Cultural activities celebrating national holidays in Hanoi

A wide range of entertainment activities will be organised in Ho Chi Minh City during the National Day holidays from September 2-4. A wide range of entertainment activities will be organised in Ho Chi Minh City during the National Day holidays from September 2-4 During the holidays, the Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 will offer numerous activities themed the “Autumn Festival”. A kite that is 50 metres long and 30 metres wide and carries about 4,000 wishes written by visitors to the park in the summer, along with two other giant kites, will help fly 70 smaller kites. Visitors can also enjoy unique traditional and modern arts and take part in street music performances. They can benefit from 50 percent discount tickets when wearing Vietnamese flag-themed T-shirts. At the Ho Chi Minh Monument Park and on Nguyen Hue walking street in District 1, a free musical programme will be held by the HCM City Student Culture Centre on August 30 evening. A number of students will perform pieces of traditional and modern music along with school fashion designs. Also at the Ho Chi Minh Monument Park, the municipal Department of Culture and Sports is going to organise an art programme marking the 72nd anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (September 2).  Hundreds of famous singers and actors will participate in special singing and dancing performances to re-enact the country’s struggle for national freedom and impendence. While many plays will be performed at theatres across HCM City,…... [read more]

A cultural activity at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A cultural programme will be held at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Hanoi throughout September to celebrate the country’s 72nd National Day (September 2). As many as 300 people, including artists and students, from 12 ethnic groups of 11 localities, are expected to take part in the event. A Tet market in the Dong Van Karst Plateau in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang will be re-enacted during the programme. Visitors could taste local traditional dishes, enjoy folk music and games, and contemplate photos capturing the life and people on the plateau, a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks. A pair of pan-pipes with the largest size in Hanoi (nearly 7 meters) created by Mong ethnic artisans will be displayed at the event. Furthermore, a traditional swimming festival in the northern province of Phu Tho will be also re-enacted at the village, demonstrating the martial art spirit and resilience of ancestors. The organising board will also host a full-moon day festival of the Dao ethnic minority people from Hanoi’s Ba Vi district to pay tribute to the deceased. Two historical documentary films will be also screened during the month.-VNA... [read more]

World documentary heritages in Viet Nam are being introduced at an exhibition which officially opened at Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) in Ha Noi on August 26. On display are over 70 photos and archives on printing woodblocks, imperial rescripts and imperial literature on Hue imperial architecture, in addition to 16 reproductions of woodblocks produced under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), which have been recognised by UNESCO as world documentary heritages. Through the exhibition, visitors will be provided with information on the official names of the country, imperial examinations of the Nguyen Dynasty and the national spirit through poems on Hue imperial architecture. Each page of the printing woodblocks tells a story about the country’s names through the course of the historical periods, from the Hung Kings era to the Nguyen Dynasty. Through imperial rescripts, many issues related to education and training policies, as well as examinations held under the Nguyen Dynasty, are introduced. The imperial literature on Hue imperial architecture are presented in the form of poems in Han script which were carved, enameled and applied on different materials, affirming the good cultural traditions of the nation as well as the pride of the beautiful country. The exhibition, co-organised by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre and the Centre for Scientific and Cultural activities of Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam, will last until the end of September. ... [read more]

NDO - A wide range of activities have been held in localities across the nation to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam's National Day (September 2). On August 27, Ly Thai To monument in Hoan Kiem District and the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sport organised the fourth Hanoi Open Cycling Tournament 2017. The tournament features the participation of almost 400 athletes from 42 bike clubs of Hanoi, other provinces and cities across the country. This year’s competition, which includes eight categories, is one of a number of cultural and sporting events to mark the 72nd anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). The sporting event is expected to promote the movement requiring the public to take part in physical activities following the example of Uncle Ho, strengthening the friendly relations between Hanoi and the provinces and cities throughout the country. On the same day, in Tuy Hoa city, the 27th Phu Yen Newspaper cross-country running tournament 2017 was organised by the Phu Yen Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Phu Yen Newspaper. The event attracts over 200 athletes from 24 teams, who will compete in six categories. On the evening of August 27, a ceremony held in Hanoi to honour and present scholarships to 50 outstanding students, who are children of AO victims and wounded or fallen soldiers. The event was attended by former Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan. The ceremony aims to honour and encourage the students…... [read more]

NDO – World documentary heritages in Vietnam are being introduced at an exhibition which officially opened at Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) in Hanoi on August 26. On display are over 70 photos and archives on printing woodblocks, imperial rescripts and imperial literature on Hue imperial architecture, in addition to 16 reproductions of woodblocks produced under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), which have been recognised by UNESCO as world documentary heritages. Through the exhibition, visitors will be provided with information on the official names of the country, imperial examinations of the Nguyen Dynasty and the national spirit through poems on Hue imperial architecture. Each page of the printing woodblocks tells a story about the country’s names through the course of the historical periods, from the Hung Kings era to the Nguyen Dynasty. Through imperial rescripts, many issues related to education and training policies, as well as examinations held under the Nguyen Dynasty, are introduced. The imperial literature on Hue imperial architecture are presented in the form of poems in Han script which were carved, enameled and applied on different materials, affirming the good cultural traditions of the nation as well as the pride of the beautiful country. The exhibition, co-organised by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre and the Centre for Scientific and Cultural activities of Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam, will last until the end of September. ... [read more]

NDO - Documentary heritages of the Nguyen Dynasty will be introduced to people in Hanoi through an exhibition called 'Accessing world's documentary heritages in Vietnam through Nguyen Dynasty's documentary heritages'. The documentary heritages including printing woodblocks, imperial rescripts and imperial literature on Hue imperial architecture will be showcased at the Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature) beginning on August 26. More than 70 archives and photos on printing woodblocks, imperial rescripts and imperial literature on Hue imperial architecture in addition to 16 reproductions of woodblocks will provide information about the official names of the country, imperial examinations of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the national spirit through poems on Hue imperial architecture, among others The exhibition will be jointly organised by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, the Centre for Scientific and Cultural activities of Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam, the National Archives Centre I and the National Archives Centre IV to mark the National Day on September 2. The printing woodblocks of the Nguyen Dynasty were included in the Memory of the World Register in 2009. The Nguyen Dynasty’s imperial decrees were honoured in 2014 as a documentary heritage in the Asia-Pacific register. Imperial literature on Hue imperial architecture was honoured as a documentary heritage at the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP)’s 7th General meeting in May 2016. The Nguyen Dynasty's imperial rescripts include information on laws, decrees, edicts and instructions for resolving problems in various fields such as politics, military affairs, foreign affairs,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Dozens of quan ho (love duets) artistes in Bac Ninh Province – cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Boat music: Quan Ho performances on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh City every Saturday aim to promote the art form within and outside the northern province.  Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house yard, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh City. The boat performances are among activities aiming to preserve values of the traditional art form that was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.   Tran Quang Nam, director of the province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said quan ho has different sub-genres, including hat chuc, hat mung (literally means greeting singing); hat tho or ritual singing; hat canh – a kind of singing competition between a village’s quan ho group with another group from another village, which takes place at night during every spring festival; and hat hoi or festival singing. “In hat hoi, the singers perform on a boat,” he said, explaining why the quan ho boat performance has been a significant part of any traditional festival in Bac Ninh Province for centuries. “We expect that the quan ho boat performance every Saturday night will be a meaningful cultural activity, helping introduce and promote further…... [read more]

Quan Ho performances on the Nguy​en Phi ​Y Lan Lake in B​ac Ninh City every Saturday aim to promote the art form within and outside the northern province. (Photo: VNA) Bac Ninh (VNA) – Dozens of Quan ho (love duets) artists in the northern province of Bac Ninh – the cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyen Phi Y Lan Lake in Bac Ninh city. The boat performances are among activities aiming to preserve values of the traditional art form that was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.   Tran Quang Nam, Director of the province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said Quan ho has different sub-genres, including hat chuc, hat mung (literally means greeting singing); hat tho (ritual singing); hat canh – a kind of singing competition between a village’s Quan họ group with another group from another village, which takes place at night during every spring festival; and hat hoi or festival singing. “In hat hoi, the singers perform on a boat,” he said, explaining why the Quan ho boat performance has been a significant part of any traditional festival in Bac Ninh province for centuries. “We expect that the Quan ho boat performance every Saturday night will be a meaningful cultural activity, helping introduce and further promote the unique art form to residents within…... [read more]

Dozens of quan họ (love duets) artistes in Bắc Ninh Province – cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Boat music: Quan Họ performances on the Nguyên Phi Ỷ Lan Lake in Bắc Ninh City every Saturday aim to promote the art form within and outside the northern province. - VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Thương Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house yard, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyên Phi Ỷ Lan Lake in Bắc Ninh City. The boat performances are among activities aiming to preserve values of the traditional art form that was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.   Trần Quang Nam, director of the province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said quan họ has different sub-genres, including hát chúc, hát mừng (literally means greeting singing); hát thờ or ritual singing; hát canh – a kind of singing competition between a village’s quan họ group with another group from another village, which takes place at night during every spring festival; and hát hội or festival singing. “In hát hội, the singers perform on a boat,” he said, explaining why the quan họ boat performance has been a significant part of any traditional festival in Bắc Ninh Province for centuries. “We expect that the…... [read more]

A peaceful corner of Tien Yen town Tien Yen town on a summer afternoon. The roads and ancient houses had just been washed by a rain shower.  The town contains two types of ancient houses: those built by the Chinese in the early 20th century and those with French architecture. The streets are laid out in a grid pattern, like a chessboard. There are no sidewalks.  The 2-story tube houses are covered with clay roof tiles. The 40-centimeter-thick walls are made of rocks or of bricks made with lime, red soil, and sand, while the ceilings are made of wood.  Each house has a small wooden staircase, a balcony, and a backyard, making the house cool in summer and warm in winter.  Tien Yen’s residents are Kinh - the majority people of Vietnam –as well as Chinese and people of the San Chi and Dao minority groups. The old Tien Yen town is captured in Loan's photo. Photographer Can Dinh Loan, who was born in Tien Yen, said, “Tien Yen town sits next to a calm, romantic river. Ethnic groups gather and trade their products at an always-crowded market where there is no bargaining. The town is so peaceful and safe. We can leave our doors open any time we want. All the locals know each other. We always greet whoever we meet on the street. That makes…... [read more]




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