Annual book fair to open during Tết in HCM City

December 16, 2019 - 09:19

The HCM City annual Tết (Lunar New Year) Book Fair will open in the downtown from January 22-28 (from December 28 to January 4 on the lunar calendar).


A 3D image of a replica of the DK1 oil rig which will be displayed at the HCM City Tết Book Fair 2020 from January 22-28 during the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday. — Photo courtesy of the organiser

HCM CITY — The annual HCM City Tết (Lunar New Year) Book Fair will be held from January 22-28 (Dec 28 to January 4 on the lunar calendar) in downtown HCM City.

Từ Lương, deputy director of the city’s Department of Information and Communications and head of the organising board, said: “This year’s book fair has the theme of Điều Kỳ Diệu Từ Sách (Magical Things in Books) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event, which has been one of HCM City’s must-visit attractions during the Tết holiday.”

The fair will display around 65,000 book titles from four local major publishers and book distributors, including the HCM City Book Distribution Corporation, Phan Thị, Phương Nam Books and Thái Hà Books.

Most of the books will feature politics, history and cultural topics to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam.

A kids’ zone called “Thế Giới Kỳ Diệu Của Em” (My Magical World) will feature children’s books and traditional games.

The event’s highlight will be an exhibition Sài Gòn – Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh Trong Cách Mạng Giải Phóng Dân Tộc (1930-1975) (Sài Gòn – HCM City during the Revolution to Liberate the Country), organised by the State Records and Archives Department of Việt Nam.

Đặng Thanh Tùng, head of the department, said: “The exhibition will be an opportunity for the people and visitors in HCM City to approach first-hand documents on the Communist Party’s leadership role in the resistance war and in the process of nation building, and different periods of HCM City’s history.”

The exhibition will showcase more than 300 photos and documents preserved by the National Archives of Việt Nam, the National Archives of France, Việt Nam News Agency, and museums nationwide.

The photos and documents depict soldiers and residents in HCM City during the resistance war from 1930-1975.

The Trẻ (Youth) Newspapers will host an exhibition showcasing photos and documents about the oil rig safeguarding post No1 (DK1) on the Trường Sa (Spratly) Islands established 30 years ago, as well as the life of soldiers who are on duty at the rig.

A replica of DK1 rig will be set up to introduce the visitors a closer look and understanding of the rig, which is considered a “bulwark on the sea”.

A photo exhibition on the achievements of the Communist Party of HCM City in the 2016-2020 period and the city’s process in building a "smart city" will also be organised.

The HCM City Journalists Association will display more than 100 special publications from the city’s major newspapers and magazines including Trẻ (Youth), Thanh Niên (Young People) and Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn) at the fair.

In addition, there will be several talks between authors and cultural experts and visitors during the event.

The fair will take place on Mạc Thị Bưởi, Nguyễn Huệ and Ngô Đức Kế streets in District 1. — VNS