HCM City offers cultural activities for Tet

A series of cultural activities celebrating Tet (Lunar New Year), which begins on February 12, will be organised next week in HCM City.

HCM City offers cultural activities for Tet
Traditional artists will perform at the Nhạc Hội Đờn Ca Tài Tử Nam Bộ (South Folk Music Festival) in front of the city’s Opera House on Dong Khoi Street, District 1, on January 30. The event is among many cultural activities organised by the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and its partners to celebrate Tet. (Photo courtesy of the organiser)

A traditional music festival titled Nhạc Hội Đờn Ca Tài Tử Nam Bộ (South Folk Music Festival) will take place in front of the city’s Opera House on Dong Khoi Street, District 1, on January 30.

The two-day event, organised by the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will feature dozens of artists from traditional art troupes in the city and neighbouring provinces. 

Hundreds of songs and instrumental music pieces will be performed. Patriotism, peace, love, youth and spring will be the event’s themes. 

Highlighted songs will include Dạ Cổ Hoài Lang (Night Drumbeats for an Absent Husband) written in 1919 by well-known composer Cao Van Lau, a native of the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu. The song tells of the love, anguish and pride of a young woman watching her husband fight for the country.  

Vo Trong Nam, deputy director of the department, said the festival would give people, particularly youth, the opportunity to appreciate and preserve the region’s traditional music during Tet. 

“Tài tử music is considered the prototype for vọng cổ (nostalgic tunes) and cải lương (reformed opera) of southern Vietnam. It began more than 100 years ago and was recognised as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2013.” 

The city will open the Tet Flower Market with the theme of Trên Bến Dưới Thuyền (Flowers on the Boats along the Wharf) on District 8’s Nguyen Van Cua Street on February 6. 

 

Hundreds of indigenous flowers, bonsai plants and trees, provided by florists and farms from southern provinces, will be displayed.  

A photo exhibition of late President Ho Chi Minh and the city named after the President will open on February 3 on Dong Khoi Street. 

The event will include photos and documents on the life and career of the President and the city’s achievements in economy, society and culture, and international integration. 

The annual HCM City Tet (Lunar New Year) Book Fair will open on Nguyen Van Binh Street on February 9. The fair will display several thousands of book titles from four local major publishers and book distributors, including the HCM City Book Distribution Corporation and Phương Nam Books.

Many books will feature topics on politics, history and culture to mark the 91st anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (February 3). 

Cultural centres around the city will also organise cultural programmes to welcome Tet. These events are expected to attract several thousand people and children at the weekend. VNS

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