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


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


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)


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...]



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


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...]

Free violin classes at downtown park

Tuong Vi Members of the Warm Melody Band practice playing the violin at Tao Dan Park in HCMC’s District 1 - PHOTO: TUONG VI Eleventh-grader Phuc An, a member of the band, said he had not learned to play the violin in a professional way before but because he loves the sound of violin, he searched for violin classes on the Internet. "I came across the Warm Melody Band which offers free classes for people who love violin at Tao Dao Park on weekends, so I bought a violin to join the band," An told the Daily. Warm Melody originated from Viet Violin organization which used to perform nationwide years ago. Back then, the organization held performances and training courses for violin enthusiasts. Its members in the north used to perform at Hanoi Opera House and several universities in the capital while in the south, around 20 members of Viet Violin held their first Warm Melody music show at a coffee shop in HCMC’s Phu Nhuan District in 2011. However, Viet Violin stopped … [Read more...]

Press seminar to organize music festival ” Autumn Melodies”

The Organization Board

(Cinet)- The HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will organize its tenth "Autumn Melodies" music festival from August 25 to 30 at the Opera House. The art program "Arts Festival Autumn Melodies" will feature indoor and outdoor performances, exchanges, and seminars. On August 25-30, this year’s festival will cover various art genres such as symphony orchestra, ensemble music, dance and vocal music. On the third day of August 27, spectators will be able to enjoy a concert by young overseas and local Vietnamese pianists, including Nguyen Duc Anh from Germany, Gabriel Tran Phuong Nam from France, Nguyen Dang Quang from Hanoi, Tran Yen Nhi from Russia and Nguyen Tuan Manh from HCMC, and a performance by 12 artists from the Royal Norwegian Navy Band who are professional musicians in a variety of music genres from classical to jazz and contemporary music. The festival will be a day of chamber music with the participation of Vietnamese violinist Bui Cong Duy from … [Read more...]

“Autumn Melody” concert clebrates its 10th anniversary


The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will celebrate its 10th biennial concert titled "Autumn Melody" at the municipal Opera House from August 25-30. The "Autumn Melody" program 2015 will include workshops on academic arts, outdoor shows and performances in the theater. Music lovers will have a chance to enjoy masterpieces of composers Bach and Brahms, famous movie soundtracks, ballets and operas, contemporary dancing, and Vietnamese classic works. Around 200 local and foreign artists of the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO), such as violinist Bui Cong Duy, Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji, Dutch recorder player Paul Leenhouts, American violinist Cynthia Roberts, Polish violinist Ania Bard-Schwarz, American cellist Allen Whear, cellist Grace Ho from Taiwan (China) and the Royal Norwegian Navy Band will join the event. There will be also artists studying and working at home and abroad, likely choreographer Bui Anh Quan from Belgium, … [Read more...]

Beauty of Russian music in “Khachaturian and Prokofiev” concert

Conductor Le Phi Phi

HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will organize a concert called "Khachaturian and Prokofiev" at HCMC Opera House on August 9, featuring famous masterpieces of Russian composers Aram Khachaturian and Sergei Prokofiev whose compositions became part of the music classics of the 20th century. The concert will be held under the baton of Vietnamese conductor Le Phi Phi who has returned from his performance in Macedonia. Khachaturian’s music brought together the Eastern rhythms and harmonies of Armenian, Georgian, and Azerbaijani music with Western traditions during the Soviet era will be staged by violinist Lidia Dobrevska and HBSO Symphony Orchestra. The first part of the event will feature Aram Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D Minor which bears the unmistakable stamp of its composer in its characteristic rhythmic drive and rich, folk-infused melodies. Being staged for the first time by David Oistrakh in Moscow 1940, the concerto begins with a fierce and … [Read more...]

Vietnamese – Korean artists to bring play “Cross Bow” to dance stage


Coorganized by with the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) and a Korean dancing professor Chun Yoo Oh. Legend has it that in the 2nd century BC, the state of Au Lac owned a magical crossbow which was made from a nail of the Holy Turtle to protect the country from the northern invaders. However, Princess My Chau told the secret about this crossbow to her husband Prince Trong Thuy of the rival country. Trong Thuy stole the crossbow and left a fake one, leading Au Lac to lose in a battle. On the way to escape the enemy, her father King Duong Vuong discovered his daughter throwing goose feather to mark the trait for Trong Thuy to follow. The King killed her and committed suicide by jumping into the sea. Trong Thuy who finally regretted for his action also jumped into a well to kill himself. The history book Dai Viet su ki also had notes about this tragic legend. Co Loa ancient rampart in Hanoi still has the relics of a temple to worship these legendary characters and a water … [Read more...]

Korean choreographer brings local legend to dance stage

A fi le photo featuring Korean dancing professor Chun Yoo Oh in the "Arirang Saigon" program - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZERS

Kieu Giang Legend has it that in the 2nd century BC, the state of Au Lac owned a magical crossbow which was made from a nail of the Holy Turtle to protect the country from the northern invaders. However, Princess My Chau told the secret about this crossbow to her husband Prince Trong Thuy of the rival country. Trong Thuy stole the crossbow and left a fake one, leading Au Lac to lose in a battle. On the way to escape the enemy, her father King Duong Vuong discovered his daughter throwing goose feather to mark the trait for Trong Thuy to follow. The King killed her and committed suicide by jumping into the sea. Trong Thuy who finally regretted for his action also jumped into a well to kill himself. The history book Dai Viet su ki also had notes about this tragic legend. Co Loa ancient rampart in Hanoi still has the relics of a temple to worship these legendary characters and a water well where Trong Thuy killed himself after he found she was dead. The history book published by … [Read more...]

Mozart charms all hearts

Trio "Fugu" members, plus local artists - PHOTO: ANH SY

Bradley Winterton Before going to Thursday’s performance at the Saigon Opera House I listened to a recent recording I had. But it seemed a loveless piece of self-promotion to me, and how could that do for one of the most lovable pieces in the entire classical repertoire? So I threw it into the garbage, and hoped for better things from members of the Trio "Fugu", plus local instrumentalists. I wasn’t disappointed. The less than capacity audience was treated to an amazingly beautiful rendition. It took me back to when I first heard the piece as a school-boy, plus all the intervening decades. If it didn’t actually bring tears to my eyes, it could well have done. Clarinetist Dao Nhat Quang brought out all Mozart’s joy at the possibilities of the then new instrument – long runs from low to high, heart-rending melancholy plus dance-like euphoria – and the other four players supported him to perfection. The audience applauded every movement – … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 10-20 (daily updated)

Creative Documentaries at Hanoi DOCLAB 2015 (K7) Deadline: 20 Apr 2015 DOCLAB Goethe-Institut Hanoi 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học Ba Đình, Hà Nội DOCLAB is currently looking for interested participants to take part in Creative Documentaries 2015 (K7) course. The course will be conducted in Vietnamese. For more information, please refer to Vietnamese version of this post. If you're interested in getting news, announcements from DOCLAB for its activities, workshops, and schedule of film screenings, etc., please email us at to subscribe to DOCLAB news. Gala "Melody of the Motherland" Sun 19 Apr 2015, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the gala "Melody of the Motherland" with three kinds of artistic performances: Contemporary dance, symphony and vocal themed on the love dedicated for the motherland, the country and people of Vietnam. Some of the work have been created recently by contemporary musicians, choreographers who … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 28/12


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...]