Art & Entertainment Headlines December 26

A cultural and art performance titled Champa Journey Show took place today at the School of Theatre and Cinema of HCM City's Young World Theatre. The show introduces Champa cultural features that have influenced Vietnamese spiritual life.

Music gala to usher in 2014 For the New Year countdown, Hanoians will be treated to a lavish music performance that will take place in Cach Mang Thang Tam Square in front of the Ha Noi Opera House on December 31. The event will gather several new artists, including DJ Tenishia - a Maltese DJ duo comprised of Joven Grech and Cyprian Cassar, who were ranked in the 50 best DJs in the world according to British publication DJ Mag - and the Dutch DJ and music producer Ruben de Ronde. Leading Vietnamese underground artists, including JustaTee, Big Daddy and Mr A will also hit the stage during the night. The Ha Noi-based Rhapsody Philharmonic featuring young music students will be there to add diversity to the show. In addition, the performances will be embellished by a spectacular light show which is expected to offer audiences a memorable experience. An annual countdown event organised by Heineken will start at 8pm. Champa Journey show celebrates cultural influences Organised by … [Read more...]

City to welcome New Year with fireworks

HCM CITY (VNS) — "HCM City Welcomes New Year" is the theme of a six-day festival beginning on Friday at the September 23 Park in District 1. It will feature photo exhibitions on the city's development in 2013, food, traditional music performances, and games for teenagers. The city will organise two 15-minute fireworks displays on New Year's Eve at the Thu Thiem tunnel in District 2 and Dam Sen Amusement Park in District 11.— VNS … [Read more...]

Parents protest iffy response to son’s death at Dam Sen Park

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The parents of a six-year-old, who died last week at an entertainment park in Ho Chi Minh City, have demanded further investigations into the death of their son. Six-year-old Nguyen Dinh Nhat Huy was found dead in a waste treatment lake at the entertainment park on April 26. District 11 police investigators found the body of Nguyen Dinh Nhat Huy in a waste treatment lake in Dam Sen Amusement Park on April 26. Huy, a pupil of An Phuc Primary School in District 3, went missing a day earlier during a school trip to the Dam Sen Park. The boy's parents, Nguyen Dinh Huy Cuong and Quach Ngoc Han, have questioned the police report, which suggests that Huy drowned in a sewage lake. They have also accused Dam Sen authorities of neglect, which contributed to the death of their son. In a letter to the District 11 procuracy, the district's prosecutor's office, the parents said that teachers went to the park authorities to report the missing student, and requested them to make a loudspeaker … [Read more...]

Foreign arrivals in HCM City rise by 10%

HCM City has received 341,000 foreign tourists this month, up 10 per cent year-on-year, according to the city's Culture, Sports and Tourism Department. Earnings from tourism reached VND6,900 billion (US$328.5 million), a 20 per cent rise. HCM City expects to receive 4.1 million foreign visitors this year. Nhan Dan (The People) Sugar stockpiles mount to 250,000 tonnes More than 250,000 tonnes of sugar are stored in manufacturers' warehouses in the country, according to the Viet Nam Sugar and Sugarcane Association. The association has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development that association members be allowed to export sugar. Lao Dong (Labour) Fireworks to light up Tet eve in HCM City According to HCM City's People's Committee the annual fireworks displays on the eve of Tet (the Lunar New Year) on February 10, will be set off at seven locations, including Thu Thiem Tunnel area in District 2, Dam Sen Amusement Park … [Read more...]

HCM City readies for New Year countdown

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Ho Chi Minh City's annual countdown party to welcome the New Year will be held on Nguyen Hue Street in district 1 on December 30 and 31. It will feature laser and water shows, LED and other attractive lighting, and circus acts by international artists like Dennis Ignatov, Jennifer "Foxie" Marie Drilling, and "Cheetah" Russell Platt. There will also be DJs Mark Jolly, Drew Tudose, Alan Pham, and Jessica Nguyen, and singers Ho Ngoc Ha, Thu Minh, Ha Anh Tuan, Ha Okio, Minh Thu, and Ngo Thanh Van. The party will begin at 6pm on both days, and the countdown, 15 minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve. … [Read more...]

Upcoming Events (Dec. 27, 2012)

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HA NOI Cultural events to celebrate New Year A range of cultural activities to promote traditional craft villages and celebrate the New Year and Tet (Lunar New Year) will be held in Ha Noi's Old Quarter from today until February 27. Visitors can enjoy paintings by artist Sy Tot and his family members from Co Do Village at Kim Ngan Temple, 42 Hang Bac, learn about traditional photography from the Lai Xa Village at Dong Lac Temple and experience Dong Ho and Hang Trong folk paintings at 87 Ma May Street. Meanwhile, information about plans to upgrade the Old Quarter will be available at the Old Quarter's Information Centre, 28 Hang Buom Street. American jazz artist begins Metropole residency American jazz singer Tabitha King will perform jazz regularly at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Ha Noi from January 1 to April 30. King, who achieved worldwide fame with her self-titled CD Tabitha - Mind Games, will sing every night except for Mondays at 8.45pm. Bicycle … [Read more...]

Badgered

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A new law requiring xe om drivers to wear official name badges remains unknown and confusing A xe om (motorbike taxi) driver waits for passengers outside a shopping mall in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. A new regulation that took effect on January 1 requires all xe om drivers to carry a registered name card. … [Read more...]

Vietravel arranges FAM trip for Cambodia press

The group included the central and local television stations such as CTN, TVK, Apsara TV; and newspapers and magazines of Cambodia such as The Phnom Penh Post, Koh Sontepheap Daily, Raksmey Kampuchea Daily, and Popular Magazine. During four days in Vietnam, the press group visited numerous places in HCMC, Vung Tau and Binh Duong. The trip took in many beauty spots such as French-style constructions in downtown HCMC, Ben Thanh Market, Dam Sen Amusement Park, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden. The guests also spent their time at Binh Chau Hot Spring and Vung Tau City in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and Dai Nam Van Hien tourism complex in Binh Duong Province. … [Read more...]

Deputy Prime Minister extends seasonal greetings

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Christian community made a major contribution to helping Viet Nam overcome the effects of the global financial crisis and natural disasters this year, said Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem yesterday, Dec 23. He made this statement while expressing his best wishes for Christmas to leaders of the Ha Noi Archdiocese and the Vietnamese Protestant Church in the Northern Region. … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition helps poor children

HA NOI (VNS) — A charity photo exhibition is taking place at the M Gallery Hotel de L'Opera Ha Noi, 29 Trang Tien Street. Depicting the beauty of Sa Pa, each photo is available to anyone who donates from VND1 million for poor children living in the northern mountainous provinces Lao Cai and Yen Bai. The lives of those children, together with their families, have been disrupted due to unusually heavy snowfall. The money collected at the exhibition will be used to purchase books, notebooks and study materials before the upcoming Lunar New Year next month. The photos will be on display in the hotel's main lobby until January 1, and donors will also receive a frame and a thank you letter from the photographer.— VNS … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 28/12

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Le Phi Phi’s concert features movie soundtrack Popular local conductor Le Phi Phi will come back to the stage for "Giai dieu tre thang 12" (Young Melody of December) concert at the Opera House of HCMC at 8 p.m. on Monday, featuring famous movie soundtracks worldwide. The concert hosted by HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will be under the baton of Le Phi Phi, a famous conductor who now works and lives in Macedonia. He will work with the HBSO Symphony Orchestra to deliver some music extracts from popular movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Basic Instinct, The Jurassic Park, Once Upon a Time in the West, La Dolce Vita, and Mission Impossible. Spectators can learn how an orchestra involved in production of a soundtrack and its diversified sounds to contribute to different genres of film, from action to fiction and romantic movies. Free admission tickets are available at the HCMC Student Supporting Center at 33 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1, … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Local organizers run dinner show to lure more tourists

Artists Nam Khanh (R) and Duyen Quynh will perform "Romeo and Juliet" musical on stage of Lung Linh Sai Gon dinner show - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZERS

Kieu Giang The show is a combination of music, dance and culinary art, initiated by HCMC-based Ngoc Suong Group with stage and dance directors from HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO). The organizers expect to lure around 800 tourists and locals per show to enjoy performances about Vietnam’s culture and people. … [Read more...]

Int’l Contemporary Dance Festival 2014 to kick off this Sunday

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VietNamNet Bridge – The second International Contemporary Dance Festival 2014 will take place in HCMC this Sunday until December 16, featuring a host of dancers and choreographers from Italy, South Korea, France, Japan, Israel, the Philippines, Sweden and the host country Vietnam. This year’s dance festival aims to build a new platform in the city and create a real dialog among different cultures and talents. The event is organized by HCMC Performance Organizing and Film Co., Arabesque Co. and Dancenter. … [Read more...]

The Magic Flute returns to city

My Tran The performance, which is arranged by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in cooperation with Transposition Program in Norway, will take place under the baton of Norwegian conductor Magnus Loddgard. The opera will be performed by tenor Magnus Staveland (in the role of Tamino), soprano Cho Hae Ryong (Pamina), baritonist Halvor F. Melien (Papageno), Dao To Loan (the Queen of the Night), bass Derek Anthony (Sarastro) and tenor Tran Duy Linh (Monostatos). The opera is about the love story of Prince Tamino and the beautiful Tamina. They have to go through many difficulties before finding true love. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 28/10

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Indie film depicts challenges of loveVietnamese-American actor Tran Bao Son performs in Quyen, a new feature film directed by Golden Kite winner Nguyen Phan Quang Binh. Independent film director Nguyen Phan Quang Binh of HCM City began filming Quyen last week in Da Lat city. The film is based on a novel written by the Vietnamese-German Nguyen Van Tho, who won second prize at the 2006-09 Novel Writing Contest of the Viet Nam Writers' Association. Released by the Writers' Association Publishing House in 2009, the novel is about the challenges he faced after 20 years of living abroad. Binh's film depicts the tragic love story between Quyen (played by Vu Ngoc Anh), a married woman and Hung (played by Vietnamese-American actor Tran Bao Son) who both lived in Germany as refugees. The film includes scenes of Berlin with a musical score by talented composers. In 2010, Binh's film Canh Dong Bat Tan (The Floating Lives) won top prizes for best film, best actress and best supporting actor … [Read more...]

German artists to stage Beethoven, Brahms pieces

The Saigon Times Daily Alexander Merzy, a scholarship recipient of the Conductor Forum, will conduct the concert featuring Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" by Beethoven and double concerto by Johannes Brahms performed by violinist Hellen Weiß and violinist/cellist Gabriel Adriano Schwabe. This will be the second concert held by the Conductor Forum project of German music council and Deutsche Orchester-Stiftung and the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO). Forumand Deutsche Orchester-Stiftung expected the project will create chances for young conductors and solo artists to sharpen their skills through overseas concerts and to enhance international relations. … [Read more...]