Hanoi (VNA) – The 17th
Vietnam Poetry Day officially opened on February 17 in Hanoi, featuring a wide
range of activities.
The Vietnam Poetry Day, from February 16-21 in Hanoi capital city, Quang Ninh
and Bac Giang provinces, is being held along with the 4th International
Conference on Vietnamese literature promotion and the 2nd International Poem
Festival. The events attracted the participation of nearly 200 writers, poets
and translators from many countries worldwide.
Within the framework of the events, many
exchanges between Vietnamese poem lovers and foreign poets, and exhibitions on
life and career of great poets have been arranged.
Poet Huu Thinh, Chairman of the Vietnam Writers Association (VWA) said that the
Poetry Day is expected to contribute to promoting friendship among countries.
He highlighted innovation in poetry and literature activities in Vietnam.
The VWA has established a translation centre,
which is building a long-term plan for translating Vietnam’s literary and
poetry works into English as an intermediary to translate other languages.
Since its debut on Nguyen Tieu (the 15th day of
the first lunar month) in 2003, the Vietnam Poetry Day, the biggest poetry festival
in the country, has become a national tradition, taking place in the spring of
Starting out as an initiative of the Vietnam
Writers’ Association, the Poetry Day has been organised in many provinces and
cities to honour poetry, which has been an integral part of Vietnamese culture
for thousands of years. –VNA