Vietnam festival opens in Japan’s Osaka


Tokyo: The Vietnamese General Consulate in Osaka in collaboration with authorities of Japanese prefectures and Vietnamese associations and organisations in Kansai region has held the second Vietnam Festival in Osaka, Japan.

At the two-day event, there were culinary booths introducing traditional Vietnamese dishes. In addition, Vietnamese businesses took this occasion to promote their products and services to Japanese, contributing to promoting trade and investment between the two countries.

A delegation from Hoi An city in central Quang Ngai province, attended the event with art programmes, traditional handicraft products and provided festival goers with information about the city’s tourism and services.

Speaking at the festival’s opening ceremony on April 27, Vietnamese General Consul in Osaka Ngo Trinh Ha said he believes that the festival will bring the Vietnamese culture as well as the image of a dynamic Vietnam with tourist attractions closer to Japan.

Hailing the General Consulate’s efforts to launc
h the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu said that it helps popularise the Vietnamese cultural values among the international community, and deepen mutual understanding and strengthen the bilateral relations.

He thanked leaders of localities in Kansai for accompanying and supporting the Vietnamese community to better integrate into the host nation.

The festival also received letters of congratulations from Governor of Osaka prefecture Yoshimura Hirofumi, and Governor of Nara prefecture Yamashita Makoto, and Mayor of Osaka city Yokoyama Hideyuki.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese community in Kansai held a ceremony to offer incense to commemorate the Hung Kings, the legendary founders of Vietnam./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Students promote Vietnamese culture in Russia’s Far East


Moscow: An event promoting Vietnamese culture was held on April 27 at the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok city in the Far East of Russia.

The event saw the participation of representatives from the Vietnamese Consulate in Vladivostok city, the university, researchers, and Vietnamese and international students.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Consul General to Vladivostok Nguyen Dang Hien said that he is happy to see the cultural event organised by Vietnamese students and Russian students who love Vietnam, to introduce Vietnamese cultural values to international friends.

Honorary Chairman of the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association of Primorye region Aleksander Sokolovskyi highly appreciated the efforts of Vietnamese and Russian students to organise the event which is the third of its kind that has been held at the university.

Sokolovskyi highlighted special friendship between Vietnam and Russia, saying that Vietnamese language and culture have been studied and taught for the longest time
at the university.

Participats at the event have a chance to learn about Vietnamese traditional costumes and calligraphy, play Vietnamese games, and take part in other activities./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Carnaval Ha Long 2024 kicks off


Quang Ninh: Ha Long Carnaval Festival 2024 kicked off in Ha Long city, the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, on April 28 evening with an opening ceremony featuring performances and parades both at sea and on beach of the popular UNESCO-recognised bay.

The festival brought together local leading creativity teams, artists and craftsmen, as well as troupes from Japan’s Hokkaido, China’s Guangxi, Laos, Thailand, and Europe. The stage combined elements both on the shore and on the sea, with hundreds of vessels participating.

A highlight of the carnival was the drone light displays, featuring illuminated models combined with fireworks displays, LED technology, sound, and light, among others.

Together with the Ha Long carnaval, other festive, sports, cultural, and tourism events are held as parts of the Ha Long tourism week 2024, including the opening of a culinary pedestrian street in Bai Chay ward, a sports tournament, a festival of beer and the province’s famous Cha Muc (fried squid patties), as well as lio
n-dragon dance, modern dance, and kite festivals./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Karate athletes top regional championships


Hanoi: Vietnamese athletes dominated the 11th Southeast Asian Karate Championship which closed in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 27.

During five days from April 22-27, competitors took part in both kata (performance) and kumite (combat) categories for cadets, juniors, U21 and national senior team events.

The Vietnamese team won 21 golds, 21 silvers and 32 bronzes, nearly two times more than the second-placed team, Thailand (13 golds, 16 silvers, 31 bronzes).

Indonesia was third with 10 golds, eight silvers and 13 bronzes.

This competition gathered more than 400 athletes competing in 55 events of both kata and kumite. /.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Da Nang hosts Brazil-Vietnam Football Festival 2024


Da Nang: The two-day Brazil-Vietnam Football Festival 2024 opened in the central city of Da Nang on April 27 evening.

Jointly held by the municipal People’s Committee and the Brazilian Embassy in Vietnam, this is a special cultural and sports event marking the 35th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Brazil, said the committee’s Vice Chairman Tran Chi Cuong.

After the opening ceremony, famous Vietnamese football players in the past and at present had a friendly match against a team of Brazilian football legends.

Striker Renan showcased his scoring prowess by notching four goals, while Igor found the back of the net twice, and Alexandro contributed one, leading the Brazilian team to a 7-1 victory over Vietnam.

Brazilian and Vietnamese stars also had an exchange with fans during the break when they reserved signatures on shirts, balls and sharing photos at the stand.

A Brazil football academy is expected to debut at the city’s V-Village in Hoa Vang district as part of
the festival on April 28./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Hue Traditional Cuisine Week 2024 opens


Thua Thien-Hue: The 2024 Hue Traditional Cuisine Week opened in Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on April 27 evening.

The five-day event aims to honour and promote the culinary cultural values of the former imperial capital while introducing new tourism products to attract more domestic and international tourists to the city.

Vice Chairman of the Hue People’s Committee Truong Dinh Hanh said that the event will contribute to the process of compiling a dossier seeking the inclusion of Hue cuisine in the national intangible cultural heritage as well as UNESCO’s recognition as world cultural heritage, and is also an activity to position Hue among the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of culinary creativity by 2025.

With 71 booths, food lovers have a chance to enjoy the fine taste of traditional Hue dishes and explore the quintessence of dishes of three regions across the country.

Residents and tourists can also watch skillful cooking demonstrations put on by Master Chefs and Vietname
se culinary artists at a culinary space set up for the festival./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency