BÌNH DƯƠNG — A series of cultural activities will take place in the southern province of Bình Dương in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Việt Nam-Republic of Korea (RoK) diplomatic ties.
The events will be held throughout the year at the World Trade Centre in Bình Dương New City.
A festival highlighting RoK culture and the strategic cooperation agreement between Bình Dương and Gangnam District in Seoul will promote trade and cultural exchange. They are part of activities in the ‘Bình Dương innovation zone’ development strategy, carried out with Korean partners.
The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) and the World Trade Centre will join hands to arrange exhibitions and cultural exchange workshops, along with a Việt Nam-RoK concert and Taekwondo performance.
The K-Culture and Content Festival 2022 aims to attract and entertain young people who love Korean culture and foster co-creation of content by South Korea and Việt Nam.
The three-day festival (February 25-27) includes a Korean culture exhibition and K-pop performances by Vietnamese and Korean artists and singers.
KOCCA functions under the South Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
A highlight of the event is the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by KOCCA and the World Trade Center Bình Dương New City on jointly organising annual events to promote the content development industry in the province in particular and Việt Nam in general.
KOCCA is the key office of the South Korea Government that supports Korean firms entering the Vietnamese market. It also does market research in Việt Nam and supports South Korean-Vietnamese cooperation in content and production development, as also furthering global integration.
“Việt Nam and RoK have seen extensive cultural exchange, and the combination of the RoK’s development and technology and Việt Nam’s values will have a great influence, not only in Asia,” said RoK Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hwang Hee.
In a recent interview granted to Vietnam News Agency, the official said he and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyễn Văn Hùng discussed the celebration of the 30th founding anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic ties and signed a memorandum of understanding.
As both countries love sports, he said that the two sides had considered exchanges in different sports such as women’s football and golf to mark the 30th anniversary, which falls on December 22.
They agreed to organise several festivals, including a Korean lantern festival in Việt Nam and a Vietnamese culture and tourism week in the RoK.
The minister expressed his hope that the 30th anniversary would allow the countries to learn more about each other’s history and culture, creating an environment to explore new cooperation.
Both Việt Nam and the RoK hold great potential and enthusiasm, so the prospect of bilateral cooperation is considerable, Minister Hee said. Cultural exchange has an important role to play in helping create sustainable development.
He said the two sides shared many cultural similarities, with the Vietnamese and Korean people familiar with each other’s cultures.
The Korean Cultural Centre in Việt Nam, established in November 2006, is the first in Southeast Asia and acts as a cultural ambassador between the two countries.
The RoK will also introduce Vietnamese culture to its people, the minister said. — VNS