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* January 12-16 (Wednesday-Sunday): The Japanese Animation Film Festival will be held at the National Cinema Center, 87 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Eight films will be screened with Vietnamese subtitles Colorful, The Great Adventure of Hutch the Honeybee, Summer Wars, Spirited Away, Millennial Actress, Mai Mai Miracle, Mind Game, and Redline. Free admission. Tickets can be obtained at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange, 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Tel: (04) 3 944 7419/7420.

* January 13 (Thursday): CanCham Business Luncheon "The Year Ahead: Executive Summary and Outlook 2011" will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New World Hotel Saigon, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Guest speakers include Don Lam, CEO VinaCapital Group; Winnie Lam, country director KCS Vietnam Co. Ltd., Ralf Matthaes, managing director TNS Vietnam; and Tom Tobin, CEO HSBC Bank (Vietnam). Fee: US$40 for members and co-hosted members and $50 for nonmembers. For further information or registration, contact the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Room 305, 3rd floor, New World Saigon Hotel. Tel: (08) 3 824 3754; email: hcmc@canchamvietnam.org.

* January 14 (Friday): A musical theater production titled "The Man Walking Through the Valley" will premiere at the Hanoi Opera House with the participation of artists from Europe and Vietnam. The opera, based on a poem by the renowned medieval German romantic Wolfram von Eschenbach, tells the story of the young knight Parzival, who leaves home and passes "through the valley" to discover the world. Free tickets are available from 2 p.m. on Friday, January 7 onwards at the Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Tel: (04) 3 734 2251.

* January 14 (Friday): EuroCham will hold a special business luncheon entitled "The future of the Vietnam Dong - A View from The Vietnam Banks Association" at the New World Saigon Hotel's Ben Thanh Hall from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The guest speaker - Dr. Duong Thu Huong, General Secretary of the Vietnam Banks Association, one of the nation's most distinguished experts in banking, will address recent obstacles that European and Vietnamese enterprises have been facing in Vietnam, particularly in the banking sector, and how they can overcome them. Fee: VND600,000 for members and co-hosted members and VND900,000 for non-members. For further information or registration, please contact Ms. Thuy by emailing events-hcmc@eurochamvn.org or calling her at (08) 3827 2715.

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