King of Mong flute passes away

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People's Artist-- Luong Kim Vinh, who is honored as "the King of Mong flute" passed away on September 22, in Lao Cai city, at the age of 75. People's Artist Luong Kim Vinh (right) and his son, Meritorious Artist Luong Hung Viet. Vinh was born in 1937 in Hoai Duc district, Hanoi. He was a member of the Vietnamese Musicians' Association, the Vietnam Folk Art Association and the Association of Culture and Arts of Ethnic Minority Groups of Vietnam. He was a composer and a famous Mong flute player. He is considered the pioneer who brought the flute of Mong people to professional stages. In 1970, he was the first who performed music pieces by reformed Mong flute at a national musical festival in Quang Ninh province. He won a gold medal for "Moonlit night in a Meo people's hamlet". Vinh is the only one artist of Lao Cai province who was presented the People's Artist title by the President in 2001. He also received many orders and awards of the central and local governments. His … [Read more...]

King of Mong flute passes away

People’s Artist-- Luong Kim Vinh, who is honored as “the King of Mong flute” passed away on September 22, in Lao Cai city, at the age of 75. People's Artist Luong Kim Vinh (right) and his son, Meritorious Artist Luong Hung Viet. Vinh was born in 1937 in Hoai Duc district, Hanoi. He was a member of the Vietnamese Musicians’ Association, the Vietnam Folk Art Association and the Association of Culture and Arts of Ethnic Minority Groups of Vietnam. He was a composer and a famous Mong flute player. He is considered the pioneer who brought the flute of Mong people to professional stages. In 1970, he was the first who performed music pieces by reformed Mong flute at a national musical festival in Quang Ninh province. He won a gold medal for “Moonlit night in a Meo people’s hamlet”. Vinh is the only one artist of Lao Cai province who was presented the People’s Artist title by the President in 2001. He also received many orders and awards of … [Read more...]

Vietnamese culture celebrates a brilliant year

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Nhan Dan - The Vietnamese saw a big year in 2012 in term of culture when a wide variety of events were held across the country to honour its rich culture and fine traditions won international acclaim. The Culture and Arts Department of Nhan Dan has selected the following as top ten cultural events of 2012. 1. The worship ceremony of Hung Kings in Phu Tho province was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The inscription marks the recognition by the international community of Vietnam's thousand-year-old history, culture and spiritual life. The ceremony spans across a wide area centred around the Temple of Hung Kings in Phu Tho with unique folk practices, rituals and festivities, representing the solidarity, community strength and cultural identity of Vietnam. 2. Woodblocks used to print Buddhist sutras from the Truc Lam Zen Sect at the Vinh Nghiem Temple … [Read more...]

Ministry voices, artists still quarrel about the state awards

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has raised its voice over the recent complaints of some artists over the list of nominees for the stat awards but related sides are not satisfied. Artists disagree with nominees for the State Awards Director Nguyen Thuoc and scriptwriter Phan Huyen Thu Early, five musicians and two scriptwriters had petitioned the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for reconsidering the list of nominees for the Ho Chi Minh Awards and the State Awards on music and movies. Five musicians - Doan Bong, Dinh Quang Hop, Ngoc Khue, The Song, Le Viet Hoa - complained that the grassroots jury did not thoroughly and carefully listen to and evaluate the music works of nominees and made "vague comments". According to the five musicians, the jury needs up to 100 hours to listen to all over 300 musical works submitted by the nominees, but they worked for only two and half of a day to make the final list. They did not agree with the jury to reject famous songs … [Read more...]

Ministry voices, artists still quarrel about the state awards

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has raised its voice over the recent complaints of some artists over the list of nominees for the stat awards but related sides are not satisfied. Artists disagree with nominees for the State Awards Director Nguyen Thuoc and scriptwriter Phan Huyen Thu Early, five musicians and two scriptwriters had petitioned the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for reconsidering the list of nominees for the Ho Chi Minh Awards and the State Awards on music and movies. Five musicians - Doan Bong, Dinh Quang Hop, Ngoc Khue, The Song, Le Viet Hoa – complained that the grassroots jury did not thoroughly and carefully listen to and evaluate the music works of nominees and made “vague comments”. According to the five musicians, the jury needs up to 100 hours to listen to all over 300 musical works submitted by the nominees, but they worked for only two and half of a day to make the final list. They did not agree with the jury to … [Read more...]

First int’l piano contest closes in Hanoi

International piano contest is held for the first time in the country to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi. (Photo: Vietnamplus)

Vietnam won three second prizes and two third prizes at the international piano competition, which was held in Vietnam for the first time from September 5-12. In the group A for pianists from 10-13, Vietnamese contestant Do Hoang Linh Chi and Canada's Vu Duc Manh Vincent picked up second prizes, each worth 500 USD in cash. The first prize worth 1,000 USD went to Kiroki Ukine from Japan . In the 14-17-year-old group, Tran Viet Bao and Luu Duc Anh of Vietnam together with Montesclaros Ma Regina from the Philippines earned second prizes, each worth 800 USD. Especially, Tran Viet Bao received the best contestant in Nocturne performance presented by the Vietnamese Musician Association. In the group, Nguyen Le Binh An took third prize and was presented with Dang Thai Son Scholarship. In the group C, Luu Hong Quang of the host country and Shih Wei Chen from Taiwan won third prizes, each worth 800 USD. The first prize worth 2,000 USD belongs to Kim Kyung Hoon from the Republic of … [Read more...]

First int’l piano contest closes in Hanoi

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Vietnam won three second prizes and two third prizes at the international piano competition, which was held in Vietnam for the first time from September 5-12. In group A for pianists from 10-13, Vietnamese contestant Do Hoang Linh Chi and Canada's Vu Duc Manh Vincent picked up second prizes, each worth US$500 in cash. The first prize worth US$1,000 went to Kiroki Ukine from Japan. In the 14-17-year-old group, Tran Viet Bao and Luu Duc Anh of Vietnam together with Montesclaros Ma Regina from the Philippines earned second prizes, each worth US$800. Especially, Tran Viet Bao received the best contestant in Nocturne performance presented by the Vietnamese Musician Association. In the group, Nguyen Le Binh An took third prize and was presented with Dang Thai Son Scholarship. In group C, Luu Hong Quang of the host country and Shih Wei Chen from Taiwan won third prizes, each worth US$800. The first prize worth US$2,000 belongs to Kim Kyung Hoon from the Republic of Korea. … [Read more...]

2006 Vietnamese Music Awards

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Vo Thien Thanh's Chuong Gio (wind chimes) sung by Thu Minh won the Bai Hat Viet Award for the best Vietnamese song of 2006 at Hoa Binh Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City last night. Singer Thu Minh and musician Vo Thien Thanh at the award ceremony. Also in Viet Nam Television's music awards for last year, Gieng Lang (village well) by Le Minh Son was voted the Best Contemporary Folk Song and Sang Nay (this morning) by Luu Ha An the Best Contemporary Pop-Rock Song. Thanh Phuong and Minh Dao won the Best Sound Mixer awards for their work on Sang Nay and Gieng Lang. The Most Impressive Musician award went to the rock band Gat tan day (tray full of cigarette ash) for Dam Cuoi Chuot (mouse wedding). The award for contributions to music was given to 71-year-old Le Tinh, author of the folk song Ngoi Hat Mua Dong (sit and sing in the winter). Van Phong, 20, scored the Most Promising Musician award for his song Giac Mo Mang Ten Minh (dream in one's own name). The Most Popular Song was Thanh … [Read more...]

Song Composition Contest “Singing about the Beloved City” Launched

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Ho Chi Minh City On April 28, 2006, the organization board of Song Composition Contest "Singing about the Beloved City" held the first meeting at the Sai Gon Giai Phong (SGGP) Newspaper office to decide on the judgment panel and set the regulations, which will be announced on the SGGP Newspaper, page 3, the issue of April 30, 2006. The meeting was attended by poet Duong Trong Dat, Editor-in-Chief of the SGGP Newspaper and head of the organization board, musician Prof. Ca Le Thuan, chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Music Association, Mr. Bach Quoc Chinh, Human Resources manager of Health Import-Export Joint-Stock Company II, representating the main sponsor, and other musicians. Editor-in-Chief Duong Trong Dat said that the contest has a great significance in inspiring the potentials of professional and amateur composers to collect valuable works which reflect the image of a heroic city on the development road. With the close cooperation of Vietnamese Musician Association, Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Outstanding folk art works honoured

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PANO - The Vietnam Folk Arts Association honoured 57 outstanding folk art works in 2015. One first, eight second, thirty-six third and eleven consolation prizes and a special prize were delivered to the works at a ceremony on December 12th in Hanoi. The works were selected from 70 nominees for some categories, such as philology and theory, traditional customs, folk oratorio, folk knowledge. The first prize went to "Features of Chuong epic's genres in Vietnam" by young author Pham Dang Xuan Huong. On this occasion, the association presented the "People's Artisan" title to its ten members, and congratulated artisans in the ages of 70 and 80, for their longevity. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

Approving for Plan to build dossier for Then singing

Illustrative image (Cinet) - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has approved for Plan to compose a dossier seeking UNESCO recognition of Then singing of the Tay, Nung and Thai ethic groups as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The dossier compilation for national nomination and then submission to UNESCO aims to honour and promote the heritage value of the traditional music genre to international friends as well as help local communities, especially the youth, gain awareness of and raise the sense of responsibility for preserving the heritage values. The Vietnam National Academy of Music and localities where Then singing is prevalent such as Tuyen Quang, Bac Kan, Bac Giang, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Lai Chau, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Quang Ninh, Thai Nguyen and Yen Bai will carry out the compilation of the dossier. Closely linked with the spiritual life of ethnic minority groups who often use ceremonial offerings to treat illnesses, Then singing is seen as … [Read more...]

Fertility worship in Vietnamese culture

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(VOVworld)- Fertility belief is of sacred importance in Vietnam’s folklore. Fertility worship is closely associated with Vietnamese farmers’ prayers for favorable weather, bumper crops and sufficient food. For wet-rice farmers, yin and yang, earth and heaven, mountain and river are symbols of fertility which are harmonized in nature. Fertility beliefs reflect people’s hopes for productivity and prosperity. According to ancient Vietnamese beliefs, sacred power is believed to reside in nature and in each person and can be transferred to animals and plants. Many rituals are practiced to honor fertility. Dang Dinh Thuan is Vice President of the Vietnam Folk Arts Association: "Farmers pray for human fertility so there will be more people to work in the field because farm work is hard and requires a lot of people. People pray for the fertility of nature as well". Believing that everything has a soul, Vietnamese people have traditionally worshiped a lot of genies, … [Read more...]

Ca Tru folk singing inspires youngsters

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(VOVworld)- Ca Tru folk singing is an art genre that is fascinating for both artists and audience. Recently, Ca Tru is becoming become popular with younger people. Ca Tru singing clubs now have more young artists. Some of them as young as 11 years old but have already revealed some singing talent. These young artists are the ones who will preserve and promote this art genre in the future. In 1999 senior artist Ngo Trong Binh joined the in Bich Cau Ca Tru Singing Club of artist Le Thi Bach Van after a signing cancer spanning nearly. Since 1999, he has patiently and enthusiastically practiced Ca Tru with an aim of preserving this art genre and promoting it among younger generations. A few years ago, he set up a Ca Tru singing club in Thanh Hoa to teach Ca Tru to younger people. His club has participated in several Ca Tru festivals and won a number of awards. The 85-year old artist says he hopes that younger people will continue to embrace this art genre: "My singing career has been … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 25/6

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Landslide halts highway traffic in Thanh Hoa Traffic was halted as major landslides hit a section of Highway 15C which links the Quan Hoa and the Muong Lat Districts of the central Thanh Hoa Province. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Folk Culture Association presents books to Lao NA

Prof. Dr. To Ngoc Thanh, on behalf of the Vietnam Folk Arts Association, presented a collection of books on the folk cultures and arts of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam to the Office of the Lao National Assembly in Vientiane on June 24. The books highlight the most prominent characteristics of the cultures of the 54 races , focusing on their production, social and daily life activities, spiritual life and aesthetics. They are to bring the Vietnamese culture to the people all over the world, including the fraternal Lao people who share many similarities and stand side-by-side with Vietnam throughout the struggles for national independence and construction, Thanh said. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Folk Arts Association donates books to Laos

(VOV) - Professor To Ngoc Thanh, on behalf of the Vietnam Folk Arts Association, handed over a collection of books epicting the lives of Vietnamese 54 ethnic groups to the Office of the Laos' National Assembly in Vientiane on June 14. Thanh said that the content of the books belonged to the fields of folklore of the country's 54 ethnic groups. The books introduce the special charm of the Vietnamese ethnic groups, portraying their everyday lives and work, society, cultural activities, spiritual culture and cultural aesthetics during the struggle for national independence and construction. … [Read more...]

National Don ca tai tu music festival opens

Artists perform at the opening ceremony of the first Don Ca Tai Tu Festival held in the southern province of Bac Lieu (Photo: VNA)

Six organisations and five individuals who have contributed to preserving and developing the artistic value of UNESCO recognised heritage Don ca tai tu received merit certificates from the Prime Minister at the opening ceremony of the first National Don Ca Tai Tu Festival in Bac Lieu on April 25 night. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam handed the certificates to the awardees on behalf of the Government and Prime Minister. The five individuals who received the certificates were Professor Tran Van Khe, musical advisor at Vietnam Institute of Musicology, Associate Professor Le Van Toan, Director Vietnam Institute of Musicology, Professor To Ngoc Thanh, Chairman of the Vietnam Folk Arts Association, composer Trong Nguyen and reseacher Tran Quoc Thinh of Bac Lieu province. "The festival is organised by Bac Lieu, the birthplace of Don ca tai tu, along with other localities in the region to show our gratitude to the ancestors, individuals and organisations who contributed to creating … [Read more...]

Vietnam Folk Arts Association certificates to eight folk artists

The Vietnam Folk Arts Association organized an annual award ceremony to eight folk artists with their great contributions for the preservation and development of Vietnam folk culture, took place in Hanoi on December 28. This year, the award honored best research works of Vietnamese folk artists for the preservation and development of Vietnam folk culture, including research project for the tombstone of Muong ethnic people in Hoa Binh province, ceremony of Muong ethnic people in Nghe An and others. Earlier, the award attracted participation of 84 research works of folk artists across over the country. … [Read more...]