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EUROPE DAY

It is a honour for us to announce Italy’s renewed participation to the next Celebration for Europe in Hanoi! It is indeed more and more important to give strength to the European Union in sustaining its image projection in Vietnam, so that the concrete process of approach between our peoples can become stronger through the essential tool of culture.

At the centre of the rich group of events taking place stands the Europe Village, a big fair whose aim is to present to the public the extraordinary richness and diversity of European culture.

The event is taking place from Friday, May 4th to Sunday, May 6th (entrance is free), and the contribution Italy will give is rich in its variety:

– Institutional stand curated by the Embassy and Uni-Italia: promotional clips projection, description of different cultural aspects of our peninsula, exposition of enjoyable and iconic objects of Italian design, tasting of typical products, introduction of study-opportunities in Italy;

– Piaggio stand: the mighty Vespa will dominate the scene, as a true symbol of Italy’s presence in Vietnam;

– Caffe’ and Italia-VietIT Wines stand: here it will be possible to enjoy some of the best and most traditional products of our rich and variegated enogastronomic offer;

– Jazz Concert: renowned guitarist Antonio Forcione and talented drummer Dado Pasqualini will perform on the main stage May 5th, at 12.30 p.m.

– Recreational activities for children: children may take part to celebrations as well, thanks to a series of culture-related activities taking place in specific and fully-dedicated hours.

 

After the weekend, on Monday, May 7th and Tuesday, May 8th (at 4 p.m. in both cases), Italy will move to Casa Italia for two events which will be related to the European Literature Days:

Monday, May 7th: a presentation of the book “Con La Pira in Vietnam”, currently under translation from Italian into Vietnamese, will be held. The book stands as a memoir of the italian statesman Giorgio La Pira and his mission in Hanoi in 1965, which was aimed at starting official talks between the parties during the bloody military conflict. This attempt stands as a cornerstone testimony of the solidity of the relationship between Italy and Vietnam.

Tuesday, May 8th: an informal meeting focused on the translation of literary texts from Italian into Vietnamese will take place. Here, some translators and linguists will be available to questions on their fascinating yet troublesome and challenging job.

 

As a closing event, the European Union Delegation in Vietnam will organize a concert on Friday, May 11th, starring the Violin player Bui Cong Duy. The concert will take place at the Opera House.