Entertainment News 16/1

Singer Noo Phuoc Thinh.

Japan tourism features the music of Noo Phuoc Thinh Singer Noo Phuoc Thinh’s new music video Really Love You will take centre stage at a Discover Japan tourism festival this coming January 16-17 at the Aeon Mall in Long Bien, Hanoi. The video was produced last October solely as a promotional music video for Japan’s tourism industry, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), which is sponsoring the festival. Admission is free. The event starts daily at 10:00 am. The video can be previewed at http://www.camnhannhatban.vn/special/noo-really-love-you/index.html. DJ Mari Ferrari to judge ‘Remix’ A new variety competition show – The Remix – has unveiled the ever popular Russian DJ Mari Ferrari will serve as a guest judge for the third episode to be aired on Vietnam Television channel 3 (VTV3) on January 17 at 9 pm. The Remix is a live music variety show where DJs and singing contestants pair up and compete over 11 weeks. There … [Read more...]

Vietcombank funds 3 billion VND for 2016 Hue Festival

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(VOVworld)- The Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) will fund 3 billion VND (136,000 USD) to the 2016 Hue Festival which is to be held from April 29 – May 4. With the sum as agreed in a sponsorship signing ceremony in the central province of Thua Thien –Hue on January 8, Vietcombank will be the sponsor for the event together with the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank). The other sponsor is the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) with 5 billion VND (227,000 USD). Themed: "Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development", the event is part of celebrations for the 710th anniversary of the region, Thua Thien-Hue (formerly known as Thuan Hoa, and then Phu Xuan). The festival will showcase art troupes from countries on five continents. Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together in performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and at other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang … [Read more...]

Buddhist ritual music, dance to be presented in Hue Festival 2016

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The 9th Hue Festival featuring Buddhist ritual music and dance for the first time is expected to attract a large number of devotees, according to the organization board. The 2016 event entitled "710 years of the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan; cultural heritage with integration and development" will take place in Hue ancient capital in Thua Thien- Hue Province from April 29 to May 04, 2016. Many art troupes from around 20 countries and territories throughout the world have registered to take part in the festival, such as the L’Homme Debout, Hip hop Par Terre and Fuzeta of France; the Cancer of Denmark; Amurskie Zori of Russia; Della Mae of the U.S.; singer Anna Calvi from the UK and more. As an international event, the festival will offer a number of cultural activities presenting Hue royal art and folk art, including "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night), street festival, exhibitions on Hue’s art of kite flying and calligraphy, a concert marking musican Trinh Cong Son's … [Read more...]

9th Hue Festival to take place from April 29 to May 4, 2016

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The Hanoitimes - A press conference to reveal the 2016 Hue Festival themed "Cultural heritage with integration and development, 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan (now Thua Thien-Hue) was held in Hanoi on December 17. The 9th Hue Festival, which will take place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from April 29 to May 4, 2016, will attract numerous domestic and international tourists. So far, the Hue Festivals have confirmed the brand and joined the professional festival community in the world. Deputy head of the event’s organisation board Che Cong Chung said the Hue Festival is the first modern festival organised in Vietnam following the models of famous cities all over the world. The success of the biennial event has boosted Hue’s determination to build the first festival city in the country. According to the organising board, more than 60 art troupes from 47 countries worldwide will join 53 domestic ones in the 2016 Hue Festival. The … [Read more...]

47 countries to attend Hue Festival 2016

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(Cinet)- A press conference informed some activities at the Hue festival 2016 with a participation of more than 60 art troupes from 47 countries worldwide on December 17. Over art troupes from 47 countries worldwide will take place in Thua Thien Hue on April 29 to May 4, 2016. Speaking at a press conference, deputy head of the event’s organisation board Che Cong Chung said the festival’s activities would feature the province’s historical and cultural events, including celebrations marking the 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan (now Thua Thien-Hue) and 380 years of Hue city. Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together in art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Huyen thoai Phuong Dong" (Orient legendary) will be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square, enacting original royal activities.There will also be exhibitions, kite and calligraphy … [Read more...]

Over 60 foreign art troupes to attend Hue Festival 2016

Arts performance at Festival Hue 2014 (Source: VNA)

More than 60 art troupes from 47 countries worldwide will join 53 local ones in the 2016 Hue Festival, which will take place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from April 29 to May 4, 2016. The figures are much more than those of 2000 - 15 domestic troupes and seven foreign ones. Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on December 17, deputy head of the event’s organisation board Che Cong Chung said the festival’s activities will feature the province’s historical and cultural events, including celebrations marking the 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan (now Thua Thien-Hue) and 380 years of Hue city. Within the festival, mayors of cities in East Asia and Latin America will gather together in a conference during which Hue will receive a certificate recognising it as a cultural city, he added. Chung said the Hue Festival is the first modern festival organised in Vietnam following the models of famous cities all over the world. The success … [Read more...]

Various activities in Hue Festival 2016

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(Cinet)-The 9th Hue festival will take place from April 29, 2016 to May 04, 2016 with many activities. Hue Festival is among the most expected events of this tranquil city. In this special event, a wide variety of traditional activities of Vietnam such as calligraphy exhibition, kites playing and human chest playing are conducted. Also, re-creations of special events are carried out, such as the occasion of Nguyen Hue's enthronement and Nguyen Dynasty's Doctorial examinations, and performances of dance and fireworks are included. Besides, the festival is also acombination of culture,art and tourism activities with great attraction and high community orientation, which will contribute to promoting local socio-economic development, including: "Royal Night", "Orient Legends", Water Music program on Huong River in Gia Hoi Park; performances of famous musicians like Kitaro and Yanni in Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square, DJ Music Night by artist Tisetto in Tu Do Stadium, nightly art performances of … [Read more...]

2016 Hue festival to feature numerous art activities

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Poster of the festival NDO – The ninth Hue Festival 2016, themed ‘710 years of Thuan Hoa, Phu Xuan, Thua Thien – Hue, Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development’, will be held from April 29 to May 4, 2016, with many art activities. The Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee has announced the plan for organising the 2016 Hue Fesitval. The festival will offer the world a chance to converge and countries to meet, exchange and learn about the each others cultural identity. The highlight of the festival will be the opening night celebrating the 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa, Phu Xuan, ThuaThien-Hue. Additionally, Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The 'Dem Hoang Cung' (Royal Night) and 'Huyen thoai Phuong Dong' (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. A series of exhibitions and … [Read more...]

Yanni to perform at Hue Festival 2016

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VietNamNet Bridge – The authorities of Thua Thien - Hue Province have announced that the Hue Festival 2016 will take place from April 29 to May 4, 2016, with the participation of world famous musician Yanni. The highlight of the festival will be the opening night celebrating 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan (now Thua Thien-Hue). Additionally, Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Huyen thoai Phuong Dong" (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. Other programs such as a Hue international carnival week (HICW), a beer festival, international food festival and a Got talent –TV show will be arranged in the Thuong Bac Park. As an international event, the festival will offer a number of exhibitions and fairs featuring cultural characteristics and traditional games … [Read more...]

Hue Festival 2016 – Cultural heritage with integration, development

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VGP - The 2016 Hue Festival, themed 710 years of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan-Thua Thien Hue – Cultural heritage with integration and development, will take place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from April 29-May 4, 2016. A number of artistic programs representing cultures around the world as well as activities related to culture, tourism, festivals and art at the event will contribute to promoting local socio-economic development. Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Huyen thoai Phuong Dong" (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. A prominent national event, the festival will offer a number of exhibitions and fairs featuring cultural characteristics and traditional games and dishes from many localities across the country. By Thuy Dung … [Read more...]

The 9th Hue Festival to take place from April 29 to May 04, 2016.

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(Cinet)- The 9th Hue Festival entitled "710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan; cultural heritage with integration and development" will take place from April 29 to May 04, 2016. Cultures of countries worldwide will be brought together at the Festival. Activities related to culture, tourism, festivals and art will contribute to promoting local socio-economic development. The highlight of the festival will be the opening night celebrating the 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan (now ThuaThien-Hue). Additionally, Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Huyenthoai Phuong Dong" (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. Other programmes such as a Hue international carnival week (HICW); a beer festival, international food festival and a Got talent –TV show will be … [Read more...]

2016 Hue Festival to gather various cultures

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Hue royal court music performance at 2014 Hue Festival (Photo: VNA) Cultures of countries worldwide will be brought together at the 2016 Hue Festival, which will take place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from April 29-May 4, 2016. According to the provincial People’s Committee, activities related to culture, tourism, festivals and art at the event will contribute to promoting local socio-economic development. The highlight of the festival will be the opening night celebrating the 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan (now Thua Thien-Hue). Additionally, Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Huyen thoai Phuong Dong" (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. Other programmes such as a Hue international carnival week (HICW); a beer festival, international food … [Read more...]

1,000 foreign tourists treated to royal pleasures in Vietnam’s Hue palace

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Some 1,000 international sea travelers have been treated to royal culinary delights and lifestyle during a banquet, said to be the largest ever held inside the royal palace in Hue City, on Thursday as part of a tourist promotion program. The banquet was thrown at the Royal Palace, which is located in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. The Royal Palace is part of the UNESCO-recognized Complex of Hue Monuments in Hue City – the provincial capital. The royal feast is believed to be the largest ever organized inside the Royal Palace. It offered some 1,000 foreign tourists nine Hue delicacies and a wide array of night royal activities, including dances, UNESCO-recognized "nha nhac" (courtly music) performances, and games. The banquet was modeled after a program called "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night), which was a highlight at several editions of the city’s signature Hue Festival. As it rained during the feast, many tourists were wearing raincoats and holding … [Read more...]

Central city’s iconic bridge ‘on fire’ during Hue Festival

At 7:30pm last night, on the background of the song "La Narche", artists from France's "Carabosse" fire installation art troupe, began to lit up almost 4,000 candles on the bridge, turning it into a huge fire strip.

Truong Tien Bridge, one of Hue's icons, was stunningly lit up with some 4,000 candles in a spectacular fire installation performance by a foreign troupe last night, Apr 18, to the delight of some thousand domestic and international tourists. With the flickering fire, the bridge cast its shadows over the city's iconic Huong river. Locals and tourists alike flocked to the streets near the bridge, trying to get the best view of the 'fiery' bridge. They could also stroll beneath the fire and look up to admire French artist Sébastien Laval's 62 photos featuring Vietnam's ethnic minority communities. The photos, hung over the bridge, required that spectators look up, which is indicative of a change in people's attitudes towards ethnic people from oblivion to recognition and respect. "Carabosse" troupe first joined the Hue Festival in 2012, when they lit up the Royal Citadel. The performance will be held once more at 7.30pm tomorrow, Apr 20, and will provide a spectacular … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Hue Festival holds foreign visitors spellbound

Among well over 49,000 tourists, including some 21,600 foreigners, who have flocked to Hue City in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue to join the ongoing festival, many of them are eager to watch as many shows as they can.

The 2014 Hue Festival, which opened last Saturday and closes this Sunday evening, has been enthusiastically applauded by domestic and international tourists alike. Abbit, a 26-year-old British tourist, stood out from the thousands of festival goers during the "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) on April 15 for donning a gorgeous "ao dai" (traditional Vietnamese long gown). When the re-creation of the Vietnamese artists as royal concubines and maids ended, Abbit stepped onto the sparkling stages and posed for photos taken by her boyfriend. She said that the couple had planned to tour Ho Chi Minh City before arriving in Da Lat, a resort city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. As soon as they learned of the Hue Festival through a friend, the two immediately changed their schedule and flew to Hue in time for the shows. "Do you think this 'ao dai' looks great on me? I had it tailored in HCMC for me to don during the Hue Festival. I really love to be immersed in the … [Read more...]

Over 21,600 foreigners flock to Vietnam’s ongoing Hue Festival

According to Ngo Hoa, head of the festival's organizing board, the international tourists come from over 100 countries and territories.  Most hail from France, Thailand, Australia, the UK, the U.S., and Japan.

By the end of last Sunday, 49,181 tourists, including 21,604 foreigners, arrived in Hue to join the 2014 Hue Festival, which opened last Saturday and closes on April 20, the festival's organizer announced at the April 14 press conference. The total number of tourists this year is higher than in previous years, Hoa noted. Hotel room occupancy has reached 100 percent. Tourists who join tours provided by local travel companies take up to 80 percent of the total number. Apart from visiting Hue's iconic scenic spots, tourists are given free tickets to the festival's shows. Hoa added that the art and music shows have gone on as scheduled, with the highest security ensured for visitors. No rip-offs have been reported so far. Over 700 reporters from 127 local news agencies and 25 correspondents from 11 foreign ones have arrived to cover central Hue City's biennial, hallmark festival that was first held in 2000. Most of the festival's shows have been a resounding … [Read more...]

Press digest – April 16

PM welcomes new Ambassadors PM Nguyen Tan Dung on Wednesday met with new Ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Myanmar to Viet Nam, Mr. Khalid Ibrahim Abdulaziz Shohail Al-Qahtani and Mr. Uyn Lai, respectively. At his meeting with Mr. Khalid Ibrahim Abdulaziz Shohail Al-Qahtani, PM Dung expressed his pleasure at the positive development of the Viet Nam-UAE relations, affirming that Viet Nam attaches importance to accelerating ties with the UAE. The two Ambassadors committed to sparing no effort to reinforce their countries' ties with Viet Nam. VN-Russia relations developing positively Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh and Russian FM Sergei Lavrov have agreed that the Viet Nam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership has been developing positively, bringing practical benefits to the two countries. The agreement was made during their talks in Ha Noi on Wednesday on the occasion of the Russian FM's official visit to Viet Nam from April 15-16. They discussed the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 17/4

A 300-year-old banyan in Nghia Hanh district of central Quang Ngai province has been recognised as a Vietnam Heritage Tree, the second granted with the title in the locality. A ceremony was held on April 15 to mark the event.

New heritage tree in central Quang Ngai The tree, which is 25 meters in height and 20 meters in diameter was planted at the Lam Son communal house before King Le Hien Tong's reign (1740-1786). According to village elderly, surviving wars and natural calamities through decades, especially the fierce storms in 1910 and 1944, the banyan has developed well thanks to the villagers' care. The Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) launched a programme to conserve Vietnam Heritage Trees in 2011. To win the honour, the trees must be at least 200 years old in the case of wild trees, and at least 100 years for those planted. Moreover, the trees should be connected with historical and cultural characteristics of the area where they grow. Others, which do not meet the aforesaid criteria yet have special values in science, history or culture, will be recognised as heritage. Nearly 500 trees have been named Vietnam Heritage Tree so far.- HCM City … [Read more...]

Thousands flock to enjoy vibrant Hue Festival

A series of diverse performances have been taking place at the ongoing Festival Hue 2014 - the biggest and most eclectic cultural event in the central province of Thua Thien Hue. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) event, one of the highlights of the festival, took place on April 15 on an evening packed with music, dancing, games and cuisine once favoured by Hue's royal court. Visitors were taken back in time for some lively scenes, including a royal feast and a changing of the guard ceremony. They were also offered the chance to see historical remnants from the royal era, including the imperial autographs of the Nguyen Dynasty's kings. Meanwhile, a "Dem Phuong Dong" (Oriental Night) event celebrating the beauty, glamour and distinctive characteristics of many Asian countries' costumes was held on the same evening in Thai Hoa Temple, inside the Hue Royal Palace. Taking part were designers from 11 countries, including Japan, China, India, Mongolia and Thailand. Earlier … [Read more...]

Hue Festival, an int’l art feast, opens tonight

From yesterday, the sparkling Hue streets have been packed with domestic tourists and foreigners, as well as groups of artists and artisans from across Vietnam and other countries.

The 2014 Hue Festival, which opens tonight, Apr 12, and runs until Apr 20, promises to give flocking tourists a host of compelling art, cultural and fashion performances from Vietnam and 36 other countries. The 2014 Hue Festival, the 8th so far, attracts some 595 artists from 43 international art troupes from the five continents, along with 811 local artists. The feast offers some 100 performances, which are strongly indicative of the countries' and regions' distinctive culture. The opening, which will take place at Ngo Mon Square 8pm tonight, will be aired live on VTV1 and VTV4. Electro music feast One of the new features at this year's Hue Festival is the international electro music fest, set to run at the An Dinh Palace stage from tomorrow. The fest will feature four celebrated electro music bands, the UK's "Micachu", France's "Joakim Bouaziz", German's "Mijk van Dijk", and Vietnam's "Tri Minh". The captivating performances by several world-leading DJs from … [Read more...]