Exploring the Culture and Charms of a British Weekend in Hanoi

Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the UK, the British Embassy in Hanoi hosted the UK Festival 2023 from Sep. 9-10.

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At the festival, participants and guests had the opportunity to learn about scholarships offered by the top universities and colleges in the UK. The event showcased products and services from UK companies in the consumer, healthcare, and financial sectors. Vietnamese guests were introduced to British cuisines, such as scones, tea, and fish and chips.

After Hanoi, the festival will move to Ho Chi Minh City on September 16 and Da Nang in October.

“The UK and Vietnam have never been closer, with relations at an all-time high and tremendous potential for the future,” said Iain Frew, the Ambassador of the UK to Vietnam, at a press conference on September 6. “This remarkable UK Festival in Vietnam serves as a bridge between our two nations, celebrating 50 years of enduring friendship and cooperation.”

A British weekend in Hanoi
British Ambassador Ian Frew and chef Phan Anh demonstrate how to enjoy British scones (Photo: Valerie Mai)
A British weekend in Hanoi
People in Hanoi enjoy scones with excitement (Photo: Valerie Mai)
A British weekend in Hanoi
The performance of British and Vietnamese artists attracted a large audience (Photo: UK Embassy to Vietnam)
A British weekend in Hanoi
Children participate in games related to green energy (Photo: Valerie Mai)
A British weekend in Hanoi
The British Military Band parades through the streets of Hanoi (Photo: UK Embassy to Vietnam)
A British weekend in Hanoi
The British Military Band surrounded by Vietnamese audiences (Photo: Valerie Mai)
A British weekend in Hanoi
Youth in Vietnam explore opportunities to study in the UK (Photo: Valerie Mai)
A British weekend in Hanoi
Vietnamese people take photos with miniature representations of UK cultural symbols (Photo: Valerie Mai)
Valerie Mai