State President Nguyen Minh Triet has encouraged the William Joiner Centre under the US University of Massachusetts to introduce Vietnam’s culture and literature to the American public to strengthen bilateral friendship.

The film Don't Burn (Dung Dot) has been selected to be screened at the opening of Viet Nam Film Week in Havana, Cuba, from June 1-5. The week is part of this year's cultural activities to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Viet Nam-Cuba diplomatic ties on December 2.

One of the best mine actors from Japan Iimuro Naoki will give solo performances in Hue Festival 2010 and in Hanoi for the first time...According to the organiser, which is the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, the show is hoped to entertain not only adults but also children with its universal body language, which is sublimed in the art of silence.

Three hip-hop performers from the US will conduct training programmes in Ha Noi, Hai Phong, HCM City and Can Tho between May 9 and 22. Break dancer Brandon "Peace" Albright, rapper Chen Lo and DJ Scan will take part in the programme sponsored by the US Department of State and the US Consulate General in HCM City. The programme is part of a series of events which the consulate organises to promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the people of the US and Viet Nam.

Nearly 90 delegates from 20 countries have recently gathered in the northern province of Quang Ninh for an ASEM workshop on enhancing Asia-Europe cultural ties. The meeting was organised by the Vietnamese Government and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), with support from Italy and Hungary.

A German film show will open tonight at Ha Noi's National Cinema Centre kicking off a festival at five major Vietnamese cities. The festival is a first, celebrating the 35 years of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and Germany.

Artists, scholars and representatives from the government and NGOs from Asia and Europe convened in Ha Long City, Vietnam, last week to find ways to forge stronger ties through cultural diplomacy.

A group of 18 students from the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Qatar, representing 12 nationalities will undertake a 12-day tour of Vietnam starting tomorrow... The university official said there were misconceptions about the Middle East in some parts of the world and he hoped the tour would help clear some of them.