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Sundance Energy Provides December 2018 Operational Update

DENVER, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sundance Energy Australia Limited (ASX: SEA) (NASDAQ: SNDE) (“Sundance” or the “Company”), a U.S. onshore oil and gas exploration and production company focused in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, today provided an update regarding the Company’s recent development activities and outlook regarding its 2019 development plan.

2019 Development Plan
Sundance is in the process of evaluating its 2019 development plan in light of the uncertain commodity price environment, and will release an update once a final determination has been reached. Despite lower commodity prices, the Company’s 2018 well results demonstrate its high quality Eagle Ford portfolio characterized by strong full-cycle economics with a break-even of approximately $30 per boe, inclusive of recovering acquisition costs, development costs, production costs, and all overhead costs.

The Company intends to flex its plan based on commodity prices to operate within cash flow during 2019 while growing production, EBITDA and net asset value, both on an absolute and per share basis.  Management will proceed with an appropriately flexible capital plan in order to achieve these goals while maintaining liquidity and protecting our balance sheet. The Company has no debt maturities until late 2022, significant liquidity, and a strong hedge book to protect payback on already invested capital.

Sundance brought the Live Oak County 4-well James Keith Esse pad online in November and the 2-well McMullen County Hoskins pad online during the first week of December. Quarter to date, Sundance has brought 8 wells online in total.

Drilling Activities
Sundance is currently drilling the 4-well Roy Esse 15H, 16H, 17H and 18H pad in Live Oak County and the 2-well Red Ranch 18H and 19H pad in Dimmit County. The Red Ranch pad is being drilled with a spot Patterson rig, which will be released upon completion of that pad.

Completions Activities
Sundance is currently completing the 3-well Harlan Bethune 22H, 23H and 24H pad in Live Oak County and anticipates turning the pad to sales in mid-December. This will bring the total number of fourth quarter wells brought online to 11.

Beginning with the recent Hoskins pad, Sundance has transitioned to using Schlumberger for completion services in order to achieve material cost savings including the ability to utilize locally sourced sand.

Recent Initial Well Results

Well Name County IP Date Completed
Lat Length
30-Day IP
30-Day /
1,000′ ft
Idylwood 04H Live Oak 16-Oct 6,445   1,028   159 85 %
Idylwood 05H Live Oak 16-Oct 5,487   1,202   219 83 %
James Keith Esse 06H Live Oak 13-Nov 5,175   1,212   234 75 %
James Keith Esse 07H Live Oak 13-Nov 5,178   867   167 79 %
James Keith Esse 08H Live Oak 13-Nov 5,180   1,095   211 73 %
James Keith Esse 09H Live Oak 13-Nov 5,164   1,339   259 76 %
Hoskins 20H McMullen 2-Dec 7,266  –  –
Hoskins 21H McMullen 2-Dec 7,116  –  –

Year to Date Well Results

Well Name County Spud
Frac Start
30-Day IP (boe/d) 60-Day IP (boe/d) 90-Day IP (boe/d)
Paloma Ranch 7H McMullen 18-Jan-18 17-May-18 2-Jun-18 7,690′   1,345 1,017   811
Peeler Ranch 8HC Atascosa 1-Mar-18 28-May-18 26-Jun-18 5,642′   484 404   367
Peeler Ranch 9HC Atascosa 24-Mar-18 28-May-18 26-Jun-18 5,820′   446 371   314
Allen MCM 1HA McMullen 21-Apr-18 6-Jul-18 17-Aug-18 8,015′   1,291 1,100   942
Allen MCM 2HA McMullen 13-May-18 6-Jul-18 17-Aug-18 8,234′   1,132 969   843
Harlan Bethune 25H Live Oak 7-May-18 24-Jul-18 15-Aug-18 4,779′   1,102 1,091   974
Harlan Bethune 26H Live Oak 11-May-18 22-Jul-18 15-Aug-18 4,073′   1,234 1,066   920
Harlan Bethune 27H Live Oak 13-May-18 22-Jul-18 15-Aug-18 3,314′   1,183 901   750
Justin Tom 05H Atascosa 17-Jun-18 12-Aug-18 3-Sep-18 6,258′   1,296 1,146 1,003
Justin Tom 06H Atascosa 14-Jun-18 12-Aug-18 3-Sep-18 6,299′   1,042 826 834
Harlan Bethune 34H Live Oak 25-Jun-18 3-Aug-18 19-Aug-18 3,528′   1,691 1,588   1,344
Harlan Bethune 35H Live Oak 22-Jun-18 3-Aug-18 19-Aug-18 3,702′   1,738 1,579   1,321
James Keith Esse 06H Live Oak 26-Jul-18 12-Oct-18 13-Nov-18 5,175′ 1,212
James Keith Esse 07H Live Oak 22-Jul-18 12-Oct-18 13-Nov-18 5,178′ 867
James Keith Esse 08H Live Oak 24-Jul-18 12-Oct-18 13-Nov-18 5,180′ 1,095
James Keith Esse 09H Live Oak 20-Jul-18 12-Oct-18 13-Nov-18 5,164′ 1,339
Idylwood 04H Live Oak 3-Aug-18 28-Sep-18 16-Oct-18 6,445′   1,028
Idylwood 05H Live Oak 3-Aug-18 28-Sep-18 16-Oct-18 5,487′   1,202
Harlan Bethune 22H Live Oak 17-Sep-18
Harlan Bethune 23H Live Oak 21-Sep-18
Harlan Bethune 24H Live Oak 25-Sep-18
Hoskins 20H McMullen 25-Sep-18 9-Nov-18 2-Dec-18 7,266′
Hoskins 21H McMullen 27-Sep-18 9-Nov-18 2-Dec-18 7,116′
Roy Esse 15H Live Oak 30-Nov-18
Roy Esse 16H Live Oak 28-Nov-18
Roy Esse 17H Live Oak 26-Nov-18
Roy Esse 18H Live Oak 24-Nov-18
Red Ranch 18H Dimmit 20-Nov-18
Red Ranch 19H Dimmit 19-Nov-18

For more information, please contact:

United States:
John Roberts
VP Finance & Investor Relations
Tel: +1 (720) 638-2400
Eric McCrady
CEO and Managing Director
Tel: +1 (303) 543-5703

Mike Hannell
Tel: +61 8 8363 0388

About Sundance Energy Australia Limited

Sundance Energy Australia Limited (“Sundance” or the “Company”) is an Australian-based, independent energy exploration company, with a wholly owned US subsidiary, Sundance Energy Inc., located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of large, repeatable oil and natural gas resource plays in North America. Current activities are focused in the Eagle Ford.  A comprehensive overview of the Company can be found on Sundance’s website at www.sundanceenergy.net

Summary Information

The following disclaimer applies to this document and any information contained in it. The information in this release is of general background and does not purport to be complete. It should be read in conjunction with Sundance’s periodic and continuous disclosure announcements lodged with ASX Limited that are available at www.asx.com.au and Sundance’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission available at www.sec.gov

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements relate to the Company’s expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. These statements can be identified by the use of words like “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend”, “estimate”, “expect”, “may”, “plan”, “project”, “will”, “should”, “seek” and similar words or expressions containing same.

These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s views and assumptions with respect to future events as of the date of this release and are subject to a variety of unpredictable risks, uncertainties, and other unknowns. Actual and future results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements due to various factors, many of which are beyond our ability to control or predict. These include, but are not limited to, risks or uncertainties associated with the discovery and development of oil and natural gas reserves, cash flows and liquidity, business and financial strategy, budget, projections and operating results, oil and natural gas prices, amount, nature and timing of capital expenditures, including future development costs, availability and terms of capital and general economic and business conditions. Given these uncertainties, no one should place undue reliance on any forward looking statements attributable to Sundance, or any of its affiliates or persons acting on its behalf.  Although every effort has been made to ensure this release sets forth a fair and accurate view, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Allied Esports™ Announces Formation of World’s First Affiliate Program for Esports Venues

Allied Esports™ Property Network to Offer Members Access to Global Events and Content, Expertise in Design and Operations, and Unique Sponsorship OpportunitiesFortress Esports Joins Program with Partnership Covering Exclusive Rights to New Properties in Australia and New Zealand

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Allied Esports™, a global esports entertainment company, today announced the formation of the world’s first esports venue affiliate program – the Allied Esports Property Network – created for global partners interested in participating in Allied Esports’ global event programming, and licensing Allied Esports’ design, development and operations expertise for their own dedicated esports venues.

The Allied Esports Property Network will provide members with access to Allied Esports’ global platform of events and content production, providing participants and viewers with integrated experiences both in-person and online. Affiliate members will be fully incorporated into Allied Esports’ global tournament ecosystem, offering teams and players the opportunity to participate in high-stakes events worldwide, culminating in live events held at Allied Esports’ flagship location, HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas.

“The Allied Esports Property Network aligns like-minded operators around the world, which we believe is a recipe for building even more powerful offerings for gamers, streamers, teams, sponsors and fans to create unparalleled experiences and content together,” said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports. “As we continue to add more global flagship properties and expand our fleet of esports trucks, this new affiliate program will organically grow our footprint worldwide and provide members with an incredible opportunity to participate in our event and content calendar, while operating their own facilities in a way that best suits their respective regions and customer base.”

Moving forward, Allied Esports’ global assets will include two categories of properties: proprietary, such as HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, the Esports Studio in Hamburg, Germany, and its fleet of esports trucks; and affiliate partners, which now include U.S.-based Esports Arena Orange County and Esports Arena Oakland, and China-based Lianmeng Dianjing Beijing Arena, Lianmeng Dianjing SEG Shenzhen Arena, Lianmeng Dianjing Tianjin Arena, Lianmeng Dianjing Gui’an Arena and Lianmeng Dianjing LGD Hangzhou Arena.

Allied Esports also announced a multi-year agreement with Fortress Esports Pty Ltd, a new gaming, esports and entertainment venue enterprise in Australia, that will include exclusive rights to esports venue development in Australia and New Zealand. The first Fortress Esports venue to be part of the Allied Esports Property Network is expected to open in Melbourne in 2019.

“Fortress Esports is thrilled to join the Allied Esports Property Network. Live, social video gaming and esports is an emerging phenomenon in Australia and New Zealand, and we believe our partnership with Allied will provide us with a formidable edge to shape and define the market for years to come,” said Jon Satterley, CEO, Fortress Esports. “A Fortress isn’t just an esports arena and venue. It’s a community hub and social gathering place. A place for friends to meet and play video games together. An inclusive, friendly and welcoming home for every kind of games lover.”

The Allied Esports Property Network will also offer exclusive brand licensing rights and participation in proprietary tournaments and event programming, as well as expert guidance for venue development; design conceptualization and planning; tournament organization; and content creation and distribution. Affiliate program members will also have access to shared sponsorship opportunities with Allied Esports’ partners spanning North America, Europe and China. All Allied Esports Property Network members will be designated by the Allied Esports Property Network logo on display at each location. 

About Allied Esports

Allied Esports is a premier esports entertainment company with a global network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities. Its mission is to connect players, streamers and fans via integrated arenas and mobile esports trucks around the world that serve as both gaming battlegrounds and every day content generation hubs. Allied Esports is a subsidiary of Ourgame International (SEHK:899), owner of WPT Enterprises, Inc., the operator of The World Poker Tour®.

Through direct operation and affiliate relationships via the Allied Esports Property Network, the first esports venue affiliate program available to partners looking to open new esports facilities around the world, Allied Esports locations currently include 11 properties in the top three esports markets across the globe: North America’s HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, Esports Arena Orange County, Esports Arena Oakland and Esports Truck “Big Meta”; Europe’s ELC Gaming Esports Truck “Big Betty” and Esports Studio in Hamburg, Germany; and China’s Lianmeng Dianjing in Beijing, Lianmeng Dianjing SEG Arena in Shenzhen, Lianmeng Dianjing Tianjin Arena, Lianmeng Dianjing Gui’an Arena and Lianmeng Dianjing LGD Hangzhou Arena. The Allied Esports Property Network’s 12th property, run by Fortress Esports, is expected to open in Melbourne, Australia in 2019.

For more information, visit AlliedEsports.gg and follow @AlliedEsports on social media.

About Fortress Esports

Fortress Esports is a new entrant into the video game and esports industries with one goal in mind: to transform live, social gaming as an entertainment pursuit for millions of players and fans. Considering football, baseball, cricket (we are Australian!) and other sports enjoy extensive infrastructure across cities, suburbs and regional areas, Fortress believes the time is now to create the same supportive, grassroots facilities to promote the growing interest in esports.

Every Fortress built across Australia and New Zealand will be a shrine to video games and related gaming culture. It begins with esports – and arenas to support competition – but also extends to the simple joy of picking up a controller and playing a game with a friend. Great food and drink, themed lounges, big screen action, seven-days-a-week.

Fortresses will be in the best locations, with high quality fit-out and facilities, regular events, community and membership rewards backed by a staff committed to providing welcoming, inclusive, exhilarating fun.


Brian Fisher Allied Esports 315-415-2799 brian@esportsallied.com

Aryaka Names Cloud and Software Industry Veteran, Deepak Kumar, as Senior Vice President of Customer Success

SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aryaka®, the leading SD-WAN as a Service provider, announced today that Deepak Kumar, a 20-year cloud and enterprise software industry veteran, has joined the company’s leadership team as Senior Vice President, Customer Success.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Deepak to Aryaka; his leadership will help us further enhance our end-user customer experience worldwide,” said Matt Carter, CEO of Aryaka. “His expertise in building and nurturing enterprise relationships will be critical as we continue to grow in 2019 and beyond.”

Before joining Aryaka, Kumar was the SVP & GM at [24]7.ai, a Sequoia portfolio company in the customer experience domain. As SVP Business Development, he was responsible for building out strategic partnerships and alliances. His hard work grew the channel driven revenue significantly. As General Manager, Kumar was responsible for the Customer Acquisition Cloud product line. The product line was built based on strategic acquisitions that Kumar led for the last four years. In addition, Kumar was instrumental in a variety of roles at [24]7.ai., including running Customer Success and Deployments for the company, as well as managing several of the key customer relationships.

Prior to [24]7.ai, Kumar held management positions at Fractal Analytics & Aztec Software. Kumar has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India, with a Biomedical engineering degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

Kumar will build upon Aryaka’s already exemplary customer experience, as highlighted by several customer satisfaction recognitions. Most recently, Aryaka was named a “Market Leader” in Featured Customers’ 2018 SD-WAN Customer Success Report. The company received the highest ranking in the report based on customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

“Aryaka’s technology is a game-changer for companies operating across the world because we offer the only viable technology that connects businesses in any location globally and accelerates their applications and end-user experience,” Kumar said. “As Senior Vice President, Customer Success, my key focus will be to amplify the quality of our customer’s experiences around the globe and identify new solutions to elevate enterprises to the next level of digital transformation.”

Aryaka is transforming how global enterprises connect sites and users worldwide. The company uses mission-critical applications to support modern business execution demands. Aryaka’s SD-WAN as a Service combines a purpose-built private network, optimization and acceleration techniques, connectivity to cloud platforms, and network visibility, in a single fully managed solution.

To learn more, visit www.aryaka.com. Follow us on TwitterFacebookYouTube and LinkedIn.

Aryaka Media Contact
Tom Turpel
Senior Manager, Content Marketing

More resources for Viet Nam cultural development

HNP � The Viet Nam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies organized a conference on culture’s soft power in the context of globalization and international integration on December 12th.

The event was attended by former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, Head of the Ha Noi Party Committee’s Commission for Education and Popularization Nguyen Van Phong, Head of UNESCO Ha Noi Office Michael Croft, and Vietnamese and foreign scholars.

The conference included three parts: Theoretical and practical background of soft cultural power; National and local experiences, solutions to enhance culture’s soft power; developing national and municipal branch names, potentials and visions to build a creative Ha Noi.

Through three discussion sessions, scholars gave 40 comments featuring potentials, advantages of Vietnamese culture as well as affirming that Viet Nam has great potential to develop culture, contributing to improving the role and status of Viet Nam in the international arena and promoting the country’s economic development.

Exchanging at the conference, former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan stressed that Viet Nam has cultural tangible and intangible diversity and a thousand-year culture which create unique features. However, it is necessary to point out weaknesses and remove them in the coming time.

He said that to enhance soft power of culture, it is vital to draw the participation of the Government, sectors, levels, scientists and local people as well as more investments into researching, popularizing and building the core values of Vietnamese culture.

Delivering a speech under the theme Ha Noi aims to build a creative capital in the integration and development, Head of the Ha Noi Party Committee’s Commission for Education and Popularization Nguyen Van Phong emphasized that during the innovation process, the city has been well aware of developing culture as the top priority for sustainable development.

Ha Noi needs to take chances to set up a suitable vision and meet the requirement of development towards a creative city in Southeast Asia, he added.

To achieve the target, in the coming time, Ha Noi will pay special attention to leaning more experiences from other countries which are strongly developing cultural industry and creative industry so as to take maximum domestic creativity and attract foreign creativity, contributing to creating breakthroughs to develop the capital city.

The Head of the Municipal Commission for Education and Popularization also said that currently, Ha Noi is facing many difficulties and challenges to consolidate the soft power.

To overcome the challenges, Ha Noi needs the participation of scientists in effort to successfully build a smart city and city for peace, he mentioned.

Making conclusion at the workshop, Associate Professor, Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong, Director of the Centre for Cultural Industry Development under the Viet Nam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, emphasized that participants agreed that Viet Nam could promote the soft power of its culture. To successfully carry out the task, it is necessary to draw the participation of Government, ministries, sectors, localities, scientists, and all people.

Besides, it is essential to offer mechanisms for development as well as increase resources to develop Viet Nam into a highlight of cultural soft power.

Especially, Ha Noi needs to bring into full play its advantages to become a creative city.

Source: Ha Noi Portal

Vietnamese Political Prisoner Allowed to See Family in Visit

Vietnamese political prisoner Tran Thi Nga has been allowed to see her family in a move reversing an earlier decision by authorities to refuse prison visits to punish her for refusing to follow prison rules, her husband told RFA on Monday.

The visit at Gia Trung prison in Gia Lai province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands took place on Dec. 15, Nga’s husband Phan Van Phong told RFA’s Vietnamese Service.

She is not being ill-treated like before, but her health is not good. She has problems with her spine, which is always hurting her, he said.

Though prison authorities have given her some medication, they have not allowed her to see a doctor for a medical check-up. She is in good spirits, though.

Nga had been refused permission to see her husband and children in September when her family came to see her, her husband told RFA’s Vietnamese Service in an earlier report.

Prison authorities told me that she had not followed prison rules and has refused to admit guilt [in the charge for which she was convicted], so they would not let her see us, Phan Van Phong told RFA on Sept. 29.

I asked them to at least let her see her children, but they just said no, he said.

Prisoners in Vietnam are normally allowed monthly visits with their families according to prison rules.

Beaten, threatened

Nga, 40, was sentenced in July 2017 to nine years in prison for spreading propaganda against the state under Article 88 of Vietnam’s penal code, a provision frequently used to silence dissident bloggers and other activists.

Her appeal was rejected in December.

Now held at Gia Trung prison, Nga told her husband in August she had been beaten and threatened with death by a cellmate assigned to her by authorities, Phong told RFA in an earlier report.

Phong then appealed for her protection in a petition sent to Gia Trung prison, the ministry of police, the supreme people’s procurator, Gia Lai province judicial authorities, and international organizations, he said.

Vietnam’s one-party communist government currently holds at least 130 political prisoners, including rights advocates and bloggers deemed threats to national security, Human Rights Watch says.

It also controls all media, censors the internet, and restricts basic freedoms of expression.

Copyright (copyright) 1998-2016, RFA. Used with the permission of Radio Free Asia, 2025 M St. NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20036

Philippines Contestant Catriona Gray Named Miss Universe

BANGKOK The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition concluding Monday in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home country.

The 24-year-old Gray wore a sparkling red dress she said is inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd that generally favored Southeast Asian contestants.

She said she wore red because “when I was 13 my mom said she had a dream that I would win Miss Universe in a red dress.” She said her mom cried when they saw each other after she won the competition.

Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. She succeeds Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.

In the Philippines, pageants are a popular attraction, and Gray’s countrymen cheered wildly and jumped for joy when she was declared the winner. Celebrations were especially buoyant in Oas town in the northeastern province of Albay, from which Gray’s Filipina mother hails.

The office of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was quick to congratulate the winner. Gray is the fourth Filipina to be named Miss Universe.

“Ms. Gray truly made the entire Philippines proud when she sashayed on the global stage and showcased the genuine qualities defining a Filipina beauty: confidence, grace, intelligence and strength in the face of tough challenges,” he said in a statement from the presidential palace. “In her success, Miss Philippines has shown to the world that women in our country have the ability to turn dreams into reality through passion, diligence, determination and hard work.”

An early round of questioning touched on the issue of drugs, where Duterte’s aggressive ‘war on drugs’ has taken thousands of lives, many in what critics charge were extrajudicial executions. Duterte raised even more controversy when he recently joked that he smoked marijuana to deal with the busy schedule of meetings with other Asian leaders at a regional summit.

Asked what she thought about legalizing marijuana, Gray said: “I’m for it being used for medical use, but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people will argue, then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Everything is good but in moderation.”

This year’s Miss Universe competition included the first-ever transgender contestant, Miss Spain Angela Ponce. She said in a video presentation that it was not important for her to win but was more important for her “to be here.”

One of the few controversies of this year’s contest involved Miss United States Sarah Rose Summers seeming to mock contestants from Cambodia and Vietnam over their English language skills. Summers apologized.

The finale was again hosted by Steve Harvey who infamously announced the wrong winner in the 2015 contest. Harvey joked briefly about the incident in exchanges with contestants and said “You all can’t let that go” and “I’m still here.”

The theme of the 67th Miss Universe pageant was “Empowered Women” and was judged by seven women including former pageant winners, businesswomen, and a fashion designer.

The contestants spent nearly a month in Thailand to compete in preliminary rounds wearing elaborate national costumes, visit famous tourist sites and even met the country’s prime minister.

Source: Voice of America

Balade en France opens in Ha Noi

French Gastronomy Festival Balade en France was officially opened on December 14 at Ly Thai To Flower Park in Ha Noi. Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and French Ambassador to Viet Nam Bertrand Lortholary attended the opening ceremony.

The festival is co-organized by the French Embassy to Viet Nam and Ha Noi People’s Committee.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung emphasized that Balade en France aims to introduce the French culture, lifestyle and farm, food products. This is a cultural event, and also an opportunity to enhance the friendship between Vietnamese people and international friends in general and French people in particular.

With cultural exchange activities and introduction, he expected that the festival will help Hanoians understand more about the French culture and people, and highlight the close relationship between the two countries in general, and between Ha Noi and the French Embassy in Viet Nam in particular.

For his part, French Ambassador to Viet Nam Bertrand Lortholary expressed his sincere thanks to the Municipal People’s Committee and especially the Chairman for supporting Balade en France. As an event to mark 45 years of the Viet Nam – France relationship, the festival will introduce the essence of French culture to Ha Noi’s people.

He also emphasized achievements in 2018 thanks to the cooperation between French and Ha Noi, including projects in the field of education, culture and urban traffic.

On this occasion, Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung and Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien lighted up the pine tree from 1,000 plastic bottles which contain participants’ promises of environment protection. The officials also attended opening ceremony of the exhibition featuring 45 years of diplomatic relationship between Viet Nam and France.

Taking place from December 14 to 16, Balade en France aims to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relationship and five years of strategic partner relationship between the two countries. With over 60 stalls of French restaurants and enterprises, this is an opportunity for visitors to taste famous food and experience technology products, cosmetics and furniture of France.

The walking streets around Hoan Kiem Lake is decorated in French style with colorful flowers and lights. Visitors can enjoy French music performed by French and Vietnamese singers, experience French street art, and play minigames like Getting around France, French language is easy, Finding the lost painting of Louvre Museum, and Selecting the correct destination in France.

Furthermore, the festival offers a number of activities, such as workshops on different topics like stage art, football in French style, and photo exhibition France and I prepared by alumni in France and France lovers.

Source: Ha Noi Portal