Vietnam Culture: Exciting Cultural Events in Versailles

The recent Vietnamese culture week in Versailles, France, has been a notable milestone in strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

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Enfance Partenariat Vietnam (EPVN), an association based in Versailles since 2007, organized the Vietnamese Culture Week with the goal of supporting orphaned children in Vietnam and strengthening the relationship between Vietnam and France, according to VNA.

The week-long event, which took place from October 16-20, featured a wide range of activities. The Vietnamese Culture Week in Versailles concluded with a grand gala night.

Culture Events Promote Vietnam-France Mutual Understanding
The performance with Vietnamese traditional attire.

EPVN was established in 2007 by parents who wanted to assist orphaned children in Vietnam and enhance the ties between Vietnam and France.

Its primary objective is to improve the living conditions of children in orphanages and underprivileged families in Vietnam through humanitarian aid. This includes providing supplementary food or milk for infants, organizing vaccination campaigns, conducting medical activities, supplying hygiene products, and raising awareness in these areas.

During the gala, Dinh Toan Thang, the Vietnamese Ambassador to France, expressed his gratitude for EPVN’s contributions to Vietnamese children.

He emphasized the importance and significance of the Vietnamese Culture Week in Versailles, especially as the two countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership.

Culture Events Promote Vietnam-France Mutual Understanding
A fashion show featuring Vietnamese traditional Ao dai captivated the audience.

François de Mazières, the Mayor of Versailles, praised the Vietnamese community in Versailles for demonstrating solidarity and creativity through the culture week. He highlighted the role of the event in strengthening ties between the two nations.

The final night of the four-night program featured a chorus performance of Vietnamese songs by 12 French children, an exhibition showcasing over 100 traditional costumes, scarves, and headwear representing Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups, and a fashion show of Vietnamese traditional attire.

Culture Events Promote Vietnam-France Mutual Understanding
French children performed a chorus of Vietnamese songs that celebrated their homeland.

Earlier, a 50-minute documentary film titled “Cay Linden mua xanh la” (Linden tree in the green season) was aired on Vietnam Television (VTV) and received significant attention from the Vietnamese community in France. The documentary highlights the friendship between the people of Vietnam and France through conversations with historical witnesses and those who supported Vietnam during its most challenging times 50 years ago.

In Paris, the Vietnamese Embassy in France organized a special screening of the documentary on the evening of October 19. The event was attended by a large number of overseas Vietnamese, embassy staff, and representatives from the Vietnamese representative office in France.

Culture Events Promote Vietnam-France Mutual Understanding
On the evening of October 19 in Paris, the Vietnamese Embassy in France organized a special screening of this documentary with the participation of a large number of overseas Vietnamese, along with Embassy staff and agencies—Vietnam representative office in France.

Nguyen My Linh, the screenwriter of the documentary, stated that the documentary was produced on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic relations.

Last week, the France-Vietnam Friendship Association (FVFA) organized an exhibition on Vietnam in Voves city, located in the Eure-et-Loir region. The “One Day in Vietnam” exhibition showcased solidarity through practical support for Agent Orange/dioxin victims and impoverished individuals in Vietnam by the FVFA.

The exhibition featured artworks, books, paintings, and photos from both Vietnamese and local authors, covering various themes. One of the highlights was a photo book on Vietnam’s islands in the East Sea by Tran Thu Dung, co-founder of the “Love Vietnam’s Seas and Islands” club in France.

The exhibition also included over 50 photos by Gérard Nemmi, a member of the FVFA, and various paintings by local artists, attracting numerous visitors.

Hannah Nguyen