The event enjoyed the presence of Counsellor and Deputy Ambassador of Vietnam to the UK To Minh Thu, Dr Caroline Makaka, founder and CEO of Ladies of All Nations International (LOAN), Robbie Motter, founder and CEO of Global Society for Female Entrepreneurs (GSFE), and 300 guests from the Vietnamese community, organisations, and associations in the UK.

A number of activities were also held during the programme, including an exhibition on Ao Dai (the traditional Vietnamese long dress), a painting exhibition, art performances, and a food festival.

The highlight of the programme was Miss Ao Dai Vietnam in the UK, attracting the participation of more than 50 Vietnamese contestants living, working, and studying in the UK.

According to Minh Hoang, head of the programme’s organising board, the event aimed to popularise traditional Vietnamese cultural values among international friends, whilst simultaneously contributing to preserving the identity of the Vietnamese community in the UK.

Dr Shellie Hunt, a guest of honour of the event, stressed that the cultural scheme would help to raise public awareness of both Vietnamese people and culture, as well as the beauty of Vietnamese women, through the pageant.