‘Do Re Mi’ children singing contest to air final round

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The final round of Do Re Mi, an annual singing contest for children, will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television's VTV3 channel on July7. Ten of the selected contestants join the final round (Photo: SGGP) Ten of the selected contestants including Nguyen Khanh Ngoc, Trinh Nhat Minh, Le An Nam, Luu Thi Huong Thao, Ju Uyen Nhi, Do Khanh Nhi, Le Mai Quynh, Rmah Thanh Xuan, Tran Quoc Thai and Pham Mai Ngoc Nhat of ages 6-8 triumphed over thousands of candidates to join the final round. This year, the 7th singing contest had drawn a large number of children from across the nation, included remote areas such as Ha Giang, Nghe An, Gia Lai and Ca Mau. Le Tran Nhat Tien, a nine-year-old boy from the northern province of Ha Tinh had won a special cash prize of VND15 million and a trip to Hello Music Land in Melbourne, Australia, with his parents in the last contest. … [Read more...]

Central region boy, 9, wins Do Re Mi singing competition

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HA NOI — The Do Re Mi singing contest for children awarded a Special Prize to Le Tran Nhat Tien on Sunday. Tien, a nine-year-old boy from the central province of Ha Tinh, received a cash prize of VND15 million (US$700) and a trip to Hello Music Land in Melbourne, Australia, with his father or mother. First and second prizes were given to Bao Tran, 8; Gia Linh, 9; and Bich Hang, 8. Do Re Mi has been broadcast by Viet Nam Television, with sponsorship by Vinamilk, annually since 2006.-VNS … [Read more...]

8-year-old boy crowned at children singing contest

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Le Tran Nhat Tien from the northern province of Ha Tinh has been crowned winner at Doremi, the singing contest for children held annually by the national Vietnam Television Station. At the final night of the competition which is in its 6th year on August 12, the 8-year-old boy impressed the jury as well as viewers with his confident performances of two songs "Trong Com" (Cylindrical Drum) and "Bay Cao Tieng Hat Uoc Mo" (The Voice of Dreams Flying High), then won the highest prize worth VND20 million (US$1,000). … [Read more...]

Judge and audiences cry when 9-year-old boy sings

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VietNamNet Bridge – Both judges and the audience were touched by the performance of Le Tran Nhat Tien, a 9-year-old boy from the central province of Ha Tinh, in a show of the Do Re Mi television singing contest for kids on July 22. Judges Tran Thanh and Chau Anh and many viewers could not hold on their tears when Tien sang “Seeing Mum in Dream.” … [Read more...]

Festival honors folk songs

A act performed by the Thai Nguyen province's team. Photo: tuyengiao.vn

PANO – The final round of the 2015 Vietnam Folk Song Festival in the North has been underway in Thai Nguyen province. Artists from nine Northern provinces of Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Hoa Binh, Dien Bien, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Tuyen Quang, Lai Chau and Lao Cai, performed their ethnic minority groups’ 14 typical songs. The national final round will be held in the Central province of Nghe An this May. This biannual event has been held since 2005 by the Vietnam Television to explore and preserve the country’s folk songs and cultural values. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Documentary on Amerasian children of war in Vietnam to be shown

A special documentary on Amerasian children of the war in Vietnam will be aired on national broadcaster Vietnam Television’s VTV1 channel next weekend. The 60-minute film, "Nhung dua con cua cuoc chien" (The Children of War), is scheduled to be on air at 8:10 pm on April 25. It narrates the sad stories of Amerasian children who were born during wartime in Vietnam. Most of the children have had to live a hard, poor life. They were abandoned by their birth parents but always desire to find them. "It looks like Amerasian children are being punished by God, although we are all guiltless," said Son, who lives in Maine, a state in the New England region of the northeastern US. As a homeless man, Son earns his living by collecting scrap metal and receiving his monthly grant from the U.S. government. His only dream is to come back to Vietnam as living in the US is "cold and lonely." Bach Tuyet, another Amerasian child who is now a medical research assistant at a university in … [Read more...]

Documentary on Amerasian children of war in Vietnam to be shown this month

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A special documentary on Amerasian children of the war in Vietnam will be aired on national broadcaster Vietnam Television’s VTV1 channel next weekend. The 60-minute film, "Nhung dua con cua cuoc chien" (The Children of War), is scheduled to be on air at 8:10 pm on April 25. It narrates the sad stories of Amerasian children who were born during wartime in Vietnam. Most of the children have had to live a hard, poor life. They were abandoned by their birth parents but always desire to find them. "It looks like Amerasian children are being punished by God, although we are all guiltless," said Son, who lives in Maine, a state in the New England region of the northeastern U.S. As a homeless man, Son earns his living by collecting scrap metal and receiving his monthly grant from the U.S. government. His only dream is to come back to Vietnam as living in the U.S. is "cold and lonely." Bach Tuyet, another Amerasian child who is now a medical research assistant at a … [Read more...]

Millions to gather at Hung Kings’ Festival

(VOV) - An estimated 6-7 million people are expected to turn out for this year’s Hung Kings’ Festival, which will be held April 23-28 at Hung Vuong square in Viet Tri city in Phu Tho province. In making the announcement, Phu Tho provincial People’s Committee Vice Chairman Ha Ke San said on April 16 that a wide and diverse range of folk cultural activities and events have been planned. It will open with a special art performance that will be aired on Vietnam Television’s VTV1 channel at 8 pm on April 24 and also include a spectacular fireworks display at the closing ceremony. Other events including worship and ritual offerings celebrating the Hung Kings and food contests have also been planned for the festival jointly organized by Phu Tho in collaboration with Son La, Phu Yen, Dak Nong, Tien Giang and Bac Lieu provinces. The organizers have also set up hotlines (0210.3860026 or 0210.6551666) that will operate 24 hours a day during the festival for use by … [Read more...]

Reality shows boom, live performance suffers

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Music reality shows are proliferating on television, at the expense of live performances to ticket-buying audiences, concert organisers say. Melody of Pride features old songs When music reality shows first appeared on Vietnam television, they were mostly singing contests aimed at young audiences, but now all kinds of music shows have been created that cross demographic divides. Children can compete in "Do-Re-Mi" or "The Voice for Kids", while older people who love songs from 1964-80 now have "Giai Dieu Tu Hao" (Melody of Pride). Audiences can hear their favourite songs on "Dau An", each episode of which is devoted to a popular artist who has contributed to the local music industry. These programmes help to bring singers closer to audiences and also successfully promote new talent. Singer Hien Thuc said that since she became a mother, she did not think she would have her own live show anymore, but "Dau An" has let her continue to work. While the small screens boom with reality … [Read more...]

Electronic music on upbeat note in Vietnam

French DJ Superpoze performed in Ho Chi Minh City in March 2014.

Electronic music, or electro, has taken an increasingly firmer foothold in Vietnam, and its spurting growth has added new life to the apparently saturated music arena. Electro is a genre of music in which sounds are created and modified with electronic instruments, synthesizers, and computers. A number of electro festivals of different scales have been organized in major Vietnamese cities in recent years, with each drawing influxes of fans who are mostly young people. Several of these events have seen the participation of emerging local disc jockeys (DJs). The sustained success of a popular electronic music festival, "Hanoi Sound Stuff," well into its seventh year was among the elements to spur on artist Tri Minh, its initiator, to continue organizing the event this year, though he previously planned to stop the program after its fifth year. Its eighth show, which ran from April 9 to 11 and gathered several of the country's topnotch electro performers as well as notable … [Read more...]

2015 Hung King Temple’s Festival set to run in six days

Hung King Temple's Festival in thhe HCMC Historical and Cultural Park in District 9 (Photo: Sggp)

Phu Tho people's committee yesterday announced at press meeting that Hung King death anniversary which falls on lunar March 10 and Hung Temple festival 2015 will be taken place from April 23 to 28, 2015. A wide range of folk cultural activities and sport games, such as worship and ritual offerings commemorating the Hung Kings, art performances, food fairs, will be organized in Viet Tri, capital of Phu Tho Province and the Temple of the Hung Kings and in adjacent areas during the event. The festival will open with a special art performance at Hung Vuong Square in Phu Tho Province’s Viet Tri City and be broadcasted live on Vietnam Television’s VTV1 channel at 8 p.m. on April 24. A high-range firework display will be held in the closing ceremony. Phu Tho Province, the organizer of the death anniversary of the Hung Kings, will cooperate with provinces, including Son La, Phu Yen, Dak Nong, Tien Giang and Bac Lieu to give a special day paying tribute to the country’s … [Read more...]

Whole army’s outstanding young officers honored

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PANO – 40 outstanding young officers in the whole army were honoured in Da Nang city on April 15th in the presence of Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army. Over the past years, under the leadership, education and training of the Party, State, Central Military Commission and Ministry of National Defence, young officers have improved their professionalism and political stance. They have always surmounted difficulties and shown responsibility towards all assigned tasks. This year, 40 individuals were honored in acknowledgement of their good performances in their specific fields. Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich urged the awardees to continue promoting their skills and political stance in preventing and fighting the "peaceful evolution" plot of the hostile forces and in promoting the image of Uncle Ho’s soldiers. On this occasion, Senior Lieutenant General Ngo Xuan Lich led a … [Read more...]

Social News 16/4

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Two female drug traffickers get death sentences Two women have been sentenced to death and another to life imprisonment for trafficking of 10 heroin bricks and more than 200 methamphetamine pills. On Monday, the Ha Noi People's Court tried 32-year-old Do Thi Thu Huyen of Lang Son Province, 35-year-old Bui Thi Thu Thuy of Nam Dinh Province and 28-year-old Hoang Thi Nhu Chi of Lang Son, for drug trafficking. According to prosecutors, at 2.30pm last Thursday, at the Yen Nghia gas station in Ha Dong District, Ha Noi, the police of Dan Phuong District in collaboration with the drug crime investigation department under the public security ministry searched the passengers of a coach going from Son La Province to Ha Noi. Passengers Bui Thi Thu Thuy and Hoang Thi Nhu Chi were found to be carrying drugs, including 10 bricks of heroin (each weighing about 0.3kg). At the investigative agency, Thuy allegedly said due to difficult economic conditions, she had agreed to transport the drug … [Read more...]

Many Vietnam’s cities will be submerged due to climate change

People in the Central Highlands and nearby provinces are facing the worst drought of the decade, struggling to find drinking water and watching their crops and cattle die. But 400 kilometers to their north, three people drowned last month due to unusual floods as rainfall hit more than 500 millimeters, the highest in March since 1965. "What’s going on?" a resident asked in a question sent to the environment minister during a televised Q&A program early this month. "It’s climate change," Minister Nguyen Minh Quang told national broadcaster Vietnam Television. He said the impacts are becoming more extreme in Vietnam, one of the five most affected countries in the world, and the cost of that extremity will rise to 9% of GDP from the end of the century. "It’s a terrible figure." The damage caused by climate change between 2001 and 2010 was around 1.5% of Vietnam's GDP as more severe and frequent disasters left around 9,500 people dead and missing. Quang … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City to hold military parade to celebrate Reunification Day

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A military parade will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on April 30 to mark the 40th anniversary of Reunification Day, according to the national committee on the organization of major anniversaries in 2014-2015. About 6,200 soldiers, militiamen, and civilians will take part in a parade and a march that will kick off on Le Duan Street, in front of the Reunification Palace at 7:00 am on April 30, the committee said at an international press conference in the city on Monday. At the same time, a grand meeting will be opened with the participation of about 1,750 people. These activities will be watched by the country’s top leaders, high-ranking officials of Ho Chi Minh City, international guests, and 100 overseas Vietnamese. The event will be aired live on Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam, and all TV stations of centrally-run provinces and cities. Following the parade and march, a music show will be organized with the performance of over 4,400 artists. Truong … [Read more...]

VTC to merge with VOV

The VTC–VOV merger aims to create a multimedia group in the near future. (Image credit: VTC)

NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to merge Vietnam Television Corporation (VTC) with Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) to stabilise organisation and operations. According to the MIC, merging VTC with VOV is in line with the national plan on development and management of national journalism up to 2025. It is expected to create favourable conditions for both groups to develop strongly. While being incorporated into VOV, one of the important tasks of VTC is to facilitiate the National Assembly (NA) television channel, providing information on NA operations, and creating a bridge between the NA and voters across the country. Earlier, the VOV was assigned by the NA Standing Committee to be the governing body for implementing the TV channel of the NA. The channel officially started airing on January 6, 2015. In January 2015, the PM gave the green light for the VOV–VTC merger as suggested by VOV. The merger is … [Read more...]

Many Vietnam’s cities will be submerged due to climate change: official

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A street in Ho Chi Minh City is flooded after a heavy rain. File photo People in the Central Highlands and nearby provinces are facing the worst drought of the decade, struggling to find drinking water and watching their crops and cattle die. But 400 kilometers to their north, three people drowned last month due to unusual floods as rainfall hit more than 500 millimeters, the highest in March since 1965. "What’s going on?" a resident asked in a question sent to the environment minister during a televised Q&A program early this month. "It’s climate change," Minister Nguyen Minh Quang told national broadcaster Vietnam Television. He said the impacts are becoming more extreme in Vietnam, one of the five most affected countries in the world, and the cost of that extremity will rise to 9 percent of GDP from the end of the century. "It’s a terrible figure." The damage caused by climate change between 2001 and 2010 was around 1.5 percent of Vietnam's GDP as more … [Read more...]

Military parade to mark Vietnam Liberation Day

Vietnam will celebrate the 40th anniversary of liberation and national reunification with a military parade involving nearly 6,000 soldiers, militia, and civilians in HCM City on April 30. The event organising board said at a press briefing yesterday that the parade would start at 7am at the Sai Gon Zoo and Botanical Garden, pass through Reunification Palace where it will split into two, one group turning left for Ton Duc Thang Street and the other turning right for Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street en route to Hoa Lu stadium. It will be witnessed by the country's top leaders, city chiefs and 100 overseas Vietnamese who have contributed to the country's development. The event will be live on Vietnam Television, Radio Voice of Vietnam and all provincial TV stations, according to the National Organising Committee for Commemoration of Major Anniversaries in 2014 – 2015. Lt Gen Nguyen Trong Nghia of the committee said the event aimed to show the strength of national union and the … [Read more...]