A week-long festival highlighting the culture of France’s Toulouse city opened in Hanoi on October 4, as part of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic ties.

The Toulouse Cultural Week features art performances by Toulouse artists, contributing to promoting French culture to the Vietnamese.

A wide range of activities, including music shows, film screenings, concerts and exhibitions, are scheduled to take place during the festival.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairwoman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc said that the cultural week has been held regularly with the two cities taking turn to host since 1996.

A representative from Toulouse city expressed hope that this kind of event will be held more frequently to tighten the two cities’ solidarity, noting that culture is the most important factor in the community’s relationship.-VNA