The 17th Viet Nam Poetry Day officially opened on February 17 in Ha Noi, featuring a wide range of activities.
The Viet Nam Poetry Day, from February 16-21 in Ha Noi 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 Viet Nam 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 Viet Nam.
The VWA has established a translation centre, which is building a long-term plan for translating Viet Nam’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 Viet Nam 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 Viet Nam 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.