VOV.VN - Vietnam for the first time attended the Fetes Consulaires, which was held in the French city of Lyon on June 11 and 12 with an impressive dragon dance and traditional music programme, an Ao dai show and a tourism exhibition.
The Asia New Generation - Vietnam has co-operated alongside the Vietnam Cultural Centre in France and associations of Vietnamese in France as it seeks to launch cultural cross exchanges. In addition, Vietnamese delicacies were also offered to visitors at the function .
Roland Beaumont, president of the Asia New Generation - Vietnam Association, said it is a great honour and the pride of Vietnamese people in the city to participate in the event for the first time.
Nghiem Xuan Dong, director of the Vietnamese Cultural Centre in France, said that at very short notice, the centre had done all it could best to mobilise every resource available to introduce the nation’s image and people to the world.
This annual event is designed to honour the presence of consular delegations in Lyon, thereby helping local residents to discover the diversity of the numerous communities based in the French city and contributing to its dynamism and development.
According to the organising board of the event, a total of 53 countries had joined in the festival. During the course of the two-day event, participants were given the opportunity to visit over 60 booths and enjoy roughly 30 art performances and shows featuring an array of ethnic fashion, culinary delights, scenic spots, and tourism of participating countries.