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Traditional handicrafts threatened by oblivion

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

Traditional handicraft products sold during Tet holidays such as fruit jams, flowers and ceremonial bronze incense burners have not yet gained popularity with people in Ho Chi Minh City.

Workers are casting incensories in Thong Tay Hoi handicraft village in Go Vap District. (Photo: SGGP)

The village of Thong Tay Hoi in Go Vap District which is famous for bronze casting of incense burners is usually busy at this time of year. However, the village is gradually witnessing a disappearance of this hundred year old craft. Most artisans have closed their workshops and moved on to other careers.


More than a decade ago Go Vap village was reputed for its seasonal flowers. Nowadays, most of the local people have switched to growing the more profitable ornamental flowers and bonsai trees. Besides, bonsai do not require much land to grow and farmers earn a substantial income from an area of only 100 sqm. Go Vap village currently provides a large variety of bonsai throughout the country even though bonsai trees only sell to those who can afford their high price.


Duong Sat (Railway) housing estate on Ly Thai To Street in District 3 which was once a jam manufacturing village is also facing hard times. Once a cottage industry it now has hundreds of its households switching to other businesses compelled by  increasing  raw material prices and lack of funds to modernize their units.


Old traditional handicrafts have lost their appeal in the new urban society of high-rise buildings. The question remains, should local authorities make efforts in restoring and preserving craft villages for future generations in Vietnam?

Source: SGGP

Traditional medicine forum agrees on plan

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Photographer focuses on traditional puppetry

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Traditional medicine preservation project to bring new breath to Cham village

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

It is surprising to learn that residents of two 1,200-household villages in the central province of Ninh Thuan’s district Ninh Hai are herbalists, although Cham people are well known for their traditional medicine.

An herbalist examines a patient by feeling her pulse (Photo: SGGP)

A majority of the Cham population are living in villages Phuoc Nhon and An Nhon in Xuan Hai commune in district Ninh Hai. Most of Cham herbalists have knowledge of medicinal vegetation, including 300 species of 97 plant families.


Their age-old medicine has been influenced by herbalists of China and India, according to herbalist Nguyen Xuan Tuyen, chairman of the province Herb Association.


Of around 800 members of the association, over 640 have been trained to make drugs from plants found in nature. They net their living on the traditional medicine.


Some 13 shops selling drugs said around one ton of herbal medicine is consumed daily and most herbs are taken from the jungle, making precious herbs at risk of extinction, causing concern to experienced herbalists.


It is for this reason that the traditional medicine preservation project, funded by Global Environment Facility, has operated this year in An Nhon and Phuoc Nhon. The local government is satisfied with the project, providing one hectare of land for planting herbs with 30 households being selected to grow vegetation in their garden.


Tran Ngoc Phan, Xuan Hai commune People’s Committee Chairman, said herbalists in the two villages struggle hard to make their living in faraway districts or even in Laos, Cambodia and China; but when the village’s herb has its own brand name, they would not need to travel far from their houses, rather people would come to them to receive examinations.


Moreover, tour guides can take travelers to the village as part of sightseeing tours. Perhaps a “cure tour” to the traditional medicine village can be combined with visiting other craft villages like Bau Truc ceramic – one of the two oldest ceramic villages in Southeast Asia- Chakleng – My Nghiep weaving center with diversified well-known products in Ninh Thuan, Mr. Phan proposed.


If the plan goes well on, herbs of the Cham ethnic minority would become widely famous and lives of residents improved, said Mr. Phan.


The project brings hope that villages there will be covered with herbs and most residents could be both herbalists and tour guides and that the next generation will continue the work to ensure the two villages are prosperous in the future.

Source: SGGP

Binh Dinh to host international traditional martial art festival

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:58 am

More than 500 martial artists from 75 groups originating in 30 foreign countries and territories, together with 35 local teams, are set to participate in the International traditional martial art festival, taking place at Qui Nhon city’s stadium in the central province of Binh Dinh from August 1 to 4.

The festival will feature many martial art performances of Vietnamese and foreigners.

One of the highlights is a martial art beauty contest for female martial artists aged 18 to 25.
The central province of Binh Dinh is well-known as the birthplace of many of the country’s martial arts. The festival is a good chance to promote traditional martial arts.

The local authorities also hope to attract visitors with local specialty foods and tours to famous destinations such as King Quang Trung’s Museum, the thousand-year-old Cham towers and Ghenh Rang Beach.


 


 

Source: SGGP

Difficulties maintaining traditional puppetry

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

Puppetry is a special kind of traditional Vietnamese art. This art not only provides quality education and entertainment for children, but also it enhances their aesthetics. However, there have been fewer and fewer puppet shows recently.

 A puppet show of the legend ‘Son Tinh (Mountain God) and Thuy Tinh (Water God)’ is performed by the HCM City Puppetry Art Troupe.

A festival of folk games and puppetry, featuring 11 programs from southern cities and provinces including Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa, Dong Nai, Dak lak, Binh Thuan, Kien Giang, Can Tho and others, was held in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang from July 31 to August 1.

Experts said that this year’s festival was poorer than previous events. The number of participants and diversified activities has been reduced, due to a shortage skillful artists and artisans, who often lack the money to make puppets.

“The management board of the puppet troupe of HCM City’s District 8 tries to maintain the troupe’s activities. Puppetry has made an outstanding contribution in educating and propagandizing children,” said deputy director of District 8’s Children House Huynh Anh Kiet.

Ho Chi Minh City is seeing a very feeble puppetry activity and a shortage of talent within younger generations.

The city’s puppetry art troupe, part of the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, faces many difficulties, such as the closing of the theater on Dong Khoi Street, a “golden place” in the city center, which attracted local and foreign visitors. A temporary stage was arranged at the Nguyen Du Sport Club in District 1, which is far away from the head office located in District 11’s Cultural Center, reducing numbers of performances as well as quality of plays.

Insiders are also afraid that the city’s government will merge HCM City Puppetry Art Troupe and HCM City Circus Troupe into one entity in the future.

“Puppetry and circuses are different art forms. They have their own development and audience. Merging the two will make it difficult for them to develop independently,” said Director and painter Dang Tri Duc, a member of the HCM City Puppetry Union.

Puppetry mainly serves children and educates them through legends, fairy and folk tales about truth, goodness and beauty.

Puppetry should be preserved and developed in accordance with modern life as an invaluable traditional art.

The government must prioritize training the next generation to carry on the traditional art form of puppetry.

Source: SGGP

Binh Dinh to host international traditional martial art festival

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:18 am

More than 500 martial artists from 75 groups originating in 30 foreign countries and territories, together with 35 local teams, are set to participate in the International traditional martial art festival, taking place at Qui Nhon city’s stadium in the central province of Binh Dinh from August 1 to 4.

The festival will feature many martial art performances of Vietnamese and foreigners.

One of the highlights is a martial art beauty contest for female martial artists aged 18 to 25.
The central province of Binh Dinh is well-known as the birthplace of many of the country’s martial arts. The festival is a good chance to promote traditional martial arts.

The local authorities also hope to attract visitors with local specialty foods and tours to famous destinations such as King Quang Trung’s Museum, the thousand-year-old Cham towers and Ghenh Rang Beach.


 


 

Source: SGGP

Traditional medicine preservation project to bring new breath to Cham village

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

It is surprising to learn that residents of two 1,200-household villages in the central province of Ninh Thuan’s district Ninh Hai are herbalists, although Cham people are well known for their traditional medicine.

An herbalist examines a patient by feeling her pulse (Photo: SGGP)

A majority of the Cham population are living in villages Phuoc Nhon and An Nhon in Xuan Hai commune in district Ninh Hai. Most of Cham herbalists have knowledge of medicinal vegetation, including 300 species of 97 plant families.


Their age-old medicine has been influenced by herbalists of China and India, according to herbalist Nguyen Xuan Tuyen, chairman of the province Herb Association.


Of around 800 members of the association, over 640 have been trained to make drugs from plants found in nature. They net their living on the traditional medicine.


Some 13 shops selling drugs said around one ton of herbal medicine is consumed daily and most herbs are taken from the jungle, making precious herbs at risk of extinction, causing concern to experienced herbalists.


It is for this reason that the traditional medicine preservation project, funded by Global Environment Facility, has operated this year in An Nhon and Phuoc Nhon. The local government is satisfied with the project, providing one hectare of land for planting herbs with 30 households being selected to grow vegetation in their garden.


Tran Ngoc Phan, Xuan Hai commune People’s Committee Chairman, said herbalists in the two villages struggle hard to make their living in faraway districts or even in Laos, Cambodia and China; but when the village’s herb has its own brand name, they would not need to travel far from their houses, rather people would come to them to receive examinations.


Moreover, tour guides can take travelers to the village as part of sightseeing tours. Perhaps a “cure tour” to the traditional medicine village can be combined with visiting other craft villages like Bau Truc ceramic – one of the two oldest ceramic villages in Southeast Asia- Chakleng – My Nghiep weaving center with diversified well-known products in Ninh Thuan, Mr. Phan proposed.


If the plan goes well on, herbs of the Cham ethnic minority would become widely famous and lives of residents improved, said Mr. Phan.


The project brings hope that villages there will be covered with herbs and most residents could be both herbalists and tour guides and that the next generation will continue the work to ensure the two villages are prosperous in the future.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi to launch tours of traditional handicraft villages

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:33 am

The Hanoi Department of Trade and Industry will cooperate with travel companies to offer tours to traditional handicraft villages in June.

The new service will promote handicraft products to local and international visitors. (Photo: KK)

The one-day tours are to include Chuon Ngo mother-of-pearl inlaying village – Thang Loi embroidery village – Ha Thai lacquer village; Phu Vinh bamboo and rattan knitting village-Van Phuc silk weaving village and Tay Phuong Pagoda; Van Phuc silk weaving village- Son Dong sculpture village; and Bat Trang – Giang Cao  ceramics village; Kieu Ky garment and gold gilding village.


The new service aims to mark the Grand celebration of 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi; promote handicraft products, tourism potential and historical and cultural value, and refined talent of artisans of traditional handicraft villages in the capital to local and international visitors.


The department has worked together with local authorities to clean the environmental landscape and architecture, and ensure public security in the villages to greet visitors.


 

Source: SGGP

Colorful, traditional Hue festival on the go

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

Hue Festival 2010 kicked off in the central city of Hue on June 5 with a grand, colorful ceremony at Ngo Mon Square and an artistic performance rich of traditional musical genres.

A performance during the Hue Festival 2010 opening ceremony on Saturday night (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)

The festival began with a dance with flags by more than 100 children and artists, featuring impressively the voyage of the transfer of the capital city from Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh) to Thang Long (now Hanoi). It was a celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and the 50th anniversary of the sister cities of Hanoi – Hue – Saigon.


The opening ceremony, which saw the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong, included performances by artists from France, Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Belgium.


With the theme “Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development”, the Hue Festival this year, from June 5-13, will have a wide range of large-scale, impressive cultural shows.


It will see re-enactments reviving royal rituals such as the Nam Giao Offering Ritual, Dem Hoang Cung – the Royal Place by Night—a colorful blend of food and wine served at a royal banquet and a spectacular lights show.


Highlights of the festival will include the Kham Pha Huyen Thoai Song Huong programme, which offers snapshots of the river’s history, legends and beauty, and “Hanh Trinh Mo Coi” which presents the nation’s journey to reclaim the lands in the south of the country from the 10th century to 1945.


The Naval maneuvers of Lord Nguyen Phuc Lan, will also be re-enacted on the Huong River to celebrate the 375 years since Lord Lan chose Kim Long as the capital city. Close to 1,000 people and 72 warships are expected to take part in the event.


In particular, the three forms of traditional Vietnamese arts that have been recognized by UNESCO as world cultural heritages – Nha Nhac (royal music), Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) and Quan Ho (love duets ) and other traditional types of music like Cheo (traditional opera) and folk songs will be performed together in a programme called “The Breath of Water.”


Dem Phuong Dong (Oriental night) will spotlight the charming and unique beauty of several Asian costumes, including the Vietnamese Ao Dai (traditional long dress).


According to the organizers, the festival will see the participation of over 1,500 artists and performers from 48 foreign troupes from 28 countries around the world, and 17 local troupes.


First held in 2000, the biennial Hue Festival has been a tremendous success. In 2008, the festival attracted nearly 2,000 domestic and foreign artists and 180,000 visitors, including 30,000 from overseas.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

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Source: SGGP