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First 'Belgian Week' on horizon

Released at: 21:11, 09/11/2016

First 'Belgian Week' on horizon

Photos: Ecopark/Belgium Embassy/Illustration

"Belgian Week in Vietnam" to be held for the first time in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from November 12 to 19.

by Minh Tuyet

For the first time, the “Belgian Week in Vietnam” will be organized from November 12 to 19 in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate Belgium’s “King’s Day” on November 15.

The Belgian Week in Vietnam not only introduces the joint achievements but also the avenues for further exchanges between the two countries, according to the Belgian Embassy in Hanoi.

On November 12, Belgian DJ and producer ATTAR! will perform at Hanoi Rock City in Hanoi and on November 18 at Piu Piu Bar in Ho Chi Minh City. ATTAR! is one of the driving forces of Brussels’ electronic music scene. Not only is he a talented musician that has both developed and remixed numerous songs, he has also organized parties at two of Belgium’s best known clubs and has played at venues all over the world.

The events are about more than just music, however, as they will also showcase Belgian food (Lutosa fries) and beer (Heverlee), the Belgian Embassy in Hanoi said in a statement sent to media on November 8.

On Sunday November 13, “.be Belgian Day” will be held at the Summer Park in Ecopark, Hanoi. Visitors will be able to discover Belgian culture, literature, cinema, education, regions, cities, natural landscapes and enterprises. This is also a chance for visitors to learn more about Vietnamese - Belgian cooperation, and they can taste famous specialties such as chocolate, waffles, and beer and have the chance to win various prizes in a lucky draw.

There will also be a wide range of activities for children, including a book corner, games on traffic safety, helmet decoration, and quizzes. Interactivity is central to the experience, given that a formal relationship between countries is driven by the exchanges between its people. The winner of a photo contest for Vietnamese citizens, “My Belgium”, was launched on August 22 and the winner will be announced on this day.

Tickets are available at the Belgian Embassy, at VND150,000 ($6.7) for adults and VND50,000 ($2.25) for children, which include gifts such as a free bottle of Stella Artois beer and a macaron from a Top Chef.  

Famous jazz pianist Jef Neve will enlighten the official reception marking “King’s Day” on November 15 at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi and on November 18 at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House.

Jef Neve is Belgium’s most internationally-renowned jazz talent. He has performed worldwide and collaborated with numerous artists, and will perform highly intimate concerts for a limited number of invited guests.

Over the last 43 years, since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Vietnam and Belgium have developed strong bilateral ties. Vietnam has been a priority partner for Belgian cooperation for decades, which has contributed to the development of Vietnam’s education system, water management, public health, and agricultural growth. Trade and investment relations have been expanding rapidly over recent years, as have cultural exchanges, and increasing numbers of Belgian companies are investing in Vietnam.

At the beginning of December a Trade Mission, with numerous companies from Flanders and Brussels, will visit both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to identify business opportunities.

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