|Vietnamese delegate takes photos at the event
(Photo: VGP News)
Addressing the event, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh said Vietnam and the US have witnessed significant achievements in bilateral comprehensive cooperation over the past 20 years.
He highlighted culture and people-to-people exchange as important factors to promote the friendship, reconciliation and peace between the two nations.
The cultural days programme is expected to help the US people understand more about Vietnam – a beautiful, peaceful, and hospitable nation which is home to 21 tangible and intangible world cultural heritage sites recognised by UNECO, he said.
|Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh said the opening ceremony.|
She added that the Vietnamese community in the US has been playing a significant role in promoting people-to-people exchange and cultural understanding between the two countries.
The programme entitled “Huong Sac Viet Nam” (Essence of Vietnam) put the first note to the opening ceremony, entailing a folk music performance and a traditional “ao dai” show.
|A performance of Huong Sac Viet Nam (Essence of Viet Nam). — Photo washingtonpost.com|
Slated for August 10, the “Colors of Vietnamese Ethnic Cultures” programme will feature traditional music and dances as well as western music performed on Vietnamese bamboo musical instruments.
Meanwhile, the “Night of Lotus” programme hopes to entertain US audiences and overseas Vietnamese with traditional music and dances celebrating the beauty of lotus as the soul of Vietnam .
The event held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnamese embassy in the US and the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the United Nations, will last until August 12.