2018 World Wood Day in Laos

The 2018 World Wood Day theme "Life" aims to bring up the importance of wood and the relationship between wood and human from different perspectives. The theme will explore the interrelationship between nature and culture that influence the way we use wood, and to demonstrate the role of wood and non-timber forest products in supporting our daily life. We hope that the theme can bring a broader perspective in learning about and enjoying wood for a sustainable future.

During the event from March 29 to April 1, a wood carving activity, folk art workshops, music festival, young adult furniture making and children's event will be held to show diverse ways of living in harmony with nature.

We welcome any parties to celebrate World Wood Day in your own way in response to this meaningful event.

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Opening Ceremony

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The 2018 World Wood Day Celebration in Lao PDR opened on March 29 at the International Trade Exhibition and Convention Center (ITECC) in Vientiane Capital City.  Mr. Phankham Viphavanh, Vice President of Lao PDR, and Mr. Sengnouane Xayalath, Vice Chairman of the Lao National Assembly, attended the opening ceremony accompanied by m...

International Woodcarving Show

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Five international artists (Bahrain, China, Norway and Zimbabwe) and two local woodcarvers were invited to the program. Many thanks to the Lao Furniture Industry Group Company in assisting the carvers on the first day. Carving slabs were selected at the factory and the carvers discussed and merged their ideas for the event theme “Life.&rdq...

Young Adult Furniture Making Invitational

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This program invited three talented international and three local young furniture makers. The international team members included two WorldSkills winners and champion of the Chinese National College Student Woodworking Competition. The three locals were from the Vetsaphong Skill Development and Testing Center of Ministry of Labor and Social Welf...

Woodturning Demonstration

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Invited woodturners from Australia, China, Morocco, USA and Laos joined the woodturning demonstration during the World Wood Day celebration in Vientiane, Laos from 29th-31st March 2018. Theodoros Haralampou presented his extraordinary skills using modern electric lathes and made some amazing spinning tops and goblets with a diamet...

Folk Art Workshop

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A fun-filled Folk Art program not only brought amusement and excitement, but also a special opportunity to learn and respect various wood cultures from different parts of the world. It facilitated understanding and connected different regions, individuals and beliefs beyond language barriers. The program encouraged people to appreciate...

Music Festival

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There were more than 6 different music and dance ensembles from Laos and five international music and dance ensembles. Laos organizers had meticulously thought of ways to present their culture, music and dance to the world. The main stage was carefully designed with Laos traditional wooden arts and musical instruments. Laos cultural per...

Children’s Event

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Wood will play a prominent role in our future and it is our duty to teach the younger generation how to responsibly use wood. Dr. Yang Ping instructed interactive classes with a series of experiments to show the advantages of wood to the children. They learned about wood through their senses of smell, touch and hearing. After class, an "I L...

"Wood and Life" Photo Contest Exhibition

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The photo exhibition presents 34 winning photos among People, Heritage, and Environment categories from the 2018 WOOD & LIFE Photo Contest.  The photo contest began on November 20th 2017 and ended February 20th 2018, a total of 3 months duration.  The goal is to best present the interrelationship between wood and culture through th...

Tree Planting

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The tree planting activity was held at the newly-built Lao National Museum in Vientiane on March 30, 2018 and was attended by Dr. Liane Thykeo, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Chung-Yung Hse, President of IWCS, and hundreds of international and domestic guests.

Lao PDR, as a forest-rich country, welcomes a...

Award and Closing Ceremony

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The 2018 World Wood Day celebration in Lao PDR came to an end on the afternoon of March 31, 2018 after the results of the woodcarving competition were announced. Each participant went on to stage to accept an awarding certificate. The closing ceremony and event concluded with dance and music from local and international musicians.


Organizing Committee

World Wood Day