Some activities to welcome New Year in Hanoi and HCM City

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(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...]

HCM City gears up efforts to preserve its heritage

Le Minh Khoi wins golden Medal at Hoa Sen Vang (Golden lotus) Don Ca Tai Tu Award in Ho Chi Minh City in 2015.

Veterans and devotees of Don Ca Tai Tu (Southern folk music) in the city are so glad to see a young generation interesting in traditional music. Huynh Trieu Phu, 11, gave a deep impression to audiences with his strong, deep and rich voice at the Don Ca Tai Tu (Southern folk music) festivals. He won the silver prize at the Ho Chi Minh City Don Ca Tai Tu Festival and the A Prize at the Don Ca Tai Tu Festival in Long An Province in 2015. Phu was introduced to cai luong singing when was the 3rd grade student and has a passion for this kind of traditional music. Meanwhile Le Minh Khoi, 10, from Long An province can sing and play skillfully Dan Sen (two-string lute), a popular Vietnamese traditional musical instrument which is used in the South. Khoi was born and grew up in a family that has loved folk music. He also fell in love with it for the age of 8. Khoi won a Golden Medal at Hoa Sen Vang (Golden lotus) Don Ca Tai Tu Award in Ho Chi Minh City in 2015. Young talents are also … [Read more...]

Numerous visitors attend 2016 Calligraphy Writing Festival

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The Hanoitimes - Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports opened the 2016 Calligraphy Writing Festival in the Temple of Literature on February 2 with an exhibition themed "While drinking water, remember its source". Writing calligraphy is popular for local people during the Lunar New Year (Tet). The festival aims to welcome Tet holidays as well as promote the Vietnamese tradition. The 2016 Calligraphy Writing Festival consists the two main activities, including Calligraphy exhibition and writing. Calligraphy is considered an art that is appealing to all ages. As part of this year's festival, an exhibition is showcasing nearly 100 artworks by local calligraphers around the Literature Lake. Nearly 100 calligraphers offer calligraphy works in both Vietnamese and Chinese characters for people to adorn their homes or as gifts in hopes of bringing health and good luck in the coming year. These calligraphers whose works are on display at the exhibition will also participate in the … [Read more...]

Opening exhibition “Dedicating life for the Party”


(TITC) - Celebrating the 12th National Party Congress and the 86th anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (Feb. 3, 1930 – Feb. 3, 2016), on Jan. 20, 2016, the Management Board of Hoa Lo Prison Historical Relic held the opening ceremony of the exhibition under the theme "Dedicating life for the Party". At the event, delegates participated in the incense-offering ceremony to commemorate the martyrs who passed away in Hoa Lo prison. Hoa Lo prison was built in 1896 by French colonists, which used to detain political prisoners. Facing savage torture by French colonists in the prison, steadfast political prisoners still believed in the revolutionary cause of the Party and turned the prison into a political school. Many of them had become famous leaders contributing to the cause of protecting, building and developing the country. Speaking at the exhibition, Deputy Director of Ha Noi Department of Culture and Sports, Mr. Truong Minh Tien said each … [Read more...]

Rach Chiec 2 Bridge in HCM City opened

HCM CITY (VNS) — Rach Chiec 2 Bridge opened to traffic on Saturday following an inauguration ceremony in the presence of HCM City leaders. Le Van Khoa, deputy chairman of the city People's Committee, said the bridge, a major transport project for the city and part of Ring Road No.2, was completed three months ahead of schedule. The bridge links Sai Gon Hi-tech Park with Cat Lai and Hiep Phuoc, which also have ports, and the city's southern urban area. The US$38.7 million bridge shortens the distance between the park and the two ports by six kilometres compared to the Ha Noi Highway route, and will reduce the traffic on the highway as well as the city's downtown. The bridge would help reduce traffic congestion and accidents, Khoa said. The city Department of Culture and Sports has recommended renaming the bridge Phu Huu, which has to be approved by the People's Council. — VNS … [Read more...]

Rach Chiec 2 bridge to be opened to traffic before Tet

Da Ban The bridge, whose name might be changed, was technically opened to traffic on December 29 last year. Vu Kien Thiet, director of Urban Traffic Management Unit No. 2 under the transport department, said the bridge is expected to be put into full use before January 30. The bridge is built in two phases, with a three-span steel arch bridge measuring 868 meters in length constructed in the first phase. The bridge consists of four lanes and costs VND871 trillion (over US$38.75 million). After the bridge is completed, motorcycles, passenger cars and vans under 3.5 tons are allowed to travel on the road section toward the bridge to reduce traffic density on Hanoi Highway and Mai Chi Tho Street. Trucks to Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) will move from Phu My Bridge to Rach Chiec 2 Bridge to enter the park. Another four-lane bridge will be built next to the existing bridge in phase two. Once completed, the bridge project will help develop Ring Road No. 2 into a complete road network … [Read more...]

Art program to celeberate Communist Party of Vietnam’s Founding Day

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(Cinet) – The Ho Chi Minh city People’s Committee will organize some activities to mark the 86th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam February 03. On February 28th, a special art program will be held by the Municipal Party Committee, the People’s Council, the People’s Committee, and the Vietnam Fatherland Front of Ho Chi Minh city, to mark the 12th National Party Congress’ success and the 86th founding anniversary of CPV. A photo exhibition themed "Welcome Binh Than Spring – Welcome glorious Party" will be organized earlier on Dong Khoi street, from February 2nd to February 17th. Also, the Ho Chi Minh city Department of Culture and Sports will hold the 4th Ho Chi Minh Open traditional boat race 2016, and the Ho Chi Minh Open bicycle race 2016. The events are expected to attract hundreds of athletes. The city will organize a special art program to mark the 86th founding anniversary of the CPV at the 23/9 Park, district 1 on … [Read more...]

“Vietnam’s New Year” – a highlight of activities welcoming the Party


The Hanoitimes - Hanoi Department of Culture and Sport introduced the city`s numerous activities to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) holidays on January 27. The highlight is the programme "Vietnam`s New Year" which will take place from January 29 to February 3 at the Hanoi Museum. With the scale of morer than 200 stores", the "Vietnam's New Year" programme will be arranged into several key areas for traditional craft villages in Hanoi, traditional craft businesses, Hanoi tourism, trees for Tet and folk games. The programme is divided into 3 stages including the main stage, traditional folk and modern stage. Besides, some other activities on the sidelines will be organised during the event such as talks, introduction and guide to prepare a traditional Tet feast. The film screenings to welcome the Party and Spring is being held in Kim Dong Cultural Center from January 28 to February 3. To create a joyful atmosphere for the entire local residents welcoming the … [Read more...]

Press conference to introduce calligraphy writing festival

Calligraphy writing festival. Photo:internet

(Cinet)- The Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports organized a press conference to announce the upcoming calligraphy writing festival to welcome the Binh Than (Year of the Monkey) Lunar New Year. Accordingly, the calligraphy writing festival will take place from February 2nd (December 24th on lunar calendar) to February 15th (January 8th on lunar calendar) at Van lake, Temple of Literature.130 tents will be set up for 100 calligraphers. The festival will include two main activities: Calligraphy exhibition and calligraphy writing. By introducing 100 calligraphic works under the theme "Uong nuoc nho nguon" (when drinking water, remember its source), the exhibition not only encourages the younger generation to focus on their studies and show deep gratitude to the ancestors, but also gradually improves the development of calligraphy writing. Among 44 attendances, 8 people were awarded cards to write letters in three years 2016 - 2018; seven people were awarded cards for 2016; and … [Read more...]