Title of “Folklore Artist” given to seven people

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The Hanoitimes - The Vietnam Folklore Arts Association held a ceremony to grant folk artisan certificates and present the Vietnam Folklore Arts Association 2012 awards. The Vietnam Folklore Arts Association conferred the title of "Folklore Artist" to seven persons who have contributed greatly to folklore literature and arts. The contributions of the recipients include teaching the Vietnamese 'dan day' (an instrument resembling the guitar) played in "cheo" (traditional opera), and other kinds of traditional music like "hat nha to", "cua dinh", "cap sac" and lion dances. In addition, the association also gave prizes to 63 people who took part in a folk literature and art competition, an annual event that recognizes creative talent to preserve and promote traditional folk literature and arts in Vietnam. The five first prizes were given to "Nhung Van De Than Thoai Vietnam" by Nguyen Thi Hue; "Cau Truc Ngu Phap-Ngu Nghia Cua Tuc Ngu Vietnam" by Nguyen Quy Thanh; "Van Hoc Dan Gian … [Read more...]

Person preserves Dao ethnic traditional clothing

Ms. Senh teaches a girl to make traditional clothes (Source: quangninhtv.vn)

In Quang Son commune, Hai Ha district, Quang Ninh province, artisan Dieng Chong Senh is devoting all her efforts to preserving the traditional clothing of the Dao ethnic minority group, by teaching the hand-sewing and embroidering techniques to younger generations. Whenever she has time, Ms. Senh instructs her daughters and nieces to sew their ethnic traditional clothes. She carefully taught each detailed decoration. Many other young people also sought her out to learn how to make Dao traditional clothes by themselves. Ly Thi Nga from Quang Son commune said that she was happy to learn how to make her traditional clothes and try to preserve the traditional culture of her ethnic minority group. Ms. Chieng said that she started embroidery when she was very small. She was taught by her mother. Now, at the age of 60 years old, she still likes sewing and teaching sewing to younger generations. In 2013, she was recognized as a folklore artisan by the Vietnam Folklore Arts Association for … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights December 31

Artworks by famous Vietnamese painters will go under the hammer at an auction in Singapore next month.

Vietnamese artworks put up for int'l auction The auction, which will start at 3pm on January 18 at the Larasati Auctioneers in Grand Park Orchard, will feature paintings by Bui Xuan Phai, Do Quang Em, and Dang Xuan Hoa. The starting price for these works is US$1,200. According to the organiser, six of the 96 artworks being offered at the upcoming auction are by Vietnamese artists. Nguyen dynasty's woodblocks introduced to public Valuable woodblocks used for rudimentary printing in the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945) will be introduced to the public for the first time during the Da Lat Culture Tourism Week 2013 from December 27-31. The woodblocks represent an important part of the country's feudal history. Under the Nguyen dynasty, they were used to print literary and historical documents. These original records of the time become priceless to the nation. The collection boasts many rare woodblocks that record the history of the unification of great Vietnam, or Dai Nam Nhat Thong Chi, … [Read more...]

Landmark folklore projects honoured

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(VOV) - The Vietnam Folklore Arts Association (VFAA) has presented prizes to 64 notable research projects exploring folk art and culture in a ceremony on December 28. Art critics seek French folklore conservation experience Party official anxious about disappearing folklore Folklore artist given cultural knight title Phan Ngoc Khue's "Hang Trong Folk Painting" project received first prize. VFAA President To Ngoc Thanh outlined the scope of the entered research, spanning philosophy, folklore theory, customs, performance, visual arts, architecture, and folklore knowledge. Some of the other research projects recognised included an investigation into the Champak culture of Sakava and Dang Thi Oanh's analysis of water symbols in the folk literature of Thai people living in northwest Vietnam. The organising board presented one overall first prize, 10 secondary prizes, 32 tertiary prizes, 18 consolation prizes, and three gifts. The VFAA also presented eight artisans with official folk … [Read more...]

Ba Na ethnic person presented the title Folklore Artisan

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Mrs. H'Blen and her husband (Source: vnexpress.net) Mrs. H'Blen from the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has been presented the title folklore artisan and insignia for the cause of Vietnam folklore arts. The title, which recognizes Mrs. H'Blen's contribution in teaching Ba Na folklore, was presented by the Vietnam Folklore Art Association in coordination with Gia Lai provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Mrs. H'Blen is now 80 years old. She was previously the deputy head of the Central Highlands Culture and Art Troupe and headmaster of the Central Highlands Culture and Art College. She has participated in Ba Na folklore performances in ten countries around the world. After retiring, she continued teaching Ba Na folklore for many people. She is the third Ba Na ethnic person who has received the title Folklore Artisan./. … [Read more...]

The whole country bustling with Tet preparations

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1. Hanoi Spring Flower Festival 2013 Hanoi Spring Flower Festival 2013,honouring craft villages and high-quality agricultural products and held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the Hanoi City People's Committee, Hanoi City Peasants' Association, the Vietnam Folklore Arts Association and the Vietnam Association of Traditional Villages, is taking place at Vietnam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre at No 2 Hoa Lu Street from January 30 to February 5. It offers valuable opportunities for productive meetings between artisans, farming households and businesses, encouraging innovation in the sector as well as boosting trade promotion and the consumption of agricultural products. Nearly 100 products made from traditional materials, 100 calligraphic works and parallel sentences for Tet will be displayed at the event. There will also be 200 stalls selling quality farm produce from Hanoi's villages, such as lotus-scented tea, Ba Vi milk, Canh … [Read more...]

Spring colors cover the entire country

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VietNamNet Bridge - Apricot, peach, flowers, ornamental plants ... are coming to town these days, bringing the New Year to all over the country. The Mekong Delta: promising flower season Coming to the flower village of Binh Thuy in the city of Can Tho, the Sa Dec flower village in Dong Thap, Cai Mon village in Ben Tre in these days one will no longer see the "fields of flowers" in the green color of leaves, but the diverse colors of all kinds of flowers, such as chrysanthemum, roses, sunflowers, ... Mr. Van Tinh, in Binh Thuy village, said: "Flowers have sprung buds as planned so now I do not worry anymore. I'm sure for a good flower harvest! On the 23rd of the 12th month of the lunar year I will sell 500 pots of Taiwanese chrysanthemum to traders. I will bring the rest to the Can Tho city flower market." In the happy mood like Tinh, the two brothers Quan and Thanh, also in Binh Thuy said, this flower season they leased land to plant 6,000 Taiwanese daisy pots, 500 pots … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 27/1

Preservation of 'Gong' faces challenges in Central Highlands Preservation of the tradition of 'Gong' is facing serious challenges in the Central Highlands, said delegates at a conference in Da Lat City on January 25, which reviewed five years of a project to preserve and restore the traditional heritage values of Gong. The most serious concern is that the space to perform Gong has shrunk over the years. Many ceremonies and festivals using Gong have fallen into oblivion, while communal houses have been replaced with concrete houses. Another problem is that the number of Gong performers have reduced as most young people are more interested in modern music than the ancient and traditional Gong culture. Delegates at the conference suggested that authorized organs help revive and restore the traditional performing environment of Gong and support and preserve festivals and ceremonies using Gong. Documentary film on 1968 Tet offensive on VTV1 Following the popular … [Read more...]

Hanoi ready for spring flower festival 2013

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Hanoi is ready for the Hanoi Spring Flower Festival 2013, honouring craft villages and high-quality agricultural products, to be held at Vietnam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre at No 2 Hoa Lu Street from January 30 to February 5. The information was announced at a press briefing held in Hanoi on January 23. The event will be held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the Hanoi City People's Committee, Hanoi City Peasants' Association, the Vietnam Folklore Arts Association and the Vietnam Association of Traditional Villages. It offers valuable opportunities for productive meetings between artisans, farming households and businesses, encouraging innovation in the sector as well as boosting trade promotion and the consumption of agricultural products. Vuong Duy Bien, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and head of the organisation board, said that the fair not only highlights the best products of craft villages, but also serves … [Read more...]