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Music Dissemination Project and other news from the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, Laos


We've been taking advantage of the last bit of dry season as our research team traverses northern Laos (again!) as part of a music dissemination project that is linked to our special exhibition, "Voices of the Wind: Traditional Instruments in Laos". Communities have been captivated and engaged with our pop-up exhibition, and are excited to see their cultural heritage documented and celebrated. Read on for more about this project! We were also honoured to have our special exhibition recently highlighted in The Newsletter published by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS).

April and May are always filled with celebrations like Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year), Song Nam Pha (watering the Buddha), World Fair Trade Day, and International Museum Day. We'll be busy with events at TAEC so follow us on Facebook to stay updated!

Kawp jai lai lai!


As part of our special music exhibition, “Voices of the Wind: Traditional Instruments in Laos”, it was vital that we share our research with the communities that gave their time and valuable knowledge so generously. The research team has painstakingly catalogued and compiled over two years worth of field trip notes, photographs, audio and video files. The team is distributing these materials to approximately 15 villages in Houaphan, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, and Phongsaly Provinces. The full archive of materials from this research project will be available in TAEC’s museum library (free and open to the public) and have been incorporated >>> read more!


TAEC has been asked by the New Zealand - MICT Lao Tourism Support Project to work with the Luang Namtha Provincial Museum to improve their exhibits to better reflect the amazing diversity in the province. Last November, their team visited us in Luang Prabang to learn more about exhibition development. In January, Khoun and Tara travelled to Luang Namtha to present their recommendations for upgrading the exhibitions. The proposal included mock-ups of new displays that would create a more coherent story and flow for visitors, as well as a list of furniture and panels needed and budget for production. Stay tuned to our Facebook for updates about this much anticipated installation!


We are excited to share our first artisan residency of 2019! During International Women’s Day, we hosted a small group of Lanten artisans from Ban Tawan, Luang Namtha Province in northern Laos. This residency was supported by longtime friend and collaborator, Sally Strasser, of Taleo Handmade in the USA. With the help of her friend and professional costumer, Susan Wild Barnard, the three-day residency involved >>> read more! 

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Always fascinating to receive your news. It is amazing what a museum, operated by the right people, can do for the local community and culture!

Antonis Petropoulos
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