The ongoing Interior Design Student Festival, gathering 10 universities from Vietnam and abroad with over 100 students and 20 lecturers, aims to celebrate the Vietnamese cultural heritage and promote traditional culture through the works contributed by undergraduate students nationwide.

The festival, which is the first of its kind, took place in Hanoi from October 21 to October 29. It was organized by the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts, the Hanoi Association of Handicraft and Craft Villages, and the Vietnam Interior Design Association.

Supported by Kenli, Alis Lighting, Blum, and LG Electronics, the majority of participants at the festival were from the Vietnam Interior Design Student Forum, which is the largest community of young designers in the country.

The event also showcased the participation of 10 traditional craft villages, including Bat Trang Ceramics Village, Thuy Ung Village, Dinh Cong Silver, Thuong Tin Embroidery, Phu Vinh Rattan and Bamboo Weaving, Thiet Ung Carpentry, Hang Trong Painting, Van Phuc Silk, Nhan Hien Sculpture, and Chuon Ngo Pearl Mosaic Village.

According to Luu Viet Thang, Founder of the Vietnam Interior Design Student Forum, the festival provides a platform for interior design students to showcase their creativity, passion, and commitment to preserving traditional cultural values in their modern design works. It also allows young designers to learn about traditional materials from craft villages and create designs that highlight Vietnam’s essence and heritage.

“The forum aims to foster collaboration among groups, companies, and individuals to achieve shared development objectives. As a result, the inaugural Vietnam Furniture Student Festival will pave the way for future events that bring together more young designers and inspire the public to support projects that promote a vibrant and distinct Vietnamese furniture sector,” said Thang.

Do Dinh Hong, Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, stated that the event is part of the Hanoi Creativity program, which aims to contribute to the UNESCO Creative Network by 2025. The Vietnam Interior Design Student Festival showcases practical ideas that honor the enduring values of the city.

The festival includes various activities such as seminars on Vietnam’s interior design industry, ID.Talk sessions focusing on job opportunities and careers, ID.Edulink sessions connecting lecturers and interior design associations, ID.tour, which is a tour to explore the interior design of the Hanoi Opera House, and visits to Ha Thai Lacquer Village, Bat Trang Ceramics Village, Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature).

The week-long festival will culminate in the Gala Festival for Vietnam’s Interior Design Students, during which the winners of the design contest for Hanoi’s traditional craft villages will be awarded.

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