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"Sri Lanka in Hanoi: A Cultural Fiesta" approaching

Released at: 08:54, 24/04/2018

"Sri Lanka in Hanoi: A Cultural Fiesta" approaching

Photo: Hai Van

Three-day event to be held from April 27 to 29 at Vietnam Women's Museum in Hanoi.

by Ngoc Han

Bilateral trade between Vietnam and Sri Lanka currently stands at $344.58 million, a press conference introducing “Sri Lanka in Hanoi: A Cultural Fiesta” on April 23 heard.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Vietnam, H.E. Hasanthi Vrugodawatte Dissanayake, said cooperation between two countries has been expanded through 31 bilateral agreements, memoranda of understanding (MoUs), and work plans.

She introduced “Sri Lanka in Hanoi: A Cultural Fiesta”, organized by the Embassy in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence and 48 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and in collaboration with the Vietnam Women’s Museum in Hanoi and the Hanoi Small and Medium Enterprises Association. It will also bring together small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the two countries for the first time.

This event will offer the opportunity to experience a perfect blend of Sri Lankan culture in a Vietnamese environment. The three-day event will be held from April 27 to 29 at the Vietnam Women’s Museum, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.

It will feature paintings and sketches of Sri Lankans and of Sri Lanka, an exhibition of photographs of Sri Lanka - Vietnam bilateral relations, an exhibition of photographs on Sri Lanka both by professionals and amateurs, Sri Lankan food and beverages, and Sri Lankan movies, feature films, and documentaries. There will also be Sri Lankan products from SMEs, in particular those made from handloom fabric and batik, as well as tea, spices, handicrafts, and gems. Sri Lankan music and an exhibition of paintings from renowned Vietnamese artist Van Duong Thanh will also be displayed, including paintings connected to Sri Lanka

There will also be a stall from the Hanoi Small and Medium Enterprises Association.

At the opening ceremony on April 27, the travel book by famous Vietnamese travel writer Di Li entitled titled “Sunrise on the Sahara”, which has a section on Sri Lanka, will also be launched. Other countries covered in the book are Spain, Morocco, Portugal, the Maldives and Japan. The book will be introduced by H. E. Saadi Salama, Ambassador of Palestine in Vietnam, who is fluent in Vietnamese.

The event will also provide a platform for people to meet and interact, especially those Vietnamese who have been to Sri Lanka.

In January 2001, demonstrating Sri Lanka’s interest in strengthening bilateral relations with Vietnam, the Sri Lankan Government decided to open a resident Sri Lankan mission in Hanoi. The Sri Lanka Embassy was then opened on January 16, 2003, marking the beginning of a new chapter aimed at reinvigorating the traditional relationship between the two countries.

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