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HCM City’s annual Tết book fair to be held at several downtown locations



The Tết Book Fair is one of the biggest attractions in HCM City during Tết (the Lunar New Year). — VNA/ Photo by Thanh Vũ

HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Culture and Sports will organise the annual Tết (the Lunar New Year) Book Fair from January 29 to February 4 at several locations in the downtown area.

To be held on Mạc Thị Bưởi, Nguyễn Huệ and Ngô Đức Kế streets and Book Pedestrian Street in District 1, this year it has the theme ‘Xuân Quê Hương – Ấm Tình Nhân Ái’ (Homeland Spring – Full of Love), and hopes to promote the reading culture among people and offer entertainment and cultural spots during the Tết holidays.

The highlight of the fair will be an exhibition called ‘Xuân Chia Sẻ’ (Sharing in Spring) of documents, publications and photos to mark 92 years of the establishment of the Communist Party of Việt Nam on February 3.

It will also feature articles and photos related to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the city.

The HCM City Journalists Association will display more than 100 articles by major newspapers and magazines like Tuổi Trẻ (Youth), Thanh Niên (Young People) and Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn).

Around 10,000 books on various subjects from major publishers and distributors like the Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) Publishing House, Phương Nam Books and the HCM City General Publishing House.

This year there will also be hundreds of audio books.

A kids’ zone will feature new and popular children’s books by famous authors such as Nguyễn Nhật Ánh and paintings featuring frontline COVID medical workers done by children.

There will be discussions between authors and cultural experts and visitors, book introductions and music shows.

The fair is expected to attract around a million visitors. —





Mural depicting VN, US’s friendship inaugurated




Painter Nguyễn Thu Thủy with the ceramic mural ‘Tình hữu nghị Việt Mỹ’ (US-Việt Nam Friendship). Photos courtesy of Nguyễn Thu Thủy

HÀ NỘI A ceramic mural, Tình hữu nghị Việt Mỹ (The Việt Nam-US Friendship), has been inaugurated at the new US-Việt Nam Co-operation Centre in Hà Nội.

The mural (25m by 1.8m) is by painter Nguyễn Thu Thủy and her staff at the Tân Hà Nội Company. Thủy is an author of the mural Ceramic Road by Red River.

The mural starts with the spectacular landscape of the Grand Canyon, a massive gorge located in the state of Arizona.

“The rocky mountain complex can change colours magically according to sunlight and weather. Sometimes the whole mountain area turns red and pink, sometimes everything turns purple. That magical phenomenon of nature has inspired many artists to express themselves in their paintings,” said Thủy.

She used colourful ceramic pieces to depict the changing colours of the Grand Canyon.

The mural also shows the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Empire State Building in New York. They are highlighted on the national flag of the US.

Other symbols monuments in the mural are the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, where the portraits of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are carved onto the granite surface.

On the other part of the mural, thousands of ceramic pieces are combined together to depict the fantastic view of Hạ Long Bay. It’s the highlight of the artwork along with images of the Temple of Literature, the lotus ponds of Hà Nội and the national flag of Việt Nam.

Painter Thủy also presented US Ambassador Marc E. Knapper with a water-coloure painting of the Grand Canyon, a draft she made before making the mural. According to Thủy, the mural serves as a bridge to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen friendship between the two countries.

According to Thủy, the mural will be a bridge to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen friendship between two countries. 

Receiving the painting, Ambassador Knapper said: “Việt Nam and the US proudly possessed two natural wonders, the Grand Canyon and Hạ Long Bay. I expect that these similarities in culture, landscape and history will help us enhance mutual understanding. Together we preserve and promote values favoured by nature.”

The US-Việt Nam Co-operation Centre is located at the Diplomatic Academy of Việt Nam (DAV), 69 Chùa Láng Street, Hà Nội.  




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Students say farewell to their high school years




Twelfth graders of the Việt Đức High School are pictured with their teacher on the graduation day. VNA/ Photos Thanh Tùng

The special school year of 2021-2022 has just ended, leaving many emotions among students, particularly the 12th graders.

They are both happy to be about to embark on a new journey of life but also sad to say farewell to their beloved school, teachers and friends with whom they have not unfortunately had much time to share due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I will desperately miss the short time my classmates and I spent studying together. Though we had three years of high school, we only had about a year and a half being together, due to the prolonged pandemic,” said Thanh Uyên from Phan Đình Phùng High School.

Another student, Nhật Minh, added: “We feel very sad when we have to say goodbye after such a short period of time. We hope we will always remember the good times studying together.”

This photo essay introduce to readers such emotional moments of 12th graders from the Việt Đức High School in Hà Nội on their graduation day.

This is their last time to attend the flag salute ceremony and sing the national anthem in their beloved high school. 


Some high school friendship might last a lifetime.


A student is seen writing memoirs on her classmate’s uniform.


It is a emotional moment to say farewell to their high schools, teachers and classmates to embark on a new chapter of life.





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New pact promotes Việt Nam-Europe fashion links



Alain Cany, EuroCham chairman and Lê Thị Quỳnh Trang, chairwoman of Việt Nam International Fashion Week and President of the Council of ASEAN Fashion Designers, sign a MoU on promoting culture, lifestyle, and fashion industry links between Việt Nam and European countries. Photo courtesy of Multimedia JSC

HCM CITY — Culture, lifestyle and fashion links between Việt Nam and Europe will be promoted under a Memorandum of Understanding signed this week by the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham Vietnam) and the Aquafina Vietnam International Week (VIFW).

The signing has presented an opportunity for EuroCham and its affiliated national chambers to support the development of European companies both regionally and in Việt Nam, and to assist Vietnamese companies interested in expanding their European market.

It will also identify and promote the benefits of the EVFTA for both groups.

It will help Việt Nam’s fashion and culture reach out to the world as well, and create more business opportunities for Vietnamese designers and fashion brands in near future.

Alain Cany, Chairman of EuroCham Vietnam, said that many European fashion brands were famous around the world, so EuroCham would be an ideal partner of VIFW in connecting and bringing European businesses to Việt Nam for mutual development and a sustainable relationship.   

Lê Thị Quỳnh Trang, chairwoman of VIFW and president of the Council of ASEAN Fashion Designers, said on Tuesday the signing was not only a huge opportunity for Việt Nam’s fashion industry but also a new development journey for local and international businesses.

Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Mai, deputy general secretary of the Việt Nam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS), said she also believed that the MoU would promote sustainable development of Việt Nam’s fashion and textile industries.

In a linked development, Prodotti Alfa, an Italian company producing regenerated leather and an eco-friendly material ideal for fashion, bookbinding, furniture and other industries, introduced its products at a seminar on sustainable materials in fashion held in HCM City on May 25.

The seminar, organised by Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam and VIFW, was a sideline event of the Aquafina Việt Nam International Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2022 that is taking place in the city until May 29. —



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