Hanoi – a city with many stories

An art work is displayed in the exhibition. Photo: VNA

An art work is displayed in the exhibition. Photo: VNA

‘In a City’ is the name of an exhibition about the capital city of Hanoi, which opened on the middle of May.

Funded by the British Council in Vietnam, ‘In a City’ features a book, a multi-media exhibition and an e-book version.

Within three months from November 2008 to March 2009, six teams of writers and photographers each selected a physical space or community within Hanoi and set out – using words, photographs, video and sound – to tell the everyday stories of the people they encountered.

Hanoi is a city of characters. In its streets or in its slum areas, from the intensity of the Old Quarter to the intimacy of neighbourhood blocks, there are more than 6.5 million people with something to say. ‘In a City’ is a collection of some of their passions, problems, relationships and routines, vocations and obsessions.

Running until May 21, the event is part of ‘Inclusive Cities’ – a two-year initiative within the British Council’s regional Creative Cities project that celebrates and give a voice to communities living in East Asian cities, China, and the UK through performances, workshops and joint initiatives.

The project aims to raise awareness of the importance that the arts can make to community development and social cohesion and to make the arts accessible to a diverse range of community groups, said Simon Beardow, Acting Director of the British Council Vietnam.

Compiled by Minh Nguyen

Source: VNA


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