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...]