Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Musical about Navy to make debut

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Young actors to perform in the musical Cay Bang Vuong, which will be staged on December 22 in HCM City to mark the 70th anniversary of the Viet Nam People's Army. — VNS Photo Thuy Binh A musical on the work of the Vietnam People's Navy will be staged next week in Ho Chi Minh City as part of the city's cultural activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army (December 22). The 90-minute work, titled Cay Bang Vuong (Malabar Almond Tree), is being directed by Hoa Ha in cooperation with choreographer Le Viet of the HCM City Theatre, one of the region's leading State-owned art troupes, belonging to Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The city government spent 200 million VND (9,500 USD) on the production. Based on a script by Tran Kim Khoi, the musical is about the lives and work of young navy soldiers. The musical has attracted nearly 50 young theatre actors and singers, including Linh Son, Minh Quan, Ba Cuong and Tien Nam, Hong Hanh and Quoc … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/12

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Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 11/4

France to host Vietnam Film Festival in July The French coastal city of Saint Malo plans to put on a Vietnam Film Festival this summer, organisers said at an April 8 press conference in Paris. The event will be organised by French company Iriscomm in collaboration with the French Embassy in Vietnam and the Cinema Department under Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Ngo Phuong Lan, director of the Cinema Department, said the festival will give French audiences their first viewing of films made during the past two decades that reflect important historical events, the development of Vietnam-France relations and the growth of Vietnam's film industry. Some of the films have won prizes at international film festivals. In addition, several films that feature Vietnamese themes made by French directors or overseas Vietnamese in France will also be screened, Lan said. As well as feature films, documentaries and animated films are also on the programme. Speaking at the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 8/3

More than 60 art troupes from home and abroad have registered to take part in the biennial Hue Festival 2014, which is slated to take place on April 12-20 in the imperial city.

Hue Festival to feature 60 art troupes Vietnam will, for the first time, welcome world famous guests such as Brazil's Sururu Na Roda band, Japan's Bati-Holic drum troupe, and the Palestinian folk dance troupe Asayel. The festival will highlight Nha Nhac - the royal court music and dance of Hue which has been named by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A similar variant of this elegant music is popular in Japan, where it is known as "Gegaku", and also expected to be highlighted at the event. Themed "Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development", the cultural festival forms part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' East Asian-Latin American cultural exchange. It will also feature an Ao dai show and exhibitions featuring Hue kite flying, calligraphy, food demos and street performance, among others. The ASEAN+3 Ministerial Meeting on Culture and Fine Arts will also take place in the city from April 16-21.- Indie film focuses on father and son Luong Dinh … [Read more...]

Houses granted to needy troops and policy beneficiaries

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PANO - The Tank-Armoured Arm on December 11th handed over a gratitude house to the family of Mr. Luu Van Cuong, a needy officer of the Tank Non-commissioned Officers' School No.1, after three months of construction. The 50sq.m house was built at a cost of VND 115 million, with VND 75 million raised among the school's troops and the remaining from his relatives. The unit's troops contributed 50 working days to complete the house as scheduled. The same day, the Army Corps 3' Command presented the 60sq.m comradeship house, costing VND 90 million, to Lieutenant Ro Lan Nhin, an officer of the Military Command of La Grai, who is among 150 examples who had distinguished themselves in the movement to study and follow Ho Chi Minh's moral example. Earlier, Army Corps 12 granted a house of gratitude to Ms. Nguyen Thi Sang, a Truong Son troop's wife, in Nam Tan commune, Nam Sach district, Hai Duong province, on the occasion of the 69th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army and … [Read more...]

Lawmakers discuss State budget spending priorities

HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly deputies looked into the spending of the 2013 State budget and the State budget estimates and allocation for the next year at their sitting last Saturday. Discussing the plan of issuing Government bonds and allocating the capital to important projects in the 2014-16 period, deputies agreed to prioritise capital to projects on National Highway 1A expansion and National Highway 14 construction. They suggested total investment in a number of sub-projects should be reviewed and their design should be adjusted so as to cut wasteful expenditures. In addition, the Government must ensure the progress and quality of projects to prevent exceeding the total funds allocated. The money collected from bond issuance should be instead channelled into hospital and irrigation projects which were slated to be concluded by 2014-2015 and had large effects on the economic development of localities, they said. Deputy Le Van Hoc from Central Highland province of Lam Dong … [Read more...]

Vietnam cops suspended for drunkenly insulting reporters

Two of the three police officers accused of insulting reporters and preventing them from entering a land plot in Ha Tinh Province to report a land revocation case October 25

Three police officers in the north-central province of Ha Tinh have been temporarily suspended for allegedly insulting reporters and preventing them from approaching a site to report a land revocation case, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported. Police in Ky Anh District said Tuesday that the three officers had been suspended for a week pending investigations into the accusations by the reporters. However, they refused to reveal the identities of the officers. On October 25, a group of reporters from Nong Nghiep Viet Nam (Vietnam Agriculture) and Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspapers and VietNamNet and Tam Nhin news sites arrived at a rural village in Ky Lien Commune, Ky Anh District, after they received a complaint from Le Thi Phuong, a local resident. Phuong wrote in her complaint that her family's land had been revoked by local authorities while the two sides had not reached an agreement on the price of compensation for their land. According to the reporters, three police officers … [Read more...]

Kon Tum urged to accelerate key infrastructure projects

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Nhan Dan - The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum should hasten the progress of major projects especially the upgrading of infrastructure. The request was made by General Tran Dai Quang, Politburo member, Minister of Public Security cum head of the Central Highlands Steering Committee at a meeting with Kon Tum province's leaders on January 15. General Tran Dai Quang asked the provincial leaders to focus on accelerating key transport projects such as the Ho Chi Minh, 14C and 14 routes and to combine such projects with the programmes on rural development. He said that the province had considerable potential, if being exploited appropriately, could improve economic returns such as the Mang Den border junction - a potential tourist, nature conservation sites and suitable climatic conditions for the enjoyment of cold weather flora and fauna. In addition, the province should handle issues related to land use, protecting forests and job creation, particularly for ethnic … [Read more...]

Son songs stay in spotlight

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The fifth episode of In the Spotlight, a series of live music performances organised by a local entertainment and advertising company, will focus on late composer Trinh Cong Son. Hong Nhung, Tung Duong, and My Linh at a recent press conference on the music event. Photo: Internet According to organisers, the performances, to be held late next month and early January, will be called Goi Ten Bon Mua (Telling the Name of Four Seasons). They said the programme would present, to some extent, the musical thoughts of Trinh Cong Son through the voices of four singers - Tuan Ngoc, My Linh, Hong Nhung and Tung Duong. Son's works will not be presented in any chronological order, but music director Hong Lien will "paint a musical picture revealing different states of emotion, like the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter". The performance will include famous songs like Diem Xua (Bygone Diem), Ru Ta Ngam Ngui (Lulled in Companionable Sadness), Xin Mat Troi Ngu Yen (Sun, Please … [Read more...]

Legislators see canaries in the mines

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Lawmakers have lambasted the government for allowing ineffective mining operations to pollute local communities without bringing in funds to the state. Illegal miners look for gold on the banks of the Ba River in Phu Yen Province. "In mineral-rich areas, residents are often poor ones and authorities generate low revenues. These people have been suffering from a paradox as they live among rich mineral resources with nothing to show for it," said representative Ha Son Nhin of Gia Lai Province at a National Assembly meeting on June 16. "Mining activities have polluted the environment, damaged roads and destroyed arable land," he said as the assembly met to discuss a draft of the revised Minerals Law. Assemblyman Nguyen Dinh Nha of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province echoed Nhin's sentiments. "Residents are terrified when minerals are discovered in their locality because they know they'll have to suffer pollution and relocation without any benefits," he said. Nha and many other … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 19/4

Countdown to 2012 Olympics starts in HCM City The British Council in Vietnam launched the 100 Day Living Clock Countdown in Ho Chi Minh City on April 18 to welcome the upcoming London 2012 Olympics, which will open on July 27. The numbers from 1-100 were illustrated by children studying at the British Council in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Every day starting from April 18, a new number will be unveiled in varying locations across Vietnam and the world, while number one will be announced in Hanoi. Alison Ball, Director of the British Council in Ho Chi Minh City, said the Council's initiative aims to instill the enthusiasm into local people before the summer games start this July. German film screens at IDECAF Die Wolke (The Cloud) is a 2006 German film about a nuclear-plant disaster, directed by Georg Schunitzler with Vietnamese subtitles, airing at 7.30pm at IDECAF on Tuesday. The film, which lasts 102 minutes, concerns an incident in the nuclear power station Schweinfurt. … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 7/3

Vietnamese war novel published in Iran The Farsi version of "Noi buon chien tranh" (The Sorrow of War), a novel by writer Bao Ninh, has been released in Iran. This is the first Vietnamese novel to be translated into the Farsi language, with 2,000 copies published by Iran's Ofoq private publishing house. Some Vietnamese books published in Farsi are President Ho Chi Minh's "Nhat Ky Trong Tu" (Prison Diary) and General Vo Nguyen Giap's "Hoi Ky ve Dien Bien Phu" (Memoirs of Dien Bien Phu). Nguyen Du's "Truyen Kieu" (Kieu's Story) is being translated by former Iranian Ambassador to Vietnam Seyed Kamal Sajjadi. In 1994, the English version of "The Sorrow of War" translated by Phan Thanh Hao was published. "The Sorrow of War" features an infantry soldier from Hanoi. With his youth and pains of adolescent love during the bloody battles of the war, and then his attempts, as a struggling writer in postwar Hanoi, to come to grips with the savageries he has witnessed, to make sense of … [Read more...]

Nominees wait with bated breath

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The 17th National Film Festival kicks off tonight, Dec 15, in the central province of Phu Yen, promising a tough competition with many productions from non-state studios participating. Ladies man : A scene from the film Nhung Nu Hon Ruc Ro (Bright Kisses) produced by the BHD studio. — File Photo The three-day festival, running through Saturday, has lured about 108 entries in the categories of feature, documentary, scientific and animated films, and will recognise and honour the best works of the past three years. Among the most anticipated features are the films Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) and Tam Hon Me (Mother's Heart), both produced by State-run studios and not yet commercially screened. The film Long Thanh Cam Gia Ca (The Song about a Musician in Thang Long Citadel) is a strong contender for the Golden Lotus, with Nhat Kim Anh's performance in the film having already won the best actress award at the First Viet Nam International Film Festival. Among other … [Read more...]

Free movies in Hanoi, HCM City

VietNamNet Bridge - For Vietnam Cinema Day (March 15), the Vietnam Cinema Association will present free screenings of 11 films from Golden Kite Awards 2010 and previous years. From March 10 to 13 in Hanoi, the free movies will be screened at Ngoc Khanh Cinema, Thang Tam Movie Theater and National Cinema Center. In HCM City, the screenings will be at Thang Long A Movie Theater, Fafilm Movie Theater and Tan Son Nhat Cinema Center. Tickets are now available at the above theaters. Schedule Ngoc Khanh Movie Theater (523 Kim Ma St., Hanoi) … [Read more...]

Free movies on Vietnam Cinema Day

From March 10 to 13 in Hanoi, the free movies will be screened at Ngoc Khanh Movie Theater, Thang Tam Movie Theater and National Cinema Center. In HCMC, the screenings will be at Thang Long A Movie Theater, Fafilm Movie Theater and Tan Son Nhat Cinema Center. Tickets are now available at the above theaters. Schedule Ngoc Khanh Movie Theater (523 Kim Ma St., Hanoi) - 9 a.m. on March 11: Hat lua vanh dai and Chi Dau - 9 a.m. on March 12: "Nhung co gai Ngu Thuy" (Ngu Thuy girls) and "Thung lung hoang vang" (The Deserted Valley) … [Read more...]

Party and State leaders pay Tet visits to localities

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Pham Quang Nghi, Politburo member, Secretary of the Hanoi's Party Committee paid Tet visits to the northern province of Ha Nam on January 28. On behalf of the Party and State, Mr Nghi praised the achievements made by the province in 2010 and expressed his delight at the province's socio-economic development. He added that the city's people and cadres should promote the province's advantages, fully tap its potential for industrial development, build new rural areas and roads, and pay a special attention to the development of human resources. To fulfill the goals, Ha Nam province should work in co-ordination with other localities, particularly Hanoi, in developing infrastructure, and training high quality human resources. *** General Le Hong Anh paid Tet visit to Gia Lai province The same day, Le Hong Anh, Politburo member, General, and Minister of Public Security paid a Tet visit to Gia Lai province. Ha Son Nhin, member of Party Central Committee, and Secretary of the Gia Lai … [Read more...]

11th Party Congress announces CPVCC members

The 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on January 18 elected 175 official members and 25 alternate members to CPV Central Committee (CPVCC) for the 11th tenure. The following is the list of the official members of the 11th CPVCC: 1. Hoang Tuan Anh, member of the CPVCC and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism 2. Le Hong Anh, Politburo member of the CPVCC and General and Minister of Public Security 3. Le Thi Thu Ba, member of the CPVCC, member of the National Assembly (NA)'s Standing Committee and Chairwoman of the NA Committee for Justice 4. Ha Ban, Secretary of the Kon Tum Provincial Party Committee 5. Bui Quang Ben, Secretary of the Kien Giang Provincial Party Committee 6. Duong Thanh Binh, Secretary of the Ca Mau Provincial Party Committee 7. Nguyen Hoa Binh, Secretary of the Quang Ngai Provincial Party Committee 8. Nguyen Thai Binh, member of the CPVCC, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Director of the Vietnamese … [Read more...]

The list of 200 members of the 11th Party Central Committee

The list of 175 official members of the 11th Party Central Committee No. Name Position 1. Hoàng Tuấn Anh Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism 2. Lê Hồng Anh Politburo member, High-ranking General, Minister of Public Security 3. Lê Thị Thu Ba Member of the National Assembly Standing Committee, Chairwoman of the National Assembly's Committee for Justice 4. Hà Ban Party Secretary of Kon Tum province 5. Bùi Quang Bền Party Secretary of Kien Giang province 6. Dương Thanh Bình Party Secretary of Ca Mau province 7. Nguyễn Hoà Bình Party Secretary of Quang Ngai province 8. Nguyễn Thái Bình Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Chief of the Government's Religion Department 9. Nguyễn Thanh Bình Party Secretary, Chairman of the People's Council of Ha Tinh province 10. Nguyễn Văn Bình Vice Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam 11. Phan Thanh Bình Member of HCM City Party … [Read more...]