A cartoon week, the first of its kind in Vietnam, opened in Hanoi on June 1 with two exhibitions, “Cartoon and Jazz of Belgium” and “Cartoon and children’s folk songs” of Vietnam.

The week, which lasts till June 6, is a cooperation programme between the Wallonie-Bruxells delegation in Vietnam and the Kim Dong Publishing House.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Franck Pezza, chief representative of the Wallonie-Bruxells delegation, stressed on brighter future of Vietnam’s cartoon thanks to its rich landscapes and talented cartoon painters.

Prominent at the ceremony was also Vietnamese-Belgian artist Vinh Khoa, who is a famous cartoon painter in Europe and the author of Le Moine fou (mad monk) and Les voyages de He Pao (He Pao’s journeys). He won Belgium’s grand prize for Le Moine fou in 1985.

During the week, artist Vinh Khoa will meet with secondary school and university students in Hanoi and exchange experience with painters from the Kim Dong Publishing House.

He will also join in a camp with Vietnamese cartoonists to create pieces of work to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi./.