The month features the biggest music festival in Vietnam, the finale of the "UK in my Eyes" competition, the largest UK Education Fair, and a film festival.
To launch a month of cultural and educational activities from the UK, Zara McFarlane and her band will play before thousands of festival-goers on October 9 in Hanoi at the Monsoon Music Festival. Zara won the Best Jazz Act at MOBO (Music of Black Origin) 2014. Fellow winners in differing categories included Sam Smith, Jesse J, and Beyonce.
The month will also include the “UK in my Eyes” writing competition. Launched in September, the competition has received hundreds of entries from people who have studied in or visited the UK and even from those who have never been there. Through their eyes the UK is truly a beautiful and vibrant country where the juxtaposition of old and new permeates every aspect of British life, in a country that thrives on the exchange of goods, ideas and people.
Prizes will be presented to winning entries during the UK Education Fair 2015, which will take place from October 24 to 27 in the three cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang.
The UK Education Fair 2015 will give prospective students the chance to meet with representatives from 70 UK institutions and learn about 80 scholarship opportunities. During the fair there will also be a brief session outlining 20 PhD scholarship opportunities for Vietnamese scholars so they can pursue their studies in the UK as part of the VIED-Newton Fund collaboration.
The Newton Programme Vietnam is an integral component of the Newton Fund, which forms part of the UK’s official collaborative development program. The Newton Fund will invest £75 million ($115 million) each year - having started in 2014 – over five years to develop science and innovation partnerships, promoting the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.
These activities will lead up to the UK Film Week that will open in the first week of November.
This year’s film week, which will hit CGV cinemas in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City from November 4 to 12, will celebrate the music of Great Britain. Award-winning films to be screened during the week include God Helps the Girl (2014), Nowhere Boy (2009), Pulp (2014), Northern Soul (2014), Good Vibrations (2013), Control (2007), and Bugsy Malone (1976).