Art & Entertainment News 19/12

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Christmas concert with Hanoi Ensemble Christmas is just around the corner, and to celebrate the special occasion, Manzi and Hanoi Ensemble have teamed up to present a special chamber concert. Come, sip some mulled wine and enjoy some favourite Christmas tunes - classical, folk, contemporary and popular. Hanoi Ensemble's musicians and teachers come from the Viet Nam National Academy of Music, and have performed in several concerts, festivals and cultural exchange programmes in the country and abroad. The members have studied both in Viet Nam and in well-known international conservatories. The concert will start at 8pm on Saturday at Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street. Due to limited capacity, please email manzihanoi@gmail.com before 8pm today. Ritual singing at Ha Noi Art Market The ongoing Ha Noi Art Market will stage a performance featuring hat chau van (ritual singing), which will be performed by artists of the Nghe Tinh UNESCO Club. A religious art form that combines … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 4/12

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Concert features bands from the US, UK Saigon Outcast will host an International Live Music concert featuring the US band Tonstartssbandht and the UK's The Magic Pinions on December 13. Tonstartssbandht, consisting of two brothers Andy and Edwin White, will play boogie, 60s psychedelic rock and choral pop with a guitar and drum, while The Magic Pinions will present instrumental, chill out and ambient music. The performance will begin at 7pm at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2. Tickets are VND200,000, and are available at www.ticketbox.vn. … [Read more...]

Highlights for the week Dec. 1-6

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European Music Festival 2014 Highlights this Week 01 - 06 Dec 2014 … [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...]

Smartphones, tablets new ‘babysitters’ in Vietnam: survey

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Vietnamese kids under six spend up to an hour a day on mobile devices, playing games, listening to children's songs and watching cartoons. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency … [Read more...]

Culture, sports complexes in Vietnam marooned and wasted

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A slew of culture and sports venues across Vietnam have been left desolate for years due to several reasons or sold at almost half the construction costs to private companies. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 16/10

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VIUP wants Khau Vai Love Market preserved … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 14/10

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Artist creates 'geometric game' with colorful prints … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 20-30 (daily updated)

Exhibition "Information Transmitted by Horse Riding" Opening: Tue 30 Sep 2014, 6 pm Exhibition: 30/09 - 26/10/2014 L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the installation exhibition by Trieu Tuan Long. At first glance, the exhibition is merely a herd of seven horses calmly grazing in a meadow. If we look more closely, these horses are carefully crafted from Boi papers, a Vietnamese traditional material, and are covered with randomly arranged pictures conveying meaningful life lessons. Is social media network gradually dominating our life? Transmitting information by horse riding enables us to search for information, screen and make them ours. But most importantly, it allows us to live more slowly. … [Read more...]

Outstanding exhibitions in September

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This September seems to be a favourable month for exhibitions covering a wide range of artistic fields. Let's check out the most outstanding exhibitions this month.1. Exhibition "The Clouds Will Tell" 07 Sep - 05 Oct 2014 Nha San Collective After Zone 9 art complex was forced to closed down, Nhà Sàn Collective has found a new space at 24 Lý Quốc Sư Hà Nội. "The Clouds Will Tell" features the first group exhibition of Nha San Collective at this new space. It provides a unique opportunity to gain an overview of the collective and the works of its members. … [Read more...]

Madame Pham Thi Thi

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(VOVworld) - I met her one morning in August, 2014. The weather in Hanoi was chilly because autumn had arrived. She was accompanied by a maid who reminded her whenever she forgot some details. No one can fight aging. She is in her 80s now and her memory has weakened. However, she looks healthy. She takes the bus to go swimming at a sports club in Quan Thanh street every afternoon. She sold her house at 14 Ngo Tram street, which is associated with many of her family's memories. She is living with a maid in Ton Duc Thang street. She told me: "It's better to live this way, it's comfortable and free". … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 16/9

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Game show capitalises on mixed marriages in Viet Nam HCM City Television is working with the MayQ Media to launch a new singing TV game show targeting Vietnamese and foreign husbands and wives living in Viet Nam. Vo Chong Minh Hat (Husband and Wife Sing Together), which will start next month, is expected to help the couples keep their love in marriage through the passion of music. Couples of all ages are encouraged to send their photos and records or music video clips to the organiser at email vochongminhhat@gmail.com today. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 11/9

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Punk-pop duo to hit CAMA ATK Blue Hawaii, a band from Montreal, Canada, featuring Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alexander Cowan, will perform live in Ha Noi on Saturday. The punk-pop musical duo, who made waves around the world with their releases Blooming Summer in 2010 and Untogether in 2013, will dominate the CAMA ATK stage, where Raphaelle's dense female harmonies will combine with Alex's synth, guitar and drums, creating a unique flavour not often seen in Asia. Mixing punk with pop, the duo produces a magical blend of music that reflects their collaborative, community-driven environment in Canada. … [Read more...]

Deploying Consistent Export – Import Facilitation Solutions

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The Bac Giang Customs Office responsible for managing industrial zones officially deployed the Vietnam Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System and Vietnam Customs Information System (VNACCS/VCIS) from April 7, 2014. The VNACCS/VCIS system will directly improve the efficiency of export and import customs clearance, thus helping facilitate trade and enhance economic competitiveness. Vietnam Business Forum's reporter has an interview with Mr Vu Danh Hai, Director of Bac Giang Customs Office responsible for managing industrial zones, on this issue. Ngo San reports.In 2014, customs offices nationwide have actively deployed the VNACCS/VCIS system to support enterprises to carry out electronic customs clearance. How has the VNACCS/VCIS system worked since it was brought into operation in April 2014? … [Read more...]

SBV Bac Giang: Supporting Businesses to Overcome Difficulties

Recently, the State Bank of Vietnam - Bac Giang Branch (SBV Bac Giang) has been actively implementing solutions on monetary policy of the Central Bank to ensure reasonable credit growth to stabilise the money market and foreign exchange. Besides, SBV Bac Giang focused on directing local credit institutions to reduce costs and adjust lending rates downward in line with the macroeconomic situation and the direction of the SBV, which helps remove the difficulties of enterprises. Than Van Minh, Deputy Director of SBV Bac Giang, said that in 2013 and early 2014, to remove difficulties for enterprises, SBV Bac Giang has been actively revising down interest rates in line with the economic realities. In addition to the significant reduction of the interest rates for new loans, the bank has asked commercial banks to consider adjusting the interest rates on existing loans of less than 13 percent per year and exempting or reducing the interest of the payable for loss of assets that resulted in … [Read more...]

Bac Giang City: New Look, New Stature

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In recent years, Bac Giang has made strong and continuous transformation that helps the province achieve new outcomes, contributing to its overall development. These achievements across all areas in the reform process have created momentum and are an important prerequisite for Bac Giang to continue to achieve better performance. This helps Bac Giang become a big city with strong potential for the future.New look … [Read more...]

Bac Giang: Vibrant Investment Promotion Activities

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In recent years, Bac Giang Province has adopted many measures to enhance the exploitation of resources of many sectors and people for socio-economic development. The province has also issued a number of policies to encourage investment as well as implemented administrative reforms to create an open, attractive business environment for domestic and foreign investors, said Mr Bui Van Hai, Chairman of Bac Giang's People Committee to the Vietnam Business Forum. … [Read more...]

Car industry faces development roadblocks

HA NOI (VNS) - Viet Nam's ambitious master plan for the development of its fledgling automobile manufacturing industry for 2020 to 2030, which the government recently endorsed, is facing major stumbling blocks. According to the Prime Minister's Decision 1168/QD-TTg dated July 16, Viet Nam targets the production of 227,000 automobiles and aims to be a supplier of spare parts and high-value items for the world automobile market by 2020. Under the plan, cars with nine seats will meet 60 per cent of local demand by 2020 and 70 per cent by 2030, while cars with 10 seats or more will meet up to 90 per cent by 2020 and 92 per cent by 2030. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 15/8

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An Giang preserves Oc Eo cultural relic values Southern An Giang authorities have paid attention to preserving and promoting values of the Oc Eo special national cultural relic. The province has hastened to complete infrastructure facilities for the relic, including electricity, clean water and drainage systems while building a showroom for antiques unearthed in the relic, facilitating local people and tourists to learn. An official ceremony to announce the Prime Minister's decision to recognise the special national status of the Oc Eo cultural relic will be held on September 26. … [Read more...]

The man at the heart of VN’s oil industry

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VietNamNet Bridge - Tran Le Dong has been a part of the nation's oil and gas industry since its inception and played a major role in its development. "I am a drop of the country's oil and gas reserves," he said. Tran Le Dong has devoted his life to the national oil and gas industry and has conducted several studies on the exploitation of the natural resources. … [Read more...]