Poets Tran Dang Khoa and Nguyen Bao Chan are attending the ongoing 12th International Poetry Festival in Val-de-Marne, France.

The festival, which takes place from May 24-June 2, attracted the participation of 27 poets from South Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Hungary, Croatia, Rumania, Scotland and the host country – France.

At the event, participant recited their own works in both mother and French languages with music in the background. They shared their viewpoints on the poetry’s vitality and richness.

Addressing the event, poet Tran Dang Khoa thanked French colleagues for their translation and introduction of his works to readers in France and the world. He introduced the Vietnamese poetry’s achievements in the past and at present.

In 1968, a number of Khoa’s poems was translated into French by French journalist and poet Madeleine Riffaud and published on the l’Humanite newspaper.

One year later, several French and European TV channels screened a film featuring the miniature world of the Vietnamese poet directed by Gerard Guillaume.

In February 2012, the Vietnamese countryside described by the poet was vividly manifested in 37 paintings by French artist Dominique De Miscault.

The paintings were displayed at an exhibition organised by the Vietnamese Culture Centre in France.-VNA