Vietnam, Australia honor 40th year of diplomatic relation

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A performance of Bangarra dance group

A series of event with the participation of Australian artists, scientist and cook, has been planned to take place in Vietnam until June on the occasion of celebrating the 40th anniversary of anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia.

The renowned Australian dancing group Bangarrra has arrived in Hanoi to perform at 8:00 pm at the Hanoi Opera House on March 2.

The dance theatre group will have another performance four days later in Ho Chi Minh City. They will also participate in workshops with under-privileged Vietnamese youth and with some Vietnamese dancers.

The 22-member dancing group is the largest group of Australian artist who have ever come to Vietnam.

The group has been successful in combining the aboriginal dance with some contemporary movements. They usually make use of light effects and décor themselves with ancient costumes and accessories of the native people.

Founded in 1989, member of the group are all descendants of generations of Australian native. The group had performed both at the opening and closing ceremony at Olympic Sydney 2000.

Their performances in Vietnam will feature the nature in there home land and the relationship between human and nature as well, according to the dance group.

Other events include the Questacon exhibitions, which will be opened during April, from 10-13 in Hanoi, 17-19 in Da Nang and 24-27 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, Australia, Questacon is a large centre with more than 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology.

The practical science exhibition demonstrates that science is fun and relevant to all ages. Attended by Professor Graham Durant, director of Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre of Australia, will focus on science in education and will include a bilingual publication for science teachers as well as a have a public day in each city and workshops which will aim at teachers.

From 15 to 21 May, Australian famous jazz artist Elixir will perform in Hanoi and Da Nang. She will also work with groups of young people on a song that will be performed during the concerts.

An Australian art exhibition named Message Stick will be held at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City from May 23 to June 21. The exhibition features a selection of significant work from the collection by eleven indigenous artists living in urban areas throughout Australia.

Between June 17-21, a cooking event will be held with the participation of an Australian-Vietnamese chef who now lives in Australia. The event will include public cooking demonstrations and a cooking competition for kids.  

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