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Uncle Hồ’s 130th birthday to be celebrated nationwide
People rehearse for a show celebrating Hồ Chí Minh's 130th birthday in the central province of Nghệ An earlier this week. The show will take place on May 19 at 8pm and be screened live on VTV1. Photo

Many arts and cultural activities like exhibitions, performances and a film week will be held nationwide to celebrate the 130th anniversary of President Hồ Chí Minh’s birthday, which falls on May 19.

Live programme

A special programme entitled Hồ Chí Minh - Sáng Ngời Ý Chí Việt Nam (Hồ Chí Minh – Việt Nam Will Shine Bright) will be broadcast live on VTV1 Channel at 8pm on May 18.

The programme will be produced by Youth TV Channel VTV6 in collaboration with the People's Committees of Hà Nội, Tuyên Quang Province, Nghệ An Province, HCM City and Đồng Tháp Province.

The programme will be filmed simultaneously at five points – the Hồ Chí Minh Presidential Palace relic at the Presidential Palace in Hà Nội; Tân Trào Special National Monument in Tuyên Quang Province; Kim Liên Relic Site in Nghệ An Province, Nhà Rồng Wharf in HCM City and Văn Miếu Park in Đồng Tháp Province.

The show aims to educate about the President’s life and career, which younger generations can learn from. It will include documentaries, reportages, art performances and talks with both domestic and international scholars and historical witnesses.

Art programme

Also as part of the celebrations, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has worked with the Central Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of Việt Nam and Vietnam Television Station to organise a special art programme.

Broadcast live on VTV1 on May 17, the programme will be directed by People’s Artist Quang Vinh and feature performances by many renowned artists from prestigious national art units such as Vietnam National Opera and Ballet, Vietnam Contemporary Art Theatre and the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

Photo exhibitions

An exhibition is to take place from May 15 to the end of July at the Vietnam Military History Museum, No. 28A, Điện Biên Phủ Street, Hà Nội, showcasing images and documents reflecting President Hồ Chí Minh's leadership, direction and  affection for the Vietnam People's Army.

Themed Uncle Hồ Always In Our Hearts, the event also reflects the attention of the Party, State and military leaders in promoting the following of President Hồ Chí Minh's ideology, morality and lifestyle, thereby honouring and praising the late leader’s great contribution to the nation, as well as the infinite respect and gratitude of the Vietnamese people for him.

Information on the images, documents and exhibits on the President at the exhibition will be regularly updated on the museum’s website at

Also on this occasion, stories about patriotic Vietnamese men and women who were determined to stay alive in prison and escape to return to the revolution will be showcased at an exhibition held from May 14 at Hỏa Lò Prison.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet in person and talk with many historical witnesses and relatives of revolutionary fighters who have been preserving many historical artifacts.

Film week

A free film week screening many Vietnamese classics like Trăng Đại Ngàn (Moonlit Mountains) by Giải Phóng Film JSC and Chim Sắt Ngày Xưa (The Metal Bird) by the Central Documentary and Science Film Studio will take place between May 19 and 26 throughout the country.

The culture ministry, the organiser of the event, wants agencies to apply measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the film week.

In Hà Nội, the film week will take place at the National Cinema Centre (87 Láng Hạ Street), August Cinema (45 Hàng Bài) and other cinemas. 


Uncle Hồ’s 130th birthday to be celebrated nationwideLive programme A special programme entitled  Hồ Chí Minh - Sáng Ngời Ý Chí Việt Nam  (Hồ Chí Minh – Việt Nam Will Shine Bright) will be broadcast live on VTV1 Channel at 8pm on May 18. The programme will be produced by Youth TV Channel VTV6 in
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