Vietnamese youth in the Czech Republic performed in the first music festival on June 14 in Prague; a chance for the second and third generations of the Vietnamese community in the country to meet and exchange.

The event, dubbed “Hoi Tre Lang Chuoi” (The Youth in Banana Village ), attracted nearly 500 individuals who feasted on diverse performances from hip-hop and ballet dancing to solo piano and monochord.

The festival was designed by Vietnamese parents in the Czech Republic to offer a chance for their children to get to know each other and enhance their connections through music.

According to Ha Minh Xuan, a member of the organising board, many talented Vietnamese adolescents have won contests and competitions in the Czech Republic and the world, but are not yet popular in the Vietnamese community. The event is an opportunity to help them contribute to community activities, he said.

Meanwhile, Tran Bach Huong, whose son performed hip-hop dance at the event, noted Vietnamese youth are separating from the Vietnamese community; many of them can hardly speak Vietnamese.

The festival was designed to engage the youth more closely with the Vietnamese community, she added.

A short film titled “Mat Goc” (forgetting origin) was screened at the opening of the event, reminding the young of their homeland and origins.-VNA