The annual European Days are back and will feature many musical performances and exhibitions in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this month.
It starts with a concert in HCMC on May 10, followed by Literature Day from May 11 to 13 at Hanoi's National Library at 31 Trang Thi Street. The latter will showcase classical and contemporary novels, short stories, and comics from Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, the UK, Denmark, and Poland that have recently been published in Vietnamese.
British a cappella group Black Voices will perform at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on May 20 and the Hanoi Opera House the next day.
Tickets cost VND150,000-500,000 (US$7-25), and VND100,000 for students.
A rock and electronic concert will be held at Hanoi's French culture center, L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street, on May 30.
European foods will be served on May 26 at the Hanoi National Library.
Other activities include the "Riverscapes IN FLUX" exhibition from May 13 to 26 at the Cactus Contemporary Art, 17/12 Nguyen Huy Tuong Street, HCMC.
It will showcase installations, photos, and videos by 17 Southeast Asian artists that highlight the threat faced by Asian rivers due to socioeconomic development and climate change.
From May 16 to 27 several European films will be screened in the two cities as well as Da Nang.
Among them will be Denmark's "In A Better World" which won both the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film last year.
It is about revenge and forgiveness and tells the lives of two Danish families between whom an extraordinary but risky friendship blossoms amid loneliness, frailty, and sorrow.
There will be roundtable discussions about women leaders in politics in Hanoi on May 22 and HCMC on May 29.
The Delegation of the European Union will also organize seminars in the south-central Binh Dinh Province on May 16 and HCMC on May 18 to promote trade relations between local businesses and European firms.
"Europe Day is an occasion to recognize and rejoice in the many strong bonds that Europe has established with nations around the world, including Vietnam," Franz Jessen, head of the delegation, said.