Today, an award ceremony for the essay writing contest on the theme on European Cultural Heritage was held, unveiling five best entries and each will receive a trip to Europe as prize.
The essay writing contest, organised by the Delegation of the European Union in Vietnam (EU) in collaboration with the Sinh Vien Newspaper with the support of the Embassies of EU Member States: Italy, France Sweden and the Wallonia - Brussels Delegation (Belgium), was to mark of Year of European Cultural Heritage launched in 2018.
The contest attracted strong interest and high participation by Vietnamese young people. During one month, it received nearly 1,000 entries in which a wide range of cultural heritages in Europe are reflected vividly and emotionally by the authors.
The jury consisted of prestigious figures: Madame Ton Nu Thi Ninh, a senior diplomat and former Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and the EU; Mr Le Quoc Vinh, CEO of Le Group Companies; Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Hiep, Director of the Institute of Linguistics.
Speaking about the contest, EU Ambassador Bruno Angelet said "I am delighted to see the high number of entries that shows great interest in European cultures. Europe is the world's smallest continent. Nonetheless it has also been the world's most populated and urbanised continent for centuries. It hosts nations of great diversity, with a rich variety of religions, languages, culinary, musical and literary influences, rendering it an open and multifaceted continent. By celebrating cultural heritage, the European Union also seeks to protect and make sure we pass it on to the next generations. We also emphasise how cultural heritage builds stronger societies, stimulates growth, creates jobs, and plays an integral part in Europe's exchanges with the rest of the world."
The top five winners will be awarded to visit destinations in Europe: Bungaria, France, Italy, Belgium and Sweden. For the trips to Italy and Bungaria, the winners will have opportunities to visit Matera and Plovdiv – the two cities which have been selected as the European Cultural Capitals 2019.