Various heritage sites and historical structures in Hanoi will be converted into unique artistic spaces to create highlights for the Hanoi Festival of Creativity and Design, which is slated for November 17 to 26.
Among them are Hang Dau Water Tower, century-old Long Bien Bridge, Gia Lam Train Factory, Hanoi Train Station, and Long Bien Railway Station.
Specifically, Gia Lam Train Factory, an industrial heritage, which was built during the French colonial period, will be re-designed to become a creativity space for over 60 activities, including art exhibitions, an architectural show, and a drawing display.
Painters Trinh Minh Tien, Thu Tran, the Heritage Space -- a creative platform and exchange hub -- along with photographers Phan Dan and Nguyen Minh Hoang will showcase their artworks at such a large artistic space.
Notably, visitors can admire the first locomotive in the Vietnamese railway sector as well as learn about its story.
An art performance will take place at Gia Lam Train Factory at 8:00 pm on Friday to open the festival.
Hang Dau Water Tower, which has been closed completely to public access for ages, will open its door during the festival to delight visitors.
Architect Cao The Anh and painter Nguyen Duc Phuong will adorn the facility with lighting and sound systems using recycled materials to bring visitors to a comfortable natural space.
The festival will also feature community activities at the mudflats on the Hong (Red) River, some design contests, and a series of seminars on creativity with the participation of lecturers from local and international universities as well as the British Council.