The year’s most-anticipated poetry festival will take place at the
Temple of Literature in Hanoi this weekend, when the 11th National
Poetry Day coincides as usual with first full-moon of the year with the
theme Tuoi Tre Voi To Quoc (Youth and Nation).
youth will be the main focus of the poetry festival,” said Huu Thinh,
chairman of the Vietnam Writers Association, organiser of the festival.
“This is a chance to honour the creativity of youth and encourage their
In addition to the participation of poetry clubs
from Hanoi and surrounding areas, this year’s event will also include
the participation of students from 11 colleges and universities in
Hanoi and the northern province of Thai Nguyen, including Hanoi
Culture College , the University of Social Sciences and
Humanities, the University of Technology , and Thai Nguyen
“We will also focus on patriotism and
nationalism,” Thinh said, “Participants in Poetry Day will enjoy a
cultural festival with a chance to express their dreams and love and,
together with other poets, to express their responsibility to the
Poetry Day this year will also greet American war
veteran and poet Bruce Weigl, whose has published several anthologies,
including The Monkey Wars and Song of Napalm, which earned him a
Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1988. He was a strong opponent of the
American War in Vietnam and feels a strong connection to Vietnamese
The festivities will begin on the night of February
22 with a presentation of poems by students and poets from clubs
throughout the country. The best will be selected for presentation on
Poetry Day on February 24.
Poetry Day begins with a festival
procession which will be larger than ever this year, with the
participation of 120 performers from the Vietnam cheo (traditional
operetta) and tuong (classical drama) theatres. They will parade along
the streets around the Temple of Literature to honour poetry while
dancers perform to traditional music.
The poetry festival will
feature two stages, one for veteran poets and another for young ones.
The second stage promises to bring excitement to visitors, as musician
Le Viet Khanh and boy band M4U will cooperate with young poets to
present a performance of poetry and music.
In honour of the
70th anniversary of the Cultural Movement for National Salvation
[against the French domination], the writers association will also
exhibit works of writers, poets and cultural activists who have made
contributions to the nation’s independence cause.
famous works of 19 writers representing the movement will be on display
around Thien Quang Well at the Temple of Literature.
pay tribute to the nation’s sovereignty, an exhibition of maps and
artefacts marking the country’s maritime territory will be displayed, on
loan from several museums.-VNA