Some activities to welcome New Year in Hanoi and HCM City


(Cinet)- Many activities to celebrate New Year 2016 will take place in Hanoi and HCM City. Vietnamese singers and artists as well as international DJs will gather in Hanoi for stellar performances from December 31 to January 1 to welcome the New Year 2016, according to the municipal Department of Culture and Sports. The performances, which are being organised to praise the Party, country and capital, will be arranged meticulously with impressing stages as well as brilliant sound and light systems. The New Year countdown festival, held annually at Ly Thai To Flower Garden, will bring a kaleidoscopic night to the audiences. The show will feature music and contemporary dance performances. The August Revolution Square will be lightened up on the same day with vibrant light and music performances given by Vietnam Contemporary Art Theatre and relevant organisations.This year, 15 minute-long firework displays will take place at the side of the Saigon Tunnel in District 2 and the Dam Sen … [Read more...]

HCM City: New Year-welcoming parties available


Many entertaining activities will be held at different places for people in the Ho Chi Minh City to have a joyful night welcoming the turn of the year. Firework shows, an annual event to welcome a New Year, has become an ideal rendezvous for city dwellers of all ages. This year, 15 minute-long firework displays will take place at the side of the Saigon Tunnel in District 2 and the Dam Sen Amusement Park in District 11. Countdown parties with live music performances will be organised at many places in the city like "Countdown Party 2016 – Journey to Wonderland" on the side of the Ban Nguyet Lake. Especially, the Countdown Party in Nguyen Hue Street, which has been a must-visit destination for local residents and international visitors at every New Year’s Eve, promises to be a great event this year. Artistic performance programmes at the A Square, the Labour Culture House or September 23 Park are expected to be magnets for local people and tourists. … [Read more...]

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...]

Hanoi kicks off a photo exhibition on general election

Hanoi opens a photo exhibition themed "Festival of all people" at the Ly Thai To Monument Flower Garden.

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi Department of Culture and Sport opened a photo exhibition themed "Festival of all people" at the Ly Thai To Monument Flower Garden on May 17. The exhibition aims to raise public awareness of the significance of voting, the roles of the National Assembly (NA) and People’s Councils and their members. Nearly 200 photos depicting past general elections are being dislayed at the exhibition. The exhibition also features the preparation work in Hanoi for the upcoming general election of members to the 14th National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels for the 2016-2021 term. Other exhibits include books, newspapers, and historical documents on the Party, the NA and the municipal administration. The event will include a few of art performances. The exhibition runs until May 23. Thu Minh … [Read more...]

Vietnamese model fined $1,000 for illegally competing at Asia’s Next Top Model


VietNamNet Bridge – The Department of Culture and Sports of HCM City has banned model Ngo Quynh Mai from performances and imposed VND22.5 million fine ($1,000) for her participation in the Asia's Next Top Model competition without a license. The sanction is said to be "tough" because the agency summoned her three times but the model was absent. However, the model finally met with authorities to admit her violation. Quynh Mai, born in 1995, 1.71 meters high, was previously a dancer. She entered they top 45 of Miss Universe Vietnam 2015, and top 30 of the TV dancing contest "So you think you can dance". Joining Asian's Next Top Model 2016, she was out from the third episode but she impressed the audience with her strong personality. Earlier, many models and artists in Vietnam were fined for taking part in foreign beauty and modeling contests without permission of the authorities: model Quynh Nga at Miss Southeast Asia 2015 in Malaysia, Lam Thuy Anh at Miss Beauty Global … [Read more...]

Restoring Hanoi’s Morocco Gate aims to strengthen Vietnam-Morocco friendship

The Morocco Gate in Tan Linh commune, Ba Vi district, Hanoi city.

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi People`s Committee has been deploying the work to restore the Morocco Gate in Tan Linh commune, Ba Vi district with the aim to boosting Vietnam-Morocco friendship relationship. Earlier the Morocco Gate was restored once in 2009 by the Moroccan Embassy. According to the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, the restoration was requested by the Moroccan Embassy in Vietnam and the Party Central Committee's Commission for External Affairs. During the war of resistance against the French in Vietnam (1946-1954), thousands of African legionnaires, including Moroccans, deserted their French troop and joined the army of Vietnam. After the Great Dien Bien Phu Victory, late President Ho Chi Minh instructed to establish a Vietnam – Africa plantation in Ba Vi district, receiving hundreds of former legionnaires and locals. Many of the former legionnaires married local women and settled down in the area. The three-door-temple gate was built in 1963 by … [Read more...]

Hanoi restores Morocco Gate

The entrance the Morocco Gate was decorated in the Arabian style. (Source:

Hanoi has carried out restoration work on the Morocco Gate in Tan Linh commune, Ba Vi district in an effort to boosting friendship between Vietnam and Morocco. According to Truong Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, the restoration was requested by the Moroccan Embassy in Vietnam and the Party Central Committee's Commission for External Affairs. During the war of resistance against the French in Vietnam (1946-1954), thousands of African legionnaires, including Moroccans, deserted their French troop and joined the army of Vietnam. After the Great Dien Bien Phu Victory, late President Ho Chi Minh instructed the establishment of a Vietnam –Africa plantation in the district, receiving hundreds of former legionnaires and locals. Many of the former legionnaires married local women and settled down in the area. The three-door-temple gate was built in 1963 by Moroccans who strived to maintain their culture, architecture and religion, … [Read more...]

Vietnam and UK artists to stage joint performances

The girl band Stealing Sheep from Liverpool, the UK - PHOTO: COURTESY OF BRITISH COUNCIL VIETNAM

Kieu Giang Stealing Sheep will demonstrate a new genre of psychedelic pop music, which was experimented by Beach Boys, the Beatles and Pink Floyd, among others. Established in 2010, the band has released two albums, Into the Diamond Sun and Not Real, which have gained positive responses from music critics. The three girls of Stealing Sheep – vocalist/keyboard player Rebecca Hawley, vocalist/guitarist Emily Lansley and vocalist/drummer Lucy Mercer – have created their own world of sounds. Their music might remind people of the Beatles who also came from Liverpool. The shows, organized by the British Council and the HCMC Department of Culture and Sports, will take place at Sen Hong stage, Zone B of the September 23 Park, District 1, HCMC at 8 p.m. on April 29 and at 9 p.m. on April 30. Free tickets can be collected at the British Council at 25 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1. … [Read more...]

Launching “Action month for children”

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(Cinet)- Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as well as relevant ministries will organize "action month for childre in 2016" with a theme of "For a safety life, accident and injury prevention for children" on June 01-30. In Official Dispatch No.1340/BVHTTDL on April 20, 2016, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism requires some departments of culture, sports and tourism, Department of Culture and Sports in some provinces/cities positively organize some activities for children as follows: 1. Increasing more quality for associating with some departments, agencies, goverments and familities to prevent accident and injury for childre, especially drowing to ensure a safte life and healthy environment. In detail, propagandizing some activities nearby the river; warning some parents to take care of childern in the location nearby the river. Children’s forums will be held at different levels so that children can raise their proposals on the prevention of accidents and injuries. … [Read more...]

Sakura festival kicks off in town

Bao Uyen A total of 130 trees and 1,000 branches of sakura were transported by air to HCMC on April 18 for the first such festival in the city, heard a news briefing organized on April 21 by the HCMC Department of Culture and Sports. Due to the current hot weather in the city, the cherry blossoms will be displayed in a air-conditioned plastic house measuring 20 x 26 meters at the park in District 1. Indoor temperatures are always kept at 24-25 degrees Celsius. The organizers said the festival is different from the sakura festival held in Hanoi in mid-April, when visitors expressed disappointment over the withered flowers on display. The two-day festival in HCMC will also feature art and music performances by Japanese and Vietnamese artists. It is being organized by the city government in collaboration with Japan’s International Culture Association Wanokai and local firm AIC Vietnam. Nguyen Hoai Huong, head of the event organization division at the HCMC Department of … [Read more...]

International martial arts festival to open in Ho Chi Minh City


An international festival featuring 15 martial arts from 12 delegations will open in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday evening. The Ho Chi Minh City International Martial Arts Festival 2016 (IMAF 2016) is hosted by the municipal People’s Committee under the aegis of the World Martial Arts Union. IMAF 2016’s opening ceremony will be held at Military Zone 7 Stadium at 7:00 pm, featuring four sections, themed ‘Vietnam – My Homeland’, ‘The City Named after His Honorable’, ‘Connect – Integrate’, and ‘Desire to Conquer Heights’. In each section, the audience will be immersed in martial arts performances on background songs about Ho Chi Minh City, the homeland, the martial spirit, and the connection among countries. Twelve delegations will introduce 15 traditional martial arts of their country at the festival such as Vovinam from Vietnam, Bokator from Cambodia, Bulkempo from Bulgaria, and Horseback Archery from South … [Read more...]