Vietnamese photographer wins international award

Vietnamese photographer wins international award

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Vietnamese photographer Le Duy Hoang won third prize at the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) for his black-and-white photography.

His winning photo depicted the joy of a group of Vietnamese fishermen coming back from a trip. It earned him prize-money of US$8,000.

HIPA is an internationally-renowned photography award, launched in 2011 under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.

The theme for this year’s award was “The Beauty of Light”.

Even though it is still a new photo award, it has attracted the attention of many art lovers because of the money. Prize money totals $389,000.

Osama Al Zubaidi from the United Arab Emirates won the Grand Prize worth $120,000.

Open to both local and international photographers, the award reflects Dubai’s commitment to artistic and cultural development.

Photo Contest “Holland -Vietnam in your eyes” Launched

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has just launched a photo contest named “Holland & Vietnam in your eyes”. This contest is apart of “Holland Village” program to mark the 40-year bilateral relationship between Vietnam and the Netherlands in Ho Chi Minh City.

Accordingly, photographers are invited to capture the connection or the characteristics of both countries and give a short description in one photo. Photos are not necessarily taken in the Netherlands as along as it shows the connections between two countries.

The photo should have its title that shows the primary ideas with an explanatory text of maximum 30 words. It should depict the similarity or/of contrast of both The Netherlands and Vietnam.

Beginner and advanced photographers from all over Vietnam are welcome to join the Holland Village Photo Contest.

The Grand Prize will be return -flight tickets from Ho Chi Minh to Amsterdam sponsored by Air France KLM.

The deadline will be lasted to October 20, 2013. Contestants can contact or send the photos to the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in HCMC or email to contest@holland-village.org.

Concert raises funds ‘For a Healthy Vietnam’ program

A concert titled ‘The Voice Kids-For a Healthy Vietnam’ will take place at the Hanoi Opera House on September 12.

Winner of The Voice Kids 2013, Nguyen Quang Anh and outstanding contestants such as Thu Ha, Ho Van Phong, Hong Khanh, Vu Song Vu, Luong Thuy Mai will join the event.

All proceeds of the music show will be donated to the ‘For a Healthy Vietnam’ fund run by the Lifebuoy brand.

The concert is expected to leave a deep impression on listeners and will be broadcast live on ANTV Channel.

Japanese tour offered at Temple of Literature

A Japanese tour of Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) – a symbol of Ha Noi’s culture and history – will be held by the Friends of Viet Nam Heritage (FVH) next Monday.

Dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars, the temple was also the site of Quoc Tu Giam (Imperial Academy) – Viet Nam’s first university – from 1076 to 1779.

Starting at 9.30am, the tour will help visitors to learn about Confucius and Confucianism, as well as the royal examination systems of long ago in China and Viet Nam.

Groups of no more than eight people will gather in front of the main gate of Van Mieu on Quoc Tu Giam Street. To join the tour, contact Keiko Inoguchi at herijapan@yahoo.co.jp.

“Fossil” artist switches gears

Tomorrow Manzi Art Space will open an exhibit of work by Ha Noi-based visual artist Vuong Thao, recently named one of Southeast Asia’s top ten artists by the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation.

Known for his “fossilised” replicas of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter, village gates and bridges, Thao will present a series of paintings on do paper that has received local and international acclaim.

The display, Frozen Dreams, will be open until September 23 at 14 Phan Huy Ich Street.

Madake holds chill-out movie night

Madake Bar at 81 Xuan Dieu Street kicks off a new weekly movie screening tonight.

The Scent of Green Papaya by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung will be shown in the bar’s garden starting at 8pm. The movie will be presented in Vietnamese with English subtitles.

Following screenings every Thursday night will feature other Vietnamese and classic cult movies.

Free entrance.

Vietnamese culture spotlighted in Germany

A Vietnamese culture festival has been held at the Consulate General of Vietnam in Frankfurt, Germany.

Consul General Truong Xuan Thanh said the festival aims to give international friends and Vietnamese residents in Germany a deeper insight into Vietnamese cultural values.

Thanh called on the Vietnamese community to integrate deeply into German society, obey local law, tradition and customs, actively contribute to local development and serve as a bridge to closer Vietnam-Germany friendship.

Oberursel’s Mayor Hans-Georg Brum thanked the Consulate General and the Vietnamese community for choosing Oberursel as a venue for this year’s cultural event.

Participants enjoyed special dances and songs performed by artists from Vietnam Music Dance and Song Theatre, a fashion show of Ao dai (traditional long dress) and a demonstration of martial arts by Do Huu Lien.

Vietnam’s unique handcraft products and culinary delights were also introduced during the festival.

Vietnam Discovery Day in Scotland

The Scottish city of Edinburgh has hosted Vietnam Discovery Day to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the UK and Northern Ireland (1973-2013).

Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK and Northern Ireland expressed hope that the festival will give Scottish people a better understanding of Vietnam’s land and people through art performance, Ao Dai (traditional long dress) show and culinary delights.

Folk songs typical of Vietnam’s three regions were performed by artists from Vietnam Opera-Ballet Theatre.

A fashion show featuring Ao Dai (traditional long dress) by designers Hoang Hai and Le Xuan involves Miss Vietnam 2008 Thuy Dung, winner of Vietnam’s Next Top Model 2011 Hoang Thuy, and models Hong Que, Ngoc Anh and Hoang Yen.

Scottish visitors had the chance to taste Vietnamese food made by cooks from Edinburgh and Glasgow cities. In particular, the Hanoi-Bike-Shop opened by a Scottish cook after his recent trip to Vietnam attracted a great number of visitors to some special food such as spring rolls and beef nooddles.

Vietnamese students from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling cities actively served as receptionists, translators and decorators.

The festival was financed by the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Joint Stock Corporation and Lycamobile.

“Our House” festival opens in HCM City

The “Our House” festival opened in Ho Chi Minh City on September 10 with a wide range of activities such as exhibitions on Vietnam’s land and people, foreign affairs, cultural spaces, culinary delights and folk games.

Present were tourism leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, officials from Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Vientiane and Yangoon and representatives of the foreign consulates in HCM City.

In his opening speech, Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan emphasized the significance of the festival in the context of growing friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and many countries across the world.

HCM City, in particular, has established relations with 30 localities in 5 continents and trade ties with 220 countries and territories.

By the middle of this year, it already attracted more than 4,700 FDI projects with a total registered capital of US$32.2 billion.

Since early this year, the city has received nearly 3 million foreigners and more than 300,000 of them are living in HCM City.

Vietnamese diners sample free meals

A Japanese food festival where every table with a Vietnamese guest gets free food opened in HCM City yesterday.

Organised by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the second Oishi Nippon Fair at the Tokyo Town restaurant, 188 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 3, is part of a project to introduce Japanese cuisine culture to the world and follows an earlier one in April.

Until next Tuesday, Tokyo Town will offer a menu with seven dishes – croquette, fried noodle with seafood, udon salad, fermented vegetable mixture, bacon wrapped asparagus and sausage, breaded butterfly shrimp with mayonnaise, and fish pie with soya sauce – and three beverages.

At weekend, food expert Nguyen Thi Dieu Thao will teach diners how to cook traditional miso soup though with some changes to suit the Vietnamese palate.

Japanese delicacies also has been on offer at the 17th Vietfood & Beverage until Saturday at the city’s Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Yoshinori Yakabe, the Japanese deputy consul in HCM City, said Japanese restaurants used to mostly serve Japanese customers but now attract more and more Vietnamese.

Japanese food has become a “trend”, he said.

Italian DJ plays Cargo Bar

Italian DJ Rodion, called the “new genius of Italian dance music” by British electronic dance and clubbing magazine Mixmag, will present a show at Cargo Bar on September 14.

His music is a mixture of Nordic cosmic music, French funk and dramatic melodies of Italian horror movies.

The show will feature local DJs Hibiya Line and Superkid, while artist Crazy Monkey will offer a live visual art performance.

The show will begin at 9pm at 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in District 4.

Metal bands heat up Darts Darts Darts club

Five resident rock bands will join in a rock show Fire in Hell at the Darts Darts Darts Club on September 14.

The bands include The Lightning, Before and Now, Mephonic, Mudkickers and Sagometal, who will perform thrash and heavy metal music.

The show will start from 7pm at 224 Pasteur Street in District 3.

Tickets are available at Rock Cafe K13 in Binh Thanh District and Rock Cafe Bao in Tan Binh District.

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