The Vietnamese Family Festival 2011 opened in Hanoi on June 25 to mark the 10th anniversary of National Family Day (June 28).

The festival aims to honour the traditional values of Vietnamese families and create a forum to share experiences in promoting cultural families towards sustainable development in the current process of industrialisation, modernisation and international integration.

The opening ceremony included the launch of a programme for building family libraries and an awards ceremony of the painting contest “Say ‘No’ to domestic violence” by children.

The festival also included an exhibition “Vietnamese families with national construction and development” that exhibits photos and objects affirming achievements in consolidating families based on traditional values, developing small-sized families, promoting rights and responsibilities of family members to children, women and the elderly and gender equality.

On display are also bamboo and rattan, embroidery, porcelain and other handicraft products of 12 outstanding artisans.

Sixty paintings on domestic violence selected from more than 1,000 entries of Hanoi ’s children were also displayed at the exhibition./.