Co-hosted by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) and the
embassies of EU member countries in Vietnam, it will endeavour to bring
to local audiences an entertaining and intellectually refreshing mix of
events to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Can Tho.
A prominent highlight is the Europe Day concert by the Melchior
Ensemble presenting some of the finest European musical talents. Being
acclaimed by the European media as one of the most outstanding young
musical groups, the Melchior Ensemble performs a variety of exciting
chamber music pieces, particularly the romantic repertoire. The
Melchior Ensemble composed of musicians from different countries in
Europe is a distinguished example of European diversity.
The musical scene of the “Europe Days 2010” will be enriched by three
other performances, including a Beethoven 9th Symphony Concert
presented by the Spanish Embassy, staging musicians from the Vietnam
National Academy of Music and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, as well
as 10 members of the Youth Orchestra of Madrid under the baton of the
Spanish conductor Carlos Cuesta. There will also be a Jazz Concert by
the Embassy of Poland, and a Classical Concert presented by the Dutch
An Erasmus Mundus Scholarships Roadshow will be taking place in Hanoi,
Danang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City-a promisingly interesting event
for young Vietnamese students seeking study opportunities in Europe.
The annual European Film Festival continues to be a focus by showcasing
a selection of films ranging from animation to fiction, aiming to cater
to a wider audience.
A seminar on the EU-Vietnam trade relations, a children’s photo contest
on climate change and the annual European food festival will also
enrich the “Europe Days 2010.”
Ambassador Sean Doyle, Head of the EU delegation to Vietnam said, “We
are so delighted to witness about 20,000 people enjoyed the live
performances throughout the “Europe Days 2009”. We hope that the
“Europe Days 2010” will continue its attraction to so many people
across the spectrum of Vietnamese society”.
“There is no better way to improve understanding between Europeans and
Vietnamese than through people-to-people exchanges,” he said.
2010 marks the 60th anniversary of a historical speech by French
Foreign Minister Robert Schuman - the so-called “Schuman Declaration” -
on May 9, 1950, calling upon France, Germany and other European
countries to pool together their coal and steel production as the first
concrete bases of a European Federation essential to the safeguarding
of peace. This became the foundation for the beginning of what is the
European Union today.
The “Europe Days” are therefore the occasion for activities that bring
Europe closer to its citizens and strengthen the many relationships
that Europe has established with nations around the world, including
Since their inception in 2004, the “Europe Days” have met with
tremendous success and growing public attention for their diverse
programme of inspiring performances and informative activities
reflecting the richness of the European Union’s different cultures.
The 7th edition of the “Europe Days” 2010 will open on May 6 with an
art exhibition entitled “José María Cano - I am not an artist, I am a
fax machine,” presented by the Spanish Embassy, and continue for the
whole month of May.
Vietnam News Agency