Vietnamese Water Puppets in Jerusalem

Hai Phong Puppet Theater will stage a water puppet show in the opening ceremony of the 16th International Festival of Puppet Theatre in Jerusalem, Israel this Saturday.

It will be the first performance of the Vietnamese folk art in Israel and will feature 14 culturally specific segments like the lion dance, the dragon dance and buffalo fighting.

"Vietnamese water puppetry dates back hundreds of years. Viet Nam will bring to the festival original puppet shows highlighting rural life," the festival’s organizing committee said.

Besides the festival, Hai Phong Puppet Theater from the northern port city of the same name will perform elsewhere in Jerusalem and a few other cities until the end of August.

The Jerusalem festival, held annually, attracts puppet companies from Denmark, France, Russia, Italy, Spain and many other places. This year’s event will last until August 16.

At the same time, Jerusalem will be holding its annual Handicraft and Fine Arts Fair from August 6 to 18 and the Ngo Ha Cooperative of Viet Nam’s Ha Tay Province will be participating, the Israeli embassy has announced.

The busy fair attracts hundreds of local and foreign producers together with more than 100,000 visitors.

Source TT, Nhan dan – Translated by Kim Khanh

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