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Hue pair to represent Vietnam in international kite competition (February 14, 2006)

Kite makers from Hue are representing Vietnam at the 11th Johon International Kite festival in Malaysia.
Two young kite makers from Hue are representing Vietnam at the 11th Johor International Kite Festival in Malaysia.

The two artisans, Nguyen Dang Hoang and Nguyen Duy Mui, left Vietnam on Sunday to take part in a festival that features kites from 20 countries, each famous for the art of making and flying kites.

While the festival presents Hoang and Mm with some stiff competition, the two kite-makers come from a town known as one of Vietnam's leading kite-making centres.

Along with 12 sets of traditional kites in shapes such as dragons, peacocks and butterflies, the two craftsmen will compete in the festival with a singing kite, which features a series of attached flutes that create a melodious sound when the kite is in flight.

Hue has long been known for its creative kite-making. In 1983, the Hue Kite Club was officially set up. Since 1994, kite-flying has become a tradition in the ancient capital and members of the city club have participated in festivals in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and France.

The first national kite-flying festival was held in Hue in September 2003, an event which saw more than 200 brightly-coloured kites take to the sky and glide over Ngo Mon (Noon Gate).

About 60 artisans came to the festival from cities and provinces across the country, including kite-flyers from HCM City, Hoi An and the provinces of Hai Duong, Ninh Thuan and Ha Tay, which are all known for their own kite-making traditions.

Audiences who miss the festival will get the chance to see the winning kites when they are displayed at the Johor museum.

Reprinted from VietNamNet


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