Art & Entertainment News 25/2


Vietnamese photographer listed in famous photo book Nick Ut, whose "Napalm girl" picture shocked the whole world, has been listed in a photo book "Behind Photographs" of Tim Mantoani. American photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the talent behind some of the world's most iconic photographs and got them to sit for portraits. According to a famous website International Business Times, he used a soon-to-be-extinct photographic medium – the 20×24 Polaroid. Over a five-year period, he took large format Polaroids of more than 150 photographers. Nick Ut’s photo has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo and is one of the 100 influential photos in the 20th century. Longest-ever Tet cake made The Yakasa-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel in Nha Trang city, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, has set a new record for its giant-sized traditional Tet cake, which is 40 metres in length, as part of the activities to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/2


Old Quarter exhibit recalls Hanoi's rich past An exhibition is highlighting daily life of the past in Hanoi's Old Quarter. More than 100 photographs and artefacts will be on show from February 2-15, giving an insight into life in the 36 streets of the Old Quarter during the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Highlights include an exploration of the area's unique architecture and traditional two-wheeled carriages that once plied the narrow streets. Historian Duong Trung Quoc said the exhibition would help visitors better understand the significance of the Old Quarter in Hanoi's history. The precinct is undergoing major redevelopment, succumbing to expansion pressures of modern Hanoi. Chef club debuts in central city The city's tourism association has debuted its Chef Club with the participation of 250 head cooks from hotels and resorts in the city. The club will host regular competitions and cuisine festivals for chefs to show off their skills and promote local food. School … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1


Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [Read more...]

More locations recognized as special national relics

Son La Prison Historical Relic.

PANO – The Prime Minister has issued a decision to recognize 14 relics across the country as special national relic sites. The recognized include the Temples and Tombs of Kings of Ly Dynasty’s (1009-1225) in Bac Ninh province; the Temples and Tombs of Kings of Tran Dynasty’s (1225-1440) in Thai Binh province; Tay Son-Tam Kiet Temple in Binh Dinh province; the Rach Gam- Xoai Mut Victory historical relic site in Tien Giang province; the Son La prison historical relic site in Son La province; the Phu Quoc prison historical relic site in Kien Giang province; the Vinh Moc Tunnel and the Vinh Linh tunnel village system in Quang Tri province; the Ba Trieu Temple historical-architectural relic site in Thanh Hoa province; Thay Pagoda and the rocky area of Sai Son, Hoang Xa and Phuong Cach in Hanoi; the Phat Tich Pagoda historical-architectural relic site in Bac Ninh province; the Pho Hien relic complex in Hung Yen province; the Soc Temple architectural relic site in Hanoi; … [Read more...]

MoIT connects to NSW mechanism

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh (5th from R) presses the button to connect the Ministry of Industry and Trade with the NSW customs system, Ha Noi, December 25, 2014 - Photo: VGP/Thanh Chung

VGP – The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) on December 25 officially linked to the national single-window mechanism (NSW) under the witness of Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh. Accordingly, the MoIT will provide procedures relating to the granting of ASEAN preferential certificates of origin (C/O Form D); import licenses of motorcycles with high cubic-centimetre and importation licenses of ozone-depleting chemicals. Earlier, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) on November 12 officially launched the NSW customs mechanism at international seaports. So far, the transport sector used the NSW system with three enterprises at Hai Phong seaport and cleared 66 entry dossiers and 30 exit ones for seagoing vessels. In the coming time, the MoT will extend the NSW system at seaports in HCM city and Ba Ria-Vung Tau province./. By Khanh Phuong … [Read more...]

Book exhibition opens in Hanoi

Book collector Yen Ba giving his words at the opening ceremony

PANO – The exhibition "All-time-favoured books" was officially kicked off in Hanoi on December 18th by Nha Nam Culture and Communication Company and Writers Association Publishing House. Mr. Nguyen Nhat Anh, Director of Nha Nam Culture and Communication Company, family representatives of Writer Luu Trong Lu, and book collectors Yen Ba, Binh Phuong, The Bach attended the opening ceremony. The exhibition displays many original books printed from 1930 to 1968, familiar to most Vietnamese people, including books by writers Nguyen Du, Tam Lang, Ngo Tat To, etc. The books are mainly collected and provided by collectors Hoang Minh, Yen Ba, Vu Ha Tue, Trinh Hung Cuong. The exhibition aims to help researchers and readers interested in the List of Vietnamese famous literary works have chance to access the original editions of the time-honored books as well as the special editions and materials related to the books in the List. The book exhibition is held in Nha Nam Bookshop (107-B9 To … [Read more...]

Dubbing films, TV shows to solve voice, sound problems in Vietnam


While many other countries have long recorded sounds on the spot for their films and shows, most Vietnamese films are still dubbed because of actors’/actresses’ voice weaknesses and film sites’ sound defects. Out of the 15 new TV dramas currently aired on local channels, only one film – "Toi Yeu Co Don" (I Love Loneliness) – has its sounds and actors’/actresses’ lines recorded on site. … [Read more...]

Social News 9/11

HCMC to spend VND4 trillion removing households on canals Ho Chi Minh City plans to spend VND 4 trillion (US$188,421,853) evacuating dilapidated houses which located along the canals to make city more beautiful. The Department of Construction in Ho Chi Minh City said that it has removed over 10,000 households which located along canals in districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, Binh Tan, Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Go Vap, Binh Thanh, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh. As of plan to evacuate 15,000 households living in the areas along canals in districts from now to 2015, the department carried out nearly 70 percent of its target. … [Read more...]

The Week of September 1 – 7


HANOIPERFORMANCEHanoi Rock City27/52 To Ngoc Van street, Tay Ho district Sonic Moon Festival 2014 8 pm, September 5 Come to enjoy a rave dance night full of the grooves, the lighting and trippy visuals. Ticket: VND100,000 Old House 87 Ma May street, Hoan Kiem district Ca Tru Thang Long Club Every Tue, Thu and Sat, 8 - 9 pm The show is put on by a trio including 83-year-old singer Nguyen Thi Chuc, dan day (long-necked lute-like instrument with three silk strings and 10 frets) player Nguyen Phu De, 88, and their student, singer Pham Thi Hue. Ticket: VND100,000 … [Read more...]


Subscription Concert Vol.73 09 and 10 Sep 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the Subscription Concert Vol.73 with: Conductor: Honna Tetsuji Piano Soloist Nguyễn Việt Trung, Violin Soloist Lê Hoài Nam Tue 09 Sep 2014 Conductor- Honna Tetsuji Violin- Lê Hoài Nam Program: Đỗ Hồng Quân - "Trổ Một" Phạm Minh Thành- Violin Concerto Vietnam Premiere Dmitri Shostakovich- Symphony no.12 "1917 year" Wed 10 Sep 2014 Conductor- Honna Tetsuji Piano- Nguyễn Việt Trung … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/8

Well-known French piano soloist returns to Hanoi French piano soloist Guigla Katsarava returns to Vietnam to perform Concert Vol.72 "Pathetique" at the Hanoi Opera House on August 19-20. At the concert Katsarava played works of Russian in famous composer P.I.Tchaikovsky entitled Symphony No.6 "Pathetique" and Piano Concerto No1. The event also attracted the participation of conductor Le Phi Phi, who has been successful at home and abroad. Guigla Katsarava is known for his Russian-style performance. He used to play solo or joined other famous orchestras around the world, and is now teaching in France and other countries. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 12/8


'Turbulence: A Survival Story' author arrives in Vietnam Annette Herfkens, the author of the memoirs "Turbulence: A Survival Story" and the sole survivor of a plane crash in Vietnam's central coast province of Khanh Hoa 22 years ago, has started her week-long trip to the country. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/8

Vietnamese crowned Miss Asian America Jennifer Chung beat out 20 other Asian beauties and was crowned Miss Asian America on August 3 in San Francisco the US. The 21-year-old is ethnically Vietnamese and resides in San Jose, CA. She is 1m76 tall, weighs 53kg and measures 84-62-94. Miss Chung is currently a student at San Francisco State University majoring in Business Administration. She has extensive hands-on experience in business operations, sales and marketing, having started a family business, Forever Beaumore Cosmetics Inc. … [Read more...]

Social News 12/7


New labour safety law sets workplace rules The new Law on Labour Safety aims to offer better protection for workers, setting out new workplace safety regulations and providing support for victims of workplace accidents and occupational diseases to switch jobs. At a conference held on Monday by the National Assembly's Committee of Social Affairs, Director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Labour Safety Department Ha Tat Thang said that as the number of enterprises increased and more companies applied modern technology, policy improvements were needed to ensure labour safety. … [Read more...]

Over 1,000 making Vietnam national anthem music video

The project has been launched by journalist Ngo Ba Luc and singers Minh Quan and Ngoc Anh. The clip will be filmed at many places across the country and will be released as soon as it is completed.

More than 1,000 people across Vietnam, including hundreds of artists, have joined hands to make a music video of the national anthem with a spirit toward the country's seas and islands. It is being produced to keep spirits high since China positioned an oil rig on May 1 in Vietnamese waters of the East Vietnam Sea, and dispatched ships and aircraft to ram, intimidate, and fire water cannons at Vietnam's vessels sent to persuade the Chinese side to leave the area. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 22/4

Vietnam seeks ways for overseas nationals to maintain nationality Vietnamese authorities are looking for ways to help millions of overseas Vietnamese maintain their nationality as the deadline for the regulation approaches, said a spokesman for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In accordance with the Nationality Law 2008, overseas Vietnamese who do not have valid Vietnamese passports, or who had Vietnamese nationality before the law took effect on July 1, 2009, must re-register with Vietnamese agencies in the country where they reside in order to maintain their citizenship. The deadline for re-regislation was set for July 1 of this year. However, only around 6,000 out of the total 4.5 million overseas Vietnamese have completed so far. The figure is much lower than was expected. "Relevant authorities are checking into the issues related to the procedures before working out the best solution to ensure the legal rights and benefits for overseas Vietnamese communities," … [Read more...]