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Nhat Tan Bridge to be lit in orange to celebrate Vietnam - Netherlands relationship

Released at: 17:24, 27/04/2018

Nhat Tan Bridge to be lit in orange to celebrate Vietnam - Netherlands relationship

Nhat Tan Bridge in organge. Photo: Vtc.vn

Host of activities planned for this year to mark 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands and especially on April 27 - Dutch National Day.

by Le Diem

As a token of friendship and partnership, the Hanoi People’s Committee will light up Nhat Tan Bridge in only orange on the night of April 27, the color of the Dutch Royal Family - House of Orange-Nassau, in honor of the official birthday of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands on April 27, which is also Dutch National Day.

On this day in the Netherlands the whole country turns orange, in flags, clothes and even drinks. People pour out onto the streets to celebrate the day, attending several “free markets”, outdoor concerts, or sporting events. The King, the Queen and the Princesses visit a provincial Dutch town every year to engage with local people.

The lighting up of Nhat Tan Bridge, the gateway to the city from the airport, is a symbol of the connection between the two countries’ people and is especially meaningful this year as the Netherlands and Vietnam celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations and multi-faceted relationships.

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Vietnam and the Vietnam National Academy of Music will proudly present a festive concert by Dutch duo Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd at 8pm on May 2 at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.

The concert is part of a series of activities that will roll out during 2018, not only in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City but also other dynamic Vietnamese cities like Da Lat, Da Nang, and Hai Phong. Together with trade and business, music, arts and culture form an inseparable part of the broad Vietnam - Netherlands relationship.

Saskia Laroo (trumpet), born in Amsterdam, has been dubbed by US media and the public as the “Lady Miles Davis of Europe”. Performing since the tender age of eight, she plays “modern jazz”, blending the genres of bebop jazz, club, hip-hop, rap, world, and others.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Warren Byrd is an African-American jazz pianist, vocalist and composer with a long list of international credits, tours, and celebrated work. He performs live and tours as a solo pianist and vocalist.

Diplomatic ties between the Netherlands and Vietnam were officially established 45 years ago, in 1973. Since then, the Netherlands has contributed to Vietnam’s post-war reconstruction and eventually to its transition into the lower middle-income country it is today. It has been a strong strategic partner of Vietnam in the fields of water and agriculture; two fields of vital importance for the country, its economy, and its people.

Vietnam and the Netherlands are both world-class players in the export of agricultural products. While being a small country with a surface area just one-seventh of Vietnam’s and with one-fifth of Vietnam’s population, the Netherlands is the world’s second-largest exporter of agricultural products. It is therefore eager to cooperate with Vietnam in its ambition to increase food and agriculture exports and provides expertise in an area that is very important to every Vietnamese consumer: food safety.

The Netherlands is also experienced in climate change mitigation and adaptation, a topic that is gaining attention in Vietnam, especially in the Mekong Delta. The Netherlands is willing to share its knowledge and lessons learned with Vietnam, which resulted in the Mekong Delta Plan, a long-term vision for the sustainable development of the region. Recent decisions by the government to work towards this sustainable future will help millions in the Mekong Delta secure and improve their livelihoods.

Relations between the two countries are broader than just water and agriculture. The Netherlands promotes trade and investment in areas like energy, maritime, and logistics, as well as education and the arts, science and innovation, sports and tourism, human rights, and the rule of law.

There will be a host of activities during 2018 to celebrate the friendship between the two countries. Celebrations of 45 years of diplomatic kicked-off during the visit by Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms. Sigrid Kaag, on February 6 and 7. There will be other events and activities in which Dutch businesses can participate throughout the year, as guests, co-organizers, participants, or sponsors.

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