Art & Entertainment Headlines December 10

Vietnamese-Australian pianist and music producer Nguyen Van Anh will perform at HCM City's Opera House on December 13 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia.

Early 20th century glass paintings of HN on display As many as 60 coloured photos printed on glass by French photographer Leon Busy, featuring Ha Noi from 1914-17, will be displayed tonight at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. Titled "Ha Noi Colours 1914-17", the exhibition is divided into two themes, "Daily Life - Handicrafts and Society" and "Environment and Beliefs." The exhibition was created by historian Emmanuel Poisson from Paris Diderot University and ethnologist Dinh Trong Hieu from France's National Science Research Centre. During the exhibition, ten black and white documentaries about Ha Noi during the same period will be screened. The exhibition will run until January 4, 2014. UK-style singing competition to hit TV screens The Vietnamese version of the world-famous British game show Sing If You Can will go on air at the end of this month. BHD Company and Vietnam Television, producers of the reality contest, said it will offer TV audiences "a new musical … [Read more...]

UK-style singing competition to hit TV screens

The Vietnamese version of the world-famous British game show Sing If You Can will go on air at the end of this month. Sao Mai singing contest announces final round 3,500 singers join Quan Ho folk singing contest K-POP singing contest to be launched in Vietnam BHD Company and Vietnam Television, producers of the reality contest, said it will offer TV audiences "a new musical experience". The company said in a press release that Do Ai Hat Duoc will show "celebrities 'forced' to sing wholeheartedly and overcome harsh challenges with courage and strength". Comedian Thai Hoa and singer Thu Minh will be two of three judges at the show. Thai Hoa has won a devoted fan following with his performances in comedies like De Mai Tinh (Deal with It Tomorrow), and Long Ruoi (Long the Fly). Thu Minh is famous as a singer who dares to surprise the audience when she sings. She has been a judge with several music competitions on TV including The Voice and Vietnam Idol 2013. The first episode of Do … [Read more...]

Singing competition to hit TV screens

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Vietnamese version of the world-famous British game show Sing If You Can, will go on air at the end of this month. BHD Company and Viet Nam Television, producers of the reality contest, said it would offer TV audiences "a new musical experience". The company said in a press release that Do Ai Hat Duoc will show "celebrities 'forced' to sing wholeheartedly and overcome harsh challenges with courage and strength". Comedian Thai Hoa and singer Thu Minh will be two of three judges at the show. Thai Hoa has won a devoted fan following with his performances in comedies like De Mai Tinh (Deal with It Tomorrow), and Long Ruoi (Long the Fly). Thu Minh is famous as a singer who dares to surprise the audience when she sings. She has been a judge with several music competitions on TV including The Voice and Vietnam Idol 2013. The first episode of Do Ai Hat Duoc will be aired on the channel VTV3 on December 28.— VNS … [Read more...]

American painter’s paintings displayed at Women’s Museum

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Art exhibition to mark Vietnam-US ties The Vietnamese Women’s Museum has announced an art exhibition will be held December 8-10 to mark the 20th anniversary of Vietnam-US ties (1995-2015). The event will showcase more than 40 works of US painter Soraya Runke, wife of first US diplomat to Vietnam Chris Runkel, and the daily life of Vietnamese people. An auction to raise funds for disabled and disadvantage children is planned for the event sponsored by the Vietnam-US Friendship Association and the US Embassy. Vietnam Designer Fashion Week aims to boost local industry The Vietnam Designer Fashion Week 2016 will open next weekend with an ambitious goal: bringing 20 top local designers closer to the general public and giving the nascent fashion industry a much-needed boost. Famous designers and fashion houses including Do Manh Cuong, Ha Linh Thu, Le Ha, Anno Vo, An Huong-Le Minh (Rue Des Chats), Li Lam, Maschio, Cashew, and V64 have confirmed their attendance. This event … [Read more...]

Vietnam Designer Fashion Week aims to boost local industry

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Some designs to be showcased in the Vietnam Designer Fashion Week 2016 The Vietnam Designer Fashion Week 2016 will open next weekend with an ambitious goal: bringing 20 top local designers closer to the general public and giving the nascent fashion industry a much-needed boost. Famous designers and fashion houses including Do Manh Cuong, Ha Linh Thu, Le Ha, Anno Vo, An Huong-Le Minh (Rue Des Chats), Li Lam, Maschio, Cashew, and V64 have confirmed their attendance. This event will also promote top new graduates from leading universities’ fashion departments. The catwalks will be anchored for the first time at two venues, Ho Chi Minh City Television Studio and Celadon City Apartments on Dec 14, 15 and 17. The organizers said that this international standard fashion week will be highlighted with commercial workshops, trade exhibitions and a new marketing campaign, launched on December 18 and 19 at the Rex Hotel. A panel of famous fashion editors, models and designers said that … [Read more...]

Vietnamese representative honoured at Miss International 2015

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Vietnam’s representative Pham Hong Thuy Van NDO – Vietnam’s representative Pham Hong Thuy Van was awarded the title of third runner-up at the Miss International 2015, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, on November 5. The Vietnamese beauty was the latest to be named among the contestants who entered the top 10 after three fashion performances, which involved modeling national costumes, swimsuits and evening gowns. She was also one of the top 20 beauties who received the most attention on social media networks. Most notably, at the round of question and answer, she was appreciated for her self-confident answer, which featured her aspiration for a peaceful, beautiful and happy world. Earlier, she was named the first runner-up of the National Miss Ao Dai (Traditional Dress) Contest in 2014. She stands 1.72 meter tall, with a measurement of 82-60-90. Van is a host of the Finance Business News Corporation channel of the Ho Chi Minh City Television Station and the … [Read more...]

HCMC’s annual concert to raise funds for the poor

The "Giai dieu tinh thuong" ((Melodies of Compassion) concert, aiming to raise fund for the poor will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Television Theater on November 14. This year’s event themed "Joining hands to help poor people" includes an exchange with special guests who are beneficiaries of the event share the challenges they face in daily life to the city's audiences. Launched in 2001, the annual show has become one of the most popular charity events with the participation of well-known singers and artists. It is organized by the Viet Nam Fatherland Front in HCM City in partnership with Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV9). The concert will be broadcast live on HTV9 channel. For contributions, contact the Viet Nam Fatherland Front in HCM City, 55 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 1; account number: 1000000123456789 at the Social Policy Bank of Ho Chi Minh City. … [Read more...]

Finalists of Television Singing Competition 2015 found

The finalists. Photo: tienphong.vn

PANO - The organizing panel of the final round of the Television Singing Competition 2015 held by the Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) on October 30th announced the nine competitors who have qualified for the final round. The singers are divided into three categories; namely Chamber music singing, Folk and folk-style singing, and Soft music. The candidates will undergo four competition nights. The awards gala will be held on December 4th. Meritorious Artist Ta Minh Tam and Meritorious Artist Thanh Thuy are the judges in this final round. Additionally, each night there will be a guest judge, namely musicians Tran Quang Loc, Le Quang, Giang Son and singers My Linh, and Khanh Linh. The winner of the competition will receive the prize, worth VND 100 million, and the winner of each category will receive VND 40 million. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Film festival to enhance innovation and integration in Vietnam film industry

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Logo of the 19th Vietnam Film Festival NDO – The 19th Vietnam Film Festival will open on December 1 in Ho Chi Minh City under the theme ‘Vietnamese Cinema - ethnicity, humanity, innovation and integration’. The festival is open to films that were granted public performance licenses dated from September 1, 2013 to October 10, 2015. Cinematic works will compete in several categories including feature films, video films, documentaries, scientific films and animated films. The opening and closing ceremonies, scheduled to take place at 8 pm on December 1 and 5 at Hoa Binh theatre, respectively, will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television and Ho Chi Minh City Television stations. Individual awards honouring the best director, best scriptwriter, best cameraman, best actor and actress, best musician and best director of photography will be announced at the festival. People’s choice awards, based on votes casted by audience members for their most favourite film, … [Read more...]

Quang Tuyen Sport Company wins Women Press Futsal Championships

Deputy Editor in Chief of Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper Nguyen Thanh Loi grants cup for Quang Tuyen Sport Co. Ltd team (Photo:SGGP)

After a week of competition, the 2015 HCMC Open Women Press Futsal Championships – Number One Cup marking Vietnamese Women Day (October 20) finished successfully on October 25. As the final result, Quang Tuyen Sport Company won the championship after beating 5- 4 against Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV). Host team- Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper defeated Fan Chelsea with a victory of 4- 2 to earn bronze medal. Moreover, the organization board offered the title for football player scored most goals, excellent goalkeeper and Miss Futsal. Accordingly, Do Thi Ngoc Linh from Quang Tuyen Sport Company excellently received the title for football player scored most goals. The title for excellent goalkeeper went to Nguyen Bao Linh from Office of HCMC People’s Committee. ‘Miss Futsal’ title belonged to Pham Ngoc Phuong Linh from Ho Chi Minh City Television. Speaking at the closing ceremony, Deputy Editor in Chief of Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper and head of the … [Read more...]

Four teams enter semi- final round of city futsal championships

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In the last match of table B to fight for one left ticket to the semi-final round, team of Sai Gon Giai Phong (SGGP) Newspaper unexpectedly won 4- 0 against team Office of HCMC People’s Committee on October 20. With the victory, the host team will compete in semi- final round at Ho Xuan Huong Sport Stadium on Saturday. Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV), Quang Tuyen Sport Co. Ltd, Fan Chelsea and Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper are best teams to own four tickets to enter the semi-final round. After three matches, Quang Tuyen Sport Company and HTV ranked first and second respectively in Table A. Meanwhile, Fan Chelsea and SGGP were first and second respectively in Table B. The final round and award ceremony will be held at Ho Xuan Huong Sport Stadium in District 3 on October 25. This year is the first time that Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper held HCMC Open Women Press Futsal Championships. … [Read more...]

Cai luong prize winners aim to revive the art

Personal style: The Chuong Vang (Golden Bell) winner Nguyen Thanh Toan (left) on stage. — Photo thethaovanhoa.com.

HCM CITY (VNS) — Three artists from HCM City and Can Tho Province have won top prizes at the 2015 Chuong Vang (Golden Bell) Awards, an annual cai luong (reformed opera) competition launched by HCM City Television. HCM City's promising talents Nguyen Thanh Toan and Nguyen Van Hop, who work for the city's Tran Huu Trang Theatre, one of the region's leading cai luong troupes, captured the hearts of judges and audiences during the two-month contest. Toan won the first prize after showing his singing and dancing skills in an excerpt from an historical play, Dau An Giao Thoi (The Hallmark of Era), in the final round which aired live on HTV9 and HTV4 channels. Hop won second prize for his role in a play which features the life of General Tran Binh Trong under Tran dynasty. The third prize went to female artist To Kim Phuong of Can Tho. The three were chosen from a field of 12 finalists. "I always work very hard, improving both skills and creativity to advance the power of cai … [Read more...]

Over VND 34 bln donated native land’s sea & islands fund

Standing Boards of the Fatherland Front Committees of Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) held an art exchange program themed ‘Towards national borders, sea and islands’ at Ho Chi Minh City Television Theater yesterday. Attending in the program were Vice Political Commissar of Naval Armed Service Dang Minh Hai, Political Commissar of the Vietnam Marine Police Hoang Van Dong, Chairwoman of HCMC People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Hoang Nang and others. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Nang said: "In the previous time, the organizations and individuals have actively donated for the native land's sea and islands fund therefore Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City organized series of meaningful activities such as two organizing journeys to Spartly Island and DK1 Frame House, building schools at Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) Island, visiting and gifting soldiers of … [Read more...]

Art exchange towards national borders, seas and islands

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PANO - An art exchange themed "Towards national borders, seas and islands" took place on the evening of October 4th in Ho Chi Minh city. The event was held by the Standing Committee of the Ho Chi Minh City Fatherland Front Committee, Ho Chi Minh City Television, and the Management Council of "For National Seas and Islands - For National Front" Foundation. The program aimed to raise awareness of the city’s people from all walks of life of the protection of national sovereignty over its borders, seas and islands as well as raise more fund for the city’s foundation. Since the beginning of this year, the city’s Fatherland Front Committee and the Management Council of the Foundation have mobilized more than VND 30 billion from enterprises, socio-political organizations and benefactors. At the exchange, the audience met and talked with border guard troops who are responsible for defending the national borders and a number of kind-hearted dwellers whose hearts are for … [Read more...]

VND32 billion donated to fund for sea and islands

Soldiers on Spratly islands on patrol. (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) in Ho Chi Minh city and Ho Chi Minh city Television (HTV) on October 4th will co-organise an art performance encouraging agencies, collectives and individuals to donate to the fund "For the homeland’s sea and islands". The performance aims to give material assistance to the navy, coast guard and fisheries surveillance forces who are on duty protecting the sovereignty of the nation’s sea and islands. According to Le Trieu Khanh, Vice Chairman of the VFF in Ho Chi Minh city, through the program, the organizers target a collection of VND30 billion for the fund. However, so far, agencies and individuals have committed nearly VND32 billion which is expected to be granted on October 4th. During the event, the audiences will have a chance to meet and talk with border guards and navy soldiers and cadres while enjoying songs highlighting the nation’s holy sea and islands. The art performance will be broadcast live on HTV9 at 20:30 … [Read more...]

Artistic exchange to raise funds for sea and islands

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PANO – An artistic exchange "Towards the national border, sea and islands" will be staged on October 4th at the Theatre of the Ho Chi Minh City Television, and broadcast live on its channel HTV9. The event, co-organized by the city’s Standing Committee of Fatherland Front and the television company, aims to raise funds to support coast guard and fisheries surveillance forces, islanders and naval troops. From the beginning of this year, they have collected VND 32 billion towards the Fund "For the national sea and islands – For the national frontline". Recently, Ho Chi Minh City sent two delegations to visit Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and DK1 platforms and present patrol boats and equipment worth VND 14 billion to troops there. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Trong Hieu from Germany wins Vietnam Idol 2015

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Trong Hieu, a Vietnamese-German youth won the sixth season of Vietnam Idol, which ended in Ho Chi Minh City on August 2, by getting 71.5 percent of viewers’ votes. Hieu triumphed over Bich Ngoc to take home a cash prize of VND600 million (US$28,600). He won the hearts of the judges and audiences with his attractive dancing, performing skills and powerful voice. Trong Hieu, 23, was born in Hanover, Germany. He has a great passion for music and attended several music shows in Germany. He was among the top 25 of the German Idol contest in 2008. Hieu said that he will to learn to speak Vietnamese fluently for living and working in the country. Launched in 2007, Vietnam Idol is based on the British reality show Pop Idol and produced by Ho Chi Minh City Television and Vietnam Advertising Company. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese woman dreams of promoting ‘ao dai’ around world

Nguyen Thi Thuy Thuy, 22, who is studying at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, has created a Facebook page named "

A young Vietnamese woman is running her project on promoting the image of the traditional Vietnamese costume ao dai to the world. Ao dai around the world," where people across the globe can share photos capturing them wearing the traditional Vietnamese costume. The project was initiated out of the passion of Thuy, who said she owns 60 ao dai gowns. Earlier she emceed several programs of the Ho Chi Minh City Television Station so she had chances to wear ao dai. With her interest in the costume and experiences wearing it, Thuy has become a consultant to her friends in choosing fabrics, designs, and tailors for making their ao dai. Besides, Thuy also has a habit of carrying the gowns and taking photos of her wearing them whenever she travels. She said that she wants to capture the image of ao dai wherever she goes, and that like all other Vietnamese girls, she feels more confident, special, and beautiful wearing the traditional costume. Thuy stated that living away from … [Read more...]

Watch documentary series on East Vietnam Sea, Truong Sa (Spratlys), Hoang Sa (Paracels)

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Tuoi Tre News introduces a series of documentaries made by Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) on the East Vietnam Sea, Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratlys). The filmmakers spent around three years traveling throughout nine countries to collect documents and interview scholars and researchers so as to create the "Vietnamese Seas and Islands: Their Long-Established Roots" series. The five-episode series features genuine and objective evidence of how Vietnamese feudal dynasties established and exercised their sovereignty over the sea areas and islands in the East Vietnam Sea, recorded not only in Vietnam but also in the documents of many countries around the world. "In making this series, we would like to send the message that Vietnamese people love peace and have enough accurate evidence to protect our country," Nguyen Quy Hoa, general director of HTV, said. He added that the series will be subtitled in many languages and will be broadcast to people in Vietnam and … [Read more...]