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...]

Travel firms downbeat about business on upcoming holidays

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Dao Loan Travel firms agreed that predicting the buying power for the upcoming holidays is not easy but they projected the number of guests booking their tours would pick up at least 10% as people spent much on their trips during the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday, which ended in the last week of February. Therefore, many of them will not be able to travel again although they have six days off during the upcoming holidays. Phan Dinh Hue, director of Viet Circle Travel and Service Company, told the Daily that the number of tourists is forecast to rise by a maximum of 15% on the same period last year. "Demand for travel will not grow strongly after the long holiday on the occasion of the Lunar New Year," Hue said. Other firms like The He Tre Travel have the same view. Tran The Dung, deputy director of The He Tre Travel, said as it is not easy to find hotel rooms with good prices in tourist hot spots like Nha Trang, Danang and Phu Quoc, the company targeted to attract around … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 19/3

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My Van to appear on L’Officiel The first runner-up of Vietnam’s Next Top Model 2012 contest Kha My Van will appear on French fashion magazine L’Officiel. Van has been chosen after competing with hundreds of international models in Milan, Italy. L’Officiel is a French fashion magazine which has been published in Paris since 1921 and targets upper-income, educated women aged 25 to 49. In 2006, it had a circulation of 101,719. A men’s edition of L’Officiel, L’Officiel Hommes, and many foreign editions are also published. The complete name of the magazine is "L’Officiel de la couture et de la mode de Paris". Van began her career as a professional model in Milan, Italy in January 2015. She was chosen to appear on the Italian Vogue-a world’s leading fashion magazine and in the latest collections of some famous fashion brands, including Elisabetta Franchi and Label2. Van is scheduled to come back to Vietnam in early April. She plans … [Read more...]

Global rivals prepare for Danang fireworks festival

The Danang International Fireworks Competition 2015 (DIFC 2015) will kick off in the central city on March 28, drawing five teams. Named "Danang - Symphony of Colours," the competition will be held along the banks of the Han River. The five teams are Fireworks for Africa (South Africa), Pyrotechnics (the US), Howard & Son Fireworks (Australia), Surex Fima Rodzinna (Poland), and the host team Danang - Vietnam A main grandstand containing 32,000 seats will be set up opposite the performance site at the Danang Port. Numerous art performances, beach games and fashion shows also will be held during the two-day festival. Next month, a festival of light will take place for the first time in the city. Light shows will be performed from 18:00 to 22:00 on April 24-26. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 2/2

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Vietnam Map decorated from 200 Nhat Tan peach trees Da Nang authority said on the occasion of Tet holidays, local people and tourists will have opportunity to enjoy the flower road 2015 which invested over VND 5billion and set up on the west bank of the Han River. Besides, they will be contemplating Vietnam map which is decorated from 200 Nhat Tan Peach trees. This special Vietnam map is carried out and invested by DHC Investment Corporation; it is located on the east bank of the Han River, nearby Dragon Bridge. Danang to host 7th int’l firework competition The 7th Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) 2015 will take place in the central city on April 28-29, the municipal People’s Committee announced on January 30. Themed "Danang – A symphony of Colours", the event is expected to feature spectacular performances by five teams from the US, South Africa, Australia, Poland and the host Vietnam , who won numerous awards at other international … [Read more...]

Danang to host 7th int’l firework competition

The 7th Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) 2015 will take place in the central city on April 28-29, the municipal People’s Committee announced on January 30. Themed "Danang – A symphony of Colours", the event is expected to feature spectacular performances by five teams from the US, South Africa, Australia, Poland and the host Vietnam , who won numerous awards at other international fireworks display competitions. Many sideline activities will be held during the event, including a food festival, decorative lighting, a flower boat parade and beach sports. According to the organising board, the Danang International Fireworks Competition will be advertised on StarWorld, National Geographic and BBC Asia. Launched in 2008, Danang is the only city in Vietnam to host the annual competition. … [Read more...]

Five fireworks teams to compete in Da Nang

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Five teams from South Africa, the US, Australia, Poland and Vietnam will take part in Danang International Fireworks Competition 2015 with theme of "Da Nang –A Colorfuf Symphony" which will be held from April 28 to 29. Competitors are Fireworks for Africa (from South Africa), Pyrotecnico (the US), Howard and Son Fireworks (Australia), Surex Firma Rodzinna (Poland), and Da Nang (Vietnam). The Da Nang People’s Committee has also planned for Global 2000 International Company (from Malaysia) as the consultant for DIFC 2015. The competition themed "Han sparkling river" will also be held along the Han River banks in Hai Chau and Son Tra Districts. Spectators will have chance to enjoy music and dance performances and lantern floats during the event. … [Read more...]

Three central Vietnam localities introduce joint campaign to foster tourism

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Two provinces and a city in central Vietnam unveiled Friday a joint campaign to promote tourism in the region, which is home to many beautiful beaches and world heritage sites. Thua Thien – Hue Province, Quang Nam Province, and Da Nang City will launch a program to introduce the areas as the "destinations of paradise-like beaches, islands, and world heritage sites," the organizers said at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City. The event was held to introduce the new tourism products of the three localities to travel agencies in the southern metropolis. Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Nam, and Da Nang collectively welcomed more than 14 million tourists in 2014, according to The Saigon Times Online. In 2015 the three promise to treat tourists to a number of new attractions, festive activities, and tourism packages. Da Nang will introduce new river tours, officially open the DHC Marina cruise port and entertainment complex Helio, and inaugurate many new services at Ba Na Hills … [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

A firework performance at the Danang International Fireworks Competition 2013

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...]

Danang’s hotels and resorts see the upturn

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Danang's hotel and resort market has experienced an upturn thanks to the increasing numbers of tourist arrivals and better services, according to the Alternaty-Alternative Real Estate Company Limited. According to its latest newsletter last week, tourist arrivals had increased every year since 2006, with a compounded annual growth rate of 16.1 per cent. In the first half of this year, arrivals reached 1.5 million, up 16.4 per cent year-on-year. Arrivals in the second quarter were especially strong due to the International Fireworks Competition held in April, which attracted an estimated 395,000 visitors. Arrivals are expected to continue to grow by an average of 14.5 per cent per annum to reach four million by 2015 and eight million by 2020. This means that in only three years from 2012 - 2015, arrivals are expected to increase by 1.3 million visitors, or a staggering 48 per cent increase. "Should this forecast prove accurate and with limited additional supply expected to come … [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...]