A site for people who love culture

Leading up to International Women’s Day (March 8),  the 1,983rd anniversary of the Hai Ba Trung uprising and the International Day of Happiness (March 20) the Vietnam womens Museum Womens Museum collaborated with journalist – director Mai Bong, on the morning of February 18, 2023 to open the exhibition “Dare to live a brilliant life”.

Attending the exhibition were Madam Nguyen Thi Minh Huong, Vice President of Vietnam Women’s Union; Mr. Tran Nhat Hoang, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Mr. Nguyen Hung Son, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Today Magazine; Miss Ethnic Vietnam 2022 and Nong Thuy Hang.

Addressing the audience at the exhibit’s opening, Madam. Nguyen Thi Minh Huong shared: “I especially believe that today’s event will have a strong impact, and continue to create future opportunities and cooperation between the Vietnam Women’s Museum and the people who love culture and heritage”.

Madam Nguyen Thi Minh Huong addressing the audience at the opening ceremony.

Mr. Tran Nhat Hoang, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said: “I hope to have many more exhibits to share cultural values as well as preserve and promote our national culture.”

Mr. Tran Nhat Hoang, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism addressing the audience at the opening ceremony.

At the beginning of 2022, Journalist – Director Nguyen Bong Mai conducted a solo journey across the country. With the aim of learning about the culture of 54 ethnic groups she focused on two key factors: national costumes and melodies. During this trip, she had the chance to see millions of faces, record the colorful life stories of local people across the country, and collect extensive material relating to 55 costumes and 49 tunes from 35 different ethnic groups.

Visitors to the exhibition will be first are the first to see and read about the images of the 55 costumes, each with unique features, of the 35 ethnic groups. Journalist and director Nguyen Bong Mai shared: “It was a solo trip, but I was not alone because so many compatriots across the country loved, cared for and watched over me. I want to tell about those colors and show case the friends and relatives I have been fortunate to meet on this journey.”

Journalist-Director Nguyen Bong Mai addressed at the opening ceremony

Apart from seeing the display of ethnic community costumes, participants were also impressed by personal stories and moving moments from during her trip when she met and talked with ethnic minority women and children across the country. Through this exhibition, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum and Journalist-Director Bong Mai wish to convey a message to the public in general and women in particular, to break down the barriers, social prejudices and personal limitations so that they can each realize their dreams.

The exhibit “Dare to live a brilliant life” will open to serve the public from 18-26 Feb, 2023 at the Vietnam Women’s Museum.

Some images at the exhibit:

Journalist-Director Nguyen Bong Mai addressing the audience at the opening ceremony

Ethnic community guests took part in the opening ceremony

Journalist-Director Nguyen Bong Mai presenting a photo of her journey to the VWM’s director board

Delegates visiting the exhibit

Delegates visiting the exhibit

Visitors touring the exhibit.