The Vietnam Culture Week 2013 started in Laos on August 29 on the occasion of Vietnam’s upcoming National Day (Sept. 2).

The event’s opening ceremony saw the attendance of Lao Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly, and Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdala, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai, among others.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister Ai said the event helps to promote cooperation in culture and tourism between Vietnam and Laos while improving the mutual understanding and solidarity between the two peoples.

The week will feature a photo exhibition portraying the cultural life of Vietnam’s ethnic groups, the country’s landscapes, sea and islands, as well as the special relationship between Vietnam and Laos, plus an art performance by Vietnamese artists.-VNA