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Library exhibit and events provide a journey to the heart of Vietnam

CHARLOTTE, NC April 5, 2002 This month, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) will welcome "Vietnam: Journey of the Heart, Photographs by Geoffrey Clifford, 1985-2000." This stunning exhibit showcases the landscape, culture and people of this 4,000-year-old country. The exhibit is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service (SITES).

"Journey of the Heart" documents Vietnam in 52 large 24 x 36 inches prints. Clifford, now a professional photographer, was a 21-year-old U.S. Army lieutenant in 1971 in Vietnam and has returned to the country 17 times since then to capture a different view of the country than its wartime image. His photos contrast timeless pastoral scenes with views of modern culture, and document the beauty of a land for many people whose only memories may be based on war.

In addition to "Journey of the Heart," PLCMC will present two other exhibit-related events:

  • N.C. author John Balaban. Balaban, author and Poet-in-Residence at N.C. State University, wrote the text for the book, Vietnam: The Land We Never Knew, which inspired the "Journey of the Heart" exhibit. He will appear at Gallery L for a special book signing and lecture on Monday, April 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

  • The Khac Chi Ensemble. Based in Vancouver, Canada, this musical duo will give two performances of traditional Vietnamese music on rare instruments unique to Vietnam. They will perform on Monday, May 6, 10-11 a.m., in the Francis Auditorium at Main Library, and at North County Regional Library, 4-5 p.m.

The Gallery L exhibit, lecture and book signing, and musical performances are free and open to the public. Main Library is located at 310 N. Tryon St., Charlotte; North County Regional is located at 16500 Hollycrest Ln., Huntersville.

"Vietnam: Journey of the Heart, Photographs by Geoffrey Clifford, 1985-2000" runs from Sunday, April 28 through Sunday, June 9, 2002, at Gallery L. For more information, call (704) 336-2020 or visit the Gallery L Web page.

For more than a century, PLCMC has provided essential community service and outreach to the citizens of the Charlotte area. Today, it is one of the premiere libraries in the country named "Library of the Year" and "Library of the Future" in the 1990s with 23 branches, 1.6 million volumes, 28,000 videos and DVDS and compact disks. The library also sponsors a variety of community-based programs from computer and Internet education workshops to the award-winning Novello Festival of Reading, a celebration that accentuates the fun of books and learning.


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