|Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Hong Thach addresses the event. Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine
A painting exhibition showcasing Vietnam recently opened in Zakarpattia Oblast, the Ukrainian province of which Uzhgorod is the capital city, to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, VOV reported Monday.
On the Ukrainian side attending the opening ceremony were Andrei Sheketa, acting chairman of the Zarkapatia Oblast Council; Konstantin Chernyavsky, head of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine; the president of Zakarpatia Painters Association and many Ukrainian art lovers.
On the Vietnamese side, there were the ambassador and his spouse, officials of the Embassy, and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the Western region.
|Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Hong Thach awards certificates of merit to a Zakapatia painter who submitted pieces to the exhibition. Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Hong Thach thanked the Ukrainian side for its efforts to organize the event, emphasizing that the organization of the exhibition demonstrates the positive development of the close ties of friendship, despite enduring numerous difficulties.
The exhibition also conveys the enthusiastic support that exists for Ukrainian friends of the embassy’s operations, helping to promote mutual understanding and co-operation, he said.
In response, Konstantin Chernyavsky, head of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, highlighted the initiative of the Vietnamese Embassy in inviting various Ukrainian artists to draw the Vietnamese landscape and its people, noting that the paintings serve to give Ukraine people greater insights into Vietnam through sketches of their native painters.
Sharing this perspective, Andrei Sheketa, acting chairman of the Zarkapatia Oblast Council, underscored the importance of the exhibition in broadening his knowledge about the country, adding that he would introduce the people of Zakarpatia to works on show in the future.
At the ceremony, a number of representatives from several Ukrainian social organizations also applauded cooperation with the Vietnamese Embassy as part of efforts to help the two peoples learn more about each other through the implementation of joint cultural projects.
|Ukrainian artists draw the Vietnamese landscape and its people and introduce the people of Zakarpatia to their works. Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine
Ambassador Thach took the occasion to award certificates of merit to Zakapatia painters who submitted pieces to the exhibition, as well as individuals who actively contributed to hosting the event.
Uzhgorod is a city standing on the banks of the Uzh River at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in the very west of Ukraine, the administrative center of Zakarpattia Oblast. The smallest regional center in the country, it has a rich and long history.
Last month, the Vietnamese Embassy, in collaboration with competent Ukrainian agencies, organized a book introduction ceremony in Kiev to showcase Luc Van Tien (The Tale of Luc Van Tien), the most popular poem by Vietnamese blind poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu.