Country celebrates National Poetry Day

State President Truong Tan Sang met with an international gathering of poets at the Presidential Palace on February 5, on occasion of the first Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival in Hanoi.

State President Truong Tan Sang (2nd from L) meets international poets at the first Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival in Hanoi. (Photo: Sggp)

President Sang was very pleased to greet 81 foreign poets from 27 countries who had travelled to Vietnam for the first Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival.

He said that Vietnamese people have a traditional love for poetry that is regarded as a strong spiritual inclination that encourages all the people to overcome difficulties and challenges.

He affirmed that the poetry festival was a significant event that aims to honour the core values of humanity. The country will always create advantageous conditions for foreign poets to return to Vietnam for cultural activities, he added.

Poet Huu Thinh, Chairman of the Vietnam Writers’ Association, expressed his deep thanks to the Party, State and Vietnamese people for their support and for making this a successful event.

The first Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival titled ‘Poetry for a peaceful, cooperative and developed Asia-Pacific’ opened in the northern province of Quang Ninh on February 2.

Nearly 50 local poets joined more than 100 foreign poets from 27 countries. Well-known names such as Kim Jung Hwan, Kim Jae Hong  from South Korea; Ed Tick and ERC Wendy from the US; Jidi Majia from China will participate in the event.

The event is an opportunity for the country to promote Vietnam’s beautiful and serene landscapes and present its poetry to its international friends. Vietnamese poetry lovers will have a chance to enjoy famous poetry works by well known poets of the world.

The event is also expected to be a rendezvous for world cultures to merge and present the diversity of different cultures of other countries.

The festival will include various activities such as a flower and incense offering ceremony to poet and King Le Thanh Tong at the foot of the Bai Tho Mountain, a poetry reading session and a seminar on poetry.

German tourists taking part in the 10th Vietnam Poetry Day in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: Sggp)

On the other hand, the 10th Vietnam Poetry Day was organized at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) in Hanoi.

Cold weather in the early morning hours did little to deter the streams of people at home and abroad to join the event.

Many tents by poetry clubs from cities and provinces such as Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Vinh Phuc, Thanh Hoa, Hai Phong, Thai Nguyen, Cao Bang, Ha Tinh, Ha Nam and Phu Tho were put up in the yard.

Posters of famous Vietnamese poets including Quang Dung, Nguyen Dinh Thi, Nguyen Khoa Diem, Truc Thong, Y Nhi, Xuan Dieu, Huy Can and their poems were displayed everywhere.

There were two stages set up for local and foreign poets to read their works translated into English and Vietnamese languages.

In addition, the 10th Vietnam Poetry Day was also held at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City on February 5, organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Writers’ Association and Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper.

Members from poetry clubs from various Districts, Youth Cultural House, Labour Cultural Palace, Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, together with poets listed on websites and joined the event.

The event presented to readers poems by local and foreign authors, and performances of traditional dances and martial arts.

Quang Ngai Province’s Literature Arts Association also celebrated   National Poetry Day on February 5. The event introduced to readers poems and songs honouring the country and soldiers from Hoang Sa.

Related articles:
HCMC to host 10th Vietnam Poetry Day
Vietnam to host first Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival

By staff writers – Translated by Kim Khanh

Other news