Art perforamce at the event. (Photo: VNA)

Sydney (VNA) – Shopping and enjoying Vietnamese traditional cuisine and culture were what Vietnamese expatriates and international friends did when joining a Vietnamese rural market session held within the Vietnamese Cultural Festival 2017 in Canberra, Australia, on November 2.

The annual event organised by the ACT Vietnamese Youth & Student Association (ACT-VYSA) drew the participation of some 700 Vietnamese students, Vietnamese community and international friends.

This year, it was emblazoned with green bamboo lines, traditional dancing, performance of musical instruments, and folk games. Visitors were particularly impressed by the bamboo booths introducing succulent taste of Vietnamese dishes.

ACT-VYSA President Luc Anh Tuan said that the festival aims to create a playground for Vietnamese students to exchange and promote the special cultural identities of Vietnam to people in the host country and to international friends in Canberra.

He expressed his hope that the event will help to build Vietnam’s image as a friendly and hospitable nation with brilliant culture.

Money collected from selling goods at the festival will be presented to charitable funds in the homeland like “Vi Hoang Sa-Truong Sa than yeu” (For beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa), “Trai Tim cho em” (Operation Healthy Heart) and “Com co thit” (Meal with Meat).-VNA