By Vo Tham – Translated by Kim Khanh
By Mai An – Translated by Tan Nghia
“Sky of Knowledge” book festival is an opportunity to honor the value of books, affirming book’s position in enhancing people’s knowledge, experience, thinking and education.
Taking place from April 15-17 at the Hanoi Library, Hanoi’s book festival features various activities including an artistic book installation, talk shows about book and reading culture; knowledge competitions on Hanoi’s history and culture, the National Assembly of Vietnam through the periods and National Assembly elections; a painting competition themed “Hanoi: city for Peace”; and exploring the newly launched space of “Dream plus library”, among others.
|The book festival aims at praising reading movement in the community, especially children. Photo: Minh An.|
Especially, an exhibition commemorating the 110th anniversary of Uncle Ho’s departure to find the national salvation way (1911-2021) with 600 valuable documents will also be held.
Speaking at the opening of the book festival, Deputy Director of Hanoi Library Vuong Thi Ly emphasized: “This is an opportunity to honor the value of books, affirm book’s position in the socio-economic development the nation. It is also a chance for people to praise and honour the writers and those who are working in the field of book publishing, collection and archieve.”
This book festival aims at praising reading movement in the community, raising awareness of the people about the great significance and importance of reading culture as an inevitable way for social development since it enhances people’s knowledge, experience, thinking and education.
Hanoi (VNA) – “Cong Troi” (Sky Gate), a project offering Vietnamese artworks in digital form, is expected to expose Vietnamese art to collectors worldwide.
Pham Toan Thang, founder of “Cong Troi”, said the project creates opportunities for Vietnamese artists to step into the world.
He added that with NFTs, collectors from anywhere in the world can access and own NFT artworks from Vietnamese artists. The items are guaranteed for ownership, uniqueness and global transfer value.
Art lovers and collectors can find their works at https://congtroi.org .
Thang said his team is working with the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association , the Recording Industry Association of Vietnam, the Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF), and private collectors to build an NFT community featuring more artworks by Vietnamese artists./.
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The event gathers nearly 600 participants including representatives from the culture ministry, tourism management agencies and leading tourism firms. At the forum, participants analysed the importance of the domestic tourism situation, the development of domestic tourism in Vietnam and other neighbouring countries, and solutions to develop domestic tourism as a sustainable economic sector.
Speaking at the forum, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung said that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented difficulties but has also caused administrators to realise that the tourism industry was not balanced between international tourism and domestic tourism.
The Minister expressed his hope that the travel businesses participating in this forum would pioneers to impact on domestic tourism, causing domestic tourism to become the main product in the tourism structure in the new context of Vietnam being unable to open to the international tourism market.
The forum is considered as the affirmation and determination of the tourism industry in restoring tourism, and for the time being domestic tourism.
On the sidelines of the forum, there will be a signing ceremony of cooperation between the People’s Committee of Ninh Binh Province with Vietnam Airlines, VISTA and Ninh Binh Department of Tourism, four tourism associations of Ninh Binh – Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang – Can Tho; and Vietnam Airlines with Xuan Truong Construction Enterprise.