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May 14, 2018 / 15:57

Saigonese enjoy the 3rd European Book Days

The 3rd European Book Days officially opened on Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City on May 13.

Visit this event, Saigonese will have a chance to read literature works from such countries as Austria, Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Sweden. They can also take part in a forum introducing the newly-published book “Cach mang” written by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Saigonese enjoy the 3rd European Book Days.
Saigonese enjoy the 3rd European Book Days.
Saigonese also enjoy a talk on literature books adapted into films, an exchange with illustrator Estelle Meens from Wallonie-Bruxelles, and a workshop on Eastern folk literature and art motifs through anthropological viewpoints of Claude Levi-Strauss.
A discussion on France-Vietnam common memories in the War World I (1914 – 1918) will also be held at the General Science Library of Ho Chi Ming City on May 17. In addition, visitors will get a discount of 20 – 30% on European literature books and receive special gifts.
The event offers an occasion to popularise literature works with special identities of Western countries, according to Le Hoang, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Publishers Association.
Through these works, young people can have a better understanding of European literature, thereby helping to promote cultural exchange between Vietnam and European nations, Hoang added.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Bruno Angelet, head of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, expressed his delight at Vietnamese readers’ warm welcome to European literature works.
The European Book Days, previously known as the European Literature Days, is organised in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by the European Union National Institutes for Culture and the embassies of European countries. It has taken place annually in Hanoi since 2011 and was expanded to Ho Chi Minh City in 2016.
In 2016, Ho Chi Minh City officially opened the first book street in Nguyen Van Binh. Lined with old trees providing lush foliage, Nguyen Van Binh Book Street spans 144m and 8m in length and width, and boasts sidewalks which are 6m wide.
Apart from 19 book stalls, other highlights are an exhibition space and a book café, situated next to the Saigon Central Post Office, one of Ho Chi Minh City's icons, which is a perfect place for visitors to skim their newly-bought books and sip their coffee while delighting in the beauty of the heart of the southern metropolis. The street has emerged as a favorite hang-out for local residents, voracious young readers and expats on weekends.