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...]

France offers 40 full PhD awards

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PANO – The University of Science and Technology of Hanoi has just announced the enrollment of training programs for completing a PhD degree in France, for which the deadline is March 23rd, 2016. 40 full PhD grants will be offered in different subjects for three years of study in France. Eligible candidates are university graduates or masters from full-service training programs, and lecturers or researchers working at universities and colleges (excluding technical schools) holding masters degrees. For more information, visit http://www.usth.edu.vn/vi/trang-chu/hoc-bong/hoc-bong-nghien-cuu-sinh-tai-phap-theo-de-an-911/ or the Department for Research Students, Room 806, Floor 8, Training and Service Building, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet Street, Cau Giay district, Hanoi. Under the Vietnam-France intergovernmental agreement signed in 2009, the university or Vietnam-France University is to enroll and send 400 PhD students to France under the auspices of the Vietnamese Government’s … [Read more...]

Program “Explore and create Tet paintings with children”

3-year-old twins Ha Linh and Minh Hang get hands-on experience in water-coloring.

(VOVworld) – More than 400 children in Hanoi participated in a program called "Explore and create Tet paintings with children" at the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday. They took part in activities to learn how to print and color folk paintings and create New Year greeting cards. This event was part of a project launched by Dr. Trang Thanh Hien, with the participation of lecturers and students from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts. Ngoc Anh … [Read more...]

Vietnam University of Fine Arts

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(VOVworld) - Most of Vietnamese painters, sculptors, and art critics have been trained by the Vietnam University of Fine Arts. The school is reforming its curriculum to improve the quality of its training. The Indochina College of Fine Arts, the predecessor of the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, was established in 1925 under French rule. It was the first regular fine art training college in Vietnam and the region. Its first director was painter Victor Tardieu. Painter Nam Son, one of the best teacher of Vietnam's modern fine arts, contributed significantly to the university's development in its very first days. His painting "Rice market by the Red river" displayed at the 1930 Paris painting exhibition was the first painting by a Vietnamese artist bought by the French state and exhibited at the French Museum of Fine Arts. The university has trained thousands of artists and many made a name for themselves such as Lê Phổ, Lưu Văn Đệ, Nguyễn Phan Chánh, Tô Ngọc Vân, Trần Văn Cẩn, … [Read more...]

Ha Nam-based Vietnam University of Commerce unveiled

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Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and other delegates at the ceremony to unveil the Ha Nam-based University of Commerce NDO - The Ha Nam provincial People's Committee and Hanoi-based Vietnam University of Commerce on September 19 held a ceremony to unveil the Vietnam University of Commerce in Ha Nam in the presence of Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan. The establishment of the Ha Nam-based university aims to expand the scale of education and training of the Hanoi-based university and meet the training requirements of the province and region. The Ha Nam-based University of Commerce was upgraded from the former School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology I with all of its existing facilities handed over to the University of Commerce. Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan congratulated the Vietnam University of Commerce for its development and expansion, expressing the hope that it would become one of the leading universities in … [Read more...]

Making paper masks for Mid-autumn festival

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(VOVworld) – "Making paper masks, enjoying the Mid-Autumn Festival" is a project run by painter Trang Thanh Hien and students of the Vietnam University of Fine Arts. They have instructed children making traditional Vietnamese paper masks as a way to preserve and promote the cultural value of paper masks. More than 300 children attended a recent get-together of the project "Making paper masks, enjoying the Mid-Autumn Festival" at the Museum of Fine Arts. They learned to strengthen cotton papers, use pen brushes, and paint their own masks. The masks of uncle Teu or the Earth Genie, which are popular figures in Vietnamese folklore, now have a fresh appearance through the children’s creation. They also learned about Vietnamese masks used in different cultural and religious events and masks of other countries and. Besides making masks, the organizers and children also talked about topics related to the masks to inspire their imagination. Several painters also joined the event … [Read more...]

Making paper masks for Middle Autumn festival

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(VOVworld) – "Making paper masks, enjoying the Middle Autumn Festival" is a project run by painter Trang Thanh Hien and students of the Vietnam University of Fine Arts. They have instructed children making traditional Vietnamese paper masks as a way to preserve and promote the cultural value of paper masks. More than 300 children attended a recent get-together of the project "Making paper masks, enjoying the Middle Autumn Festival" at the Museum of Fine Arts. They learned to strengthen cotton papers, use pen brushes, and paint their own masks. The masks of uncle Teu or the Earth Genie, which are popular figures in Vietnamese folklore, now have a fresh appearance through the children’s creation. They also learned about Vietnamese masks used in different cultural and religious events and masks of other countries and. Besides making masks, the organizers and children also talked about topics related to the masks to inspire their imagination. Several painters also joined the … [Read more...]

Joint statement of Vietnam-Thailand joint cabinet meeting

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (L) and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha at the press conference. (Photo: VNA) Prime Ministers of Vietnam and Thailand Nguyen Tan Dung and Chan-o-cha have witnessed the signing of five documents, including a joint statement of the third Vietnam-Thailand joint cabinet retreat. The joint cabinet meeting took place in Bangkok on July 23. Following is the full text of the joint statement on "Embarking on the 5th Decade of Vietnam - Thailand Relations: Towards a Strengthened Strategic Partnership" "1. With a view to strengthening the Strategic Partnership between Vietnam and Thailand at the dawn of the 5th decade of bilateral relations, H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, and H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam co-chaired the Third Vietnam - Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat on July 23, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. 2. The Vietnamese delegation at the Third Joint Cabinet … [Read more...]

Education sector vows to create smoke-free environment

A meeting was held at the Hanoi National University of Education on May 29 in response to World No Tobacco Day (May 31) and the 2015 National No Tobacco Week. The education sector has implemented numerous activities on building a green and healthy learning environment and preventing the harmful effects of tobacco, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia said. A number of awareness-raising campaigns have been run among teachers and students, she added. Last year, the Ministries of Education and Training; Health; Public Security; Transport; and Culture, Sports and Tourism; as well as the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour; the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union; and the People’s Committee of Hanoi signed commitments to implement the Law on the Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms and create a non-smoking working environment. During the event, the Departments of Education and Training in Hanoi , Bac Ninh, and Bac Giang, along with the Hanoi National … [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...]