ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 13/4

Switzerland casts plaques of Ha Long Bay in bronze In preparation for the Official New7Wonders of Nature inauguration ceremonies, Switzerland is being casting two plaques of Ha Long Bay in bronze. The plaques, 1.2m high and 1m wide, weighing around 100kg each will be sent to Vietnam before the holding of ceremonies in Hanoi on April 27 and in Ha Long City on May 1 with special art performances. They will be placed in Hanoi and at the Bai Chay tourism site in Ha Long. The NewOpenWorld Organisation has sent a sample of the plaque to Vietnam for consideration, hoping that Vietnam will invite representatives from 6 other countries which have wonders of nature to attend the ceremonies to share experience in protecting and preserving wonders of nature. Ha Long Bay was officially recorgnised as one of five new world wonders of nature but two wonders of Indonesia and South Africa have remained to be crosschecked. Ponagar Festival 2012 sparkles in Khanh Hoa The 2012 Goddess … [Read more...]

What gift to give on the Teachers’ Day?

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As the country is getting ready to celebrate the Teachers' Day, the biggest event of the year in honor of Vietnamese educators, many parents choose to express their gratitude to their children's teachers through the medium of money. Nguyen Thi Thu in Hoang Mai District in Hanoi told Phu Nu Today newswire that she has consulted many of her neighbors over what to give her children's teachers on the Teachers' Day. "They all choose to present envelops with money inside to their children's teachers, hoping they will give their children more care and attention," Thu said. To show "proper" gratitude to her two kids' teachers, she has spent almost VND4million (US$200) of her monthly salary. Vu Xuan Manh living in Cau Giay District in Hanoi has also planned to give about VND6million in envelops to his son's teachers at an elementary school. "The gifts for my son's teachers cost even more than the gifts for my boss on Tet Holiday," he said. Though Huong's daughter is studying in a … [Read more...]

TRAVEL IN BRIEF 15/7

Two Vietnamese hotels boast world's best spas Two hotels in Vietnam have been ranked among the five that have the best hotel spas in the world by readers of the US Travel&Leisure Magazine, the world's leading travel guides, articles and information. In the list, the Nam Hai in central Quang Nam province's Hoi An town comes in fourth while the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is positioned fifth. Besides, the Nam Hai is also ranked 12th in the Best Resorts in Asia. The Metropole is named in two other categories, finishing 52nd in the Top 100 Hotels and fifth among the Best City Hotels in Asia. Also in the category of the Best City Hotels in Asia, the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City is listed in the 17th. Spa rankings are based on readers' ratings for ambience, treatment packages, service and its value, and facilities, while hotel rankings are based on ratings for rooms/facilities, location, service and its value, and restaurants/food. The honours are part of the 2013 … [Read more...]

Community-based tourism lures visitors to Hue

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Holidaymakers to the central province of Thua Thien-Hue can now engage in community-based tours besides the must-have visits to royal relic sites in the ancient imperial city of Hue. Among the newly-launched tours, tourists can visit communal and ancient worshipping houses, go rowing, try their hands at making conical hats, wrap "Tet" cakes and taste local specialties, all included in a trip to Thuy Thanh commune, Huong Thuy township. This tour has been jointly developed by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Another new destination is A Luoi district, where visitors can cycle around Aka-Achi hamlet in A Roang commune, enjoy local cuisine, build campfires, bathe in hot springs and join local people in singing and dancing. Museums which keep tens of thousands of valuable objects depicting Hue's tangible and intangible cultural heritage have also attracted a growing flow of tourists. The province hosts the … [Read more...]

Hue spends VND1.6billion on upgrading exhibition house

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The Thua Thien - Hue Provincial People's Committee has approved a VND1.6billion (US$80,000) plan to upgrade an exhibition house in Hue where sculptural works by the late artist Diem Phung Thi are displayed. The Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House was inaugurated at 1 Phan Boi Chau Street in 1994.Photo: SGGP In 1994, the Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House was inaugurated at 1 Phan Boi Chau Street. The place shows 175 works of Thi, who was listed in The Arts of the Twentieth Century category of the French Larousse Dictionary in 1991. In 1946, Diem Phung Thi graduated from the Ha Noi Dentistry University and began to study sculpture in 1959. In 1992, she became an Academician of the Austria-based European Academy of Sciences, Literature and Arts. In the last years of her life, she returned to Viet Nam and opened an exhibition room at the Vietnamese - French Culture Exchange Institute in HCMC, as well as several exhibitions in Hanoi. She passed away … [Read more...]

Two White Houses in Hue

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Hue City, the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty from the early 19th century to 1945, is well known for its monuments and architecture. The popular destinations in Hue include two French-styled white houses where many paintings and art works are exhibited. (Photo: SGGP) Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House In 1994, Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House was inaugurated at No. 1, Phan Boi Chau Street. The white house is the place where all the sculptural works of artist Diem Phung Thi given to Hue City, her native land, are displayed. The building displays more than 100 statues and paintings. All her works in France and Ho Chi Minh City had been brought to the place at her wish to complete her exhibition house. It is also the place where she lived her last nine years till she died in 2002. In late 2007, for the first time since her death, the Hue City administration opened to the public her room and her working room on the first floor Diem Phung Thi graduated from the Ha Noi … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 22/6

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India helps to restore My Son heritage site The Indian Government will provide Vietnam with three million USD to restore and preserve the world cultural heritage site of My Son in central Quang Nam province, announced the Indian Embassy on June 20. A temple in fourth-century My Son Sanctuary. The project will be carried out by Archaeological Survey of India, which previously successfully restored the temples at Angkor Wat and Ta Prhom in Cambodia and Wat Phou in Laos. To mark the occasion, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts will co-organise a conference to discuss the links between the Cham civilisations in Vietnam and India on June 26-27. Hollywood director to lecture at IDECAF in HCM City A Hollywood director, David Worth, will hold classes at the French Cultural Exchange Institute (IDECAF) in HCM City over the next three days. Worth was invited to Viet Nam by House of Wisdom Viet Nam to pass on cinematic knowledge to … [Read more...]

Hollywood director to lecture at IDECAF in HCM City

HA NOI — A Hollywood director, David Worth, will hold classes at the French Cultural Exchange Institute (IDECAF) in HCM City over the next three days. Worth was invited to Viet Nam by House of Wisdom Viet Nam to pass on cinematic knowledge to young film-makers. He will focus on the movie magic used by a number of worldwide famous directors, namely John Ford, George Stevens, Tony Scott and Alfonso Cuaron, and share his experiences in making action movies and independent films. Majoring in Motion Pictures at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Worth has been greatly affected by the European New Wave art cinema. He had achieved an enviable reputation as director of photography before becoming director for a wide range of action, martial arts and horror movies.-VNS … [Read more...]

Hue spends VND1.6billion on upgrading exhibition house

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The Thua Thien - Hue Provincial People's Committee has approved a VND1.6billion (US$80,000) plan to upgrade an exhibition house in Hue where sculptural works by the late artist Diem Phung Thi are displayed. The Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House was inaugurated at 1 Phan Boi Chau Street in 1994.Photo: SGGP In 1994, the Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House was inaugurated at 1 Phan Boi Chau Street. The place shows 175 works of Thi, who was listed in The Arts of the Twentieth Century category of the French Larousse Dictionary in 1991. In 1946, Diem Phung Thi graduated from the Ha Noi Dentistry University and began to study sculpture in 1959. In 1992, she became an Academician of the Austria-based European Academy of Sciences, Literature and Arts. In the last years of her life, she returned to Viet Nam and opened an exhibition room at the Vietnamese - French Culture Exchange Institute in HCMC, as well as several exhibitions in Hanoi. She passed away … [Read more...]

Korean view of German village to be screened

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The 2006 documentary Full Metal Village, by the Korean director Sung Hyung Cho, will bring hint of Europe to HCM City when it is shown May 19. The film documents the lives of the 1,800 residents of a small and quiet German village of Wacken in the Schleswig-Holstein state. Wacken, a sleepy German farming town, wakes up once a year to a rowdy heavy metal music festival. Wacken's population is aging, as the younger residents migrate to the cities leaving the older generation to struggle against competition from factory farms. Set against this backdrop, Korean born director Sung Hyung Cho explores the relationship of the 1,800 resident townsfolk and the brief annual influx of 70,000 heavy metal enthusiasts. The slow, cynically irreverent tone of the film lends an air of the absurd to both sides of the proceedings, including elderly villagers who confess to have 'heard' that the concert-goers worship Satan, and over-enthusiastic concert-goers head banging to the traditional … [Read more...]

French reggae musician to perform

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At the Fête de la Francophonie, electro reggae artiste Siméo will perform for one night at 6.30 pm March 27 at the French Cultural Exchange Institute (IDECAF), District 1, HCM City. French musician and singer Simon Rochon, better known as Siméo, affectionately called the 'tangled-hair prince,' will kick-off a six nation Asian tour, Tournee Asie 09, at IDECAF (March 27) in HCM City . Entrance is free; tickets can be had from IDECAF's box office. The talented musician, proficient in both string and percussion instruments, was born in Lyon, France. Siméo embarked on his career at 19 years of age and has so far released two albums: Envie' and Les idees bleues. In most of his 200 performances he is the lyricist, the singer and the instrumentalist. After Vietnam, Siméo will visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia (March 29), Bangkok, Thailand (March 31), Brunei (April 4), Mandalay (April 9) and Yangon, Myanmar (April 11) and Dahka, Bangladesh (April 13). … [Read more...]

Films from la Francophonie countries to screen in HCMC

A screening of well-known films produced in Francophone countries will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from May 6-31. The series includes La Marche de L'Empereur by French director Eric Guirado, Bruno Manser - Laki Penan which is a documentary by Swiss director Christoph Kuhn, and Sinh menh (Fate) by Vietnamese Dao Duy Phuc, among others. La Francophonie is an international organization comprised of countries that have been significantly influenced by French culture. They will be shown at Institut d'echanges culturels avec la France (IDECAF - The French Cultural Exchange Institute), 28 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1. … [Read more...]

Two White Houses in Hue

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Hue City, the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty from the early 19th century to 1945, is well known for its monuments and architecture. The popular destinations in Hue include two French-styled white houses where many paintings and art works are exhibited. (Photo: SGGP) Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House In 1994, Diem Phung Thi Art Exhibition House was inaugurated at No. 1, Phan Boi Chau Street. The white house is the place where all the sculptural works of artist Diem Phung Thi given to Hue City, her native land, are displayed. The building displays more than 100 statues and paintings. All her works in France and Ho Chi Minh City had been brought to the place at her wish to complete her exhibition house. It is also the place where she lived her last nine years till she died in 2002. In late 2007, for the first time since her death, the Hue City administration opened to the public her room and her working room on the first floor Diem Phung Thi graduated from the Ha Noi … [Read more...]

Establishing the Direction Board for Document ” Bai choi arts in the Central Vietnam”

(Cinet) - Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has promulgated Decision No.3569/QĐ-BVHTTDL on October 27 about establishing the Direction Board to build Document " Bai choi arts of the Central Vietnam" to turn into a list of intangible cultural heritage list of humanity. The Direction Board built Document " Bai choi arts of the Central Vietnam" to submit to the UNESCO Organization including some members as follows: 1. Dang Bich Lien- Deputy Minister of Minsitry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as head of the Board … [Read more...]

Orbis donates US$1 million to eye care project in central region

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(VOV) - Orbis Vietnam has collaborated with the Thua Thien-Hue provincial People's Committee on a project to provide eye care to children in the central region, funded with US$1 million by the Canadian International Agency. The programme which runs from August 27 through June 30, 2018 aims to reduce the rates of blindness and poor vision among children in the central region through enhancing access to eye care services at Hue Central Hospital and Hue Eye Hospital. In addition, the programme will fund short-term continuing education courses for staff of the Hue Eye Hospital. … [Read more...]

ADB and Korea support green transport development in Thua Thien – Hue

The project will be supervised by South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and researched and planned by Institute for Transport Studies and Dohwa Engineering Co. Ltd. The project is part of the action plan for green urban and sustainable city development project supported by the Asian Development Bank. The project will be launched in late July aiming to improve traffic in Hue Imperial Citadel and the surroundings. Also, it will support environmental improvement, economic development and improvement of quality of life. … [Read more...]

Activities sprung up to mark war invalids and martyrs’ day

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PANO - The whole army units have carried out an array of programs to care for policy beneficiaries and needy people in localities nationwide to mark the 67th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs' Day (July 27th). * A mission of the Policy Department, under the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army, visited Thanh Hoa provincial convalescent centre and presented gifts worth VND 140 million to local war invalids and sick soldiers. * The Signal Arm gave 150 gifts to seriously ill officers and those who had rendered good service to the nation, and joined localities in offering incense to martyrs at 49 cemeteries. … [Read more...]

French artist Patricia Kaas to perform in HCMC

Renowned French singer Patricia Kaas will give a solo performance for charity at Ho Chi Minh City's Ben Thanh Theatre on May 19.

French artist to perform in HCMC "Kaas Chante Piaf" concert, organised by Poussieres de Vie - a non-governmental organisation (NGO), will provide an opportunity for audiences to listen to a series of famous singer Édith Piaf's songs covered by Kaas. … [Read more...]

Hue Festival creates a bond among participating nations

During its nine festivity-filled days, the 2014 Hue Festival revived several unique ceremonies and cultural programmes imbued with Vietnamese cultural identities and achieved its objective of bringing the arts to the community, according to the Nhan Dan (People) online newspaper. Focusing on the theme "Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development", this year's festival was the biggest yet, with the participation of 43 international delegations from five continents and 23 domestic art troupes, all of whom delighted audiences with nearly 100 arts programmes on 15 stages around Hue city. … [Read more...]