A life of poverty and hunger is far easier to bear among the people in Que Son District in the central province of Quang Nam than an existence that doesn’t include tuong, a classical drama. Tuong is connected strongly to the daily lives of the people, which has been a proud tradition among them for many generations. It is considered a spiritual dish which is always hungered for. Que Son District has 18 communes and 12 tuong troupes, according to Nguyen Hoang Chuong, director of Que Son District’s Culture and Sports Centre. Each club was founded by the local people under direction and support from the communal authorities. The amateur actors organise plays and practise together before staging public performances. A tuong festival is held every two years in the district to provide opportunity for artists to perform in the limelight. "Finding young people with a love for tuong in Que Son District is no longer as difficult as looking for a needle in a haystack," Chuong says. … [Read more...] about Tuong keeps flame of traditional art
Young people in Vietnam are spending their free time playing online games, writing blogs, socialising and shopping – is it a problem that they seem to have no time for traditional arts? Le Thi Ngoc Mai, a final-year student of the HanoiForeignTradeUniversity, admits she has never gone to theatre to watch a drama or a cheo (traditional operetta). Meanwhile, she is a enthusiastic student in more modern entertainment activities at her university. In her free time, Mai surfs internet – a daily habit. Similarly, students say they have never been to theatres to watch traditional arts or don’t pay attention to folk arts, but if their school organises a rock show, they are willing to join. Quynh Le from the HanoiUniversity for Social Sciences and Humanity is a rare case. After joining the Lim Festival in Bac Ninh, she “fell in love” with Bac Ninh love duets and since then she has been keen to learn more about traditional arts. Money or lifestyle? Since … [Read more...] about Do Vietnam’s youth need or want traditional arts?
(Cinet)- Recently, accepting the invitation of the University of Hobant Willam Smith, the professor Hoang Chuong, the professor Nguyen Thuyet Phong, the musician Mai Tuyet Hoa and the artist Kieu Anh visited America to introduce the Vietnamese traditional art in some universities in New York. The professor Ha-rít, the Head of the Department of Anthropology and Global Social Affairs of the university said that, he and the delegation of students already heard the professor Hoang Chuong present the art of tuong, cheo in Hanoi, especially the performance night of the extract of tuong, cheo which made he and American students interested, created good impressions on the Vietnamese culture. Therefore, in this year, he tries great efforts with the universities to invite the delegation to perform Vietnamese traditional art. The professor Hoang Chuong and the prodessor Nguyen Thuyet Phong already had the presentations before students, both talking and illustrating. The artist Kieu Oanh … [Read more...] about Introducing Vietnamese traditional art in America
(Cinet)- Young Cheo lovers will participate into many Cheo (traditional opera) plays at Kim Ngan temple as a passion for traditional arts in Hanoi on August 9. Project “ Cheo 48h- Toi cheo ve que huong” ( Cheo 48h- I comeback my hometown) is a non-profitable project to turn the arts of Cheo to the youth and love for Cheo. With an aim to bring the art of Cheo to the youth of Vietnam, the project has two facets; ‘Discovering Cheo’ - the training course held from July 4 -30, and ‘Experiencing Cheo’- a field trip to Khuoc village, one of the cradles of the Cheo art form, in Phong Chau commune, Dong Hung district, Thai Binh province. The project has attracted the participation of around 30 students from many high schools and universities in Hanoi. In addition to Cheo performances, the young artists will bring to stage folk dances, Quan Ho (love duet singing) and Xam singing (folk songs for blind beggars). The programme will feature the voices of … [Read more...] about Encouraging love of traditional arts from youngsters
NDO – As a graduate of the Vietnam Fine Arts University, painter Duong Hoang Linh has a deep passion for the traditional arts of his Tay ethic group. In recent years, he has organised a number of activities targeting children in order to bring them closer to the traditional arts Linh has recently established Hi Hung creative space in Hanoi, a cafeteria where children can learn about traditional Vietnamese values and cultural practices through folk games and activities. The space also hosts workshops for children and parents to join together in painting and making masks and lanterns. With the aim of bringing joy to children and inspiring their love for the traditional arts and culture of their country, Hi Hung centre has attracted much interest and appreciation among parents. In an interview with Nhan Dan Weekly, Linh shared his passion for traditional arts and his way to preserve the country’s folk culture. Question: How did you develop an interest in the traditional … [Read more...] about Young painter works to inspire love for traditional arts among children Most Recent News