Ho Chi Minh City – Gyeongju world cultural festival opens
Update: Nov 13, 2017
The 2017 Ho Chi Minh City – Gyeongju World Cultural Festival opened in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on November 11, as part of the activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Viet Nam – the Republic of Korea (RoK) diplomatic ties.

An art performance at the opening ceremony of the festival (Photo: sggp.org.vn)

The event was attended by Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan.

The festival, themed ‘the prosperity of the Asian community through cultural exchanges’, was organised by Ho Chi Minh City, in collaboration with the RoK’s Gyeongsangbuk Province.

The main activities of the festival took place at different places including Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street, the September 23 Park, Ben Thanh Theatre and Phu Tho Gymnasium.

The City’s people and visitors will have a chance to enjoy and join numerous cultural and arts activities as well as exchange programmes such as the Viet Nam – the RoK electronic music festival, film festival, sporting events, fine arts exhibition, Vietnamese literature forum, folk games and fashion shows.

During the festival, a wide variety of trade and tourism promotions as well as economic cooperation activities, contributing to promoting the cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City and Gyeongsangbuk Province, including Gyeongju City.

On the same day, the Viet Nam-RoK Fine Arts Exchange Exhibition officially opened at the Ho Chi Minh City fine arts museum, as part of the festival.

On display are 130 arts works, including 100 by RoK artists and 30 Vietnamese painters. The exhibits, in different kinds including wood sculpture, lacquer, oil and silk paintings, feature images of the two countries and their people.

The festival will run until December 3.