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October 1-10 (Friday-Sunday): Celebrations for the 1000th anniversary of Hanoi at different places in the capital. The opening ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. at Ly Thai To Monument Park. The event will be wrapped up with a cultural and art festival at the My Dinh National Stadium starting at 8 p.m.

October 1 (Friday): A sculpture exposition by French artist Lolo Zazar will open at the Center for French Cultural Exchange in Hanoi, L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. Lolo Zazar started to explore Vietnamese traditional lacquer technique over three years ago. The exposition called Rencontres is a combination of stainless steel sculpture and traditional lacquer. Admission is free.

October 2 (Saturday): "Festival of Dragon" show by Spanish theater troupe Els Comediants will take place in the open area in front of My Dinh National Stadium on Le Duc Tho Street, Hanoi as part of the celebration of the city's millennial birthday. A total of 19 Spanish artists and 18 Vietnamese actors from the Circus Federation of Vietnam will present a modern show combining music, acrobatics, dance and spectacular fireworks. Admission is free.

October 3 (Sunday): The British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV) will hold the 11th annual Ho Chi Minh City Fun Run in HCMC. Runners and walkers will gather at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens (2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1) at 6 a.m. The race will begin 45 minutes later. The route follows Le Duan, Dong Khoi, Mac Thi Buoi and Hai Ba Trung streets before finishing back at the zoo. Fee: VND100,000 for adults, VND50,000 for children aged 6 to 12 and free for children under six. For information and registration, contact the BBGV office at 25 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1, HCMC or Ms. Phuong at on oficeadmin@bbgv.org. Tel: (08) 3829 8430. Participants can also register from 5:30 a.m. on October 3.

October 6 (Wednesday): The famous jazz quartet Dille-Ternoy will play from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at L'Espace in Hanoi Thibault Dille (Accordion), Jérémie Ternoy (Piano), Christophe Hache (Contrabasses), and Charles Duytschaever (Batterie drum). Tickets costs VND100,000 and VND50,000 and are available at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street.

October 6 (Wednesday): Eurocham's luncheon, Guide To Real Estate Investment in Vietnam, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New World Hotel Saigon, Ben Thanh Hall 2&3, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1, HCMC. Entrance: VND650,000 for members and VND850,000 for non-members. For further information or registration, contact Ms. Thuy at eventshcmc@eurochamvn.org or call (08) 3 827 2715.

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