A string puppetry performance at the opening ceremony of the festival

The festival was held to preserve and uphold the values of traditional water puppetry art and enhance the quality of activities of local water puppet troupes.

It also offered opportunities for localities to pay more attention to folk and amateur artisans, focus on training and popularization of high-quality water puppetry art, meeting the public’s demands.

This year, the festival saw the participation of five traditional water puppet troupes from five communes and wards in Hanoi, namely Binh Phu and Thach Xa (Thach That district), Dao Thuc (Dong Anh district), Te Tieu (My Duc district), and Sai Son (Quoc Oai district).

Speaking at the ceremony, Ly Thi Thuy Hanh, Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports, shared that water puppetry is a traditional folk art, requiring meticulous investment in equipment and performance props.

A water puppetry performance at the festival

She added the festival was an occasion for water puppet troupes around Hanoi to meet and share experience in water puppetry performances.

Performances at the festival re-enacted glorious historical events of the country, portrayed the daily life and production activities of Vietnamese people, and introduced unique folk games imbued with Vietnamese culture.

The festival took place at “thuy dinh” (communal house on the water with decorations typical of Northern Vietnamese villages) stage area at the Cultural Center of Hanoi at No.7, Phung Hung street, Ha Dong district, Hanoi.

Translated by Quynh Oanh