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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

HCMC 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. … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 28/10


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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Artists to attend Asia Orchestra Week


(Cinet)- HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) is honorably invited to attend Asia Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan from 03 - 09 Oct 2014. … [Read more...]

Artists to attend Asia Orchestra Week

(VOV) -Artists from the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) are preparing to attend Asia Orchestra Week 2014, set for October 3-9 in Tokyo, Japan. At the event, under the baton of conductor Tran Vuong Thach, they will perform the nocturne entitled ""Echo from the past" for symphony orchestra by composer Do Hong Quan, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. To prepare for Orchestra Week, a special concert is scheduled for September 29 at the HCMC Opera House through the Youth Melody … [Read more...]

Local opera singer to stage new French opera

Ngoc Minh This is Huyen's very first public solo performance. "La Vie, L'Amour" is the fruit of all her hard work in one year to create an authentic opera performance for the city's audience. Pieces presented in the show are well-chosen from famous arietta and aria extracts of French operetta and opera such as Offenbach, Strauss, Audran, Bizet, Saint-Saens, and Delibes. The show consists of two parts under the baton of conductor Brian Riedlinger. The first part, performed solo by Thanh … [Read more...]

South Korean pianist to perform in HCMC

South Korean pianist Eva Joo Eun Young - Photo: Courtesy of HBSO

VietNamNet Bridge - South Korean pianist Eva Joo Eun Young will share the stage of a 'Tchaikovsky and Wieniawsky' concert organized by HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the Opera House from 8 p.m. on September 19. The concert will be also performed by violinist Hoang Tuan Cuong and artists of HBSO under the baton of Vietnamese conductor Tran Vuong Thach. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – August 28


Below are some of the main stories published today, August 28, in the Vietnamese press: - Politburo member Le Hong Anh, a Special Envoy of Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, had a talk with General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, State President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday. At the event, Le Hong Anh suggested the two sides strengthen cooperation, rationally solve disputes, and work together to create a peaceful and stable environment for national … [Read more...]

Belgian dance troupe to hit city stages

A performance of Belgian dance company les ballets C de la B - Photo: Courtesy of organizers

My Tran The show will be created and danced by Elie Tass, Emile Josse, HyoSeung Ye, Kaori Ito, Mathieu Desseigne Ravel, MélanieLomoff, RomeuRuna, Rosalba Torres Guerrero and Ross McCormack under the conception and direction by Alain Platel. … [Read more...]