Vietnamese community in UK organizes Autumn Festival in London

Wednesday, 19/10/2022 11:13
The Vietnamese community in the United Kingdom (UK) held the Autumn Festival in London on October 16, attracting a large number of Vietnamese families in the UK and local people.
Overseas Vietnamese children perform Vietnamese song (Photo: VNA)

The Autumn Festival is one of the two biggest annual events of the Vietnamese Family Partnership (VFP) in order to promote Vietnamese culture and create cohesion in the local Vietnamese community.

The festival included a variety of activities such as Ao dai (traditional long dress) contest, palm conical hat decoration contest, Vietnamese poetry translation contest, tug of war contest, lion dance and art performance and so on, attracting the second and third generations of Vietnamese families to learn about national cultural traditions.

At the festival, the organizing board also displayed the exhibition “Under the conical hat” - an art project of VFP, attracting the participation of many Vietnamese origin people and more than 10 organizations to build a symbol of Vietnamese people in the UK through the image of a conical hat.

The exhibition displayed palm conical hats made and decorated by Vietnamese people in the UK, with each hat telling a story about an individual, which is a creative expression of Vietnamese life in the UK.

Attending the festival, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long highly appreciated VFP's contributions in preserving Vietnamese culture and organizing meaningful activities for overseas Vietnamese in the country, contributing to enhancing the prestige and image of the Vietnamese people in the UK.

The Ambassador hoped that VFP's project “Under the conical hat” will build a symbol of the Vietnamese community in the UK, contributing to raising the awareness of local people about the Vietnamese community and its contribution to the UK.

He said that Vietnam and the UK will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023 with a program of diverse activities from economy and trade to culture, health and education, calling for VFP and the Vietnamese community in the UK to participate in these meaningful activities.

Ms. Anne Hartley, representative of the London Mayor's Office, in charge of funding London's cultural and creative fields, said that she was very impressed when attending the festival with many unique activities.

She expressed her wish that VFP's project “Under the conical hat” will be successful in creating a symbol of the Vietnamese community and promoting the image of this community in the UK.

Meanwhile, Ms. Quynh Nguyen, VFP founder, said that VFP organizes the Autumn Festival with the desire to uphold Vietnamese cultural traditions, arouse pride in their origin among generations of Vietnamese people in the UK, and at the same time create solidarity in the Vietnamese community./.