Hanoi to host philanthropic book exchange  

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"Ex-Book-Change"- a program to exchange new and old books -- will take place from 8-11am on July 1 at the Vietnam University of Fine Art in Hanoi. This project aims to support more than 8000 children at the eight poorest communes in Ba Vi, Hanoi. According to a press release from the event's organizer, all the books for children in primary and secondary schools that are donated from Ex-Book-Change will be used to stock libraries for the children in Ba Vi. In addition to the main activity of exchanging books, the event will include many other games and contests such as My favorite book, EBC Colors, Lucky draw, Calligraphy and Portrait-Sketching. For more information, please contact: Tran Trung Duc - Leader of Ex-book-change, Email: trantrungduc90@gmail.com Nguyen Thi Sinh - Co-ordinator of Ex-book-change, Email: sinh.nguyen@vongtaybeban.info The Vietnam University of Fine Arts is located on 42 Yet Kieu Street, Hanoi. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 1-15 (daily updated)

Ex-Book-Change – Exchange Old BooksSun 1 Jul 2012, 8 – 11 am Viet Nam University of Fine Arts 42 Yết Kiu, H Nội Let’s participate in the program “Ex-Book-Change”– a meaningful program to exchange old books for everyone in Hanoi. Ex-Book-Change is a Mottainai of books in Hanoi. Instead of exchanging used items in general like Mottainai, the only items that would be used to exchange are old and new books. With its slogan “Let books light up children’s dream”, besides the purpose of creating a place where people can interact and share their passion on books with others, Ex-Book-Change has its philanthropic meaning: It is a warm-up event for the project Ngay Hoi Doc Sach – Reading Books Festival, which will be held by Circle of Friends – Youth Volunteer Organization and supported by Thang Long March Fund (Quy Thang Ba Thang Long). This project aims to support more than 8000 children at the 08 poorest communes in … [Read more...]

Book Festival Day for disadvantaged in Hanoi

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(CPV) - The third Book Festival Day for more than 180 fourth and fifth grade pupils at Thai Hoa Primary School in Thai Hoa commune will be organized by the Circle of Friends - Youth Volunteer Organization (CoF) on August 9. The event aims to continue progress toward the objective of setting up self-managed libraries for more than 8,000 primary and secondary-age children in the eight poorest communes of Ba Vi province. It is reported that more than 30 percent of the students have disadvantaged economic and social backgrounds and most which were surveyed do not have access to books. The Book Festival Day at Thai Hoa School will provide books that are selected and classified carefully and appropriately in order to meet the demand of the pupils at the fourth and fifth grade. Beginning in 2011 with the slogan "Let the books light up children's dreams", the Book Festival Day project has had previous success at Cam Thuong and Tien Phong Primary Schools. More than 100 books were … [Read more...]

Book Festival Day for poor children

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The Hanoitimes - The Book Festival Day (BFD) for poor children, by Circle of Friends Youth Volunteer Organization (COF) with the supports of Thang Long March Fund and Media Partner Youth Channel, was held at Tien Phong primary school, Tien Phong commune, Ba Vi, Hanoi. … [Read more...]

Reading advocacy project to open in Hanoi

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The Book Festival Day reading advocacy campaign will open on August 6 at Tien Phong Primary School in Hanoi. With the slogan '"Let books light up children's dreams,'" the project aims to build self-managed libraries in classrooms for more than 8,000 primary and secondary school students in Ba Vi District's eight poorest communes: Tien Phong, Thai Hoa, Ba Trai, Ba Vi, Phu Son, Minh Chau, Khanh Thuong and Phu Dong. … [Read more...]

12 Action Teams Nationwide

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On May 22, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth Union held a press conference introducing the campaign of volunteer students from colleges and schools in summer 2006 (a.k.a. the Youth Volunteer Campaign in Summer 2006) in Ha Noi. Young people in Ha Noi join volunteer campaign to dredge up Kim Nguu River. (Photo VNA/VNS) According to Mr Nguyen Manh Dzung, Head of Department of School Youth of the Union's Central Committee, the campaign aims to organize volunteer activities such as helping needy localities, implementing local socio-economic development plans, teaching IT knowledge among adolescents, helping with the university entrance examinations in 2006, and organizing international volunteer activites. Along with organizing teams participating in voluntary acitities in the neighboring country of Laos, the Central Committee of Communist Youth Union also constructs information networks to encourage international youth volunteer organizations and overseas Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/8

Vietnamese crowned Miss Asian America Jennifer Chung beat out 20 other Asian beauties and was crowned Miss Asian America on August 3 in San Francisco the US. The 21-year-old is ethnically Vietnamese and resides in San Jose, CA. She is 1m76 tall, weighs 53kg and measures 84-62-94. Miss Chung is currently a student at San Francisco State University majoring in Business Administration. She has extensive hands-on experience in business operations, sales and marketing, having started a family business, Forever Beaumore Cosmetics Inc. … [Read more...]

Ex-Book-Change – A playground for book lovers

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Nhan Dan Online - A book exchange day called 'Ex-Book-Change', aiming at encouraging reading and the education of children in difficult areas, will be held at the Indochina Plaza Trade Center, in Hanoi from 9.30 am to 4pm on August 9. Ex-Book-Change 2014 is expected to offer a playground for book lovers and an event to raise funds for the 'Reading Book Festival' which will be held in Da Bac district, Hoa Binh province. The event will give book lovers the opportunity to exchange their old books for new ones and to take part in activities including folk games, a seminar on literature and an exhibition featuring paintings of young volunteers with children at the Trung Thanh and Dong Ruong communes in Da Bac district, Hoa Binh province. Since 2012, the Ex-Book-Change has officially been a part of the Book Reading Festival held by the volunteer organisation 'Vong tay be ban'. Last year the book ex-change event attracted nearly 700 participants. Over the last two years, more than 650 … [Read more...]

Festival offers free books in bid to help poor children

HA NOI (VNS)— More than 15,000 books covering a variety of fields are available for readers during the Free Reading Books festival at Savico Megamall, 7-9 Nguyen Van Linh Street, Ha Noi. Visitors have the opportunity to purchase books at discounted prices, and special prizes are up for grabs. Several seminars will also be held during the festival. Taking place from yesterday to Sunday, the festival is being organised by the Thai Ha Books Company and Savico Megamall. The organisers are also collect books from readers to donate to poor children. — VNS … [Read more...]

Festival offers free books

HA NOI (VNS)- More than 15,000 books covering a variety of fields will be available for readers during the Free Reading Books festival at Savico Megamall, 7-9 Nguyen Van Linh Street, Ha Noi. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase books at discounted prices, and special prizes will be up for grabs. Several seminars will also be held during the festival. Taking place from January 17-20, the festival is being organised by the Thai Ha Books Company and Savico Megamall. The organisers will also collect books from readers to donate to poor children. - VNS … [Read more...]

Artistic exchange celebrates late President’s birthday

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PANO – The Military Drama Theatre and the Vietnam University of Commerce on May 17th organized an artistic exchange in celebration of the 125th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh (May 19th 1890). During the event, artists took the participants back to the glorious days of the national resistance war through songs in praise of the Party and people’s revolutionary cause and Ho Chi Minh – the founder and the first president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Besides, they shared their emotions and memories while performing revolutionary songs as well as the important role of the songs in wartime and in today life. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Artists depict soldiers in Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago in portraits

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Several veteran artists have captured the soldiers in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in lifelike portraits with all their heart during a recent trip there. A delegation of 132 members from the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee paid an 11-day visit to islands and maritime platforms in the Truong Sa archipelago earlier this month. Truong Sa is administered by the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa. Among the delegates were 17 artists from the Vietnam Fine Arts Association and Vietnam University of Fine Arts. The artists and other delegates spent most of their time mingling with the young soldiers, depicting them in portraits and taking photos of the spectacular seas and islands. Tuoi Tre Artist Tran Luan Tin, a veteran himself, said that the portraiture brought back his wartime memories. He fought in a battle during the American war in Vietnam in 1972 in Quang Tri and joined the troops who advanced toward Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City now) … [Read more...]

Universities found violating Decree 43

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The Government Inspectorate found violations at five universities during an inspection of their administrations and finances. HCM City Economics University The inspectorate concluded in its reports that the universities - Vietnam University of Agriculture, HCM City Law University, HCM City Economics University, Hue and Vinh Universities – failed to manage their own administrative systems and develop college monitoring boards as required by law. The State controlled public universities across Vietnam until it issued Decree 43 in 2006, paving the way for universities to manage their own administrations, personnel and finances. The inspectorate found that the universities were collecting higher tuitions and fees than regulated and admitting more students than they should. The Agriculture University of Hue University (HU) recruited 110 students in 2011 without asking the Ministry of Education and Training to give them an enrollment quota, as required by law. Also, the HU … [Read more...]

Paintings by Slovak painter on display in Hanoi

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An exhibition displaying drawings by Slovak painter Peter Pollag is being held in Hanoi to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Vietnam-Slovakia diplomatic relations. Paintings feature topics including the relationship between individuals and community, altruism, and honesty. Entitled "Finding each other", Pollag expects that through his paintings, the people of the two countries will come closer to each other, contributing to the promotion of friendship and mutual understanding between the countries. The exhibition will run until Sunday at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, 42 Yet Kieu street, Hanoi and will then be showcased in Hai Phong and HCM city./. … [Read more...]

Art helps Slovakia, Vietnam find each other

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Peter Pollag's painting of a young Vietnamese woman riding a bicycle across the River Danube in Bratislava (Photo courtesy of Slovakian Embassy) Prominent Slovakian artist Peter Pollag expects to help enhance the friendship and mutual understanding between Vietnam and his country through his paintings. His solo exhibition is being organised in Hanoi to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of ties between the two countries. Pollag has named the exhibition Finding Each Other – which is the name of one of his popular paintings – with the expectation that the people of the two countries will come closer to each other. "Vietnam and Slovakia are far from each other geographically," he said. "Through cultural exchanges, we will find a common voice." When Pollag planned his trip and exhibition in Vietnam, he saw films and photos of the country to get more information about it. He had never been to Vietnam earlier, but painted a Vietnamese woman with his … [Read more...]

Vietnamese named British Council ELEVATE Fellow

(VOV) - Dang Thi Minh Thu is one of 12 applicants selected from across the UK and East Asia by the British Council as an ELEVATE Fellow for her outstanding creative contributions to childhood development. Thu has been the art director of Kidstallation – a playground launched by Tohe Social Enterprise in Hanoi – since September 2014. Since 2003 she has been teaching art for children, researching art projects and organising art and cultural events in Hanoi. Thu’s academic record includes a BA in Printmaking from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, Social Sciences and the Arts, and she has earned an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City University in London. The 2014 ELEVATE StartWell™ Challenge invited applicants to present innovative new concepts to improve the element of play in early childhood (0-8 years), reimagine urban spaces and playgrounds, and the way young children interact with space. In announcing her selection the panel of judges said … [Read more...]

Exhibition of Vietnamese-Thai painters opens in Hanoi

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VietNamNet Bridge – The exhibition titled "Vietnam - Thailand Art Exchange" displays works by artists and lecturers from art schools in the two countries. The exhibition opened on December 21 at 29 Hang Bai, Hanoi. This is the second exhibition of its kind held in Vietnam this year. The exhibition introduces 47 works by nine artists from Vietnam, 15 artists from Thailand and a Japanese painter working in Thailand. They are artists as well as lecturers from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, Hanoi Architectural University, Chiang Mai University, and Silpakorn University. Some paintings at the exhibition: T. Van … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 20-31 (daily updated)

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Documentary Film Screening "The Last Journey of Madame Phung" in Hanoi and HCMC Hanoi: 29 - 31 Dec 2014 and 02 - 03 Jan 2015 L'Espace 24 Trang Tien HCMC: 22 - 28 Dec2014 IDECAF 28 Le Thanh Ton, Dist 1, HCMC You are invited to the documentary film screening "The Last Journey of Madame Phung" in Hanoi and HCMC. Read more about the film on Hanoi Grapevine: Documentary on Vietnamese LGBT Singers Screened at French Film Festival Screening Schedule: HCMC: - Mon: 22 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm (tickets sold out) - Tue: 23 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Thu: 25 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Fri: 26 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Sat: 27 Dec: 8.30 am - 10.30 am - Sun: 28 Dec: 8.30 am - 10.30 am Hanoi: - Mon (29 Dec): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Tue (30 Dec): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Wed (31 Dec): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Fri (2 Jan 2015): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Sat (3 Jan 2015) : 9 am, 10.30 am, 1.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm Ticket Ticket price: 40,000 VND Booking hotline: 090.605.1256 - … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 20-30 (daily updated)

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Exhibition "The Chorus of the City" Opening: Tue 23 Dec 2014, 5 pm Exhibition: 23 Dec 2014 - 03 Jan 2015 New Space Arts Foundation, Hue 2nd Floor, 15 Le Loi Street, Hue City Christmas Music Night "Winter Wonderland" Mon 22 Dec 2014, 8 - 11.30 pm Barbetta - The Center No 2 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi Enjoy your Christmas music night "Winter Wonderland" with many activities: Magician Alex Nguyen, Freedom Dance crew, WTFunk band, DJ Blip Blop… Free entrance. Be under the Tent of Thanks Sun 21 Dec 2014, 3 pm Tadioto 24B Tong Dan, Hanoi Tadioto appreciates your support in the last 7 years, and invites you to a concert by Bao Long and Jump for Jazz, along with singers from Ha Noi and Saigon…. enjoy the fabulous atmosphere of a tent we're putting up outside our location on Tong Dan. Free entry. Christmas Choir at Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Wed 24 Dec 2014, 6.30 - 7.30 pm Sofitel Plaza Hanoi 1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh, Hanoi Feel the yuletide spirit brought to life at … [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...]