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...]

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...]

Provinces and cities participated into 2016 Vietnam Book Day

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(Cinet)- Some provinces and cities organized many attractive programs and activities on Vietnam Book Day (on April 21). In Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Book Day 2016 will take place on April 17-24 at HCMC street (Nguyen Van Binh street, district 1) as a chance to participate into book festival at the weekend. Vietnam Book festival in Da Nang province comprises some titles such as Book and the young time, a book fair of Hai Chau, photo exhibition of Clipper Race Boat Tour 2015-2016… In Hanoi, the opening ceremony of Vietnam Book Festival took place on April 20-24 in Reunification Park. The program comprises activities such as introducing book themed "Book and life"; exchange and dialogue with a participation of some researchers and cultural experts; introducing some authors, works with reader; introducing some new publishing books and reading skills. Aside from enjoying book introductions and display activities, readers will have the opportunity to interact and meet with … [Read more...]

Japanese cultural exchange days in Ha Noi kick off


(TITC) - On March 19, Ha Noi Department of Culture and Sports coordinated with Japanese Wanokai International Culture Association to hold opening ceremony on Japanese cultural exchange activities at Ly Thai To Flower Garden in Ha Noi. At the event, 200 cherry trees from Japan were presented as gifts to Ha Noi City. The trees will be then planted at Hoa Binh Park in Bac Tu Liem District. Addressing at the opening ceremony, Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that Viet Nam - Japan relationship has made significant strides in the past years, in which culture exchange has been one of key pillars to increase mutual understanding between the two peoples. The Japanese cultural exchange program was one of significant activities contributing to Japanese culture promotion to Viet Nam as well as creating favorable conditions for Japanese businesses and investors operating in the city. For his part, Special Adviser of Japanese Prime Minister Isao Iijima … [Read more...]

The 85th founding anniversary of Ho Chi Minh Youth Union observed nationwide

Outstanding youth union secretaries at the honoring ceremony (Photo:

PANO – The Youth Union’s Central Committee held a camp-fire, themed "Youths’ Flame is Brightening Forever" and honored outstanding youth union secretaries at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism on March 19th and 20th. In the framework of the camp-fire, various activities were held, including a food fair, exchanges with ASEAN’s young representatives in Hanoi, and the Earth Hour 2016 campaign. * The same day, the Ministry of Education and Training, in association with the Thanh Nien newspaper and over 20 colleges and universities nationwide, held the "Exam Season Consultancy 2016" campaign at Phan Dinh Dung high school, Song Cau commune, Phu Yen province, with the participation of over 1,000 local high school students. * Ha Giang Provincial People’s Committee organized a ground-breaking ceremony to build monuments for young volunteers who had helped build the Hanh Phuc (Happiness) Road. The 16-meter high monument of 5 young … [Read more...]

Brilliant cherry blossom in HN

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VGP – The Ha Noi Department of Culture and Sports and Japan's Wanokai International Culture Association on March 19 launched a cultural exchange program. The event drew the attendance of National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Viet Nam People's Army; Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission Vuong Dinh Hue; and Chairman of the MunicipalPeople’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung. Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hayashi Motoo also joined the event. Addressing the event, Chairman Chung affirmed that the Viet Nam-Japan relationship has witnessed important steps forward over the past time. Culture is one of pillars for consolidating mutual understanding and promoting exchanges of people. He expected that the cultural event helped local residents understand about the ‘land of the rising sun’. Two hundred cherry blossom trees selected carefully … [Read more...]

Cherry blossom events come to VN


Various Japanese bands and artists will perform in the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend to celebrate the mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries. The festival will kick off on Saturday evening at Lý Thái Tổ Park, near Sword Lake, the downtown of Hà Nội. During the festival, visitors can join a wide range of cultural activities such as exhibitions of Việt Nam and Japan's heritage and flowers, ikebana (art of flower arrangement) presentations and opportunities to try on Japanese kiminos. Traditional music of Việt Nam will be performed, including xẩm (blind wanderers' music), ca trù (ceremonial singing) and instrumental music. On the occasion, 200 cherry trees from Japan will be offered and planted as a gift to Hà Nội. Some of them will be displayed at the Lý Thái Tổ Park during the two-day festival. Visitors will have a chance to enjoy the hues and shades of blooming cherry blossoms, said Trương Minh Tiến, vice director of the Hà Nội Department of Culture … [Read more...]