‘Balade en France’ brings visitors on journey to France hinh anh 1Vietnamese band Da LAB, who have composed a rap piece for the 45th celebration of diplomatic relation between Vietnam and France, will perform at ’Balade en France’. (Source: Photo courtesy of the band)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - A series of activities honouring French cuisine and culture will be held during the ‘Balade en France’ (Walk in France), which will begin on December 14 night in Hanoi.

Taking place at Ly Thai To Square on Dinh Tien Hoang street and by Hoan Kiem Lake, the three-day event is being held in the capital for the first time, after nine consecutive years in Ho Chi Minh City.

‘Balade en France 2018’, organised by the French Embassy in Vietnam, the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the People’s Committee of Hanoi, is a concluding event of celebrations for the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Vietnam.

Aiming to present specialties, culinary masterpieces, cultural and entertaining French activities, ‘Balade en France’ aims to bring visitors surprising and interesting experiences.

According to French Ambassador Bertrand Lortholary, through various activities, including music and art performances and language challenges, ‘Balade en France’ is a cultural bridge linking France and Vietnam.

“The extensive and diversified programme of the ‘Balade en France 2018’ will take visitors on a journey to France. Vietnamese people can ‘travel’ to France while they are still right here in Hanoi,” he said.

The event will begin with a lighting ceremony of a 6m-tall Christmas tree made of recycled plastic bottles, while the site of the event will be set up like a Parisian street during Christmas time lined with shops and decorated with sparkling lights.

Visitors will be able to enjoy French dishes offered by French restaurants in Hanoi, as well as cosmetics and technological products presented at 60 booths by French companies.

The event also features an extensive music programme with performances of French music group La Bella et la Bete, DJ Ouissam Mokretar and singer Kenijah David.

Vietnamese singers My Linh, Dong Lan, Trang Phap, will also stir up a festive atmosphere.

A highlight of the event is sure to be a performance by Vietnamese underground band Da LAB, who will present a rap piece they created to celebrate the anniversary of the diplomatic ties.

The festival will also include a workshop on theatre guided by French artist, director and actor-improviser Quentin Delorme.

A photo exhibition entitled France and I will display photos taken by former students in France and Francophiles, while screenings of animation movies competing at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival will also be held.-VNS/VNA