17th Vietnam Poetry Day opens in Hanoi

The 17th Vietnam Poetry Day officially opened on February 17 in Hanoi, featuring a wide range of activities.

The 17th Vietnam Poetry Day opens at Hanoi's Temple of Literature on February 17.
The 17th Vietnam Poetry Day opens at Hanoi's Temple of Literature on February 17.

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 each year.

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.