300+ Kids Show Affection for Hanoi Through Art

The annual painting contest seeks to foster a love of Hanoi in the hearts of children both locally and from around the world, while also contributing to global peace.


Over 300 children participated in a painting contest titled “I Love Hanoi – City for Peace” on the 69th anniversary of Hanoi’s Liberation Day (October 10, 1954).

The “I love Hanoi – City for Peace” painting contest held in Hanoi on Oct 14 attracts more than 300 local and foreign children. Photo: Hanoimoi

The contest took place at Trinh Cong Son Walking Street in Tay Ho District, Hanoi, and welcomed participants aged 6 to 15 from various nationalities including India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, the Philippines, and Turkey. Notably, the international children from Hanoi’s embassies and international schools enthusiastically joined the event, aiming to promote love for Hanoi, a historical city, peace, and the world as a whole.

Tran Thi Phuong, Vice Head of the Hanoi Federation of Friendship Associations, and a contestant. Photo: Hanoimoi

The Vice Head of the Hanoi Federation of Friendship Associations, Tran Thi Phuong, emphasized the importance of the contest in inspiring children’s passion for painting and art creativity, highlighting the sacredness of peace and its ability to bring joy to humanity. She also expressed the commitment of Hanoi’s citizens to work together with friends from around the world to maintain the city’s designation as a “City for Peace” by UNESCO.

The contestants were given the freedom to paint subjects that interested them, such as people and life, peace, love for their country or for Hanoi, beautiful nature, protecting the environment, and combating diseases, wars, and poverty.

Park Eun Seo from Horizon International Bilingual School, Hanoi at the contest. Photo: Thoidai

Park Eun Seo, a student at Horizon International Bilingual School in Hanoi, shared her love for the city, describing it as vibrant, energetic, and a place where people appreciate life, nature, and peace. She expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome and smiles she receives from the people of Hanoi. Alexandra, a Russian mother, also praised the contest for allowing her child to show her love for the city they call home.

Alexandra, her husband, and their kid, Sofia, with the painting won the third prize. Photo: Thoidai

The children had 90 minutes to complete their drawings using various materials such as watercolor, wax, gouache, oil paint, felt pen, and crayons. The paintings were judged based on criteria such as subject appropriateness, concise message, conveying the contest’s meaning, aesthetically pleasing layout, impressive color scheme, and creativity.

Artist Nguyen Xuan Thuy, Chairman of the Hanoi Fine Arts Association and Head of the Jury, praised the high quality and creativity of the paintings, stating that they provided a unique perspective of Hanoi – City for Peace through the eyes of children. The jury selected 56 paintings to receive awards, including first, second, and third prizes, as well as consolidation and other prizes based on different criteria.