The European Union Delegation to the Lao PDR together with European Member States and European partner countries launched the annual European Food and Film Festival 2022 in Vientiane on Dec 9.
Scheduled for Dec 9-11, the festival brings a taste of European culture to the city, while promoting the cultural cooperation between Europe and Laos.
At the launching ceremony, Ms. Ina Marčiulionytė, EU Ambassador to the Lao PDR, emphasised the crucial importance of the festival for the mutually beneficial partnership between Europe and Laos.
“I am delighted that we are able to celebrate the comeback of the European Food and Film Festival. We hope the festival will help to promote people-to-people connectivity between the Lao PDR and Europe and gives the visitors the opportunity to learn more about Europe’s cinematic and culinary culture,” said EU Ambassador.
The official launching ceremony was attended by Vice Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Vansy Kuamua along with Ambassadors and representatives from European Member States and Switzerland as well as representatives from UN agencies and INGOs.
Under the theme of ‘Youth & Environment’, 10 European countries contributed their movies to the Film Festival (Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine).
Screened in Cineplex at Vientiane Centre, a dozen long and short movies across a variety of genres reflected the diversity of perspectives, histories and national cultures of Europe.
In combination with the Film Festival, the ninth edition of the European Food Festival took place in front of Vientiane Centre.
Offering a selection of their food, 11 international restaurants/bars based in Vientiane gave the audience the opportunity to enjoy a journey through the amazing culinary world of Europe.
With the festival being such a success and attracting many visitors who took part in the cultural exchange, the EU Delegation and its partners are already looking forward to the next European Food and Film Festival, which will take place in 2023.
Source: Lao News Agency