European Cultural Day returns

European Cultural Day 2010 will take place in big cities including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho and Da Nang during May.

The event will open with a painting exhibition called “I'm not an artist, I'm a fax machine” by Spanish painter José María Cano at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street in Hanoi from May 6-22.

The program also bring to music lovers a classic concert featuring immortal works of famous composers by the Melchior Ensemble, one of Europe's foremost chamber-music ensembles, at the Hanoi Opera House on May 8-9 and HCM City Opera House on May 10.

Formed in 2006, the Melchior Ensemble includes talent artists likely Belgian cellist David Cohen, Bristish pianist Charles Owen, Swiss clarinetist Reto Bieri, Poland violinist Alicja Smietana.

There is also a music performance organized by the Netherlands Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City with an attendance of Netherlandish conductor Jan Stulen at the municipal Opera House on May 9; a jazz night by pianist Joachim Mencel at Hanoi Jazz club on May 14-15; and a concert featuring the Beethoven Symphony 9 perfromed by the Vietnam National Academy of Music and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra and 10 members of the Youth Orchestra of Madrid under the baton of the Spanish conductor Carlos Cuesta.

Cinema fans will also have a chance to enjoy a film festival featuring 14 pictures  from Belgium (Wallonie-Brussels), Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Ireland, Czech Republic, Poland and the United Kingdom.

The film festival recognized as one of the most expecting event in the “European Cultural Days” aims to showcase the creativity and passion of European film-makers as well as the cultural diversity of Europe to the Vietnamese audiences. Last year, the event saw around 7,000 spectators in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The films will be subtitled in Vietnamese and screened at the National Cinema Center in Hanoi from May 14 to 23 and the Dong Da Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City on May 19 to 29.

All tickets are free of charge and can be picked up from 10 May 2010 for the program in Hanoi and from 13 May for the program in HCMC at the following addresses: Goethe Institute 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, British Council 20 Thuy Khue and L’Espace 24 Trang Tien in Hanoi; Goethe Institute 18 Road No.1, Do Thanh Housing Estate District 3, British Council 25 Le Duan District 1 and Dong Da Cinema 890 Tran Hung Dao District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The month-long event will also consists of the European food festival at the National Library in Hanoi on May 22, an introduction of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship in four cities Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho and Da Nang, a seminar on EU-Vietnam trade relations, and a children’s photo contest on climate change.

2010 marks the 60th anniversary of a historical speech by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman - the so-called “Schuman Declaration” - on May 9, 1950, calling upon France, Germany and other European countries to pool together their coal and steel production as the first concrete bases of a European Federation essential to the safeguarding of peace. This became the foundation for the beginning of what is the European Union today.

Since their inception in 2004, it is the 7th time that the “Europe Day” is organized in Vietnam.

Source VNexpress – Translated by Anh Vu

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