Europe Days 2011 kicks off in May

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Europe Days 2011 kicks off in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City May 6-10 with a range of activities including a European film festival, art exhibit, book fair, comics festival, concerts by world class pianists, and games for families.

The event, organized by the EU, the Delegation of the European Commission and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), has been a success every year since it started in 2004. The event is meant to create and strengthen the 20-year relationship between the EU and Vietnam through cultural and social exchanges.

The program will open with the art exhibition, "˜Dipolar,' at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi featuring 30 lacquer paintings by Khai Doan, a Vietnamese-German creative director.

The highlight of the event will be the concert by Duo d'Accord, including two talented pianists from Germany, Lucia Huang and Sebastian Euler. They will perform at the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Opera Houses May 8-10.

There will also be film festival featuring a selection of 13 movies by European film makers from May 16-29.

The annual event will also feature European Literature Day on May 27-28, a joint initiative between the Goethe Institute, L'Espace and the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation, together with the embassies of Italy and Denmark.

Novels from Germany, classics from Italy, children's books from Belgium, France and Denmark will make book browsing a pleasure at the event. Literature lovers can look forward to a new aspect of the program: for the first time this year, EUNIC in Vietnam will present new books that have recently been translated into Vietnamese.

It will also launch the 2nd Comics Festival, a seminar and a painting contest for children on gender equality, and the Southeast Asian Gaelic Games 2011.

Europe Days 2010 attracted 22,000 visitors last year, and organizers expect it to continue to get bigger and better every year.

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