Art & Entertainment News 17/12


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...]

Social News 13/12


Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF … [Read more...]

Social News 12/12


Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. … [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...]

Social News 22/10

Free health checks offered in Kien Giang Over 500 disadvantaged people in the Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) province of Kien Giang received free health screening on Sunday. At the programme, organised in An Minh Bac Commune in U Minh Thuong District by local authorities, the Thien Tam Charity Foundation belonging to the Tan Binh District Red Cross, and Bayer Viet Nam, medicines and supplies like instant noodles and cooking oil were also donated to the beneficiaries. They were taught how to grow rice safely and farm fish naturally. … [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...]

Social News 13/10

19 'fake' school health workers fired Tuy Phuoc District officials approved a request to fire 19 health workers at local elementary and middle schools who used fake degrees to get the job. The district's Bureau of Education and Training and Bureau of Interior Affairs made the request after the workers were caught buying fake degrees. The workers included 44-year-old Pham Thi Xuan Mai and 38-year-old Trinh Thi Ngoc Hau, who earlier this year were sentenced to 12 and 18 years in prison respectively for using and trading fake college degrees. … [Read more...]

Social News 21/9

Vocational training highlighted in new rural development As many as 660,000 rural workers received vocational training in the period 2010-2013, mainly in husbandry and fishery, as part of the national new rural development program. Vietnam now has approximately 25 million rural workers, of whom just 5 million have received vocational training. As farm land shrinks due to rapid urbanisation and modernisation, vocational training plays an increasingly important role because it boosts farm incomes. Nguyen Minh Nhan, head of the personnel department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the ministry has devised rural programmes that provide both agricultural promotion and vocational training for rural labourers. They also helped farmers sell their products and services. … [Read more...]

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...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 4/8


Vietnamese designs remote artwork application Vietnam artist Uu Dam is introducing "License2Draw" - a remote-controlled drawing application performed via smartphone and wifi - at the Koganecho Bazaar 2014 in Yokohama city, Japan. … [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...]

What’s on August 2014 (Daily updated)


MUSIC AND PERFORMANCESHCMC - Electronic Disco Night with Italian Artist Bottin Aug 1, 10 pm … [Read more...]

Artworks specially composed to show artists’ love for sea and islands


Soldiers and fishermen who are resolutely safeguarding the country's sovereignty over its sea and islands have been an inspiration for artists to compose hundreds of artworks imbued with their emotion and national pride. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 16/6

Vietnam, US discuss non-traditional gas development Safely and effectively developing non-traditional gas resources without damaging the environment was the focus of a workshop held in Hanoi on June 12-13. Jointly organized by the US Embassy in Vietnam and the Ministry of Industry and Trade's General Department of Energy, the event attracted a crowd of experts from both countries operating in the field, along with those from the member nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and ASEAN. … [Read more...]

Firm evidence proves Vietnam’s sovereignty over archipelagoes

Hanoi, June 10 (VNA) - China's recent unilateral acts in the East Sea, particularly its illegal placement of the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty and international law, threatening peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea. To vindicate its wrong actions, China claims to have evidence proving its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, which belong to Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 2/6


Lean pork paste proved to emit light Information that lean pork paste was giving off light proved to be true and was witnessed by many people, said Truong Hoang Kien, deputy director of the Quang Ninh Food Safety and Hygiene Department. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 15/4

Student faces Facebook page probe Ha Noi's Police High-tech Crime Prevention Faculty summoned Nguyen Van Tien to investigate his behaviour of smearing Vingroup Joint Stock Company on social network Facebook. Tien, born in 1991, in the northern province of Ha Nam, is now in his last year at the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology. Earlier, Vingroup submitted a document to the police to report a fan page on Facebook titled "Vingroup lua tien khach hang" (roughly translated as "Vingroup cheated customers"). The investigating agency then discovered that in late August 2013, Tien used his Facebook account to start a fan page that he named Vingroup and also took the company's logo as an avatar. 14 year old girl infected with bizarre skin disease A 14 year old girl in Ba Nam Commune is discovered to have the unidentified skin disease plaguing Ba To District in the central province of Quang Ngai. Le Han Phong, chairman of People's Committee in Ba To District confirmed this … [Read more...]

Composer wants to bring cine-concert projects to VN

Composer Vu Nhat Tan - File photo

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...]