Rhino horns similar to human nails

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Rhino species are being pushed to extinction worldwide while the last Java rhino in Vietnam, one of the world’s main markets for rhino horns, died in 2010. According to the wildlife protection organization, there are three rhinos which are killed for their horns. Although in fact there is no scientific works demonstrating the value of rhino horn in treating disease, many people still are considered rhino horn as panacea. To bring the message "rhino horns are similar to human nails" to everyone, a community program "Nail art for rhino" will be deployed in Vietnam with the participation of many celebrities such as Hong Anh, Diem My, Hoang Thuy Linh, Le Cat Trong Ly and Hoang Yen. The " Nail art for rhino" within the framework of the campaign "Stop using rhino horn" is a pioneering signal, to make Vietnamese people think about effective measures to prevent poaching and using wild meat. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese myths featured in music

Spirited performer: Le Cat Trong Ly rehearses for her Vui transnational tour, held a few years ago.— Photo Courtesy of Le Cat Trong Ly

Vietnamese singer Le Cat Trong Ly along with American artists will depict six legendary Vietnamese myths through singing, live visual arts and an interactive dance tonight in HCM City. The American electronic duo, Space/Panther, will collaborate with Ly to create a digital fictional book about the six myths. Le Cat Trong Ly used one of the legends in composing her first song Chenh Venh when she began her music career. She wrote the song after reading the myths about Tien Dung and Chu Dong Tu. Inspired by the Vietnamese stories, the production will take the audience on an exhilarating ride through a land of fantasy. The legendary story of the fairy Au Co and dragon king Lac Long Quan represents the origin of the Vietnamese people, and the myth about Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh represents the seasonal patterns in Viet Nam. The story about Thanh Giong concerns a young boy who becomes a giant, brought by the gods to fight off invaders in Viet Nam, and another myth revolves around Chu … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

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Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 1-10 (daily updated)

HCMC - New Year Strauss Concert Sat 10 Jan 2015, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the New Year's Strauss Concert to enjoy masterpieces by the most popular waltz composers of all time - Johann Strauss, who was known as "The Waltz King" in his lifetime. PROGRAM Johann Strauss II Der Zigeunerbaron Ouverture Frederic Chopin Nocturne op.9, no.2 (one couple dance) Johann Strauss II Einzugsmarsch Edvard Grieg Solvieg's song Soprano: Phạm Duyên Huyền Johann Strauss II Annen-Polka op.117 (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Egyptian March Johann Strauss II Voices of Spring Waltz Soprano: Võ Thụy Ngọc Tuyền Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Johann Strauss II Pizzicato polka (2-3 couple dances) Jacques Offenbach Barcarolle , from 'The Tales of Hoffmann' Soprano: Phạm Khánh Ngọc Mezzo-soprano: Nguyễn Thị Thanh Huyền Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube Waltz (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Radetzky March Conductor: Le Phi … [Read more...]

Making music to make it big

Songwriter: Like some of her peers, Le Cat Trong Ly has moved from performing songs to composing her own tunes. - VNS File Photo by Thu Anh HCM CITY (VNS) - Young musicians and producers in HCM City this year have succeeded in winning fans and setting new entertainment trends, producing CDs and music videos in different styles. Hieu, a graduate of the HCM City College of Culture and Arts, says his composing skills have served him well in a fiercely competitive entertainment industry. He has written both pop and dance music, featuring stars like Ho Ngoc Ha. … [Read more...]

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. The 17 designers exhibiting their work included veterans like Minh Hanh and Lan Huong, and younger clothing artists like Quang Nhat and Ngoc Han. Diego Cortizas of Spain , owner of the Chula brand, also joined them. … [Read more...]

Enjoying acoustic music the old-fashioned way

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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...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 1-10 (daily updated)

Concert "Beethoven's Symphony No 5″Berlinale Shorts Go Abroad in HanoiScreening of Film "Vive la France" Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the film screening "Vive la France" (France, 2013, 95 mins) directed by Michael Youn. "They do not know where they put their feet on! A success of humor, good ideas and excellent replicas". For more information about synopsis, please see L'Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post. Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle. … [Read more...]

Composer wants to bring cine-concert projects to VN

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VietNamNet Bridge - 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 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 Toulouse during the last two months. This year is the Year of Viet Nam in France, following the Year of France in Viet Nam in 2013. During this year, a culture, arts and music series will be organised in various cities throughout France. The recent event in Toulouse was part of the annual Made in Asia festival, which focused on Viet Nam this year. In addition to my performance, there were shows by singer Le Cat Trong Ly, musician Nguyen Duc Minh and a hip-hop band from Viet Nam. Some … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture ( 26-03-2014)

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 Toulouse during the last two months. This year is the Year of Viet Nam in France, following the Year of France in Viet Nam in 2013. During this year, a culture, arts and music series will be organised in various cities throughout France. The recent event in Toulouse was part of the annual Made in Asia festival, which focused on Viet Nam this year. In addition to my performance, there were shows by singer Le Cat Trong Ly, musician Nguyen Duc Minh and a hip-hop band from Viet Nam. Some overseas … [Read more...]

Le Cat Trong Ly represents Vietnam on BBC Asia Beat

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VietNamNet Bridge - 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 to pursue their careers. In contrast, you left the south for a life in Ha Noi where you have been living for the past years. Why did you make that decision? I decided to end my studies at the Da Nang University and left my hometown in the central city for HCM City back in 2006. I took up the viola and started composing there, but I realised after many years that despite the city's thriving music industry, I couldn't be true to my own style. The bustling music industry … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture (12-03-2014)

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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 to pursue their careers. In contrast, you left the south for a life in Ha Noi where you have been living for the past years. Why did you make that decision? I decided to end my studies at the Da Nang University and left my hometown in the central city for HCM City back in 2006. I took up the viola and started composing there, but I realised after many years that despite the city's thriving music industry, I couldn't be true to my own style. The bustling music industry in HCM City is totally … [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 horn crisis and urge people to stop consuming this product because "when the buying stops, the killing can too," AWF said on its website. It will focus on Vietnam and China, reported to be the world's two largest markets for rhino horn. "We are committed to supporting this meaningful campaign by using our communication channels to change behaviors and educate the public on laws related to endangered species, and join international communities in saving these species for an ecologically … [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 its first cinemas in the two largest cities of the country in 2007. Since then, the number of cinema complexes has jumped to 13 in seven cities and provinces nation-wide, claiming more than 50 per cent of the market share. According to the group's CEO Seo Jung, CGV Viet Nam aims to maintain its market share and entertain audiences in Viet Nam with new and interesting experiences. Jung said that Hollywood blockbusters will be screened in Viet Nam even before they are released in the North … [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 programmes organised by the Viet Nam Red Cross. Famous singers performing at the show include Van Khanh, Quang Dung, Nguyen Phi Hung, Le Cat Trong Ly and Thanh Ha-Thanh Hang. The show, organised by the Viet Nam Red Cross in coordination with Viet Nam Television and Kien Vang Telecast Co., Ltd, is expected to attract nearly 2,000 people. — VNS … [Read more...]

Frenchmen infuse Vietnamese folk music with new possibilities

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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 to change this, making listeners alert to new possibilities and connections. The VietVoDaHouse, founded in 2002 by Christian Bouaziz who plays the guitar and Patrick Genuite who sings in Vietnamese and is an electronics music composer, has blended blues/funk/electronic and jazz sounds with well-known Vietnamese folk songs like "Ly Ngua O," "Trong Com," and "Ru Em," as also folksy love ballads like "Chim Da Da" and "Ca Dao Em Va Toi." Their work usually starts with complete rearrangement with … [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 Laura Brunner EXHIBITION Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam Exhibition 'Colours of Hanoi' displays 60 autochromes designed by Emmanuel Poisson, a historian at Paris Diderot University and Dinh Trọng Hieu, an anthropologist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. The colour photos feature daily life, business and society, environment and beliefs in Hanoi. Free admission Nguyen Art Gallery Art exhibition entitled 'The journey of life' by artist Nguyen … [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 +Diem xua+, inspired me to learn more Vietnamese songs," the 34-year-old singer said. Four years after the "phenomenon", Kirby recently released his debut album which he simply named "Viet Nam oi". The album features nine Vietnamese songs by famous local composers and songwriters, including Tran Tien, Phu Quang, Le Minh Son and Truong Quy Hai. The ballad Diem Xua, by veteran composer Trinh Cong Son, is included in the album. The album is a result of Kirby's three-year plan Tra Da with Lee … [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 (reformed opera) and hat van (ritual singing) by composer Dao Van Trung will be performed. The Sunday concert will feature electronic music artist and DJ Tri Minh. Minh, who mixes electronic and traditional music genres, including ca tru (ceremonial singing) and xam (folk songs once sung by wandering blind musicians). Veteran folk artist Xuan Hoach will join him. The Luala season will also feature singer/songwriter Le Cat Trong Ly on April 24; the contemporary circus show Lang Toi (My Village) … [Read more...]