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40th anniversary of diplomatic relations
Australia and Vietnam have a 40-year partnership marked by friendship and cooperation in many areas. The relationship continues to grow and has a bright future. Vietnam is the Australia International Cultural Council’s (AICC) focus country program for 2013. The program will showcase Australia’s creativity and diversity and creates a platform for future exchange and collaboration.
Launch of 40th anniversary – 26 February (Hanoi)
A media conference at the Sofitel Legend Metropole – the location of Australia’s First Embassy in 1973. The media conference will outline the program of events for the 40th Anniversary year. Representatives from Bangarra will also be present at the media conference and we will present the prize to the designer of the winning logo.
Credit: Jeff Busby
Gala Concert featuring Bangarra – Saturday 2 March (Hanoi), Wednesday 6 March (HCMC)
A performance by world-class Indigenous dance theatre group Bangarra. Bangarra will also participate in workshops with under-privileged youth and with Vietnamese dancers. Receptions will also be organised for selected guests attended the concerts in Hanoi and HCMC.
More information: Bangarra Dance Theatre
Photos from the workshop between the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre and the students from the Vietnam Dance College in Hanoi on 28 February 2013
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s dancers introduced and practised Indigenous dance with the dancers from the Vietnam Youth Theatre in Hanoi on 28 February 2013
Photos of Bangarra’s Spirit in Hanoi on 2 March 2013
Photos from the Bangarra Dance Theatre workshop with trainees from KOTO (Know One Teach One). Bangarra Dance Theatre also conducted a workshop at the Ho Chi Minh City Dance School.
International Women’s Day soccer event - Saturday 16 March 2013 (HCMC)
On Saturday 16 March 2013, to celebrate International Women’s Day the Australian Consulate General collaborated with female university students from Ho Chi Minh City University of Sports to hold a soccer clinic for 100 girls aged 10 – 12 from Vo Van Thang Primary School, with a hope to inspire them to 'dream big'.
This exhibition from Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, makes science fun and relevant to students of all ages through hands-on activities and live performances. The opening ceremony will be attended by Professor Graham Durant, Director of Questacon, and will include the launch of a bilingual resource book for science teachers in Vietnam.
Hanoi April 13, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Ta Quang Buu Library, Gate B8, Tran Dai Nghia Street, Hai Ba Trung District
HCMC April 26, 8:30am – 4:00pm
April 27, 8:30am – 3:00pm
RMIT, Saigon South Campus, 702 Nguyễn Văn Linh, Tân Phong, Quận 7, Ho Chi Minh City.
Flickr image gallery: Questacon in Hanoi, April 2013
Flickr image gallery: Questacon in Da Nang, April 2013
Elixir (MusicaViva) – 16-19 May (Hanoi and Danang)
Award winning trio Elixir (featuring Katie Noonan) will perform concerts in Hanoi and Danang. In addition to this, Elixir will work with groups of young people on a song that will be performed during the concerts.
More information: The Elixir project
Message Stick – May 24 – June 14
An Indigenous Australian art exhibition will be held at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City and will include a launch event and a workshop run by one of the artists.
More information: Message Stick exhibition
Aust-Viet Junior Chef Challenge – June 17 - 21
A week-long event will be headlined by Nhut Huynh (Australian-Vietnamese chef based in Australia) and will include public cooking demonstrations, a ‘masterclass’ for KOTO trainees, and the main event: a cooking competition for kids, all using fresh Australian produce including beef and lamb to make delicious Vietnamese dishes.