Over 300 Local, Foreign Children Join “I love Hanoi – City for Peace” Painting Contest

The Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations (HAUFO) in coordination with the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports organized the children’s drawing contest named “I love Hanoi - City for Peace” on October 14, at Trinh Cong Son Walking Street (Hanoi).
October 17, 2023 | 14:42
Over 300 Local, Foreign Children Join “I love Hanoi – City for Peace” Painting Contest
Park Eun Seo (South Korea), Horizon Bilingual International School (Hanoi) at the contest.

The contest was held on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the Capital's Liberation Day (October 10, 1954 - October 10, 2023). The contest attracted the participation of more than 300 local and foreign children (from 6 to 15 years old) studying and living in Hanoi. Including nearly 50 children from embassies and international schools with many different nationalities such as India, Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Spain, and Turkey.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Permanent Vice President of the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organisations Tran Thi Phuong said that the contest has the meaning of propagandizing and promoting the image of Hanoi - a thousand-year-old capital, a city of “Culture - Civilization - Modernity”. At the same time, the contest wants to propagate and educate about patriotism, love for peace and humanity, and the dream of a world of peace, stability, and development.

Over 300 Local, Foreign Children Join “I love Hanoi – City for Peace” Painting Contest
A painting by Nguyen Tam Minh, a 9th-grade student at French International School, demonstrates a moonlit night at Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi).

Besides, the contest also arouses children's passion for painting and stimulates creative artistic thinking. Children can draw about topics that interest them, about people and life, about peace, patriotism, love for Hanoi, beautiful nature, protecting the environment, fighting war, poverty, and disease.

"Peace has a very sacred meaning, it brings happiness to all humanity. The people of Hanoi Capital will join hands with friends from all over the world, beginning with the preschools, to maintain the honorable designation given by UNESCO as a City for Peace”, Phuong emphasized.

Park Eun Seo at Horizon International Bilingual School, recently moved with her family from Korea to Vietnam to live and study. Eun Seo said: "For me, Hanoi is a developed and vibrant capital, but people appreciate the values of life, nature, people, and peace. The contest is an opportunity for me to share my love for Hanoi, and my gratitude for the warm welcome and joyful smiles I always receive from the Hanoi people".

Over 300 Local, Foreign Children Join “I love Hanoi – City for Peace” Painting Contest
Alexandra (Russia) and her husband, Mauro (Italy), posed with their daughter Sofia and her painting "I love Hanoi." Sofia's painting won third prize in the competition.

Alexandra, a Russian mother, said that the contest is a wonderful idea helping her child show her love for the city where she lives.

“We want to encourage our children to participate in the contest so they can integrate into life here. My husband and I enjoy exploring new places and getting to know locals from various cultures. Sofia was born in Vietnam and used to live abroad. However, we have chosen to bring our child back to Vietnam because we want to give her a secure environment to grow. We intend to remain here for a very long time”, Alexandra shared.

Children had 90 minutes to complete the drawing test. On A3 paper, paintings are created using specific colors like watercolor, wax, gouache, oil paint, felt pen, and crayons.

Paintings are judged based on the following criteria: appropriate subject, concise message, aesthetically pleasing picture layout, stunning and impressive color scheme, and creativity.

Evaluating the contest’s quality, artist Nguyen Xuan Thuy, Chairman of the Hanoi Fine Arts Association, Head of the Jury, praised the paintings’ high quality and creativity, in every painting. It’s like taking a look at Hanoi – City for Peace through the eyes of children.

The jury, who are the capital’s prestigious artists, selected 56 paintings to be awarded, including one first prize, five-second prizes, 10 third prizes, 20 consolidation prizes, 10 thematic encouragement Prizes, and 10 additional Prizes.

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