The first-ever German Year in Vietnam, that celebrates the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, will start later this month.
The German Embassy said in a press release that an opening ceremony featuring Beethovenââ‚¬â„¢s No. 9 Symphony in a concert at the Hanoi Opera House on January 23, will kick off the event.
The year-long event will focus on four areas: environment, urban development, arts and seminars, the embassy said.
The environment and urban development areas will be covered by workshops, fairs and exhibitions on urban planning, transport, architecture, environmental protection and climate change.
Events under the arts category will include a German film festival, photo exhibitions and an international music festival and fashion show that hundreds of artists from Vietnam, Germany and other countries will participate in.
The event, which will take place in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, will end in January 2011.
The German Year in Vietnam will be held in tandem with the Vietnam Year in Germany, which expects to attract the participation of nearly 100,000 German-Vietnamese.
Reported by Anh Phuong