The week, which will run until December 5, aims to honour the value of the great poet’s literary works, including the well-known and highly regarded ‘Truyen Kieu’ (Tale of Kieu).
The highlight of the opening ceremony was a unique arts programme performed by nearly 300 artisans, actors, actresses and artists from Nghi Xuan district.
The performances praised the beauty of the land and people of Ha Tinh province as well as featured the life and career of the great poet and the popularity of the ‘Tale of Kieu’ both in Vietnam and throughout the world.
The Cultural – Tourism Week will continue with a wide variety of cultural activities including a public arts festival featuring folk arts of the North Central and the Red River Delta regions, an exhibition showcasing 150 large canvases illustrating the ‘Tale of Kieu’ and its translations in many foreign languages.
In addition, a set of stamps celebrating the 250th anniversary of Nguyen Du’s birthday will be issued and five films on the great poet and the ‘Tale of Kieu’ will be screened on the occasion.
The week will conclude with a grand national ceremony marking 250th birthday of the great poet Nguyen Du on December 5 in Ha Tinh city with the attendance of numerous leaders of the Party and State as well as a number of international delegates.
Nguyen Du (1766-1820), also known as To Nhu and Thanh Hien, was recognised by UNESCO as a World Cultural Celebrity in 2003.
His most influential work is the ‘Tale of Kieu’, an epic with more than 3,200 verses written in “luc bat” (six-eight), a traditional form of Vietnamese poetry. It has been translated into over 20 foreign languages including Chinese, English, French, Japanese and Russian.