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...]

Vietnam taps natural resources to drive tourism

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(VOV) - Dotted by charming small towns from the mountains to the west and the ocean to the east, Vietnam is renewing efforts to tap its natural resources to help drive tourism in the central region. While summer remains the peak for tourism, state and local officials are working to shoulder the busier months with increased tourism at other times of the year, especially fall, when leaves change from green to orange, yellow and red. The region is like Mother Nature at her best, said a representative from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the government agency responsible for marketing the state as a tourism destination. There's a little something for everybody who loves to really get outdoors in the fresh, crisp air, the representative added. And it's no surprise that tourism revenue in the region continued to rise to record highs last year. It is home to the beautiful beaches of Lang Co, Non Nuoc and Cua Dai, and the ever so popular caves in Quang Binh province. Then … [Read more...]

Image: The best performances at Da Nang Int’l Firework Competition

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Australia's team, Howard and Sons, won the 2015 Danang International Fireworks Competition for its fireworks and musical performance at the festival called, "The Symphony of Colours." The team, which was ranked third during the 2009 competition, showcased a spectacular performance and beat Poland's Surex Firma Rodzinna on the closing night to win the first prize on April 29. Poland's Surex Firma Rodzinna, which had taken part in the competition for the first time, was ranked second. Hosts Danang-Vietnam and the United States' team—Pyrotec-nico—who had performed on the first night, tied for the third prize. Newcomers South Africa were awarded the encouragement prize by the organising committee at the ceremony yesterday. The competition had attracted teams from five continents, namely South Africa, the United States, Australia, Poland and Viet Nam. In 2013, the U.S. team Melrose Pyrotechnics had bagged the first spot. Canada's Davis Whysall took the top prize in 2008, … [Read more...]

Australian team wins Danang International Fireworks Competition

Australia's team, Howard and Sons, won the 2015 Danang International Fireworks Competition for its fireworks and musical performance at the festival called, "The Symphony of Colours." The team, which was ranked third during the 2009 competition, showcased a spectacular performance and beat Poland's Surex Firma Rodzinna on the closing night to win the first prize on April 29. Poland's Surex Firma Rodzinna, which had taken part in the competition for the first time, was ranked second. Hosts Danang-Vietnam and the United States' team—Pyrotec-nico—who had performed on the first night, tied for the third prize. Newcomers South Africa were awarded the encouragement prize by the organising committee at the ceremony yesterday. The competition had attracted teams from five continents, namely South Africa, the United States, Australia, Poland and Viet Nam. In 2013, the U.S. team Melrose Pyrotechnics had bagged the first spot. Canada's Davis Whysall took the top prize in 2008, … [Read more...]

Int’l fireworks competition blasts off in Danang

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(VOV) -The 2015 Danang International Fireworks Competition kicked off on the evening of April 29 with more than 30,000 revellers in attendance, featuring the pyrotechnic and special effect displays of three international teams. South Africa and the US, were the first two teams to light up the Danang skyline with a sparkling barrage of colour that rippled and glistened off the waters of the Han River below. Vietnam, concluded the evening’s competition with a Symphony of Colours performance, accompanied by traditional folk songs paying tribute to the nation’s inherently beautiful landscapes and strong spirited people. The second and final night will see performances from Australian and Polish teams, the two remaining teams competing in this year’s event. Some photos: … [Read more...]

Danang marine tourism season 2015 begins

The 2015 Danang tourism season was kicked off on April 25 at the Bien Dong (East Sea) Park in Son Tra Peninsula in Danang to promote the city as a safe, friendly and attractive destination among tourists. The programme is to introduce new facilities and tourism services for this year’s sea tourism season, promote the image of Son Tra Peninsula alongside local beaches and call for the community’s joint action to protect environment. Visitors are able to enjoy a wide range of events including beach sports, international rescue manoeuvre, beach camping, flahsmobs, and traditional coastal challenges, such as underwater tug of war, fishing-net making and fish carrying. A music concert and about 80 booths selling food and souvenirs will be also organised to serve tourist alongside a photo exhibition capturing moments of the city and a Vespa and Lambretta scooters show. Tours to explore Son Tra Peninsula take place daily, comprising a number of exciting activities, such as … [Read more...]

Danang set for world fireworks champs

The South African team, newcomers to the 2015 Danang International Fireworks Competition, will perform the curtain-raiser on April 28, said the organising committee at a media briefing on April 24. The Symphony of Colours, the title of the competition, has five scheduled performances from teams hailing from five continents – South Africa, the US, Australia, Poland and Vietnam. The team of South Africa, the rainbow nation, will tell a century-old story, The Blue Sky of Africa, with every colour of the rainbow and music. Joe Ghazzal, the director of Global2000 International Company, the consultants for the event, said South Africa's spectacular displays at the opening and closing ceremonies of 2010 FIFA World Cup means they are a thrilling addition to the competition. Meanwhile the US team, Pyrotec-nico, will likely bring some creative fireworks to the opening night. Even after 120 years of performances, the US team still has a reputation for being innovative with … [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...]