Partners of Commerce and Culture: Enjoying Vietnamese Art in Germany
On Oct. 10, the October Art Club celebrated its 10th anniversary with a series of performances, opening with the song “Vietnam – my country” composed by renowned Vietnamese musician Do Nhuan.
Established in Berlin, the club was aimed to strengthen artistic activities of the Vietnamese community in Germany and promote the Vietnamese culture to international friends, igniting the love for arts and the spirit of solidary amongst overseas Vietnamese in Germany.
The club’s activities in the past 10 years, especially in the field of cultural diplomacy, have left deep impressions on international friends from Germany and other countries, becoming a highlight of the associations of Vietnamese in Germany. The club has been praised by the Embassy of Vietnam in Germany and the Germany – Vietnam Association and has received numerous certificates of recognition for its efforts.
|Members of the October Art Club took a commemorative photo with international friends in 2016. Source: nguoiviet.de|
At the anniversary, the club president Dang Dinh Hoan underlined the events that the club had participated in at the international and national levels, for instance, the Mekong Subregion Country Festival, the 35th and 40th anniversaries of the German – Vietnam diplomatic relations, the Tourism Fairs in Berlin, along with other cultural events held by the authorities at various levels in Berlin.
Hoan noted that the club was also active in promoting the country and people of Vietnam, contributing to strengthening the mutual understanding and friendship between Vietnam and Germany.
In addition, proactively partaking in charity efforts in both countries has become the club’s tradition. Notably, the club has been supporting orphaned students and students with disabilities in Bac Ninh province of Vietnam and victims of Agent Orange/dioxin. The club has made numerous donations to assist communities suffering from natural disasters in central Vietnam and the armed forces and communities on the Spratly Islands. Most recently, the club has donated to the Covid-19 Vaccination Fund to support the Covid fight in Vietnam.
In Germany, the club has joined various social programs of the Vietnamese community, such as donating 100,000 facemasks to the German people and assisting the German states, especially Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, that suffered from the flood and heavy rain in July.
Recognizing the October Art Club’s achievements, Minister Counsellor from Vietnam Embassy in Berlin Dang Chung Thuy praised the contributions of the club and Germany – Vietnam Association of which the club is a member in promoting and preserving the Vietnamese culture to the global community in the past 10 years.
|The October Art Club donated to the Covid-19 Vaccine Fund in August 2021. Photo: Viet-bao.de|
Minister Counsellor Chung Thuy affirmed that while 10 years was not a long period, what the club had been achieving during this period was a tremendous feat. Although the scale of its activities was relatively small, the club had been implementing them effectively. Beyond a club for promoting cultural and social works, the club had been contributing to enhancing the friendship and understanding between the peoples of Vietnam and Germany.
On this occasion, representatives from the Vietnamese Embassy thanked the contributions of Vietnamese individuals and associations in Germany, especially the October Art Club, to the embassy’s activities. The embassy expressed its hope to continue receiving support from the overseas Vietnamese community in Germany in the upcoming activities.
The 10th anniversary of the October Art Club was a hub of entertainment with a series of artistic performances and food festival programs that introduced the crème of Vietnamese cuisine to the international community.
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