Art activities celebrate National Day

Thursday, 2016-09-01 17:35:02
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NDO – A number of art activities have been held in provinces and cities around the country to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the National Day (September 2, 1945-2016).

An inauguration ceremony for new pedestrian streets, featuring traditional performances and also intended as a celebration of Vietnam’s National Day, will be held on September 1 at a stage near the statue of Emperor Ly Thai To in Hanoi.

Earlier, Hanoi decided to turn a number of streets into pedestrian zones from September 2016. The new pedestrian streets include Dinh Tien Hoan, Le Lai, Le Thach, Dinh Le, Nguyen Xi, Trang Tien, Hang Khay, Le Thai To, Lo Su, Hang Dau, Tran Nguyen Han, Luong Van Can, Bao Khanh, Trang Thi and Hang Trong Streets, and areas surrounding Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square and Hoan Kiem Lake. They supplement existing pedestrian zones in Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter, which include Hang Buom, Ma May, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien, Dao Duy Tu, Hang Dao, Hang Duong and Dong Xuan.

The series of activities to mark the opening of the new pedestrian streets and to celebrate the National Day will feature bookstands at the Bat Giac (Octagonal) Building and traditional games at areas including the Temple of the Jade Mountain and Ba Kieu Temple.

Traditional performances of ca tru (ceremonial singing) and cheo (northern traditional music and stage performances) and art exhibitions are set to serve visitors to the statue of Emperor Ly Thai To, the gardens at Ba Kieu Temple, Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square and The Huc Bridge.

Water puppetry shows will also be presented to entertain younger spectators.

Meanwhile, a photo exhibition, entitled “Forever Resounding the Heroic Spirit of Viet Nam,” is taking place in the city of Da Nang until September 3. The week-long event is part of the city’s celebrations for the 71st anniversary of the National Day.

The exhibition features over 100 impressive photos taken by sixteen local professional and amateur photographers. The photos showcase the glorious journey of the Vietnamese revolution and magnificent historical milestones in the country’s struggle for reunification, reconstruction and development. Other photos feature Da Nang’s remarkable achievements in the twenty years since it was given recognition as a centrally governed city on January 1, 1997.

In Thua Thien–Hue province, the provincial Cultural and Information Centre has organised its tenth Public Art Festival as part of activities to mark the 71st anniversary of the National Day.
The festival has drawn the participation of over 600 artists from 24 art troupes in the province. The artists have held 120 performances, which have focussed on praising the Party and Uncle Ho and the glorious tradition of the nation.

A special music and song programme at Suoi Tien Tourist Park in District 9 will kick off the city-wide festivities this weekend.

Ho Chi Minh City plans to organise numerous activities to mark the 71st anniversary of the National Day.

On September 2, municipal officials are scheduled to offer incense and wreaths to the late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ton Duc Thang at the Ho Chi Minh City branch of the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Ton Duc Thang Museum and the President Ho Chi Minh Memorial Park.

Firework shows, funded by donations, will be conducted near the tunnel under the Saigon River in District 2 and at Dam Sen Park in District 11. Many art performances will also take place across the city. Beginning August 31, a photo exhibition featuring the nation’s revolutionary struggle and achievements will be held along Nguyen Hue and Dong Khoi Streets.

Several sport games will be organised to celebrate the anniversaries, including a bicycle race around the city on September 2 and a table tennis competition from August 25-27.

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