Reading culture aroused in community

The 2015 Book Festival was attractive to readers  Over the past time, Hai Duong provincial library system has had many practical deeds to arouse the culture of reading.   Value of books honored

Encouragement of a reading movement in the community is the entire society's responsibility. The 2015 Book Festival has been held in the precinct of the provincial library. Thousands of pupils and readers were present right from early morning. In pavilions were thousands of book titles arranged into eye-catching shapes. Many people noticed the book collection "Luoc Su Nuoc Viet Nam Bang Tranh" (Pictorial Summary of Vietnamese History) published by Kim Dong Publishing House. Coming to the Book Festival, readers could contemplate the photo collection "Tre Em Thoi Chien" (Children at War), competed in storytelling, poem reading, singing in both English and Vietnamese, etc. The most crowded area was a free reading space organized right in a reading room of the provincial library. There, we saw many youngsters and pupils avidly reading books, newspapers, and magazines. "I come here or my school's library several times a week to read books. Today, my classmates and I called for each other … [Read more...]

Time-buying tactics

Anh Thu According to the Price Management Department under the Ministry of Finance, fuels account for 25-35% of transport costs for gasoline-fueled vehicles and 35-45% for diesel-fueled automobiles. Meanwhile, transport experts, the fee reductions last month, with 6-16% at coach stations in Hanoi, 6-7% in Haiphong and 2-11.33% in HCMC as reported by Nguoi Lao Dong, are not proportionate to the fuel price declines. Besides, many enterprises are still reluctant to lower their charges. Many transport associations and enterprises nationwide say they are reviewing input costs to determine new charges. Though the fuel prices were cut sharply on Monday and local authorities nationwide have been urged by the Ministry of Finance to strengthen the monitoring of transport charges, transport enterprises have yet to make a move. They have excuses for delays. To them, it is almost impossible to adjust their charges overnight. Re-calculating costs and reporting new fares to the management … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 15/1

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Dr Kim Hong awarded First Mrs. World Dr Doan Thi Kim Hong has been given "First Mrs. World" title for her active contribution to the Mrs. World Organization. This was confirmed by Mrs. World Organisation Chairman David Z. Marmel in a letter to Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh. Hong is the first woman in the world has been honoured with this title. She was overwhelmingly voted in the Mrs. World pageant in India in 2005. Four years later, she helped bring the world beauty contest to Vietnam. Both Dr Kim Hong and Chairman David Z. Marmel were then awarded the "For the Cause of Culture, Sports and Tourism" insignia by the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in late 2012. Besides, Hong was known as a jury member of the Mrs World pageants held in Russia in 2008, and the US in 2010 and 2011. Vietnamese Week promises exhibitions and excitement A Vietnamese Week will take place in Rome, Italy to introduce the country … [Read more...]

War film honoured in Ha Noi

HA NOI (VNS)- The award-winning-movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) won a prize from the Viet Nam Union of Art and Literature Association at an awards ceremony held on Saturday. In this debut film by Nguyen Huu Muoi, which takes place in 1971, four students join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the centre of Viet Nam. The script, by Hoang Nhuan Cam, draws inspiration from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac. "It's gratifying to see that the film has been highly appreciated. I'm also moved because a portrait of Vietnamese young people, who gave up their youth for the cause of national liberation, has been shown widely to the international community," Cam said. The film has received many accolades, including the Golden Kite for Best Picture at the Viet Nam Cinematography's Association awards in March 2012 and a Silver Lotus at the National Film Festival (the Golden Lotus was not awarded) last year. It was also nominated for the 85th Academy … [Read more...]

War film honoured at an award ceremony

HA NOI (VNS)- The award-winning-movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) has just won a prize from the Viet Nam Union of Vietnamese Art and Literature Association. In this debut film by Nguyen Huu Muoi, which takes place in 1971, four students join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the centre of Viet Nam. The script, by Hoang Nhuan Cam, draws inspiration from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac. "It's gratifying to see that the film has been highly appreciated. I'm also moved because a portrait of Vietnamese young people, who gave up their youth for the cause of national liberation, has been shown widely to the international community," Cam said. The film has received many accolades, including the Golden Kite for Best Picture at the Viet Nam Cinematography's Association awards in March 2012 and a Silver Lotus at the National Film Festival (the Golden Lotus was not awarded) last year. It was also nominated for the 85th Academy Awards in the category … [Read more...]

“The Scent of Burnt Grass” wins the 2012 Vietnam Literature and Arts Award

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(Cinet)- Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) won a prize from the Viet Nam Union of Art and Literature Association at an awards ceremony held on January 12. In this debut film by Nguyen Huu Muoi, which takes place in 1971, four students join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the centre of Viet Nam. The script, by Hoang Nhuan Cam, draws inspiration from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac. "It's gratifying to see that the film has been highly appreciated. I'm also moved because a portrait of Vietnamese young people, who gave up their youth for the cause of national liberation, has been shown widely to the international community," Cam said. The film has received many accolades, including the Golden Kite for Best Picture at the Viet Nam Cinematography's Association awards in March 2012 and a Silver Lotus at the National Film Festival (the Golden Lotus was not awarded) last year.ect. … [Read more...]

Hanoi screens select national film fest entries

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Feature films competing at the 17th Vietnam National Film Festival in the central coastal province of Phu Yen in mid-December are being screened in Hanoi this week. A scene from Mui co chay (the smell of the burning grass) by director Nguyen Huu Muoi, one of 108 entries at this year's National Film Festival. … [Read more...]

Vietnam film in Academy Awards

A scene in the "Mui Co Chay". Photo: VnExpress

The movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) by director Nguyen Huu Muoi has been nominated for the 85th Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by the Vietnam Feature Film Studio, director Muoi's first work was inspired from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac, entitled Mai Mai Tuoi 20 (Forever 20). The movie tells a story of four students in 1971 who join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the central Vietnam. It was selected for the awards by a national committee, beating 19 others. Scent of Burnt Grass has already received many accolades, including the Golden Kite for Best Picture at the Vietnam Cinematography's Association awards in March, and a Silver Lotus at the National Film Festival (the Golden Lotus was not awarded). Scriptwriter for the movie, Hoang Nhuan Cam, said winning the award was not the most important thing for him. "I'm moved because a portrait of young Vietnamese people, who gave up their youth … [Read more...]

Viet Nam film in Academy Awards

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HA NOI (VNS)— The movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) by director Nguyen Huu Muoi has been nominated for the 85th Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by the Viet Nam Feature Film Studio, director Muoi's first work was inspired from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac, entitled Mai Mai Tuoi 20 (Forever 20). … [Read more...]

Viet Nam film nominated for Academy Award

HA NOI – (VNS) The movie Mui Co Chay (The Scent of Burnt Grass) by director Nguyen Huu Muoi has been nominated for the 85th Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by the Viet Nam Feature Film Studio, director Muoi's first work was inspired from the diary of fallen soldier Nguyen Van Thac, entitled Mai Mai Tuoi 20 (Forever 20). The movie tells a story of four students in 1971 who join the army and fight on the Quang Tri battlefield in the centre of Viet Nam. It was selected for the awards by a national committee, beating 19 others. … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 11/12

Korean and Vietnamese speaking contest launched in HCM City The contest has provided Vietnamese people an opportunity to show their Korean speaking skills as well as giving a chance for students from the Republic of Korea (RoK) to speak Vietnamese friends' mother tongue. The final round of the competition was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10 with 25 Vietnamese and Korean contestants selected from 564 entries in the previous rounds. Nguyen Phuong Y, a Vietnamese student from the HCM City University of Social Science and Humanity, won the first prize in Korean speaking. She was offered a free-of-charge course for master degree at Soongsil University in the RoK. In the Vietnamese speaking category, Jang Eun Bee, who is studying at the Hanoi University, took the lead with an award worth US$2,000. The contest created an excellent venue for students from both countries to meet, exchange and increase mutual standing, as well as strengthening bilateral friendship. Body … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 9/12

Hanoi to host night of Korean opera A grand night of opera and classical music featuring leading artists from South Korea and Vietnam will take place at the Hanoi Opera House on December 17. Korean conductor Lim Jun Oh will lead his compatriots, including violin soloist Jae Jin Park, tenor Chang Jin Gyu and soprano Chang Eun Yong. They will be accompanied by Vietnamese artists Tam Ngoc on the piano and Minh Chinh on the violin as they perform international and Korean masterpieces. The concert will feature Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV1043 by J. Bach; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F minor, Op. 2 by F. Chopin; The Rivers of My Mind by Lee Su In; Nessun Dorma from Opera 'Turandot' by Puccini; New Arirang by Kim Dong Jin; and Italian Street Song by V. Herbert. Tickets, priced from VND200,000 to VND400,000, are available at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street; or can be booked at www.ticketvn.com, ticketvn@gmail.com. Int'l workshop on culture … [Read more...]

Vietnam Film Festival’s free screening wraps up

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The free screening of 17 movies taking part in the 17th Vietnam Film Festival to be held next week in Phu Yen Province concluded Thursday in Hanoi. Audience at the "Tam hon me" screeningPhoto: Tuoitre A considerable number of audiences showed up to see Vietnam's best movies in the past 2 years. These include Huu Muoi's "Mui co chay" (The Smell of Burnt Grass), which is based on Vietnam's best-selling war diary "Mai mai tuoi 20" (Forever 20) by American War veteran Nguyen Van Thac. The premier of this movie, which is a moving story of four young Hanoi men who fought in the bloody 81-day Quang Tri Old Citadel battle during the American War, attracted over 200 audience members who stayed until the last minute. Nguyen Manh Cuong, PR Manager of the National Cinema Center which screened the entries, said this number was remarkable considering the screening room has only 170 seats. "Tam hon me" (A mother's soul) by Pham Nhue Giang was another hit. This movie, which was … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 5/12

Promoting cultural exchange between Vietnam and RoK Famous Korean and Vietnamese artists gathered for a concert in Hanoi on December 3 to promote the image of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in Vietnam. The concert, sponsored by the Korean Cultural Centre in Hanoi, aims to strengthen cultural exchange between the two countries. Korean artists at the concert, including Tenor Park Seong Min, pianist Choo Eun Yeong, Soprano Cho Hye Ryeong and cellist Joo Hye Young, were trained at the world's leading music academies and have had long performing careers in the RoK and European countries. . For the Vietnamese side, Dao Nhat Quang and Duong Minh Chinh participated in the event. Dao Nhat Quang studied at Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music where he met Cho Hye Ryeong and got married with her. Now they live and work in HCM City. They presented the Korean song Mountain and the Vietnamese song Hanoi - niem tin va hy vong (Hanoi belief and hope). Pianist Duong Minh Chinh also studied at … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Music Day to be celebrated

A variety of performances will be held in 13 cities and provinces across the country on September 3-4 to celebrate Vietnamese Music Day. A gala opening ceremony will take place at 8pm on September 3 at the Vietnam Song and Dance Theatre. The ceremony will include classical and contemporary music performances and five choir performances by 40 music lovers from the Hanoi Music Association under the baton of conductor Nguyen Thieu Hoa. Notably, the music day celebration will feature an appearance by a rhapsody orchestra consisting of six young instrumentalists who will play Vietnamese works such as Pho Phuong Hanoi (Hanoi streets) and Oi Que Toi (Oh, My Homeland). In a broad range of events, visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy traditional music in front of the capital's Dong Xuan market, a piano concert in HCM City, a music night in Hue and they will have the opportunity to meet musicians in the central coastal province of Quang Ngai. Da Nang will host a song writing … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Music Day to kick off this weekend

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A variety of performances will be held in 13 cities and provinces across the country on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Vietnamese Music Day. A gala opening ceremony will take place at 8pm on Saturday at the Vietnam Song and Dance Theatre. The ceremony will include classical and contemporary music performances and five choir performances by 40 music lovers from the Hanoi Music Association under the baton of conductor Nguyen Thieu Hoa. Notably, the music day celebration will feature an appearance by a rhapsody orchestra consisting of six young instrumentalists who will play Vietnamese works such as Pho Phuong Hanoi (Hanoi Streets) and Oi Que Toi (Oh, My Homeland). In a broad range of events, visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy traditional music in front of the capital's Dong Xuan market, a piano concert in Ho Chi Minh City, a music night in Hue and they will have the opportunity to meet musicians in the central coastal province of Quang Ngai. Da Nang will host a song … [Read more...]

Comic book series on President Ho released

VietNamNet Bridge - The Kim Dong Publishing House has published the first five instalments of a comic strip series on the late President Ho Chi Minh as part of its activities to mark National Day on September 2. The comics will be a series of 20 books titled Bac Ho Song Mai (Uncle Ho Lives Forever), to acquaint young readers with the leader's life and revolutionary career. They will also feature stories about the President's interaction with children. The books will contain colourful images drawn by skilled artists and simple language. … [Read more...]

Writer publishes war notes, diaries

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A compilation of war diaries and notes, entitled From Military Zone 5, was recently published by the Literature Publishing House. The book is based on writer Phan Tu's experiences in Military Zone 5, which stretched from Quang Nam to Binh Dinh Province, during the period of 1962-75. Content covers Tu's leaving the popularisation and training section of Military Zone 5 in order to enforce the liberation of the central province of Quang Nam until his return to Hanoi. Tu wrote his notes and diary entries while under fire, bombardment, hunger and in bad light, due to which his eyes eventually became seriously affected by myopia. "Along with War Diary by Chu Cam Phong, Dang Thuy Tram's Diary and Twenty Forever by Nguyen Van Thac, From Military Zone 5 once again affirms the important role literature played in the country's liberation," Literature Publishing House director Nguyen Van Cu said. In order to keep his material secret, Tu wrote hundreds of pages in French, Russian and Lao, … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 28/7

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Writer publishes war notes, diaries diaries A compilation of war diaries and notes, entitled From Military Zone 5, was recently published by the Literature Publishing House. The book is based on writer Phan Tu's experiences in Military Zone 5, which stretched from Quang Nam to Binh Dinh Province, during the period of 1962-75. Content covers Tu's leaving the popularisation and training section of Military Zone 5 in order to enforce the liberation of the central province of Quang Nam until his return to Ha Noi. … [Read more...]