Various activities during European Book Days in HCM City
HCM City, May 14 (VNA) – The third European Book Days officially opened on Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in Ho Chi Minh City on May 13, featuring a myriad of activities attractive to local young people. Visitors to the event from May 12 to 20 will have a chance to read literature works from such countries as Austria, Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Sweden. They can also take part in a forum introducing the newly-published book “Cach mang” (Revolution) written by French President Emmanuel Macron, a talk on literature books adapted into films, an exchange with illustrator Estelle Meens from Wallonie-Bruxelles, and a workshop on Eastern folk literature and art motifs through anthropological viewpoints of Claude Levi-Strauss. A discussion on France-Vietnam common memories in the War World I (1914 – 1918) will also be held at the General Science Library of HCM City on May 17. At the event, visitors will get a discount of 20 – 30 percent on European literature books and receive special gifts. Addressing the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Publishers Association Le Hoang said the event offers an occasion to popularise literature works with special identities of Western countries. Through these works, young people can have a better understanding of European literature, thereby helping to promote cultural exchange between Vietnam and European nations. Meanwhile, Ambassador Bruno Angelet, head of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, expressed his delight at Vietnamese readers’ warm welcome to European literature works. The European Book Days, previously known as the European Literature Days, is organised in Hanoi and HCM City by the European Union National Institutes for Culture and the embassies of European countries. It has taken place annually in Hanoi since 2011 and was expanded to HCM City in 2016./.