A look back at showbiz, art in Vietnam in 2013

Music shows and publications: mediocre quality

Tuoi Tre offers a look back at the most high-profile events in local showbiz, art, and publishing during 2013. Amidst the country's economic malaise—which means lower profits for show managers and singers—shows and albums, including vinyl records, are still launched on a regular basis. However, the shows have been of average quality, with only a few of artistic note, including the "In The Spotlight" series, Tung Duong's "Doc dao" (The Sole Path), and expat Vietnamese singer Bang Kieu's "Impression in Vietnam" shows. The few acclaimed shows all took place in Hanoi, where permits are licensed more easily and tickets fetch higher prices than in Ho Chi Minh City. Scandals among singers Several local singers were involved in scandals during 2013. Seasoned singer Siu Black faced crippling debts and debt collectors while top singer My Tam allegedly requested US$6,000 for a single song at the Danang International Fireworks Competition in late April, which sparked public outcry and … [Read more...]

National TV produces more films overseas

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HA NOI — Viet Nam Television (VTV) has made a lot of investment on shooting projects abroad, with participation from various foreign actors, despite current economic difficulties. Milestone movie: The film Hai Phia Chan Troi (Two Sides of the Horizon) was shot abroad with foreign actors and has set a record for the cost of a Vietnamese television programme. Hai Phia Chan Troi (Two Sides of the Horizon), to be released this November, has set the record for the most expensive VTV film to date. The project kicked off in March under direction of the Viet Nam Television Film Centre (VFC), and the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic, where most of the filming took place, apart from some scenes captured in Viet Nam, Germany and Ukraine. The 33-minute initiative is based on the novel Mau Cua Tuyet (The Blood of Snow) written by Tran Hoai Van, a moving story about Vietnamese people who have to earn livings as migrants far from their homeland. Last year, Van and … [Read more...]

Shooting overseas, a breath of fresh air to local movies

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In recent years, several Vietnamese movies have been set in Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea or America and brought a change of scenery for local audiences. However several movie makers still face difficulties with low budgets and foreign laws for obtaining shooting permits. At the beginning of this year, Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) started to broadcast the TV series Tro ve (The Return), a romance between a Vietnamese Cambodian girl and a Vietnamese criminal, who escaped to the neighboring country. Besides a great plot, the movie's picturesque scenes of Cambodian nature and pagodas stunned local audiences. After such big success, Sena Films and director Viet Trinh continued to produce part two, featuring the natural and sparsely populated beauty of Laos, where a Vietnamese guy went to start a business and met a local girl. "Wherever I go, I meet another film crew. Some local settings have been exploited. We decided to go overseas to create a new TV series so that the audience will … [Read more...]

Danang hosts International Fireworks Competition 2015

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The Danang International Fireworks Competition 2015 will be held from April 28-29, announced the People's Committee of Da Nang City. This year's event themed "Danang - A Colourful Symphony" has attracted teams, including Fireworks for Africa (from South Africa), Pyrotecnico (the US), Howard and Son Fireworks (Australia), and Surex Firma Rodzinna (Poland). … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/9

Danang fireworks competition set to light up the sky The 2015 Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) themed "A Symphony of Colours" is expected to attract five teams, including South Africa, the US, Australia, Poland and the host, Danang. Also according to Danang municipal People's Committee, each team is scheduled for a 20-minute performance. Performance criteria are based on the idea, the diversity and the theme. The organizing board assesses colours and sound-light combination in each fireworks display. … [Read more...]

Danang fireworks competition set to light up the sky

(VOV) - The 2015 Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) themed "A Symphony of Colours" is expected to attract five teams, including South Africa, the US, Australia, Poland and the host, Danang. Also according to Danang municipal People's Committee, each team is scheduled for a 20-minute performance. Performance criteria are based on the idea, the diversity and the theme. The organizing board assesses colours and sound-light combination in each fireworks display. The competition is scheduled for April 28-29, 2015 on the banks of the Han River. … [Read more...]

Danang to hold fireworks display from aircraft next year

The Saigon Times Daily PyroStar International from Australia has been chosen as the consultant for the fireworks show from an aircraft which has been held in many countries over the world. Danang will continue to stage Danang International Fireworks Competition in summer 2015. This annual competition since 2008 has been scheduled to take place biennially from 2015. The contest, which has become an attractive tourism product of the city, is scheduled to last for five nights, with three of them for firework displays and two for aquatic music nights. … [Read more...]

Cancellation of lighting contest darkens Danang tourism

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Many travellers have cancelled tours to Danang City after news that the municipal People's Committee will not hold the International Lighting and Visual Art Contest 2014 (DILVAC). The municipal People's Committee had approved the organisation of DILVAC in April. The event was expected to attract the participation of four or five foreign teams and included a range of other activities, such as an art exchange, an artistic lighting exhibition, a gala dinner and tours. This year's contest would have been the first to be held and if successful, future contests will be held on even-numbered years while the Danang International Fireworks Competition will be held on odd-numbered years . After the committee's approval, B Cong Communications Ltd. Co. sought donors, invited teams for the participation and signed contracts with equipment companies as well as artists. In mid-April after preparation for DILVAC 2014 was nearly complete, a telecom company made a VND20 billion (USD952,380) … [Read more...]

Tourism sector kept positive growth in the first 6 months of 2013

(TITC) - On July 19th, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) held an online conference simultaneously in Ha Noi, Da Nang City and Ho Chi Minh City under the chair of Minister Hoang Tuan Anh.

According to the MoCST's report, in the first 6 months, in spite of global economic recession, the tourism sector still gained positive growth. Total international arrivals in 6 months reached 3,540,403representing a 2.6% growth over the same period of 2012; total revenue achieved 105 trillion VND, up 23.5%. Mr. Nguyen Duc Tuan, Director of Representative Agency of MoCST's Office in Da Nang City informed that many tourism events were organized in the Central region attracting a large number of tourists such as: 4th Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival - Buon Me Thuot coffee, integration and development (Dak Lak Province), Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2013 - the Quintessence of Vietnamese Crafts (Thua Thien Hue Province), Danang International Fireworks Competition - Love for Han River (Da Nang City), the 10th anniversary of UNESCO's recognition of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park as a World Natural Heritage Site… The number of international tourists to the South of Viet Nam also increased. … [Read more...]

Positive signs for Viet Nam tourism in the first 6 months

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(TITC) - According to General Statistics Office (GSO), the number of international arrivals to Viet Nam in June 2013 was estimated 567,291, increasing by 1.5% in comparison with May 2013 and 29.9% over the same period of 2012. Total international arrivals in 6 months reached 3,540,403representing a 2.6% growth over the same period of 2012; domestic tourists were 24 million, up 12%, total revenue achieved 105 trillion VND, up 23.5%. In the first 6 months, in spite of global economic recession which has been strongly impacting Viet Nam's source markets, the tourism sector still took advantage of its strengths and gained positive growth. To achieve this result, tourism administrations have focused on facilitating activities of tour operators and investment in tourist accommodation system. By June 2013, there are 1,184 tour operators of international travel business. The total number of tourist accommodations is estimated 13,700 with about 290,000 rooms, including 61 five-star hotels … [Read more...]

US wins Da Nang Int’l Fireworks Competition

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With a 20-minute spectacular performance, Melrose Pyrotechnics of the US overwhelmed four other teams to claim the 6th Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) title. On the second day of the competition on April 30, Tamaya Kitahara of Japan which ranked third at the DIFC 2010 painted a colourful picture of the Japanese garden over Danang's skies and the Han River. Their performance received thunderous applause from the audience. Tamaya Kitahara outdid Parente Fireworks of Italy, clinching the championship title at the 16thTarragora international fireworks competition in Spain in 2005. However, Melrose Pyrotechnics' performance was the centerpiece of this year's competition. Drawing experience from the 2010 competition, the US team entertained the audience with skillfully spectacular displays lighting up Danang's skies at night. DIFC 2013 concluded successfully on April 30. Two first runners-up were Parente Fireworks of Italy and TamayaKitahara of Japan. After six … [Read more...]

Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2013 – festival of light and sound

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(VOVworld) - With a 20-minute spectacular performance, Melrose Pyrotechnics of the US overwhelmed four other teams to claim the 6th Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) title. On the second day of the competition on April 30, Tamaya Kitahara of Japan which ranked third at the competition in 2010 painted a colorful picture of the Japanese garden over Danang's skies and the Han River. Their performance received thunderous applause from the audience. Performance by team Japan However, Melrose Pyrotechnics' performance was the centerpiece of this year's competition. Drawing experience from the 2010 competition, the US team entertained the audience with skillfully spectacular displays lighting up Da Nang's skies at night. Performance by team USA The Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2013 concluded successfully on April 30th. Two first runners-up were Parente Fireworks of Italy and TamayaKitahara of Japan. The 2 second runners-up were Vietnam and Russia. The … [Read more...]

US wins Danang Int’l Fireworks Competition

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(VOV) - With a 20-minute spectacular performance, Melrose Pyrotechnics of the US overwhelmed four other teams to claim the 6th Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) title. Impressive fireworks displays light up Danang skies Fireworks contest to light up Han River in Danang On the second day of the competition on April 30, Tamaya Kitahara of Japan which ranked third at the DIFC 2010 painted a colourful picture of the Japanese garden over Danang's skies and the Han River. Their performance received thunderous applause from the audience. Tamaya Kitahara outdid Parente Fireworks of Italy, clinching the championship title at the 16thTarragora international fireworks competition in Spain in 2005. The performance of the Japanese team: However, Melrose Pyrotechnics' performance was the centerpiece of this year's competition. Drawing experience from the 2010 competition, the US team entertained the audience with skillfully spectacular displays lighting up Danang's … [Read more...]

Da Nang International Fireworks Contest wraps up

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VGP - Under the theme "Love for Han River", the 2013 Danang International Fireworks Competition successfully concluded with the victory of the US team Melrose Pyrotechnics. Performance show of the US team - Photo: VOV Host team Viet Nam delighted the audience with a spectacular display at the sixth Da Nang International Fireworks Competition that kicked off in the central coastal city on April 29. The performance depicted Da Nang's path towards development. Through four chapters named Viet Nam - My country, Sun's Dance, Motherland - Seven Colours of the Rainbow, and Da Nang in the Sun, it symbolically praised Vietnam and its people in traditional instrumental music. The show conjured up images of Da Nang's Han River , Son Tra peninsula and beautiful long beaches. Russia's performance was entwined with Russian folk music and world-renowned pieces, taking onlookers to a mysterious fairy world. Concluding the first night, two times champion Parente Fireworks from Italy … [Read more...]

Impressive fireworks displays light up Danang skies

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Host team Vietnam amazed the audience with their spectacular performance at the opening ceremony of the 6th Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) on April 29. Their show was divided into four chapters named Vietnam my country, The Sun's Dance, Motherland-Seven Colours of the Rainbow and Danang in the Sun, and was performed on traditional instrumental music. Meanwhile, the Russian team Khan expressed their determination on their first appearance at the event, hoping to vie for the trophy with defending champions Italy. Khan is Russia's leading pyrotechnics company that represents the country at international fireworks competitions. Parente Fireworks from Italy reaffirmed their domination with A River's Feeling, an emotional show illustrating the Han Rriver's flow on different kinds of music genres ranging from New Age, Electronics, Waltz and Classical. Source: VOV … [Read more...]

Danang International Fireworks Competition starts

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Fireworks let off brightly on the sky of Han River, Danang City on the first night of the Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) on April 29, to the eagerness of tens of thousands of residents and tourists. The performance of Russian, Vietnamese and Italian teams strongly impressed viewers. The performance by Russian team The fireworks performance was based on famous Russian and foreign music works. These fireworks went along with Russian folk music. The lighting effects brought surprising excitement to the audience. The performance by Vietnamese team The hosting Danang team's performance combined 4 chapters with melodies praising Vietnamese country and people. Many people said the performance by Vietnamese team was better than previous years. Fireworks let off in the middle of Han River. The performance by Italian team The performance was entitled "The emotion of the river". The 2012 DIFC champion brought many emotions to the audience. The combination … [Read more...]

Danang to host International Fireworks Competition 2013

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(VOVworld) - The upcoming Danang International Fireworks Competition 2013 (DIFC) will feature 16 cultural, sports, and tourism activities including a decorative lighting display, street music performances, and a flower boat parade. Han river brightens in the Danang International Fireworks Competition 2012 (Photo: VNA) The event next Tuesday and Wednesday will also feature an exhibition entitled "Paracels of Viet Nam, Historical Evidence", a sea festival, national Hiphop exchanges, and an international food festival. Vietnam's tourism sector will use the occasion to promote new tours and tourism programs. … [Read more...]

Many tourists heading for Da Nang

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Sixteen culture, sport and tourism events will be held during the sixth Danang International Fireworks Competition (DFIC 2013) on April 29-30. Apart from releasing lanterns, organizing music performances in the streets and displaying souvenirs, there will be an exhibition in Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands, a sea festival program, an international culinary art festival, and fact-finding tours to Son Tra Peninsula and beautiful beaches as part of the Hue-Da Nang-Hoi An Central Heritage Road. There will be a special program for those who like to visit Da Nang and Cu Lao Cham by helicopter. Two bridges named Rong and Tran Thi Ly have been open to traffic and the new Ba Na cable car system has been put into operation on schedule./. Source: VOV News … [Read more...]

How much do top singers pay in income tax?

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More than a few celebrated singers who are paid some thousands of US dollars per song paradoxically pay tiny, nominal taxes. The recent scandal, in which top singer My Tam allegedly requested US$6,000 for a single song at the upcoming Danang International Fireworks Competition, has raised questions among the public regarding chart-topping singers' incomes and their corresponding tax liabilities. According to the Ho Chi Minh City Tax Office's 2009 to 2011 inventories, many showbiz celebrities even pay less tax than average office employees, though they earn up to several thousand US dollars per song. According to the tax office, as singers' incomes come from various sources, including those without contracts, the office has substantial difficulty watching over them all. By April 11, merely 44 out of 210 artists summoned for tax listing had showed up. Topping the tax evasion 'blacklist' is a female pop singer in the highest song pay band who recently gained even more fame … [Read more...]

How much are singers paid?

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The latest scandal, in which famed local singer My Tam allegedly requested nearly US$6,000 for a single song to be featured at the opening of the Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC), set for April 29 and 30, has raised a probing question among the public about local singers' earnings. However, the singer maintains her innocence, claiming that she never quoted such a price. Earlier, Vietnamese pop king Dam Vinh Hung was believed to have received VND100 million (US$4,832) for performing in the show at last year's DIFC. Chart-topping singers, such as Hung and Tam, usually earn a staggering US$5,000-6,000 for a show at mostly big brand promotion events or discotheques. In 2012, Hung received a whopping US$10,000, the record rate for local singers, for performing at a luxury wedding. Meanwhile, these chart-topping singers charge lower fees at cabaret shows, depending on the rank of the cabaret and the size of the audience. Their cabaret earnings average some … [Read more...]