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...]

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 … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture (12-03-2014)


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...]