Exploring craft villages in Hanoi
Craft villages in Hanoi, travelers will soon have a chance to explore a typical daily life of the Hanoi’s citizens through an event called "Thang Long-Hanoi craft village, craft street tourism week".
According to Nhan Dan newspaper, the event will be held by the Association of Vietnamese Craft Villages, in cooperation with the Center for Preserving Co Loa and Hanoi Citadels, from April 27 to May 4 at Hanoi Ancient Citadel, 12 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Ba Dinh District in the capital city of Hanoi Vietnam.
The event, which is celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, honors village and street craftspeople and artisans, and promotes Vietnamese tourism. The Thang Long Ancient Citadel is recognized as a national vestige.
A replica of a traditional village will be built, with a village gate made of Bat Trang bricks, ancient Vietnamese houses and bamboo houses of the northern delta region, including an ancient alter and enactment of a ceremony of ancestor worship. A village market and life in an imperial city will be represented, and Hoi An Vietnam will construct ancient houses and launch a 1,000 meter length dragon kite.
The exhibition will be decorated with traditional crafts, such as kites, decorative multi-coloured lanterns, palm-leaf conical hats, Ha Dong silk and Bat Trang bricks. The cultural area of 36 original streets in Hanoi will be evoked with a handicraft and fine arts display.
Hoa Lu Handicraft Company will open a showroom called "Hanoi -ancient streets- old craft". On entering the showroom, tourists will be able to imagine the trading villages and streets of Thang Long Citadel 1,000 years ago.
The ’Thang Long magnanimity’ festival will open with a parade of artisans, thousands of torches and a drumming festival through streets around the citadel, and the festival will feature tours of Hong River and Bat Trang craft village by Phu Le Gia Company, Dao Thuc water puppetry, hat xam (songs of a strolling blind musician) and folk games to support the craft villages. Finally, a contest for artisans to generate products with the theme "the imprint of Thang Long - Hanoi" will be held.
(Source: SGT, URL: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/04/780060/)