APEC 2017: Cultural events to offer delegates’ visits
Update: Nov 07, 2017
A series of cultural activities will be held through November in the central city and Hoi An for delegates to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week and the APEC Voices of the Future Forum.

An exhibition of 28 paintings by 14 artists from the central and Central Highlands regions are on display at Da Nang City’s Fine Arts Museum until November 25.

Vice director of the museum Nguyen Thi Trinh said that the exhibition debuted on October 25 after the workshop finished. Tourists can attend during the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang from November 6-11.

She said the exhibition features the beauty of the land, people and culture of locals in the central and Central Highlands regions.

Artist Toba Mika introduces her paintings to visitors at a special exhibition in Da Nang in celebration of the APEC Year 2017

Vietnamese-French artist Vu Trong Thuan, who joined the painting workshop two weeks ago, has launched his own studio – the Mystery – at the La Tour Eiffel gallery on the Han River bank in Da Nang. It is free for visitors.

The gallery holds his own paintings created during his time living in Da Nang as well as his friends’ art creations.

Meanwhile, the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture opened the Toba Mika’s Katazome Paintings exhibition, a solo exhibition of Japanese artist Toba Mika, to public visits through the APEC Economic.

The museum, one of the top destinations for foreign tourists in Da Nang, in cooperation with An Giang Museum, introduced an exhibition of 150 original antiquities and photos of the Oc Eo Culture. The display will last until February 1.

Oc Eo is the name of an archaeological site in Thoai Son district in An Giang province in the Mekong River Delta. Based on the artifacts unearthed, archaeologists said that the area used to be a busy port of the kingdom of Phu Nam between the first and seventh centuries. They used the term "Oc Eo Culture" to refer to the ancient material culture of the Mekong Delta region.

The historic city of Hoi An will host a two-day Japan-Viet Nam cultural event for APEC delegates at the Hoai River Square on November 10-11.

The city also debuts the Viet Nam-Japan Cultural Space from the Japanese Bridge to the Square around 7pm on November 11.

The space will re-enact a 17th century wedding parade held for Princess Ngoc Hoa and Japanese businessman Araki Sotaro in the old quarter and celebrate trading ties between Japan and Hoi An from previous centuries.

Traditional costumes of Vietnamese and Japanese will be shown at the cultural space as well as cuisine, folk games and music performances, traditional Yukata try-ons and origami (paper folding).

Representatives of Nagasaki City, Japan, will present Hoi An City with a sample of the boat that carried the wedding couple to Japan 400 years ago.

Hoi An has hosted the annual Vietnam-Japan cultural festival in the old quarter since 2003.

Local residents still preserve the tombs of Japanese traders who died in Hoi An in the 17th century. The oldest was Tani Yajirobei’s, who is believed to have died in 1647. His records offer a clear picture of his life, including a love affair with a local woman.

The UNESCO-recognised world heritage city, in collaboration with the International Mask Arts & Culture Organisation (IMACO) and Andong City, the Republic of Korea, plans to host the Andong city Cultural Day in Hoi An on November 14-16 at 106 Bach Dang Street.

Korean singers Park Hye-min and Cho Choyong-min from rookie boy group RionFive will take the stage in Hoi An on November 14.

Tourism promotion and the introduction of cuisine from Andong and Hoi An will open at the city’s An Hoi Sculpture Park on the Hoai River from November 14-16.