Art & Entertainment News 26/1

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"Impressions on Mongolia" art exhibition opens in HCMC Ho Chi Minh City Union of Literature & Arts Association and HCMC Fine Arts Association will organize art exhibition named "Impressions on Mongolia" from January 27 to February 7 at 81 Tran Quoc Thao, District 3, HCMC. 30 oil & lacquer paintings, over 100 art photos and sketch of 14 female artists in HCMC featuring Mongolia’s culture and life will be on display during the event. The organization board plans to bring this exhibition to Ha Noi in July 2015 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s independence (11.7.1921-11.7.2015) TNT Theatre tours across Viet Nam The British TNT Theatre will perform Frankenstein – The Monster and the Myth from March 17 to 21 in Ha Noi and HCM City. The play is directed by Paul Stebbings, with music and sound effects by composer Paul Flush. Too many stage and film adaptations of Frankenstein ignore that the story is not just a novel, but a myth that has … [Read more...]

Consensus Is Key toPPP Model in Environment

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Vietnam and the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) recently co-organised a dialogue programme in combination with a press itinerary called "Enhanced public-private partnership in protection of marine environment and coastal areas" in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. The programme drew the participation of central agencies, coastal provinces and cities, business representatives and media agencies. At the dialogue, Ho Cong Hoa, an expert from the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), presented a worrying figure. Nearly 90 percent of State budget is invested in infrastructure development and only 10 percent is allocated to infrastructure management and conservation. ODA that Vietnam receives for environmental protection is decreasing. Besides, the increase in State budget for environmental protection is very low, averaging 5.1 percent a year. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/1

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US Embassy announces student exchange openings The US Department of State has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) for emerging student leaders from Vietnam. The programme offers study at a U.S. college or university for eight Vietnamese students in which the participants will engage in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study at an accredited two- or four-year institution. Participants will engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. The host institutions will also provide participants with academic skill development classes. In addition, participants who do not meet the host institution language requirements will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the United States prior to the start of the academic portion of their programme. The programme is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/1

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Photos of wild birds on show Saturday Wildlife At Risk (WAR) will join hands with the Youth Cultural Center to open a photo exhibition called "Chim rung mua ket ban" (wild birds in mating time) by local artist Tang A Pau from January 24 to 28. It is expected around 130 photos featuring wild birds like red-head crane, white-neck crane and babbler in nature will be on display at the Youth Cultural Center in HCMC’s District 1. Author Tang A Pau has traveled around the country to capture lively moments of birds, especially birds in the mating season. Some photos will be put on sale at the show to raise funds for wildlife protection and a shelter for kids in the Central Highlands. "This is a collection with many rare and precious photos of birds which are in danger of extinction, and hardly found in nature. There are many species that I have never seen or just seen once or twice in my life. I’m calling on people to let wild birds live in the natural environment if we … [Read more...]

Romantic comedy features circus life

Light viewing: Ngay Nay Ngay Nay (The Lost Dragon), a comedy produced by Ngo Thanh Van, will be released for the Tet holiday. — Photo Courtesy of VAA Entertaiment

VietNamNet Bridge – Movie star and pop singer/producer Ngo Thanh Van and her partner, Vietnamese-Canadian director Cuong Ngo, have worked on a new film, Ngay Nay Ngay Nay (The Lost Dragon), which will be screened this Tet (Lunar New Year holiday). The 90-minute movie was filmed on a studio set built to resemble a 400-seat circus arena. The film depicts the adventure of Dan Nuong (played by Van) and Tieu Duyen (by actress Le Khanh), who live on a planet far from the earth. They are on a mission to discover the earth and its people. Both decide to live in a circus in HCM City, where they learn about love and friendship. The film includes beautiful scenes of circus performances with soundtracks by the popular pop band 365. Van invited veteran comedians Thanh Loc and Phi Phung to perfect her film. After its trailer hit online last week, Ngay Nay Ngay Nay was praised by more than 40,000 viewers. "Our film is like a song in praise of life," said Van, owner of the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/1

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My Tam to perform at ‘Dreaming together in Osaka' Singer My Tam will be the sole Vietnam representative to perform with guitarist Oshio Kotaro at ‘Dreaming together in Osaka’ this upcoming April. ‘Dreaming together in Osaka’ is an exchange between Vietnam and Japan artists to mark the 20th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Kansai. The performance will be divided into three parts. My Tam will sing Vietnam and Japan songs with Osaka music band in the first part. The second part will be Oshio Kotaro’s guitar performance and the last part will be a combination between My Tam and guitarist Oshio Kotaro. The programme is set for April 5 at the NHK hall in the centre of Osaka City. India to aid renovation of My Son towers India will send experts and give a five-year subsidy of about US$2.5 million for renovation of the towers in the My Son sanctuary in the central Quang Nam province. According to Dinh Hai, director of the Quang … [Read more...]

In Vietnam, urban parents want kids to gain life experience via outdoor activities

Gardening, doing charity, or selling products at fairs are some of the activities some parents guide their kids into doing in the hope that they can learn knowledge from real life.

Parents in Ho Chi Minh City are putting in effort to teach their children social skills, besides their studying at school, through outdoor activities. Becoming a fair seller One afternoon, Mai Thanh and Sammer, both 7, were excitedly selling popcorn at a booth at a fair in Go Vap District. At the booth selling home-made products by seven families around the city, the children and their parents were busy making cookies and popcorn, topping ice cream or attaching price tags to their products. "Doing this helps our kids respect the money they earned on their own," Doan Cam Anh, a mother at the fair, said. "When the products did not sell out, I explained to them that life does not always offer what they want." "Our kids suffer a lot of pressure from studying at school," she added. "I have seen a generation which only knows their schools and homes, so I want my kids to communicate more with the world." It did not matter how many products Lam Ngoc Phuoc Thu's son could sell … [Read more...]

Two share Vietnam’s Next Top Model title

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The final night of the contest (Photo: internet) For the first time in reality TV contest Vietnam's Next Top Model, judges have announced two winners, 18-year-old Nguyen Oanh (female) from northern Quang Ninh province and 22-year old Quang Hung (male) from the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. The show's executive producer Le Thi Quynh Trang said they had obtained permission from the original format holder to grant the title to two persons. The surprise result was announced during a glitzy finale on the January 17 night in Ho Chi Minh City , which began with a catwalk performance of top five finalists displaying creations of Project Runway 2014 winner Ly Giam Tien. The pressure of the final seemed to have got to Duy Anh of Hanoi. He stepped on the dress train of another contestant. After the performance, Duy Anh, a 20-year-old student of the Hanoi Theatre and Cinema College, was eliminated along with two young women, Tieu Linh from northern Hai Duong province and Cao Ngan … [Read more...]

Vietnam capital to start relocating Old Quarter residents in 2017

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A man watches TV at home in Hanoi's Old Quarter. A local house can be as small as four square meters, but hosts a family of three. Photo credit: VnExpress The capital city’s authorities say it will move 1,500 households from the famous quarter to a brand new residential area, which will be completed in late 2017. The plan, as expected, faces opposition from many of the residents, whose livelihoods depend on the coveted location of the quarter in Hoan Kiem District. By 2020, a total of 6,500 households, or 26,000 residents, will be relocated out of the Old Quarter, so its population density will decrease from 823 people per hectare in 2010 to 500 people per hectare, VnExpress news website quoted Duong Duc Tuan, chairman of Hoan Kiem People’s Committee, as saying Friday. Covering 81 hectares, the quarter has become overcrowded over the years, with a total population of more than 66,000 people, official data show. Works will start on the new residential area in Long Bien … [Read more...]

Social News 7/1

Fire burns down 12 houses in Ca Mau A gold shop in Thoi Binh District in the southern province of Ca Mau caught fire yesterday evening (January 6). The fire quickly spread to and burnt down eleven more houses nearby. At around 6:45 p.m, the fire started from Tan Phat gold shop and then quickly spread to nearby houses at Thoi Binh Market area due to strong wind. Local police sent three fire engines and many firefighters to the site. The incident caused power loss for Thoi Binh town for a short time. By 8:00 p.m, the fire was controlled. According to initial statistics, at least two gold shops and 10 houses were destroyed, causing big loss. Luckily, no human loss was reported. The investigation is being conducted. Three fishermen die of strange snails Though border safeguards in the central province of Ha Tinh yesterday rushed to save three fishermen but their efforts have been unrewarded. As being informed that three fishermen in serious condition after they ate snails, border … [Read more...]

Social News 29/12

Transport Ministry asks for airfare reduction on short-haul routes Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has recently issued a directive on reducing airfares on short-haul domestic routes, aiming to promote socio-economic development in disadvantage areas. Thang asked the airlines operating in Vietnam to promptly study and offer fare incentive policies for short-haul flights under 500 kilometres, and conduct price registration and listing in accordance with regulations. The airfare cuts will enable the people living in the remote, isolated, border and island areas to use air traffic and make contributions to boosting local socio-economic development. Earlier, Minister Thang signed a directive adding national revolutionary contributors to the list of passengers enjoying preferential services at the airports. Nearly VND100 billion raised for Hoang Sa, Truong Sa More than VND100 billion has been raised so far from the programmes organised by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour … [Read more...]

Social News 27/12

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Sleeper bus collides with container truck, injures 6 Some six passengers were injured when their sleeper bus collided with a container truck early today on the My Phuoc – Tan Van Expressway in the southern Binh Duong Province's Hiep Thanh Ward. The accident occurred while the sleeper bus, carrying 19 passengers, was travelling from HCM City to Binh Duong. The cause of the accident, which left the bus in a wrecked state, remains unknown. The injured were treated at the Binh Duong General Hospital. Local police are investigating the case. Unions prepare Tet support for workers Trade unions in southern localities will support workers with gifts and bus tickets during Tet, which falls in the middle of February this year. In Binh Duong Province, the provincial Federation of Labour planned to give free bus tickets to 1,220 workers from central and northern provinces to travel home for the holiday. The federation is giving 10 per cent more workers tickets than last year. The … [Read more...]

Social News 25/12

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VN to compete in 24 skills at World Skills Competition With the sponsor for training contestants by businesses from Japan and the Republic of Korea, Viet Nam is going to compete in 24 among 50 skills at the 43th World Skills Competition which is taking place from August 11-16, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The information was announced at a signing ceremony between the General Department of Vocational Training and the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company in Ha Noi on December 24. According to Isao Mizuno, General Director of the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company, the company established the Denso Viet Nam Vocational Skills Training Institute to train outstanding staff, with a focus on practicing rather than teaching theories, for the company’s key positions in the future. This year, the company helps train six candidates to compete in skills of Japan’s strengths at the world competition. Two candidates were selected for further training in Japan for a year and in Brazil for two months to … [Read more...]

It’s difficult now to tell speakers from paintings in Vietnam

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More local people have been drawn to loudspeakers which have put on a new, gorgeous look after becoming notably thinner and featuring paintings on their surface over the past five years or so in Vietnam. Unlike the bulky, all-black conventional speakers, painted devices now allure more people for their novelty and cater to both visual and acoustic tastes. Painted speakers are generally those featuring canvases on the front which are suitable for painting or printing photos on. The paintings boast a wide range of topics, styles and materials. Bridal or family photos or portraits of the buyers can also be showcased right on their speakers. The speakers’ electronic components are now considerably slimmer than normal and are only some 10 cm thick. It is thus hard for laymen to tell painted speakers from conventional paintings. Surging demand in year-end season Painted speakers in Ho Chi Minh City are in good demand during the year-end season, when people … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/12

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Twelve sites recognised as national relics Twelve archaeological, historical and architectural relics around the country have been recognised as national relic sites by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Ky Anh ancient rock rampart in Ky Lac commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province. The list consists of three archaeological, seven historical and two architectural relics, located in 10 provinces: Son La, Thai Nguyen, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien–Hue, Quang Nam, An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Long An and Khanh Hoa. Three archaeological relics named are the Loi Citadel in Thuy Xuan and Thuy Bieu wards, Hue City, Thua Thien–Hue province; Hoa Diem relic in Cam Thinh Dong commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province; and Khe Ho ancient rock ground in Hang Chu commune, Bac Yen district, Son La province. The seven historical sites comprise three in Thai Nguyen, including the complex of Muc Temple and Huong Ap pagoda in Pho Yen district; the relic where the Brigade 308 … [Read more...]

Vietnam International Fashion Week kicks off

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The Hanoitimes - The event drew a number of participations of fashion lovers throughout the world with a view to sharing the same passion for fashion, creativity and connectivity. A special, chic and cozy party was held by Vietnam International Fashion Week (VIFW) on December 1 to welcome all fashion lovers all over the world to share the same passion for fashion. The party is also considered as the first event of the International Fashion Weeks in Vietnam which has currently been a focus of media and fashion lovers both nationwide and worldwide. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1-10 (daily updated)

Hanoi Urban Flea Market in December 2014 Sun 07 Dec 2014, 9 am HERO Bar 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi Hanoi Urban Flea Market - a quite-young-yet-had-some-popularity flea market in the Westlake district as well as Hanoi's expat community and youngsters. This time, in honor of the immortal holiday spirit, we've come to decide to expand our market in both quality and quantity. Ticket price: 10,000 VND Exhibition "The Cosmos and The Sea" Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm (at both gallery spaces) Main gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 … [Read more...]

Social News 24/11

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Hanoi to host Asia-Pacific Disability Forum Conference The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 28 as an appropriate celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). The Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) told a press conference in Hanoi on November 21 that the biennial event is to review the progress made on the realization of the rights of people with disabilities set in a strategy reached at the first APDF in Incheon, the Republic of Korea in 2012. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/11

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Japan applies single tourist visas for Vietnamese citizens The Japanese Embassy in Hanoi announced that on November 20, Japan started a simplified application procedure for single tourist visas for Vietnamese nationals as part of efforts to further promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. Accordingly, Vietnamese individuals are able to apply for single tourist visas when they take part in package tours (with a stay of less than 15 days) organised by local travel agencies registered with the Japanese embassy and consulate general located in the country. … [Read more...]