Diverse arts playgrounds for children

By DA NANG Today / DA NANG Today
June 10, 2022, 16:13 [GMT+7]

Over the past time, a wide range of activities and arts playgrounds for children have been organised across Da Nang, thereby, satisfying the healthy entertainment demand of children and discovering and incubating arts talents for the city’s arts movement.

A folk music performance by pupils from the Le Van Tam Primary School at the ‘I Love Folk Songs’ Festival. Photo: XUAN DUNG
A folk music performance by pupils from the Le Van Tam Primary School at the ‘I Love Folk Songs’ Festival. Photo: XUAN DUNG

Many activities suitable for children’s interests and talents

The 2nd ‘Raising Wings for Dreams’ painting exhibition for disadvantaged, disabled and orphaned children was held at the Da Nang Fine Arts Museum, 78 Le Duan Street.

Co-organised by the museum, the city’s Association for Supporting Orphans and the Disabled, and the Care Center for Disadvantaged Children (Village of Hope), the exhibition aimed to celebrate the International Children's Day (June 1).

Also, its purpose is to create a useful playground for disadvantaged, disabled and orphaned children to develop their talents and passion for arts, as well as give spiritual encouragement to them to well integrate into the community.

On display at the exhibition were more than 60 paintings created by children with diverse materials such as wax, oil wax and watercolours. The displayed paintings showcase children’s pure and innocent souls, their simple dreams, and their special love for their homeland and country.

Deputy Director of the Da Nang Fine Arts Museum Nguyen Thi Trinh said that through the exhibition, many children were founded to be gifted in fine arts. She added, if these children were properly trained, they could become the next force of the city's fine arts in the future.

Between March and September, the ‘Youth Arts Playground’ programme takes place at the western bank of the Rong (Dragon) Bridge opposite the city's Museum of Cham Sculpture on every Friday evening.

Hosted by the municipal Youth Union, the playground aims to offer a good opportunity for Youth Union members from universities and colleges, and teenagers, in Da Nang to show off their talents.

The event features such fascinating outdoor activities such as flashmob performances, street dances, and hip-hop, street arts programmes, and Tiktok dance cover contest with the participation of Youth Union members, young people and tourists.

Nguyen Thi Phuong Trinh, a Youth Union member in Lien Chieu District, said that, most cultural and arts activities in the city were temporarily suspended due to the impact of COVID-19.

To meet the current increasing demand for cultural and arts activities among young people, the municipal Youth Union organised the ‘Youth Arts Playground’ programme with many activities suitable for the interests and talents of young people.

“It's been a long time since I've stood on stage and perform, so I'm very excited. I hope that in the future, many cultural and arts activities for young people will be held in the city in a bid to increase tourist numbers" Trinh shared.

Satisfying entertainment needs of locals and visitors

Within the framework of the ‘Youth Arts Playground’ programme, the municipal Youth Union has recently coordinated with the local Department of Education and Training to organise the ‘I love folk songs’ Festival which hattracted the participation of hundreds of pupils at all levels.

According to the Department of Education and Training, the festival slated for May and June aims to create an useful and healthy playground for pupils citywide to promote their talents.

The online preliminary rounds of the festival attracted more than 100 video clips made by pupils from elementary to secondary schools in the city.

As a result, 41 outstanding performances have been selected for three final nights which are scheduled for May 27, June 3 and June 10 at the western end of the Dragon Bridge. The awards ceremony is expected to be held on June 10.

Le Huong Lam, a pupil of grade 4/1 at the To Hien Thanh Primary School in Ngu Hanh Son District, said "I like traditional arts so I often participate in my school's cultural programmes. This is the first time I have competed in a big show so I'm nervous, but also very happy. The programme helps me and my friends understand and love more the national cultural identity.”

Deputy Secretary of the municipal Youth Union Nguyen Thi Anh Thao said that in the coming time, the organisation plans to coordinate with other units such as the Department of Education and Training and the Da Nang Children's Palace to bring folk songs to schools.

As planned, a number of fascinating programmes, such as a festival of dance groups and an English singing contest, will be organised in the city to satisfy the needs and interests of young people.

Reporting by XUAN DUNG - Translating by M.DUNG