The Children’s Literature Festival at Myitkyina University drew over 60,000 visitors yesterday, the last day of the event.
Ethnic dance troupes from Lisu, Yawan, Tailai, Larchid, Tailong, Zaiwah, and Tailay performed at the fest, attracting large crowds of people.
Puppet shows and Kyaukse traditional elephant dance performance were also a draw for visitors yesterday. Children from private schools of Kachin State also performed traditional dances at the festival, which included competitions such as paper-folding, coloring, painting, toy assembly, and group games.
Writers Myit Nge Ah Kyaw Ah Maw and Ah Gyi Ko Ko (Katha) gave talks on literature, while schoolchildren Maung Naw Aung, Ma Theint Nandar Tun, Ma Phyo Thandar Kyaw, and Maung Zaw Myo Htike took part in the roundtable on ‘Youth and Literature’.
Booths on general knowledge were crowded with people at the festival. Literature and traditional culture booths of the Lawwaw, Yawan, Larchid, Jinphaw, Lisu, Zaiwah, Tailay, Tailai, Taisar, and Thakhamti ethnic tribes were packed with visitors.
The festival had 51 bookshops set up by publishing and distribution businesses, with sales totalling more than K36 million over three days.
During the festival, over 6,000 t-shirts, over 6,000 writing books, and over 9,000 storybooks and comics were distributed to children.
About 20 games were held during the festival, and over 30,000 schoolchildren, including 1,505 students who participated in the entertainment programme, took part in the games. A total of 146 prizes were awarded to children. The Children’s Literature Festival attracted over 50,000 people on the first day and the number of visitors exceeded 60,000 on the second day. Final day, over 60,000 people visited the festival, bringing the total number of visitors to over 100,000 over three days. The festival was held with the aim of sharpening the intellect and ideas of children who will become future leaders of the country, improving their creativity and communication skills, promoting close association with literature, instilling the reading habit, and making children happy.—Aung Min Han / Photo: Htein Nan Naw (Translated by Hay Mar)