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Artwork from 'Denmark in your Eyes' contest donated to hospitals

Released at: 16:50, 10/05/2019

Artwork from 'Denmark in your Eyes' contest donated to hospitals

Photo: Danish Embassy

Paintings hoped to bring some happiness to child patients at hospitals.

by Le Diem

The Danish Embassy and the Vietnam and Denmark Friendship Association (VIDAFA) donated paintings from the “Denmark in your Eyes 2018” art contest to local hospitals on May 10, to bring a brighter and happier feeling to children receiving treatment and to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries.

A total of 196 paintings were presented to the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital, the Vietnam-Germany Friendship Hospital, and the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine.

The paintings are part of more than 4,100 submissions from nearly 100 schools, children, and art centers nationwide in the annual art contest co-hosted by the embassy, VIDAFA, Kim Dong Publishing House, and Nhi Dong newspaper last December.

When hospitalized, both children and their families enter an especially vulnerable and stressful period. As the hospital’s surroundings can have significant impact on the patient experience, the donated paintings are expected to transform the hospital’s clinical areas into warm, hopeful, and healing spaces for both patients and healthcare providers. The colorful and imaginative drawings not only brighten up the hospital’s walls but also aim to bring comfort through art to the young patients.

“Research in Denmark has shown that exposure to lively visual art can bolster spirits, reduce stress, and calm anxieties among family members while contributing beneficially to the patient’s recovery,” said Ambassador H.E. Kim Højlund Christensen. “It is my sincere hope that the vivid artworks will add a much-needed distraction to young patients in hospitals for life-saving treatment.”

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Chairman of VIDAFA, Mr. Tran Hong Ha, also expressed his belief in the difference these paintings will make to the children and their families. “These paintings offer children explorations of beautiful green dreams in which people, animals, and nature live in harmony,” he said. “The artworks radiate imagination and inspiration and I believe they will have a very positive impact on the healing process.”

Dr. Le Thi Minh Huong, Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital, appreciated the donations. “As medical professionals, we strive to make sure that each patient can still be a child while in hospital,” she said. “We are very therefore grateful for the donated paintings, which will create positive energy and make our patients feel much more comfortable.”

The first “Denmark in your Eyes” contest was held by the Embassy and VIDAFA amid celebrations of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Denmark in 2016. The first competition focused on English writing skills, and the winner (a ninth-grade student from Hanoi) was given a two-week scholarship at Niels Brock Business School in Copenhagen. “Denmark in your Eyes” has since become an annual contest for children, with a different theme every year.

This year’s theme was “Green Dreams”, with entries coming from primary schools around Vietnam, while valuable support was provided by Kim Dong Publishing House, Nhi Dong newspaper, and My Kingdom - Lego Vietnam. Nearly 4,100 students participated in the contest, with 64 receiving prizes. The next contest is expected to begin in September.

The Danish Embassy’s Culture Program for cultural exchange and people-to-people links between Denmark and Vietnam has had significant success. There has been an increase in cultural cooperation between the two countries, with an emphasis on creation, people’s access to and participation in arts, and the promotion of cultural diversity.

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