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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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. … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 4/8

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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 … [Read more...]

What’s on August 2014 (Daily updated)

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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

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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) … [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) … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 2/6

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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 … [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 … [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...]

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 … [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 … [Read more...]