The event themed “Vietnam on the stage” attracted the participation of a number of French citizens, both young and old people who are keen to learn about Vietnamese history and culture.

Opening a series of promotional activities was a symposium that looked at the France – Vietnam relations from the Fontainebleau Conference in 1946 up to the historic visit of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to Vietnam in 2018.

Pierre Journoud, PhD researcher and lecturer, highlighted the ups and downs of the history and special milestones which have been achieved in bilateral relations, offering plenty of interesting analysis.

Meanwhile, Amandine Dabat, a researcher in art history and the fifth generation descendant of Emperor Ham Nghi, held a presentation on the Emperor, a little-known painter who was exiled to Algeria. 

Participants had the chance to enjoy a number of ethnic musical instrument performances, in addition to exploring the world of Western classical music in Vietnam through a documentary film “Once upon a bridge in Vietnam”.

Addressing the event, a representative from the Vietnamese Embassy in France expressed great appreciation for the initiative and efforts made to implement the cultural activities, noting that the event was of great significance as 2023 marks 50 years of diplomatic ties and 10 years of strategic partnership between Vietnam and France.