Art & Entertainment News Headlines 15/5

Photos depicting Trevi Fountain in Rome (above) and part of the Duomo Cathedral in Milan are among the photos displayed at the Nocturnal Memory. Milan and Rome exhibition in Casa Italia. — Photos courtesy of Paolo Belletti

Italian nights lend inspiration to city photographer A photo exhibition that has opened in Ha Noi offers an opportunity for visitors to discover the night scene in Milan and Rome. … [Read more...]

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Social News Headlines 6/5

Black bean beetles torment Dong Nai Black bean beetles have overtaken households in Xuan Thanh Commune in the southern province of Dong Nai Province and seriously disrupted the lives of hundreds of local people, the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reports. Residents have been trying a variety of methods to eradicate them, but none of them have proved effective, including insecticides. Vo Thi Tuyet, a resident in Xuan Thanh Commune, said that thousands of beetles were flying into her house … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 8/3

Sales make Women's Day special Shops, supermarkets and even amusement parks in HCM City have announced promotions to mark International Women's Day, which falls next Friday. The Co.op Mart supermarket is offering discounts of up to 45 per cent on more than 4,000 products such as garments, beauty care products and household appliances. HTV Co.op, its television shopping channel that airs on HCM City Television will slash prices on certain items by up to 37 per cent until March 31. The … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese directors and their homecomings

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Several Viet Kieu (overseas Vietnamese) directors have returned to Vietnam to make films over recent years. Their homecomings, whether successful or not, breathe freshness and novelty to the country's local film industry. Unlike those who founded the Viet Kieu film sector, today's batch of Vietnamese-origin directors, most of who come from the US, where they have had some experience with Hollywood, integrate better as they target local audiences rather than merely to screen films abroad. … [Read more...]

First News gives books to prison inmates

Ca tru artists offer free weekly shows Anyone who loves ca tru (ceremonial singing) - one of the most preserved Vietnamese traditional art forms and a piece of world cultural heritage - will be delighted to learn that the Ha Noi Ca Tru Club is launching free weekly performances, starting this Saturday. Located at 34 Hoang Cau Street, the weekly show will take place from 8.30pm until 10pm. Famous traditional instrumentalists will be there, including Ngoc Anh (flute), Thu Ha (36-stringed … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 24/5

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Duc Tuan to perform at Da Nang theatre Pop singer Duc Tuan will perform at the central city's Trung Vuong Theatre tonight, according to event organiser Le Kha Luc. The live show will include 20 songs composed by late musician Pham Duy, and extracts from the Phantom of the Opera, Le temps de cathedrales (Notre-Dame de Paris), and Vietnamese love songs. Tonight will be his first live show in Da Nang. Tuan has put on successful shows in the past including Music of the Night in HCM City in 2009, … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS IN BRIEF

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Duc Tuan to perform at Da Nang theatre Pop singer Duc Tuan will perform at the central city's Trung Vuong Theatre tonight, according to event organiser Le Kha Luc. The live show will include 20 songs composed by late musician Pham Duy, and extracts from the Phantom of the Opera, Le temps de cathedrales (Notre-Dame de Paris), and Vietnamese love songs. Tonight will be his first live show in Da Nang. Tuan has put on successful shows in the past including Music of the Night in HCM City in 2009, … [Read more...]

Heavy rain, high tide floods several streets in HCMC

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On Tuesday afternoon, heavy rainfall and a surging high tide submerged several streets in Ho Chi Minh City and sent traffic into utter chaos in many districts. An Binh Street in District 5 was still flooded several hours after the rain abated on October 16 (Photo: SGGP) … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 25/2

Perenco upstages giants Independent oil and gas company Perenco has snapped up the Vietnam-based assets of ConocoPhillips, beating heavy-duty competitors including PetroVietnam and TNK-BP to the punch. US-backed ConocoPhillips announced that it had reached a billion-dollar plus agreement to offload its assets in Vietnam to Perenco, an oil and gas company with operations in 16 countries across the globe. In its statement, ConocoPhillips said the sale of assets in Vietnam was a part of … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 27/8

Revolution, Independence Day to be marked by music shows Several series of concerts featuring revolutionary and romantic music will begin in HCM City this week to mark the 66th anniversary of the August 1945 Revolution and Independence Day on September 2. One of them, Mau Co Thang 8 (Flag of August) will feature "red" songs like Tieng Goi Thanh Nien (Calling on the Youth) and Len Dang (Setting off) by composers Luu Huu Phuoc and Huynh Van Tieng, respectively. Singers Hoang Vinh Phuoc, The Vy, … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City’s 300-year History

The first settlers Ben Thanh market. In his book of literary works about the southern land in the 17th century when the first Vietnamese settlers arrived, Le Quy Don wrote: "From the Can Gio Estuary, the Soai Rap, Tieu (Small) and Dai (Grand) estuaries ... up (the rivers)", the land of Saigon remained deserted, covered by dense forests and marshes. A few groups of ethnic tribes such as the Khmer, the Stieng, and the Ma were dwelling sparsely on high ground. The Vietnamese settlers were … [Read more...]

Frenchman goes native in Vietnam

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Menras André Marcel has an unusual name card. It carries the picture of a Vietnamese youth with a conical hat, but on closer inspection and enquiry, it turns out that the picture is of the Frenchman himself, taken during his first visit to the country in 1969 on a teaching assignment. It was taken at a fish market in the south central coastal city of Da Nang. "The picture always reminds me everyday of my responsibility to find out more ways to help poor children in Vietnam," he said. Forty … [Read more...]

“Mosfilm” cinema week present Russian movies

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Russia's oldest and largest studio Mosfilm week will present to film lovers in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City both classical and contemporary Russian movies from May 20 to 28 to mark its 90th anniversary last year. "Mosfilm week" will feature White Tiger by Karen Shakhnazarov, Ivan's Childhood by Andrei Tarkovsky, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears by Valentin Chernykh and Vladimir Menshov, The Hussar Ballad by Eldar Ryazanov, They Fought for Their Country by Sergei Bondarchuk, and She by … [Read more...]

Veteran composer To Vu leaves behind rich legacy

Musical pioneer: Composer To Vu. — File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — Noted composer To Vu passed away on Tuesday in his home in HCM City's District 9. He was 91. … [Read more...]

Cinematheque screens short documentaries

HA NOI (VNS) — The Friends of Vietnam Heritage on May 22 will present a line-up of five short documentary films from The Center for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD). The screening will include No (The Destiny) by director Ha Thai, Toi Di Ban Toi (I Put Myself on Sale) by Mac Pham Ngoc Ha, Oc Dao Gio (Oasis of Breeze) by Le My Cuong, Cho Toi Mot Ve Ve Tuoi Tho (Give Me a Ticket Back to Childhood) by Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong, and Nghe Bang Mat (Listen by Eyes) by Do Thu … [Read more...]

Veteran composer To Vu leaves behind rich legacy

Musical pioneer: Composer To Vu. — File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — Noted composer To Vu passed away on Tuesday in his home in HCM City's District 9. He was 91. … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition on Milan’s and Rome’s night

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The Hanoitimes - A photo exhibition that has opened in Hanoi offers an opportunity for visitors to discover the night scene in Milan and Rome. Taken by Italian photographer Paolo Belletti, the 20 photos on display are a part of a huge collection that he has compiled in the two iconic cities since last June. … [Read more...]

Italian nights lend inspiration to city photographer

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HA NOI (VNS) — A photo exhibition that has opened in Ha Noi offers an opportunity for visitors to discover the night scene in Milan and Rome. … [Read more...]

New TV show features heroic Con Dao prisoners

HCM CITY (VNS) — A television documentary series on the life of Vietnamese revolutionaries in Con Dao Prison will be filmed this month by Viet Nam Television (VTV) and Viet Nam Film Studio. The 12-part series, Bat Khuat Con Dao (Indomitable Con Dao), is written and directed by Minh Chuyen of VTV. The series is about the lives of revolutionaries sent to Con Dao Prison from 1862 and the mid 1970s during the French and American wars. It includes depictions of jailbreaks of prisoners who lived … [Read more...]

Venezuelan folk music to fete ties with Vietnam

Artists from Venezuela will present a performance of traditional folk music in Hanoi, Haiphong and Quang Ninh Province from July 5-11. French guitarist performs in Hanoi Fairy tale themed operas performed in Germany French artist to perform in HCMC The concerts are part of a Culture Week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Vietnam-Venezuela diplomatic relations and Venezuela's National Day. The Carota, Nema and Taja troupe will start performances at the Workers' Theatre on 42 Trang Tien … [Read more...]