Cultural identity promoted in Vietnamese community in Italy hinh anh 1A play performed at the get-together. (Photo: VNA)

Roma (VNA) – A get-together was held in Bologna city, Italy, on February 25 to celebrate the Lunar New Year with various traditional cultural activities imbued with Vietnam’s identity.

The event, held by the Italy-Vietnam Cultural Bridge Association, saw Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Cao Chinh Thien, Italian Senator Andrea de Maria and overseas Vietnamese in the European country.

Le Thi Bich Huong, president of the Italy-Vietnam Cultural Bridge Association, said with the aim of preserving the national cultural identity in the Vietnamese community in Italy, the association held many cultural exchanges, drawing the participation of overseas Vietnamese and Italians.  

Besides, the association encouraged overseas Vietnamese to join activities such as cooking Vietnamese traditional dishes, art performances and traditional costume shows, she added.

Addressing the event, Ambassador Cao Chinh Thien affirmed culture is an important bridge for Vietnamese and Italian people to more understand each other. Cultural exchange will bring the two countries close and contribute to strengthening politics, economics, trade, tourism between Vietnam and Italy.

Earlier, a similar event was held in Turin city on February 23. Sandra Scagliotti, Vietnam’s Honorary Consul in Italy, highly valued the role of the Vietnamese community in the city and Italy in general. - VNA