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“Hanoi in me - 2018” photo exhibition opens

Updated at Tuesday, 09 Oct 2018, 10:56
The Hanoitimes - The 13th “Hanoi in me” photo exhibition showcases 80 authentic and lively photos featuring artisans’ portraits, working life and daily activities in Hanoi`s craft villages.
The Economic & Urban newspaper in collaboration with the Hanoi Elderly Photographers Club and Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam Center of Scientific and Cultural Activities on October 9 opened to the public a photo exhibition titled “Hanoi in me - 2018” with theme of “Craft villages and streets” at the Temple of Literature.

The event, part of activities to celebrate the 64th anniversary of Hanoi’s Liberation day (October 10, 1954 – October 10, 2018), will run until October 13.
Representatives cut the ribbon to open the photo exhibition "Hanoi in me - 2018"
Representatives cut the ribbon to open the photo exhibition "Hanoi in me - 2018"
The opening ceremony saw the attendance of Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Journalist Association Ho Quang Loi, Deputy Director of the Press and Publishing Department under Central Committee for Propaganda Tran Thanh Lam, Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports To Van Dong.

After expanding its administrative boundaries, Hanoi is home to the largest number of craft villages in the country, with some 1,350 ones, of which 272 have been recognized as craft villages and 198 are traditional craft villages. 
Thanks to their skillfulness, artisans have created products with diverse models and of different materials such as bamboo and rattan, ceramics, woodwork, lacquer mosaics, culinary specialties, etc. These products are not only sold domestically but also exported to many countries in the world.
Nguyen Minh Duc, Editor-in-Chief of the Economic and Urban newspaper addressing the event
Editor-in-Chief of the Economic and Urban newspaper Nguyen Minh Duc addresses the event
Centuries ago, the artisans who migrated to the imperial city brought along with them traditional crafts from their home villages. They incessantly preserved and created products that have become more unique, sophisticated and diverse, contributing to linking the city’s streets and the craft villages. The streets bearing the names with “Hàng” (street) in Hanoi’s Old Quarter today have become the identity of the Hanoi craft culture, attractive destinations for both domestic and international travelers wishing to explore the capital city.

The 13th “Hanoi in me” photo exhibition is divided into three main sections, which are “Craft villages”, “Handicrafts”, and “Culinary professions”, which showcase 80 authentic and lively photos representing artisans’ portraits, working life and daily activities in Hanoi's craft villages. 

In Section 1, the photos form a big picture depicting the bustling and busy craft villages in Hanoi with “Multi-metal mosaic artisan” in Kham Thien street, Dong Da district, “Artisans on Hang Bac street”, “The last family on To Tich Street keeps their wood lathing craft”, “Devoted to preservation of Hang Trong folk painting”, “Banh com (green rice flake cakes) in Hang Than Street”, among others. 

Section 2, themed “Handicrafts”, describes real and lively activities at centuries-old handicraft villages on the outskirts of the city. Outstanding photos include “The sophistication of Chang Son paper fans”, “Producing lamp-shades in Phu Vinh (Chuong My), “Childhood in Chuong village (Thanh Oai)”, “Bat Trang ceramics”, etc. 
Participants are taking a look at the exhibition
Participants take a look at photos displayed at the exhibition
Meanwhile, “Culinary professions” in Section 3 has caught beautiful moments at villages where traditional specialties are made. Visitors can find the most amazing moments through “Carefully making cellophane noodles in So village (Quoc Oai district)”, “Sunny day”, “Thanh Tri roll rice cake”, “Young rice flake from Vong village - a flavor of Hanoi Autumn”, etc.

“Hanoi in me” is an annual exhibition held by the Economic and Urban newspaper in coordination with the Hanoi Elderly Photographers Club. With 12 events over the last 12 years, the event has become a gathering point of photography and Hanoi lovers every October. The event has left deep impression as it highlights true and long-lasting love for Hanoi, humanitarian professionalism, and lively experiences, said Editor-in-Chief of the Economic and Urban newspaper Nguyen Minh Duc.

Among the photos on display this year, many of them have contributed to leaving a hallmark for the “Hanoi in me” section of the Economic and Urban newspaper weekend issues over the past 13 years. It can be affirmed that the exhibition gathers the most spectacular and highest quality pictures themed “Craft villages and street” by members of the Hanoi Elderly Photographers Club, reporters and close collaborators of the newspaper. A lot of the photos have won awards at prestigious competitions. 

The 80 photos paint the life at craft villages and streets in Hanoi with real and lively colors. From the content to the layout, each photo has fresh and unique point of view that highlights the beauty, skillfulness and creativeness of handicraft workers. Through those lens, domestic and foreign visitors can feel the quintessence and uniqueness of craft villages and streets in Hanoi in particular and Vietnam in general. The event also contributes to encouraging Vietnamese people to consume made-in-Vietnam goods and attracting visitors to craft villages and streets for real experience.

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photos on display at the exhibition:


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