The 11th National Poetry Day is taking place at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi from Feb.22 – 24 under the theme Tuoi Tre Voi To Quoc (Youth and Nation).

The central stage of the annual festival, held on the first full-moon of the year, will be given to young people to express their love to the motherland, poetry and to the Vietnamese great poet – President Ho Chi Minh.

The festivities began on the night of Feb.22 with presentations of poems by students and poets from clubs throughout the country. The bests will be selected for presentation on Poetry Day on Feb.24.

Besides poetry presentations, there will be an exhibition showcasing images, items and works related to writers to honour the 70 th anniversary of the Cultural Movement for National Salvation.

The festival also expects to greet American war veteran and poet Bruce Weigl, who was a strong opponent of the American War in Vietnam and feels a strong connection to Vietnamese literature.-VNA