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Dec 14, 2022 / 18:00

Vietnam Days in India 2022 promotes comprehensive strategic partnership

Vietnam Days in India 2022 took place on December 12-14 in New Delhi to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and India.

Vietnam Days in India 2022 introduced the unique characteristics of Vietnamese people and culture to the people of India, consolidating traditional friendship and enhancing people-to-people exchanges, trade, and tourism between the two countries, according to the Vietnamese Embassy in India.

In New Delhi, Vietnam Days in India 2022 is part of a series of Vietnam Days Abroad Programs - an annual national promotion program assigned by the Prime Minister to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010.

Activities to promote cultural connection

 Magical Night Art Performance. Photos: the Vietnamese Embassy in India

Within the Magical Night Art Performance and the framework of Vietnam India Days 2022, December 12-14, with the performance of artists from Vietnam and India, many repertoires were staged by Vietnamese artists from the Viet Bac Folk and Dance Theater, including People’s Artist Quang Vinh, Manh Tien, Duong Men, Pham Tinh, Do Nhuan, Nong Viet Toai, People’s Artist Le Khinh, People’s Artist Kim Chung, Meritorious Artist Ba Thai, Ha Tu Thien, Meritorious Artist Minh Hue, and Hong Hat.

Some notable art performances are Cham Dance, Tac Xinh (San Chay community), Then singing (Tay, Nung, Thai people), Lon Sluong (Nung ethnic group), and Lon Coi (Tay ethnic group).  

At the event on December 12, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Dao Cuong said this art performance is a vivid demonstration of the cultural exchange between Vietnam and India. 

He added that, in the program, Indian audiences had the opportunity to enjoy Vietnam's unique ethnic art forms, including those inscribed on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

“I believe this meaningful cultural event will contribute to consolidating and further promoting the friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and India,” he underlined.

 Visitors attend the Vietnamese Cultural Space.

As the highlight of the Vietnam Days in India 2022, the Vietnamese Cultural Space introduced the unique features of Vietnamese culture, making them available and accessible to international friends. 

The public in India had the chance to experience Vietnamese folk art forms such as Dong Ho folk painting art, To he molding art, and performances of ethnic musical instruments. 

In addition, the Vietnamese Cultural Space gives opportunities for participants to learn about the beauty of Vietnamese people and their daily life through the Vietnam Vitality exhibition, which displays outstanding books, photos, and magazines, especially about President Ho Chi Minh, showing the image of a vibrant, culturally rich and promising Vietnam.

In particular, there was a demonstration of Vietnamese lacquer art in different forms, including lacquer painting performances by artist Tran Anh Tuan, a professor at the Hanoi University of Fine Industrial Arts, an exhibition of lacquer carvings of Hang Trong, Dong Ho, and Kim Hoang folk paintings by Latoa, a group of artists dedicated to preserving traditional materials and values.

The Indian public also has the opportunity to experience Vietnamese culture through a unique form - the 3D digital exhibition on Vietnamese lacquer art and the video game Lac Viet Adventures.

In addition, participants could taste Vietnamese culinary culture by savoring famous dishes prepared by the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Delhi and chefs of Vietnamese restaurants in New Delhi.

Boosting bilateral tourism cooperation

  One of the first Indian tourists to Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, on September 9. Photo: Vietjet 

Within the framework of Vietnam Days in India 2022, the Vietnam Tourism Promotion Forum in India held on December 14 demonstrated the efforts to promote bilateral cooperation between the regulatory agencies and businesses of the two countries. 

The forum comprised three main discussion sessions, focusing on introducing the potential of Vietnam’s tourism. 

This is an opportunity for Vietnamese businesses to study the insights of Indian tourists, discuss aviation connections, and promote unique types of tourism that meet the needs of Indian tourists, such as culinary, wedding parties, MICE, resorts, and filming locations.

India is an important and potential market for the Vietnamese tourism industry, recording an increasing number of Indian arrivals, especially after Vietnam's opening up to international tourism.  

According to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam welcomed 27,000 tourists from India in November, an increase of 31% from October and 50% higher than the same period in 2019. 

In the first eleven months of 2022, the total number of Indian tourists in Vietnam amounted to 109,000, ranking fifth among Vietnam's top ten international source markets.