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Vietnam boosts cultural exchange (January 14, 2007)

A series of Vietnamese Cultural Days will be held in France, India, the US, Russia and Cambodia in 2007, said an official from the Ministry of Culture and Information.

According to Nguyen Van Tinh, Head of the ministry's Department of International Co-operation, Vietnam will also participate in many cultural events abroad, including the Italian Cultural Festival and the International Puppetry Festival. In addition, the country will organise a Vietnam-Japan cultural exchange forum and celebration of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Laos relations and the 40th anniversary of ASEAN establishment.

The country also saw an eventful year last year with nearly 400 delegations with over 1,500 members sent abroad for cultural exchange.

Vietnamese traditional arts were introduced at various international and regional festivals such as the Southeast Asia Puppetry Festival in Indonesia, the Asian Arts Festival and the Chinese-ASEAN Arts Festival in China.

Vietnamese films were screened at festivals in Fukuoka (Japan), Pusan (the Republic of Korea) and Shanghai (China). The film "Chuyen Cua Pao" (Pao's Story), directed by Ngo Quang Hai, won the Special Award at the 51st Asian-Pacific Film Festival held in Taiwan in late November.

Meanwhile, the Central Highlands' gong performance art, Hue royal music and Hanoi's ceremonial songs won applause from European audience at the Torine International Music Festival in Italy in mid-September. In addition, exhibitions of Vietnamese fine art and handicraft products in Belgium and Luxembourg attracted large numbers of visitors.

A week of Vietnamese culture was held for the first time in Egypt, providing North African people with an insight into the country's oriental culture, land and people.

Vietnam also hosted scores of festivals, exhibitions and fairs in a number of American countries with the aim of deepening mutual understanding, paving the way for further promoting cooperation with these countries in culture and art. Vietnam signed and implemented many cultural agreements and cultural exchange programmes with Cuba, Venezuela, Dominica, Chile, Canada, the US and Mexico.

Various cultural activities were held nationwide in 2006, attracting nearly 170 delegations of artists, including film festivals, featuring renowned movies from Switzerland, German, Italy, Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, the UK and Spain.

The country received many foreign countries and organisations in carrying out a number of cultural projects in 2006, including a Danish-financed project to set up a fund worth DKK 2 million to support cultural activities for ethnic minorities. The Ford Foundation donated US $600,000 for the movie industry to establish a film production fund. (VNA)

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper


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