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Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...]

Trinh Cung’s “Consciousness” exhibition opens in Hanoi

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Painter Trinh Cung, one of the most important artists of pre-1975 Sai Gon, has unveiled his latest works in an exhibition that opened on Monday in Ha Noi. Entitled Ngo (Consciousness), the show is his first in the capital for 20 years. It showcases nine sketches and seven large oil paintings. "I haven't shown my work to the public for a long time as I felt depressed with everything I created. So I wrapped them up, locked them in a tube, brought them along with me with the hope to find a heaven, for me and for them," the artist said. "Now at the age of 77, I have realised that my artworks need to be free, they need to be alive and that's why they are here, at this art space today." All nine charcoal paintings were created during his visit to the US in 2013, when he felt most lonely as "everyone surrounding me did not speak the same language". He found inspiration in nature. "Amazingly, I found the image of humans in the shape of the oak trees that I saw there almost every day. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

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Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/12

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Thai holy animal statues exhibited in Da Lat resort city A pair of dragon and peacock statues made by Thai craftsmen are being put on show at the Love Valley tourist site in Da Lat resort city of Central Highland Lam Dong province. The pair of statues are part of a collection of holy animals statues that 270 Thai artisans worked together throughout 369 days to create as a gift to Thai King Bhumibok Adulyadej on the occasion of his 85th birthday anniversary. The statues are made of silver and bronze, plated with 24K gold and decorated with crystal and precious stones. The dragon statue measures 132cm high, 114cm wide and weighs 88.5kg, while the peacock is 170cm in height, 127cm in width, and weighs125kg. The statues are exhibited together with gemstones originated from Thailand as well as bonsai and stone and wood sculpture works by Vietnamese artisans. Da Lat is one of the most popular resort cities in Vietnam, which is surrounded by pine-covered hills, lakes, mountains. The town … [Read more...]

Dai Thanh Company: Lodestar in Quang Binh Rural Economy

With a team of young, dynamic, well-trained and enthusiastic management staff, a scientifically operated management and production system, a Board of Directors with rich experience in export garment industry, strong resources and broad network with trustworthy, visionary partners, and more than 200 employees with extensive experience in export garment production in modern factories in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province, Dai Thanh Joint Stock Company is confident to be a powerful business with important contributions to the general development of the rural economy in Quang Binh province. Dai Thanh Garment Export Factory is the first garment factory of Dai Thanh Joint Stock Company, built from May 2011 and put into operation in October 2012. The facility covers an area of 30,000 squ. metres, including 1,500 squ. metres for workshops. The plant can be expanded to 10 sewing lines (currently operating four sewing lines, two cutting lines, four ironing line and one packaging … [Read more...]

Exhibition features well-known Vietnamese generals

An exhibition featuring well-known Vietnamese generals such as Vo Nguyen Giap and Nguyen Chi Thanh was opened in Hanoi on December 29. Former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu and former President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Pham The Duyet cut the ribbon to kick off the event, which will run until January 5 at 45 Trang Tien Street . Secretary General of the Vietnam Association of Historical Sciences Duong Trung Quoc said the exhibition is part of the "Vietnam Legend" project carried out by the Hoi Quan Di San (Heritage Inns) to promote the nation’s historical values and patriotism. The "Truong ca" (Epic) painting by artist Nguyen Doan Son describes the revolutionary path of Vietnam , while the portray of late General Nguyen Chi Thanh was made of over 100,000 matches by Ngo Thi Thuc. Many lacquer paintings and photo documentaries on the activities of high-ranking officials of the Party and State are also put on show.-VNA … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]