Khanh Hoa artists amid COVID-19 pandemic

Monday, 28/06/2021, 23:15 [GMT+7]

Khanh Hoa artists amid COVID-19 pandemic

It has been nearly two months since cultural and art activities in Khanh Hoa were suspended to prevent and control COVID-19 outbreak. However, the province’s artists have still created and practiced to improve their skills waiting for a comeback.
 
Sculptor Ngo Van Thanh, head of Fine Art Department, Faculty of Art (Khanh Hoa University) said that the pandemic has not affected his work; on the contrary, it has given him more time to take care more of his art works. He is creating and working on three sculptures, two of which are the round portrait statues, 60cm high, and one cast aluminum relief, size 80 x 120cm. Besides, he teaches his students online.
 
 
Sculptor Ngo Van Thanh making a portrait
Sculptor Ngo Van Thanh making a portrait
 
The provincial poetry club (under Khanh Hoa Provincial Center for Culture and Cinema) has 15 affiliated clubs with more than 200 members. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, the club members often meet every week to exchange information and introduce their works. In nearly two recent months, most of the activities of the club have been carried out through social media. They formed Zalo and Facebook groups for the members to introduce their new art works and exchange ideas and information. “Our members are elderly; therefore, we have suggested them limit going out and refrain from gatherings to ensure safety for themselves and other people. Although staying at home, the club members have actively created new works, especially about COVID-19 prevention and control,” said Nguyen Thi Thanh Tri, head if the provincial poetry club.
 
In the past recent days, the leadership of Hai Dang Song and Dance Troupe has still assigned the task of singing and dancing practice to its artists. After practicing, the troupe will gather for rehearsals. The artists and staff of the troupe have also been requested to limit gathering at the headquarters and ensure that they fully comply with the regulations on the prevention and control against COVID-19, according to Tran Duc Ha, head of Hai Dang Song and Dance Troupe. Singer Hai Ly of the troupe said that the troupe’s artists miss their audience and stages so much as they cannot perform due to the pandemic. They are practicing hard to be ready for their comeback. 
 
According to the previously issued plan, from April 30 to the end of July, Khanh Hoa Province would hold a series of cultural and art activities and events about Thien Y A Na Holy Mother and program named "Nha Trang - Welcome Summer 2021". However, for the sake of communities, these activities and events were cancelled or postponed due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Khanh Hoa artists are complying with the regulations and at the same time continuing to practice to improve their skills and be ready for the future performances. 
 
Giang Đinh
Translated by H.N