Vietnam Heritage Evening Held in France
|"Vietnam Heritage Evening: Vietnam - A Cultural Fabric of Land, Water and People" took place at the Vietnam Cultural Center.
The event was attended by the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations and 120 ambassadors, chargé d'affaires, and representatives of delegations to UNESCO, and representative agencies of Vietnam in France.
The event introduces the quintessence of national culture and promotes the image of the country and people of Vietnam, which is dynamically developing but still preserves traditional values and is imbued with national identity.
Vietnam Heritage Evening includes diverse activities, such as photo exhibitions about heritages and titles recognized by UNESCO in Vietnam, cultural performances, including water puppetry, and an introduction to Vietnamese cuisine.
|Performance of water puppetry at Vietnam Heritage Evening in France.
In her remarks, Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van, Head of the Vietnam Permanent Delegation to UNESCO emphasized that Land, Water, and People were integral parts of Vietnam's culture and heritage structure.
"Đất nước", Vietnamese for "country" is compounded by Đất - Land or Earth and Nước - Water.
"The formation of that word originates from typical thinking of an agricultural society. Their community was formed from wet rice cultivation practices, in which water and land are crucial factors to ensure their livelihood," said the ambassador.
According to Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van, in Vietnam, culture is the foundation of society, the goal, and the internal force for development. Promoting cultural values and the strength of the Vietnamese people is the key to realizing the nation's aspiration to be prosperous and vigorous.
Additionally, Ambassador Van emphasized Vietnam's commitment to close cooperation to ensure that cultural heritage would not only serve as a treasure, a source of life for cultural diversity and creativity but also a driving force for sustainable development and an inspiration for the future.
Van introduced Vietnam's candidacy for the World Heritage Committee in the 2023-2027 tenure. She hoped to receive support from UNESCO member countries to complete policies and methods to protect the world's cultural and natural heritage.
|Delegates attending Vietnam Heritage Evening in France pose for a photo.
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