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Cultural series: Talk/lecture. The National Symbols (Identity) of Vietnam

November 14, 2020 @ 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM


FVH is taking part in  the Vietnam Festival of Creativity & Design : Hanoi 2020
Hanoi: “Culture and Creativity”

Activity: talk/lecture

We are delighted to partner with the State Records & Archives Department of Vietnam Centre III to host a talk and presentation about three iconic national symbols of Vietnam.

The National Flag red back ground with yellow star represents Vietnam’s spirit, solidarity of ethnicities, the revolutionary fight and heroic sacrifices of the Vietnamese people during the fight for national independence and reunification.

Learn about a familiar every day icon one may not think about. How much do you know about the design and the reasons artist Bùi Trang Chước chose the particular images that make up the National Emblem of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam?  It represents Vietnam’s sovereignty and national identity, a symbol for an independent country and it was formally adopted in 1956. 

In 1944 Nguyễn Văn Cao composed what is now the National Anthem, but why did he originally write/compose it?  This song was first formally played on 2 September 1945 during the Declaration of Independence Ceremony at Ba Dinh Square.

Come with us on a journey to explore the stories behind this iconic trio.

PROGRAMME (approximate timing)

Allow 2hrs (up to 2.5 hrs depending on Q&A and if 2 special guests can attend who will share some personal stories)

  • 9.10am arrivals and ‘ registration’.
  • 9.30am welcome.
  • 9.35am-9.45am.  A short introduction by Director Trần Việt Hoa to the State Records & Archives Department of Vietnam Centre III
  •  9.45am-10.45am. Talk and presentation by  Lê Thị Lý (Archivist and the Vice-Head of the Promotions) – The Emblem, Flag and National Anthem – including a short film
  • 10.45am Q&A (plus maybe 2 special guests of honour will attend)
  • From 11am. Guided tour of a visually inspiring and well-executed small exhibition where you can ask more in-depth questions and view copies of some iconic documents close up.  And please stay for some refreshments and further conversation with the Archives team

Lý will speak in Vietnamese and 1-2 of our committee will translate into English.

We plan to film the talk for it to be streamed live or uploaded to social media later.

Audience participation 35pax

250,000 VND per person / 180,000 VND children under 15 & students. Covers donations to the speakers and refreshments

Venue  – the National Archives Centre III: 34 Phan Ke Binh, Ba Dinh District (near Lieu Giai/Kim Ma), which holds Post-1945 records of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam

Dress code  – we thought it would be nice to make it a formal dress code so ladies you are welcome to wear your ao dai and men in suits/smart attire

PLEASE RSVP VIA THIS GOOGLE FORM   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tNjEgcQMTgSxiBAEaUIb_NCrRF2YYgZv71gEUNPavtE

For info please contact: Stella

“This event is part of Vietnam Festival of Creativity & Design 2020 organised by RMIT University Vietnam in collaboration with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS), COLAB Vietnam and other partners, with Hanoi Grapevine as media partner.”

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November 14, 2020
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Stella Ciorra
01662 979 605