DA NANG — Two more of the 100 bronze drums that will be used during celebrations to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi this year were cast yesterday at a craft festival in the central city of Da Nang. The drums have been made in the Dong Son style by craftsmen from the Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Organisation’s Thanh Hoa branch. More than half of the set has now been made, said Ho Quang Son, chairman of the Thanh Hoa Antiquity Association. “Bronze drums are part of the country’s culture. They were the symbol of national pride when the Hung kings founded the nation,” Son said. “The sound of the bronze drums is powerful and moving. They are a reminder of the country’s long history and of the Lac Viet and Van Lang civilisations,” he said. Ancient bronze drums were first discovered in Thanh Hoa Province, where the bronze drum genie was worshipped. Handicraft pictures, sedge mats and brocade will also be on display during the festival, which opened on Wednesday and runs until Sunday. Exhibition of European antiques turns heads in Hue palace THUA THIEN-HUE — An exhibition of European antiques opened on Tuesday at An Dinh Palace, a former residence of Nguyen Dynasty’s King Khai Dinh located in Thua Thien-Hue Province. The show features 96 china, ceramic and bronze items dating back to the reigns of the kings Thieu Tri to Khai Dinh of the Nguyen Dynasty, which ruled the country during the 19th and 20th centuries….