The Hanoitimes - The Vietfest 2016, an annual Vietnamese cultural festival, opened at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra on November 24.
Visitors were offered a glimpse into Vietnam’s culture through performances of traditional musical instruments, including dan bau (monochord zither), flute and dan tranh (plucked zither).
The event also featured a flashmob dance and a talent competition of Vietnamese students in Australia.
Stalls displaying Vietnamese handicrafts and food were a draw to visitors.
An musical performance at the Vietfest 2016.
Proceeds will be donated to charity programmes in Vietnam, such as the “For beloved Hoang Sa-Truong Sa” and the Vu A Dinh scholarship fund in support of coast guards, fishermen and poor students.
Luc Anh Tuan, head of the Vietnamese Youth & Students’ Association in Canberra – the organiser of the festival, said the Vietfest has received great support from the Vietnam Embassy in Australia, the ANU and the University of New South Wales for years.
He added that to raise funds for the festival this year, his association had hosted a teatime concert that received a warm welcome from the Vietnamese community in Canberra.