In this popular cultural exhibit, families and schools visited interactive “theaters” to make a connection between five classic Vietnamese folktales and the enduring cultural values and traditions they represent. The facades of each folktale theater represented a distinct geographic region in the Southeast Asian nation: rural areas, the “streets” of a city and and houses/houseboats like those found in Viet Nam’s urban and riverside regions.
Visitors explored traditions included in wedding ceremonies, ancestral worship practices, cultural dances and were able to take part in the preparations for Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year). The exhibit served as a jumping off point for special programming including a weekend-long Mid Autumn Children’s Festival, children’s art exhibition and a new theater production by acclaimed playwright Ngoc Minh Nguyen.
This exhibit was on view September 23, 2011 through January 8, 2012.
Dragons & Fairies: Exploring Viet Nam Through Folktales is presented by the Freeman Foundation Asian Exhibit Initiative, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums and created by The Children’s Museum of Houston.