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Vietnam International Film Festival

The first Vietnam International Film Festival was held in October 2010 as part of the celebrations to celebrate Hanoi's 1,000th birthday. The festival showcases contemporary Vietnamese and, in particular, South East Asian film and world cinema including drama, action, comedy and animation. In addition, there are competitions for feature films, documentaries and short films.

Date: 01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017
Venue: Cinemas across the city.
Website: http://www.haniff.vn/?lang=en
Cost:

Entrance fee set by individual cinemas.


Mid-Autumn Festival

Also known as the Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam is an important children's festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month to mark the end of the harvest. In Hanoi, there are parades with children carrying candlelit lanterns, dragon or lion dances. The traditional food of the festival is the moon cake which contains a variety of fillings and an egg yolk to represent the moon.

Date: 04 October 2017 - 04 October 2017
Venue: Various venues throughout Hanoi.
Cost:

Free.


Tet

Tet (Vietnamese New Year) is the most important celebration for the Vietnamese when families get together. The celebrations start seven days before, when offerings are made and houses are decorated with kumquat trees or branches of peach blossom. At midnight, everybody makes as much noise as possible to welcome the New Year.

Date: 16 February 2018 - 16 February 2018
Venue: Celebrations across Hanoi and the rest of Vietnam.
Cost:

Free.


Liberation Day

This public holiday commemorates the day the troops of north Vietnam liberated Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) in south Vietnam in 1975, ending the long-running Vietnam War and starting the process of reunification which took place the following year. Celebrations take place across Hanoi, with many people taking to the streets, including parades, local festivals, performances and firework displays.

Date: 30 April 2018 - 30 April 2018
Venue: Accross Hanoi.
Cost:

Free.


International Circus Festival

Jugglers, trapeze artists, animal acts and clowns from around the country and from destinations such as Cuba, China, Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, Laos and Cambodia travel to Hanoi to entertain and go up against each other in a competition judged by an eminent panel of international artistes.

Date: 01 August 2018 - 31 August 2018
Venue: Central Circus Theatre.
Website: http://www.vietnamcircus.com
Cost:

TBC.


National Day

This date celebrates two important anniversaries, the Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and the death of Ho Chi Minh. The celebrations in Hanoi, including a fireworks display, take place in Ba Dinh Square in front of Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, and it seems that the whole of Hanoi takes to the streets, particularly around Hoan Kiem Lake.

Date: 02 September 2018 - 02 September 2018
Venue: Ba Dinh Square and venues across Hanoi.
Cost:

Free.


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