Rome festival to showcase Vietnamese culture
June 12, 2006
The Italian capital Rome will host for the first time a festival on contemporary Vietnamese culture beginning next week.
The Italian embassy in Hanoi said the month-long festival, themed Dragons and Butterflies would feature photography, movies, arts, fashion, travel, and food.
Dragons represented power and butterflies, charm and delicacy, an Italian journalist explained.
Rome’s Mayor Enrico Gasbarra said the festival was part of a spring festival comprising over 600 cultural events.
It was an opportunity to promote trade between Vietnam and Italy.
“We are convinced the Roman public will receive the Vietnamese Cultural Festival with great interest.”
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Culture Le Tien Tho will be present at the opening ceremony June 16.
Vietnamese films will be shown at the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuelle II, the largest public square in Rome, and paintings at the Vittoriano Museum Complex.
The museum curator Alessandro Nicosia said it was an opportunity to popularize Vietnamese arts in Europe.
“The exhibition is really interesting and suggestive. It is an art that has not been very well-known in Europe and we are proud to be the first to showcase it,” he added.
Valentini Palace will host a photographic exhibition of Alfredo Matacotta Cordella, Italy’s ambassador to Vietnam, comprising splendid images depicting daily life in Vietnam and reflecting the country’s natural beauty, places, and people.
There are over 3,000 people of Vietnamese origin living in Italy.