Europe Days 2017 brings Europe closer to Vietnamese hinh anh 1Belgian hip-hop group Les R’tardataires will prform in HCM City on May 12 and in Da Nang city on May 14 as part of rich activities of the “Europe Day 2017” programme (Photo courtesy of Wallonie-Bruxelles delegation)

Hanoi (VNA) - The annual Europe Days programme will once again take Vietnamese patrons on a journey through the richness of European cultures and celebrate the cooperation between the European Union and Vietnam.

“On May 9, we celebrate Europe Day. On that day, five years after World War II, Robert Schuman suggested common institutions that could lock the European States into trade and peace and abolish forever war amongst them,” said Ambassador Bruno Angelet, head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam.

“Today, the European Union is his greatest achievement. We are truly delighted to witness the growing public attention in Vietnam for the Europe Days programme. Offering a wide range of events, we hope that Europe Days 2017 will continue to attract many people across the spectrum of Vietnamese society,” he said.

The programme will offer music, cinema, theatre, education, literature and environmental events.

Highlights of the “Europe Days 2017” programme in Vietnam include two concerts. The first one takes place in Hanoi on May 10 and May 11. It will present the talented French-Haitian pianist Celimene Daudet, who will perform a programme of baroque, romantic and impressionist music by great European composers.

The second concert will introduce the Belgian hip-hop group Les R’tardataires (the name in English: Those who are always late) in HCM City on May 12 and in Da Nang city on May 14.

The annual European Film Festival promises to delight Vietnamese spectators with 15 inspiring films, presenting a journey through “tolerance” and “respect”.  

It will open in HCM City on May 13 and in Hanoi on May 15. This year, for the first time, the film festival will also take place in Hue city from May 14-25.

The diversity of European cultural traditions will manifest itself in the European Literature event in Hanoi and for the first time in HCM City.

Vietnamese readers will have chances to enjoy new books from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the UK and Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgium) as well as meet authors, listen to talks and readings. This event will open on May 6 and run until May 14.

In particular, the first ever essay contest targeting young Vietnamese writers will invite participants to express their take on European cultural diversity, technology and innovation achievements in Europe and the European integration.

The contest will award three top prizes -- which are three return trips to Rome, Paris and Brussels, including five night accommodation in each city.

More information about the Europe Days 2017 can be found at:, or -VNA