Culture Events Promote Vietnam Culture in Versailles

The recent Vietnamese culture week held in Versailles, France, has proved be a significant step forward in fostering stronger bonds between the two nations.
October 23, 2023 | 23:42

Organized by Enfance Partenariat Vietnam (EPVN), a Versailles-based association established in 2007, the Vietnamese Culture Week aimed to support orphaned children in Vietnam while also nurturing the relationship between Vietnam and France, VNA reported.

Taking place from October 16-20, the week showcased a diverse range of activities. A grand gala night has rounded off the Vietnamese culture week in Versailles.

Culture Events Promote Vietnam-France Mutual Understanding
The performance with Vietnamese traditional attire.

EPVN was founded in 2007 by parents who wished to help orphaned children in Vietnam and strengthen the bonds between Vietnam and France.

Its main objective is to improve the living conditions of children in orphanages and underprivileged families in Vietnam through humanitarian aid, including providing supplementary food or milk for infants, conducting vaccination campaigns, organizing medical activities, supplying hygiene products, and raising awareness in these areas.

Addressing the gala, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang appreciated what EPVN has made for Vietnamese children.

He affirmed that the Vietnamese culture week in Versailles is an important and meaningful event, especially when the countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership.

Culture Events Promote Vietnam-France Mutual Understanding
A fashion show featuring Vietnamese traditional Ao dai captivated the audience.

Mayor of Versailles François de Mazières highlighted that the culture week has demonstrated the spirit of solidarity and creativity of the Vietnamese community there, playing a part in strengthening the bond between the people of the two nations.

The highlights of the last of the four-night program included a chorus of a series of homeland-themed Vietnamese songs by 12 French children, an exhibition of more than 100 traditional costumes, scarves, and headwear representing the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam, and a fashion show of Vietnamese traditional attire.

Culture Events Promote Vietnam-France Mutual Understanding
French children performed a chorus of Vietnamese songs that celebrated their homeland.

Earlier, “Cay Linden mua xanh la” (Linden tree in green season), a 50-minute documentary film that has been aired on Vietnam Television (VTV), has received great attention from the Vietnamese community in France thanks to its success in highlighting the friendship between people of Vietnam and the European country.

The documentary tells the story of the 50-year-old Vietnamese Embassy building in Paris through conversations with historical witnesses, and those who supported Vietnam during the hardest time in history 50 years ago.

Culture Events Promote Vietnam-France Mutual Understanding
On the evening of October 19 in Paris, the Vietnamese Embassy in France organized a special screening of this documentary with the participation of a large number of overseas Vietnamese, along with Embassy staff and agencies—Vietnam representative office in France.

Speaking to a VNA correspondent in Paris, screenwriter Nguyen My Linh, the author of the documentary, said that the documentary is made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-France diplomatic relations.

Last week, an exhibition on Vietnam was held in Voves city in the Eure-et-Loir region as part of the annual activities of the France-Vietnam Friendship Association (FVFA).

The “One Day in Vietnam” exhibition demonstrated solidarity through practical actions of the FVFA in supporting victims affected by Agent Orange/dioxin and poor people in Vietnam.

On display were artworks, books, paintings, and photos from both Vietnamese and local authors, which cover various themes. The highlight among the exhibits was the photo book on Vietnam’s islands in the East Sea by Tran Thu Dung, who is co-founder of the club “Love Vietnam's Seas and islands” in France.

In addition, more than 50 photos by Gérard Nemmi, a member of the FVFA, and various paintings by local artists were also exhibited, attracting crowds of visitors.

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