An Argentina Culture Week began in Hanoi on December 14, showcasing a range of typical cultural and artistic features to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The culture week, which will run through December 18, comes in the wake of the Vietnam Culture Week, which was held in Argentina in September.

As part of the week-long event, the Hanoi Opera House will host the Argentine Tango and Folklore Concert on Dec. 16 night, featuring Seleccion Nacional de Tango and Compadia Nuevo Arte Nativo.

Co-organised by Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Argentine Ministry of Culture, the event will also feature a photo exhibition entitled Eva Peron, Ambassador of Peace on Tuesday at the National Library in Hanoi. The exhibition will be dedicated to Eva Peron, the late Argentine President's wife (1919-1952).

A presentation of the Vietnamese version of Eva Peron's book, La Razon de mi vida (The reason of my life), and a seminar depicting her life and career will also be held on the same day and at the same venue.

The event will continue with the Argentine Film Week, which will open on Dec. 18 and close with Aniceto by Leonardo Favio and will be shown at the Hanoi National Cinema.

Other feature films to be screened later are Revolucion: El cruce de los Andes (Revolution: The Crossing of the Andes) by Leandro Ipia, Vino para robar (To Fool a Thief) by Ariel Winograd and animated film Anima Buenos Aires by Maria Veronica Ramirez.

Argentina's Ambassador to Vietnam, Claudio R. Gutierrez, expressed hope that the Argentina Culture Week would open new avenues for cultural cooperation between the two countries, and especially help in familiarising each other's people with the countries' typical cultural identities.-VNA