Khuoc Cheo village in spring

A Cheo club for teenagers in Khuoc village (Photo: cand.com.vn)

(VOVworld) - Khuoc village in Dong Hung district, Thai Binh province is one of 7 cradles of Cheo or traditional opera in Vietnam. Dozens of Cheo troupes from here have performed in many parts in Vietnam. Khuoc villagers are famous for their gentle manner of speaking and beautiful Cheo performances. No one knows the exact origin of Khuoc Cheo, but villagers say it has been performed since the ancient times. Khuoc village was home to many Cheo forefathers such as Trum Dao, Trum Thuong, Huyen Doan and Kep Muc. Cheo has been part of the daily lives of Khuoc villagers, it has even become one of the daily topics of their conversations. Nguyen Thi Minh is a villager: "I love Cheo melodies, they have become a part of my life. Each member of my family can perform the classical drama "Luu Binh Duong Le". Cheo singing has existed in my family for many generations". Mr. Quach Van Sau, who is working on cultural issues in Phong Chau commune, Dong Hung district, said: "Cheo has been part of the … [Read more...]

Three footballers born in the year of Goat

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(VOV) -Nguyen Van Quyet, Tran Buu Ngoc and Duong Thanh Hao are three phenomenal Vietnamese football players who were born in the year of the Goat. Nguyen Van Quyet – mainstay of Vietnam’s football team Midfielder Nguyen Van Quyet, 23, is best remembered for his stellar performance at the U21 Thanh Nien (Youth) Newspaper Cup in 2010. In 2011, Quyet played for Hanoi T&T and helped them reach the quarter-finals at the 2014 AFC Cup for the first time in the team’s history. In 2015 he will marry fiancée Huyen My, daughter of Nguyen Giang Dong, chairman of the Hanoi Football Club. Tran Buu Ngoc – young leading goalkeeper of Vietnam Tran Buu Ngoc, 23, is one of the top goalkeepers in the history of Vietnamese football. Since his selection by Japanese Coach Miura he has contributed enormously to the U23 Vietnam football team and is best remembered for his brilliant play at the 17th Asian Games in the Republic of Korea. Ngoc is currently playing … [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...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 1-10 (daily updated)

HCMC - New Year Strauss Concert Sat 10 Jan 2015, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the New Year's Strauss Concert to enjoy masterpieces by the most popular waltz composers of all time - Johann Strauss, who was known as "The Waltz King" in his lifetime. PROGRAM Johann Strauss II Der Zigeunerbaron Ouverture Frederic Chopin Nocturne op.9, no.2 (one couple dance) Johann Strauss II Einzugsmarsch Edvard Grieg Solvieg's song Soprano: Phạm Duyên Huyền Johann Strauss II Annen-Polka op.117 (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Egyptian March Johann Strauss II Voices of Spring Waltz Soprano: Võ Thụy Ngọc Tuyền Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Johann Strauss II Pizzicato polka (2-3 couple dances) Jacques Offenbach Barcarolle , from 'The Tales of Hoffmann' Soprano: Phạm Khánh Ngọc Mezzo-soprano: Nguyễn Thị Thanh Huyền Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube Waltz (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Radetzky March Conductor: Le Phi … [Read more...]

Art performance marks Army’s founding anniversary

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(VOV) - Dang Thi Ngoc Han, former Miss Vietnam 2010, and Nguyen Tran Huyen My, first runner-up of Miss Vietnam 2014, recently made appearances at a programme celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) at the Hanoi Opera House. The programme held on the evening of December 14 consisted of two parts, the fire flower fairy and one meaning, paying tribute to all those members of the armed forces who sacrificed for national liberation, construction and defence. Ngoc Han acted as an emcee for the event, working with Le Anh to facilitate meaningful exchanges with soldiers who witnessed the struggles and the audience, so they could develop a fuller appreciation. Huyen My, together with organizers, handed out scholarships and Christmas gifts for poor students andnumerous other charitable causes. Some photos at the event: … [Read more...]

In pictures: Miss Vietnam contestants in swimsuits

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VietNamNet Bridge – Thirty-eight finalists of Miss Vietnam 2014 pageant competed for the title Miss Sea on December 2 in red swimsuits at Vinpearl Resort on Phu Quoc Island. The winner will be named in the finale of Miss Vietnam 2014, which will take place on the evening of December 6. Earlier on December 2 they had face-to-face interviews with members of the jury, including Miss Vietnam 2010 Ngoc Han, testing their knowledge and ability to communicate. American pop star Kelly Clarkson has arrived at the Vinpearl Phu Quoc resort to prepare for her performance at the Miss Vietnam finale on the evening of December 6. She is set to perform three of her hits, "Because of You," "Stronger," and "A Moment like This". … [Read more...]

Social News 2/12

Suspected killer of Vietnamese woman under RoK police interrogation A woman from Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thi Thanh Ngan, was killed on November 30, police in Jeju has reported the news to the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK). The Vietnamese Embassy’s counsellor Duong Chinh Chuc said on December 1 that right after receiving the bad news the embassy immediately contacted the Jeju police and the victim’s family in HCM City to give necessary support. He added that the Korean police has not revealed any further information about the case and is interrogating the suspect. … [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 NOVEMBER 20-30 (daily updated)

Piano - Tuồng "Fire" by Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen Sat 29 Nov 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội "Fire" is a project conceived 8 years ago by two artists Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen. Sharing the desire of creating a new theatre language as combination between piano and Tuồng, My and musician Dang Tue Nguyen has collaborated to generate "Fire" based on Tuồng script by poet Luong Tu Duc. The beauty and philosophical depth of Tuồng (traditional opera) has once again given pianist Phó An My and composer Đặng Tuệ Nguyên inspiration for a new and unique creative collaboration: a "post-contemporary" work of chamber music written for the piano using the musical language and the dramaturgical materials of Tuồng, in which a modern instrument, the piano, and an ancient art, Tuồng, exist in parallel and independently, but at the same time complement and interact with each other. … [Read more...]

Vo Truong Toan award honors good teachers

SGGP's Editor-in-Chief Nguyen Tan Phong gives flowers and certificates to ward-winning teachers at the ceremony (Photo : SGGP)

Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper in coordination with the Department of Education and Training; and Life Insurer Prudential Vietnam held a ceremony to give Vo Truong Toan Awards to 30 good teachers on November 17 in the City Conference Hall at 111 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan Street in Ho Chi Minh City's District 3. Speaking at the ceremony, Nguyen Tan Phong, Editor-in-Chief of SGGP, stressed that at all times, people all express their gratitude to teachers who have contributed greatly to the country's development. … [Read more...]

L’Espace hosts maiden concert by flutist Nguyen Ly Huong

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L'Espace hosts maiden concert by flutist Huong Flutist Nguyen Ly Huong will perform her debut recital this weekend in Ha Noi at the French cultural centre, L'Espace. Huong, 24, took first place in an international flute competition in southern China's Nanning City last year. The recent Viet Nam National Academy of Music graduate will perform a mix of classical and contemporary works for L'Espace, including a Chinese piece called Sao Dem (Night Flute) that helped her beat 78 competitors in Nanning. Huong and two guest musicians, pianist Quynh Trang and clarinetist Tran Khanh Quang, will perform experimental versions of pieces originally composed for orchestras. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/11

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L'Espace hosts maiden concert by flutist Huong Flutist Nguyen Ly Huong will perform her debut recital this weekend in Ha Noi at the French cultural centre, L'Espace. Huong, 24, took first place in an international flute competition in southern China's Nanning City last year. The recent Viet Nam National Academy of Music graduate will perform a mix of classical and contemporary works for L'Espace, including a Chinese piece called Sao Dem (Night Flute) that helped her beat 78 competitors in Nanning. Huong and two guest musicians, pianist Quynh Trang and clarinetist Tran Khanh Quang, will perform experimental versions of pieces originally composed for orchestras. … [Read more...]

Renowned composer compiles lullaby album

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The Hanoitimes - An album recently produced by composer Le Minh Son highlights a genre - lullabies - that has all but slipped from the consciousness of new music being produced in the country. With A Oi, Son has carved out a special place for himself among the new generation of composers. Son says it was "personal demand" that inspired this album. "I put my babies to sleep by using any lyric that I remembered by chance. And most of time, I just turned on the CD player," he said. … [Read more...]

Volleyball comp kicks off

HCM CITY (VNS) - Duo Nguyen Thi Mai and Hoang Thi Thanh Huyen of Hai Phong beat Trinh Thi Ngoc Huyen and Ho Thi Ngoc Han of HCM City's Tan Binh 2 team 21-19, 24-22 in the opening round of the women's event at the National Beach Volleyball Championships on My Khe Beach yesterday. Earlier, HCM City's Tan Binh 1 beat Da Nang 2-0. In the men's division, Army Corp 4 beat HCM City's Tan Binh 2-0, while Sana Khanh Hoa beat Tan Binh 2-0. The championships will finish on Sunday. - VNS … [Read more...]

VN shuttlers off to a strong start

DA NANG (VNS) - Vietnamese duo Nguyen Hoang Anh and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Huyen beat Chinese Taipei's Chun Yao Liao and Hsin Ping Chang 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 21-15) in the mixed doubles qualifying round of the Kawasaki-Biere Larue Viet Nam International Series yesterday. The hosts' team needed just 32 minutes to complete the first win in the central city's Tuyen Son Sport Centre. Their teammates Truong Thanh Long and Dang Kim Ngan also took a 20-22, 21-14, 21-11 win over Malaysia's Fang Yang Lim and Sin Zou Ng. … [Read more...]