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Jul 02, 2021 / 16:46

Visegrad Corner - a Central European space opens in Hanoi

The corner, seen as a mini library, will give visitors the typical culture of each V4 country.

Visegrad Corner has been opened for people in Vietnam to discover or deepen their knowledge about the culture, material and immaterial heritage of the Visegrad countries (V4).

The space of the Visegrad Corner in Hanoi. Photos: Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Hanoi

The corner, a mini-library offering a socio-cultural space for people, has been jointly launched to the public by the embassies of V4, namely Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the Slavic Tea House. It is an activity of the Polish Visegrad group Presidency program to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the group (1991-2021).

Located in The Slavic Tea House in Tay Ho District, the Visegrad Corner has four rooms featuring the typical culture of each V4 country, displays paintings, artworks, books, music, and information about famous artists and writers from Central Europe.

In the Polish room, visitors can also listen to Polish, deep, analog sounds of jazz taking out from the collection of over 70 vinyl records.

Visitors can also enjoy the unique taste of Central Europe cuisine and specialties right in Vietnam prepared by the owner and staff of The Slavic Tea House.

The launching ceremony of the Visegrad Corner was taken place on 30 June.

"The final day of Visegrad Polish Presidency served as a good opportunity to sum up its four priorities: Strong V4 in a strong Europe, Return to normality after the pandemics, strengthening people-to-people contacts and Digital V4,” Maciej Duszyński, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of Poland in Hanoi said at the opening ceremony of the event.

Duszyński said past activities of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Hanoi addressed each of the priorities.

“For example, we engaged with students and professors of Hanoi University and Ton Duc Thang University in HCMC to hold a V4 Posters Exhibition in December 2020, with the civil society representatives during the V4 bicycle ride on World Bicycle Day as well as during the opening of the “V4 Corner” at the Slavic Tea House,” he said.

The interior and decorations of the Visegrad Corner and the Polish room were designed by Marta Kisiliczyk, a talented Polish artist-painter living in Hanoi. She held an exhibition in Hanoi last year presenting her abstract impression on the beauty of nature in Vietnam.

Marta Kisiliczyk said that she felt attached to the nature and flora of Vietnam where inspired her works a lot.