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The Belgian embassy organized "A Touch of Belgium"

Released at: 12:38, 14/05/2018

The Belgian embassy organized "A Touch of Belgium"

Photo: Embassy of Belgium

The cultural event featured Belgian food, music, dance and many other activities.

by Ngoc Lan

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Belgium, the Embassy of Belgium organized the event “A Touch of Belgium” on May 12 at Ly Thai To Square, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi.

The activity publicly celebrated the two countries’ fruitful friendship. As such, the daylong event was open to the public. It featured family-friendly activities, information about Belgian funded projects in Vietnam, beloved Belgian culinary products such as chocolate, fries, waffles, ice cream, and beer; and showcased the best of what Belgian contemporary culture has to offer.

2018 is also the 60th anniversary of the “Smurfs,” the blue comic strip characters that were originally created by the Belgian illustrator Pierre Culliford (Peyo) in 1958. At the event three classic Smurf cartoons will be screened in English with Vietnamese subtitles.

Other Smurf-related activities like coloring and drawing were offered at the two creative areas. They were organized in collaboration with Wallonie-Bruxelles International who is also hosting the Heritage Exhibition on the “Smurfs” at Hanoi’s Imperial Citadel until June 4th.

To showcase Belgian contemporary culture, “A Touch of Belgium” featured dance performances and live music. “Majoretteketet-Bruxelles” (website: http://www.majoretteketet.be/), a troop of 11 majorettes (parade girls), marched around the area of Ly Thai To square accompanied by a vibrant and upbeat live marching band, the Hanoi Brass Band. The group will also have joint performances with the “Pinky Cheerleading Squad” of the Foreign Trade University and the children of the “Be Singer Club.”

Talented Belgian dancer and choreographer Nick Coutsier, together with the dancers of Kinergie Studio, showcased their weeklong contemporary dance workshop which resulted in a 20–minute performance called “Exploring Connections.”

This piece was a collaboration between Belgian DJ Simon Medard and live visuals producer Daniel Day Long. Throughout the evening, the DJ stirred up the atmosphere with live upbeat music, coupled with striking visuals and videos.

To celebrate 40 years of cooperation, development organizations funded by the Belgian government came together to present their projects to inform the public about all their efforts in Vietnam. They offered more activities for children such as gardening and arts & crafts.

Any Belgian cultural undertaking would not be complete without signature food and drinks. “A Touch of Belgium” featured crispy fries, sweet chocolate, fluffy waffles paired with ice cream, refreshments and ice cold beer from Belgian companies in Vietnam.

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