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Weiße Kugeln© Franca Bartholomaei

"The girl Kieu" by Nguyen Du
KIEU - Re-reading a literaty masterpiece

Truyện Kiều is considered the most important work of Vietnamese literature. The beauty of the language, the spectrum of extreme life situations, the miraculous rescue of Kieu and the restoration of her life in dignity are part of the proud cultural heritage of Vietnam.

In appreciation of various translations and in reverence for the poet Nguyen Du, the Goethe-Institut focuses its attention on this literary work and raises the question of its contemporary interpretation and - closely related to it - the question of today’s role and image of women in Vietnam.
A symposium in July, an exhibition by the German artist Franca Bartholomäi in October and a theater evening, collaborated by four great stage directors, a film program and a call for for drawings and animation will offer new approaches to interpreting this masterpiece of literature and try to give relate it to today’s image and role of women in Vietnam.

Call for picture short stories

Weiße Kugeln © Franca Bartholomaei

Deadline | 31.10.2019
The new K - Dignity is inviolable

The Goethe Institute is inviting cartoonists, caricaturists, illustrators, and animators from Vietnam to submit a 3-panel short story, animated drawing or animation on KIEU’s contemporary relevance. 


Nang K... past_present_future © Nguyen Lien Huong

Drawings for a re-reading of Nguyen Du‘s "Truyen Kieu" today

Congratulations to the 6 selected authors to our CALL FOR PICTURE SHORT STORIES. 6 authors have their own unique answers to questions that we gave: How do we interpret, how do we read KIEU today? What does our KIEU look like today?

Theatre "Nang Kieu"

Events about the project


The Tale of Kieu is particularly suitable for the stage  © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Amélie Niermeyer

The Tale of Kieu is particularly suitable for the stage.

How shall I bring the Tale of Kiều on stage? © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Bui Nhu Lai

How shall I bring the Tale of Kiều on stage?

The Tale of Kieu and gender bias © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Nguyen Tu An

The Tale of Kieu and gender bias.

The attractivity of Kieu and the tale of kieu © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Nguyen Quyen

The attractivity of Kieu and the tale of kieu.

Die Geschichte von Kieu und die heutige Jugend © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Phan Khac Huy

The Tale of Kieu and today’s youth.

Die Geschichte von Kieu - ein nationales Kulturerbe Vietnams © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Nguyen Tien Van

The Tale of Kieu – National treasure of Vietnam.

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