‘European Days 2012’ opens in Vietnam

‘European Days 2012’ will be held in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang City and Quy Nhon City in Binh Dinh Province.

A special concert featuring the Notos Quartett from Germany opened the European event at the Hanoi Opera House on May 9-10.

Founded in 2007, the piano quartet has earned recognition on international stages and raised audience admiration at well-known festivals all over Europe. They won the 2011 Park house Award in London, the most important competition for piano quartets, as well as received First Prize at the Charles-Hennen-Concours in Holland in 2011. The Notos Quartet has been highly praised by both audience and critics.

Additionally, the Black Voices, a music band from the UK, will perform in HCMC on May 20 and in Hanoi on May 2. The French rock band, Success will perform in Hanoi on May 30.

On the other hand, a European film festival screening 15 films, including some Oscar winners such as In a better world, Oscar winner in foreign film category and Golden Globe Award winner in 2011; short films for children, Oliver Twist by director Roman Polanski will be held at the National Cinema Centre in Hanoi from May 16-27, at the Dong Da Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City from May 17-27 and at the Le Do Theatre in Da Nang from May 18-27.

The European Literature Day will take place at the National Library of Vietnam in Hanoi from May 11-13. Readers will have a chance to enjoy many books from Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, the UK, Denmark and Poland, which are translated into Vietnamese.

The British Council invited British writer Andy Stanton, who will introduce his last book, the “Mr. Gum” children series and talk with young readers.

The National Library of Vietnam will also see a European culinary festival on May 26.

Belgian writer Jean Calude Servais will also arrive in Vietnam for the third Comics Festival, as part of the event in Hanoi on June 1-10.

Besides, EU ambassadors will join exchange programmes with students in HCMC and Binh Dinh Province, where seminars on Vietnam-EU trade relations will be held on May 16 and 18, respectively.

Round-table discussion on the role of women in family and society will be organised in Hanoi on May 22 and in HCMC on May 29.

In addition, an exhibition of artworks titled ’Riverscapes in Flux’ by local and international artists, one of the activities in the event,  is being held at the Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi.

The Goethe-Institute has organised the exhibition, inviting 17 young artists from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines to reflect in their work the ecological as well as socio-economic and cultural changes that riverscapes in these countries are currently experiencing.

17 art works include multimedia installations and photo series, videos and object installations. The exhibition will run until April 29.

The display aims to contribute towards raising awareness about the invaluable ecological and cultural heritage which the river landscapes in Southeast Asia represent and create networks between artists beyond borders. The exhibition will then be held in Ho Chi Minh City from May 12 – 27.

Compiled by Kim Khanh

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