Europe Days 2013 in Vietnam to mark Europe Day (May 9) will feature a series of cultural and intellectual events, according to Dr. Franz Jessen, Ambassador-Head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Vietnam.

At a press conference on May 2 in Hanoi, Jessen said the “Europe Days” programme, which has been held annually over the past nine years in Vietnam, will start on the evening of May 9 with a concert in Hanoi and another in Ho Chi Minh City.

A variety of European cultural traditions will be seen in the European Literature Day organised by the European Union National Institute for Culture ( EUNIC), presenting literature from Europe for the third time in Hanoi . Books from Italy, Spain, Belgium’s Wallonia region, Germany and other EU nations that have recently been translated into Vietnamese will be presented at the event.

The annual European Film Festival, entitled “Europe on Screen” promises to delight Vietnamese spectators with 16 inspiring films from 14 members of the EU. The Swedish film Eat Sleep Die will mark the opening of the festival in Hanoi on May 16.

To the goal of boosting understanding between Europeans and Vietnamese through people-to-people exchanges, the Ambassadors from European countries will meet with Vietnamese students at an event called “Reaching out to the Youth"

In addition, a German comic book exhibition entitled “ Comics, Manga & Co. - The New German Comics Cu lture”, a talk show on Green Development Options for Vietnam, and two EU-Vietnam friendly football matches will be organised on the occasion.-VNA