The Hanoitimes - A Vietnamese Cultural Week began in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on October 4, aimed to bring the country’s beauty closer to international friends and deepen ties between the two countries.
The event was held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) and Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MCFA) to celebrate Vietnam and Cambodia’s 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
A performance at the opening ceremony.
MoCST Deputy Minister Vuong Duy Bien said that in the past five decades, Vietnam and Cambodia have enjoyed robust relations in politics, economy, culture and education, bringing benefits to people of both sides.
Cultural exchange programmes help the two peoples get deeper insights into each other’s culture, Bien stated, stressing that the Vietnamese Cultural Week in Cambodia will feature Vietnamese art performances, photos of natural landscapes, culture, people, especially natural, tangible and intangible heritages recognised by UNESCO.
He expressed his hope that the event will contribute to elevating cooperation relations to a new height. Meanwhile, MCFA Minister Phoeurng Sackona said that Cambodia wants to bolster cooperation with neighbouring countries, including Vietnam. She noted that the Vietnamese Cultural Week accentuates cultural collaboration and creates opportunities for experts from both sides to share experience in culture. “Vietnamese colour” photo exhibition and art performances are also included in the week.
The same day, Bien and Sackona inked a culture and art cooperation plan for 2018-2022. Accordingly, the two sides will jointly organise Vietnamese cultural weeks in Cambodia in 2018 and 2020, Cambodian cultural weeks in Vietnam in 2019 and 2021 and cultural weeks in both nations in 2022 to mark the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
In addition, the two ministries will facilitate delegation and experience exchanges. Vietnam will also train Cambodian students in cultural fields.
Tuyet Nhung - VNA