Women shine in ao dai fashion show

Women of all shapes, sizes and ages will gracefully showcase ao dai during a fashion show held on October 18 at Hanoi 's Temple of Literature in honor of the traditional Vietnamese gown. The free event, Our Ao Dai, celebrated Vietnamese Women's Day and the beauty all women radiate while wearing ao dai. Visitors who wore ao dai were given lotuses from the southern province of Dong Thap . Veteran and emerging designers from across the country showed off 300 dresses in their latest collections. … [Read more...]

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Enjoying acoustic music the old-fashioned way

A guest at Nep Cafe - Photo: Courtesy of the cafe

Minh Truc Unlike other glassy and classy coffee shops with fancy gardens and luxurious ornaments, this café is limited to the size of an apartment, which makes it interestingly different. Yet its small size will not discomfort you in any way as the interiors are wisely arranged and the space is decorated in vintage style with little lovely things that gives you a cozy and warm feeling just like you are visiting a friend's house. … [Read more...]

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Vietnamese experimental composer Vu Nhat Tan has just returned from France, where he joined French artist Eddie Ladoire in a cine-concert project that involved playing electronic music as a soundtrack for Vietnamese film Bao Gio Cho Den Thang Muoi (When October Comes) by director Dang Nhat Minh. He shares with Culture Vulture his impressions of the trip and the project. Could you tell us about your recent trip to France? I went to France to join two electronic music shows in Bordeaux and … [Read more...]

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Vietnamese singer-songwriter Le Cat Trong Ly has been chosen as one of eight young Asian artists perform on the BBC Asia Beats programme featuring talented artists from Viet Nam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Ly's simple, from-the-heart music style has captured the attention of music lovers in Viet Nam, and the 26-year-old singer sat down to chat with Viet Nam News about her life and plans for the future. HCM City is Viet Nam's music hub where many artists from across the country settle … [Read more...]

Campaign to save endangered rhinos launched in Hanoi

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications and two international wildlife organizations launched Monday a campaign to save African rhinos from extinction via communication and education, with an emphasis on the Vietnamese and Chinese markets, local media reported. The ministry, nonprofit WildAid, and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) announced the "Stop Using Rhino Horn" campaign at a ceremony in Hanoi. The initiative is meant to raise public awareness of the rhino … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines January 17

Three wooden altars in the former Royal Palace's Trieu To temple in Hue will be restored with financial support from the US Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation.

Megastar cinemas renamed CGV All Megastar cinemas have been renamed CGV as of Wednesday, January 15, announced the CJ CGV Group of South Korea, the new manager of Viet Nam's biggest cinema chain. CGV cinemas will also be installed with 4DX, a motion picture technology that provides a four-dimensional cinematic experience. CGV cinemas in Ha Noi and HCM City will be the first to offer the group's latest technology. A joint venture between Vietnamese and foreign investors, MegaStar had opened … [Read more...]

Reality show raises funds for the poor

HCM CITY (VNS)— Dau An Tinh Nguoi (Hallmark of Humanity), a reality television show, will be broadcast live on VTV9 television channel on January 19 to raise funds for the poor. The event to be held at Hoa Binh Theatre in HCM City will raise funds from ticket sales and sponsorships. Proceeds will be used to hand out 4,500 gifts to the poor on the occasion of the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. The event also aims to honor individuals, companies and organisations dedicated to charity … [Read more...]

Frenchmen infuse Vietnamese folk music with new possibilities


VietVoDaHouse, a Ho Chi Minh City-based collective of French and Vietnamese musicians that blends Vietnamese folk music with electro, perform at the MELA World Music Festival in Oslo, Norway, August 2008 with Vietnamese traditional music master Tran Manh Hai (left). Photo courtesy of VietVoDaHouse Vietnamese folksongs have been around for so long they have become a sort of familiar background that no one pays particular attention to. But a group of French and Vietnamese musicians have tried … [Read more...]

The Week of December 23-29

9:30pm from December 27-29  39 Le Duan Street, District 1  Concert features the return of UK Band, Rubylux Park Hyatt Saigon  2 Lam Son Square, District 1  9pm, Friday and Saturday  Performance of resident DJ Justin Murta Reflections Restaurant

HANOI Click here for events in Ho Chi Minh City PERFORMANCE Hanoi Opera House Special concert 'Beethoven No.9' features the participation of conductor Honna Tetsuji and singers from Japan, China, Taiwan, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (RoK) Vietnam Museum of Ethnology Nguyen Van Huyen Street 10am, 11:30am, 2:30pm and 4pm every day Water puppet performance Tickets: VND10,000 - 20,000 Manzi Art Space Performance of new jazz diva … [Read more...]

UK singer Kirby charms with debut Vietnamese album

When British artist Lee Kirby uploaded a Youtube clip featuring himself singing the Vietnamese ballad Diem Xua in 2009, he didn't expect to create a phenomenon in Vietnam. No one could imagine that a man who spoke a few simple Vietnamese words could perform the famous and emotional song - and with very perfect Vietnamese pronunciation. The clip then attracted hundreds of thousand viewers. "The great feelings I had for the country and the people of Vietnam, as well as the wonderful song … [Read more...]

Pavement concerts link convention, tradition

HA NOI (VNS)—Experimental music will be offered to Hanoian audiences at Luala concerts - a series of free shows on city streets - to begin tomorrow. Taking place on the pavement in front of the Music Publishing House, 61 Ly Thai To Street, the opening concert will feature leading jazz saxophonist Quyen Thien Dac and his Phu Sa bandmates, who will perform their compositions featuring Vietnamese folk melodies. Experimental compositions combining jazz and Vietnamese traditional tunes cai luong … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines December 19

Six tombs of primitive people dating back over 6,000 years have been discovered in Na Mo cave, Huong Ne commune, Ngan Son district, the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan.

Vietnam, Japan cooperate in protecting Thang Long Citadel Over the past four years, Vietnamese and Japanese experts have joined efforts to preserve the UNESCO-recognised Thang Long-Hanoi Citadel while promoting its image to the world under a project financed by the Japanese Fund-in-Trust. The US$1.1 million project aims to build a suitable management system for the benefit of long-term citadel preservation and sustainable development in the locality, said Nguyen Van Son, Director of the Thang … [Read more...]

UK singer charms audiences with debut Vietnamese album

'Vietnamisation process': Lee Kirby is surrounded by student fans after a performance in Hai Phong. — VNS Photo Phuc Thong

by Thuy Hang When British artist Lee Kirby uploaded a Youtube clip featuring himself singing the Vietnamese ballad Diem Xua in 2009, he didn't expect to create a "phenomenon" in Viet Nam. No one could imagine that a man who spoke a few simple Vietnamese words, could perform the famous and emotional song - and with very perfect Vietnamese pronunciations. The clip then attracted hundreds of thousand viewers. "The great feelings I had for the country and the people of Viet Nam, as well as the … [Read more...]

Petite Noel presents Christmas favourites

HA NOI (VNS) — The Manzi Art Space and popular young singer Le Cat Trong Ly will present Petite Noel on December 22 and 23. Known for her endearing lyrics and captivating voice, Ly will be singing some of her own creations as well as Christmas favourites. Free mulled wine will be served on both nights and guests will also receive a "lovely little gift" from the hosts. Petite Noel will take place at 14 Phan Huy Ich Street. — VNS … [Read more...]

Photos: People enjoy the banquet of light in Saigon


VietNamNet Bridge - In the evening of December 13-14, thousands of people packed the roads around the Reunification Palace to see the light and sound effect show by the French artists, using the 3D mapping technology. The spectacular light and musical show was held to wrap up the French Year in Vietnam. The Spectacularies and Allumeurs d'Images event, set up by French engineers and visual artists, saw the front of the palace turn into a giant screen featuring visual and light effects … [Read more...]

French Year in Vietnam draws to close with musical lightshow

Nhan Dan Online - A special music and 3D lightshow is set to take place at the Doc Lap (Independence) Palace in Ho Chi Minh City on December 13 and 14 to mark the closing of French Year in Vietnam.

According to Philippe Bouler, the programme's art director, the event will highlight the architecture of the Doc Lap Palace and Vietnam's heritage by projecting innovative graphics onto the Reunification Palace, to be accompanied by synchronised music. Motion picture special effects technologies will offer audiences an opportunity to enjoy typical Vietnamese landscapes replete with bamboo forests, rice paddies, lotus clusters and more shone on the facade of the Reunification Palace. French … [Read more...]

HCMC Reunification Palace’s light show in pictures


The light show showcased at HCMC Reunification Palace on Friday night, the first of its kind screened in Asia, packed thousand-year-old history of Vietnam into a 15-minute clip. It turned the front of the palace into a very big screen telling the history of Vietnam from the founding day, which is said to start some 4,000 years ago, to the present day, representing a lot of traditional images and iconic figures including Lac Long Quan and Au Co, bamboo trees, paddy fields, … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines December 14

Japanese guitarist Kozo Tate and Australian-Vietnamese Le Hoang Minh will perform, along with local artists, at the Da Nang Guitar Concert at Nguyen Hien Dinh Theatre on December 20.

Da Nang Guitar Concert to celebrate New Year The year-end event also will see the participation of guitarists from HCM City and Da Nang in a music performance night on New Year's eve. The performance will include duos, quartets and quintets. This is the third time that Minh, who won the 50th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, will perform in the central city. The event is hosted annually for tourists, young people and guitar lovers during the Christmas holidays. Students publish … [Read more...]

Spectacular lighting, music performance wraps up French Year in Vietnam


A spectacular lighting and music performance will wrap up French Year in Vietnam at the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City on December 13-14. The 15-minute lighting show will highlight the architecture of the Reunification Palace and the Vietnamese countryside along with music performances. Artists of the Spectaculaires group, Allumeurs d'Images will use graphic innovations of Reunification Palace with musical synchronization to change the facade of the Reunification Palace for two … [Read more...]

Making art happen for its own sake


Le Cat Trong Ly, one of few singer songwriters in Vietnam, performs at Hue Festival 2012. Praised by French art producer Philippe Bouler as the biggest musical talent in Vietnam, the indie artist will sing live at his 3D mapping show over Ho Chi Minh City's Independence Palace this Friday and Saturday. Photo by Alex Cui Ho Chi Minh City will be taken back in time this Friday and Saturday by a 3D mapping show over the Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, which is etched … [Read more...]