The 2017 Francophone Film Festival is taking place in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nghe An’s Vinh city and Thua Thien-Hue’s Hue city from March 19 to April 2, with 11 movies from French speaking countries on screen. All the films have both Vietnamese and French subtitles.
More than 650 businesses from Vietnam and 25 other countries and territories will be participating in the 2017 Vietnam International Travel Mart at the Hanoi Culture and Friendship Palace from April 6-9. Under the framework of the event, a street food festival will be held aiming to promote Vietnamese food and enable the public to enjoy street foods from many countries in the region.
The 2017 National Swimming and Finswimming Championships (25m course) is taking place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from March 25-27. The tournament has brought together 200 athletes representing 20 delegations across the country competing for 45 sets of swimming medals and 24 sets of finswimming medals.
The 2017 Can Tho City Book Festival opened at Luu Huu Phuoc Park in Ninh Kieu district on March 25, featuring 272 pavilions from 91 publishers, book distributors, stationery traders and media agencies. The biennial festival, which gathers 195,000 book titles and nearly 2.3 million copies, aims to promote reading culture in the community.
The College of Sciences under the University of Hue was awarded the Labour Order, second class, on March 24 on the 60th anniversary of its foundation. The college is currently offering undergraduate programmes in 24 disciplines, 26 master’s programmes and 17 PhD programmes.
The central province of Quang Nam on March 24 inaugurated the VND474 billion (US$20.8 million) one-kilometre Giao Thuy Bridge spanning Thu Bon River, ending more than 40 years of ferry services since the old wooden bridge collapsed due to bombing during wartime, and helping to boost local economic development.
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism kicked off the city’s Tourism Day 2017 at Le Van Tam Park, District 1 on March 23, gathering 80 travel agencies, hotels, restaurants and hospitality colleges from across the country. The event, themed “Hello Summer 2017”, features 170 booths and an area for start-up business to introduce successful start-ups in tourism. Special discounts of up to 50% and free tickets were given away to visitors at the four-day event.
The International Federation of Football Associations and the Union of European Football Associations have provided over US$79,000 for the central province of Thua Thien-Hue to develop a community-based football project. The project was sponsored via the management board of Norway’s Football for All in Vietnam and will be carried out within two years (2017-2018) to help establish seven football clubs while maintaining 20 existing ones, upgrading playgrounds, and hosting football competitions in combination with education providing life skills for children, especially those living in resettled areas and social protection centres.
The Ban Phu Citadel Festival opened on March 21 in Noong Het commune in the northern province of Dien Bien to commemorate Hoang Cong Chat and his subordinate generals who led a peasant rebel movement in the 18th century against the rule of the Trinh Lords.
The retail price of RON 92 petrol, the most popular type of fuel among motorcyclists, has been lowered by VND708 to VND17,314 per litre after the second fuel price adjustment in March which also saw a litre of E5 biofuel and diesel slashed by VND661 and VND609 respectively.
The final round of the 2017 U19 National Football Tournament will be held in the South Central Coastal province of Binh Dinh from March 21-31, featuring eight prominent teams, including Viettel, Hanoi, Sanatech Khanh Hoa, PVF, Song Lam Nghe An, Long An, Thua Thien-Hue and hosts Binh Dinh. The teams are divided into two groups, competing in a round robin format to select the top two teams in each group progressing into the semi-finals.
The Vietnamese Embassy in India and Hyatt Regency Hotel has organised a ceremony to promote Vietnamese cuisine culture. The event gave visitors a chance to experience unique and typical cuisines of Vietnam, while creating opportunities to strengthen cultural exchanges and understanding between Vietnam and India.
A solemn ceremony was held in Erfurt, Germany on March 19 to pay tribute and pray for Vietnamese soldiers who died at Gac Ma naval battle almost 30 years ago. The event was also a get-together of Gac Ma survivors who served in naval ships 903 and 505 of Brigade 125 in which they reminisced about days fighting alongside their comrades.
Danang University of Foreign Language Studies, the French Institute in Da Nang and the France-Vietnam Friendship Association in Da Nang city, along with various French clubs co-organised a number of activities on March 19 in Da Nang city to celebrate International Francophonie Day (March 20). The event aims to connect the French-speaking community, show respect for all languages and cultures alike and protect the diversity of languages and cultures.
Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat of Vietnam won a title at the first International Thai Martial Arts Games and Festival, which is currently being held in Bangkok until March 22. Nhat knocked out his Greek rival Panos Karysitis in the final second round of the men’s 60kg category.