Promoting Vietnamese Art and Culture

Based in Washington D.C., Vietnam Society is an independent non-profit organization established with the purpose of promoting Vietnamese art and culture to connect peoples and communities who share an appreciation for Vietnam’s rich traditions and contemporary artistic directions.

Why Vietnam Society?

We believe in the transcendent power of art to foster healthy discussions about Vietnamese heritage that ultimately unites and bonds people around common understandings. These avenues allow for the expression of individual and collective interpretation of the country’s history and society, providing knowledge and inspiration for this generation and those to come.

We welcome partnership and sponsorship support from organizations that share our vision. For more information about Vietnam Society or on how you could get involved, please contact us at

Our Programs

Our work promotes Vietnam’s century-old traditions and spotlights a new vibrant Vietnam by focusing on film, literature, cuisine, fine arts and performing arts.

Cross-cultural enrichment is a guiding principle for our organization. We believe this effort fosters greater understanding of Vietnam in the minds of Americans, reshaping the mindset from seeing Vietnam as a war to Vietnam as a country – one with a rich tapestry of arts and cultural traditions which span four thousand years.

Our work also helps the millions of Vietnamese living in the U.S. connect and engage with their cultural roots and heritage.

New Year’s Inauguration to Our Mother Goddess

Save the Date: 2/3/24

In celebration of Tết (Lunar New Year) this year, join us at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art for a mesmerizing journey into the heart of Vietnamese culture.

For centuries in Vietnam, Dao Mau, or Mother Goddess worship, has been a source of strength, inspiration and spirituality. Its trance-like “Hau Dong” practice has received UNESCO’s inscription in 2016 as an intangible Vietnamese cultural heritage. In partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art we are thrilled to bring to DC this unique cultural tradition in a ceremonial performance to bring blessings of health, hope, happiness and luck during this year’s Lunar New Year celebration at NMAA.

Two exclusive performances at 11:30 AM and 1 PM will unfold the ceremonial beauty — a priest embodies the reflections of numerous deities through attires and mannerisms, representing their presence and offering blessings of health, hope, and prosperity for the Lunar New Year. Don’t miss this chance to experience a unique blend of spirituality and culture!

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