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...]

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...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12


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

A scene in Suong Som (The Mist) dance show by Arabesque Co. – Photo: Courtesy of the organizers

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...]