth edition of the Street Jam and featured demonstrations of hip-hop dancing, graffiti, rapping, beat-boxing, street basketball and BMX, staging a colorful display of youth street culture.

The daylong event was organized by the Lao Bangfai Association and was opened by Mr. Leik Boonwaat UNODC Representative to the Lao PDR. The main objective was to raise awareness among young people about staying away from drugs, while presenting some fresh and energetic activities for the youth of Vientiane.

The performances proved very popular with the enthusiastic crowd of youngster, who cheered loudly throughout the various events.

The grand finale was a concert and dancing showcasing the rap scene in Laos. There were performances by the US Ambassador Ms. Karen Stewart  followed by a lineup of artists from Lao Pride Records, including current sensations Super One, Black Eyes, Clasher, Boxer, G-Bloods, Bullet, Touly, 5Girl Pop and Shawty. The crowds were also treated to a special performance by United Staes rappers Ceshi, Louis Logic and Busdriver.

Managing director of the Lao Bangfai Associaton Mr. Anouza Phothisan said "This event is hosted annually by the Lao Bangfai Association. We are grateful to have funding support from UNODC through a DPAC grant. This year it coincides with the 10 th anniversary of the Day against Drugs and Abuse in Laos. We think it is very important to let young people know about the effect of taking drugs, and also the dangers of counterfeit drugs".