In keeping with the party spirit of Hanoi's 1000th birthday, the Australian Embassy last week presented "Once in a 1000 years: An Australian Gift to Hanoi", a celebration of Australia-Vietnam relations through exhibitions, performances and exchanges featuring Australia's proud Indigenous heritage.
RMIT Vietnam, as a gold sponsor of the event, was honored to participate in this milestone to mark the anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.
A wide range of cultural activities was organised from 15 April to 18 April with great support from a group of RMIT student volunteers. Besides assisting with pre-event logistics for Balgo Indigenous Art Exhibition, students also provided their active support at the exhibition opening ceremony. The audience could see students with RMIT t-shirts working professionally as interpreters for the Australian artist Jeremy Donovan during his exchange with the audience or working enthusiastically with children in painting sessions.
At the Gala Night "An excursion through time" on 17 April, the Friendship Cultural Palace theatre was heated up by exciting performances of the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP) and RMIT Vietnam hip-hop group. Although the two groups had only a few days to practise together, they received long applause from the audience for their passion and spirit of friendship. The students continued their support at the talk show and outdoor activities on 18 April.
"This is a memorable experience for me. I had the chance to learn more about Australian indigenous culture, make new friends from IHHP and even practice hip-hop. I am so proud that I was able to contribute my part to the special celebration of my city this year." - Le Anh Tuan, a Commerce student at Hanoi campus and team leader of the volunteer event shared his experience