ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 6/4

Vietnamese festivals on show at French photo exhibit A photo exhibition featuring Vietnam's traditional cultural festivals will be held from May 26 to June 13 at the Vietnam Cultural Center in France, reported newswire To quoc of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism this week. The show, to be co-held by the Ministry and others, will portray major, outstanding festivals and rites held throughout Vietnam, including the Giong, Huong Pagoda, Hung Kings Temple festivals in the north, as well as gong festivals in the central highlands, and the wedding ceremonies of Khmer ethnic groups in the south. The photos were selected from submissions to photo contests both in Vietnam and abroad. The event aims to provide an overall view of the country's traditional, folk culture to French people and the world as a way to promote tourism in Vietnam. After the exhibition, the photo collections will be given to the center to continue promoting Vietnamese culture and tourism in European … [Read more...]

Teens banned from major music show

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Under-18s will be banned from one of the biggest music events of the year. The Step Up Summer music festival will take place on April 11, but teenagers will struggle to be admitted, as the show has introduced Vietnam's first age limit on admission. Organisers have taken the contentious decision to exclude younger fans due to the rash of media-generated scandals involving scantily clad pop-singers. The show, jointly organised by the Hanoi Beer Company and teen-favourite online website mp3.zing.vn, will feature pop and commercial hiphop favourites including Tuan Hung, Doan Trang, Dong Nhi, Luu Huong Giang, Hoang Hai, The Men, M4U, Emily, Justa Tee and Rapper LK. General Director of the festival, composer Ho Hoai Anh said the event would be unlike anything seen before. Free tickets will distributed from the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre. … [Read more...]

“Step Up summer 2012” Gala – A playground for youths

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The Hanoi Beer Alcohol Beverage Corporation (HABECO) will work with social network, Zing, to hold a music Gala, "Step Up Summer 2012", at the Vietnam Exhibition and Fair Centre, 148 Giang Vo Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi on April 11th at 6.30pm. The event, directed by musician Ho Hoai Anh, aims to review results of three contests launched by HABACO from October, 2010 to March 2012, namely Slogan design, dream party design, Lunar New Year card design and Video of Spring Moments. Audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy songs and dances performed by famous Vietnamese singers, dancers and music bands, such as Tuan Hung, Doan Trang, Dong Nhi, Luu Huong Giang, Hoang Hai, the Men, M4U, Emily, Justa Tee, Rapper LK, Big Toes, Cun Cun and DJ Veoslim. Along with music, organisers will also organise interesting games for audience members over 18 years old. Those who want to join the Gala should visit website: www.sukien.habeco.com.vn, and answer questions to get ticket and … [Read more...]

Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita” to be screened for free in Hanoi

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A free screening of "Lolita," a movie adaptation of the classic novel of the same title by Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov and directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, will take place in Hanoi this weekend. Sue Lyon (R) and James Mason in the movie "Lolita" directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 The event, held by the Hanoi-based Center for Assistance and Development of Movie, includes a talk after the movie by local director Phan Dang Di and translator Duong Tuong who recently translated the book into Vietnamese. Starring James Mason and Sue Lyon, the movie brought the young actress a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. A narrative of the relationship between a middle-aged college professor and a 14-year-old nymphet, it was severely censored in the releasing year due to its sensitive content. The British Board of Film Censors rated it X, meaning no one under the age of 16 was permitted in theaters where it was showing. The screening takes … [Read more...]

Programme helps children with heart disease

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The programme "Connecting the Hearts" was held in New York on April 4 to raise fund and call for assistance to children with heart disease in Vietnam . At the event, Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, Head of the Vietnamese permanent delegation to the UN, said there are more than 10,000 children born with congenital heart defects each year in the homeland. At present, doctors have performed operation on only 6,000 of the waiting list of 16,000 children with heart diseases. He called on humanitarian organisations and US friends, organisations and individuals to provide expertise and financial assistance to the charitable organisation called "Understanding the Hearts" to help Vietnamese children suffering from heart disease. For his part, Actor Pham Gia Chi Bao said the organisation is implementing effectively five projects, on heart surgery for poor children, building gift houses, financing poor students' study and a scholarship programme. He said a similar programme was held by the … [Read more...]

Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita” to be screened for free in Hanoi

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A free screening of "Lolita," a movie adaptation of the classic novel of the same title by Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov and directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, will take place in Hanoi this weekend. Sue Lyon (R) and James Mason in the movie "Lolita" directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 The event, held by the Hanoi-based Center for Assistance and Development of Movie, includes a talk after the movie by local director Phan Dang Di and translator Duong Tuong who recently translated the book into Vietnamese. Starring James Mason and Sue Lyon, the movie brought the young actress a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. A narrative of the relationship between a middle-aged college professor and a 14-year-old nymphet, it was severely censored in the releasing year due to its sensitive content. The British Board of Film Censors rated it X, meaning no one under the age of 16 was permitted in theaters where it was showing. The screening takes … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 6/4

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Children with HIV to be given all social services Under a 2012-2015 plan of the Ministry of Labor, Ward Invalids and Social Affairs, every child with HIV/AIDS will be given care, treatment, education and all proper social services. The plan was introduced by the ministry at Tuesday's seminar on strengthening the leadership of the Party and administration in mitigating the discrimination against children with HIV/AIDS. … [Read more...]

Programme helps children with heart disease

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The programme "Connecting the Hearts" was held in New York on April 4 to raise fund and call for assistance to children with heart disease in Vietnam . At the event, Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, Head of the Vietnamese permanent delegation to the UN, said there are more than 10,000 children born with congenital heart defects each year in the homeland. At present, doctors have performed operation on only 6,000 of the waiting list of 16,000 children with heart diseases. He called on humanitarian organisations and US friends, organisations and individuals to provide expertise and financial assistance to the charitable organisation called "Understanding the Hearts" to help Vietnamese children suffering from heart disease. For his part, Actor Pham Gia Chi Bao said the organisation is implementing effectively five projects, on heart surgery for poor children, building gift houses, financing poor students' study and a scholarship programme. He said a similar programme was held by the … [Read more...]

“Understanding the Heart” program launched in New York

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Vietnam's "Understanding the Heart" Charity Association organized a program in New York on April 4 to raise funds for poor patients undergoing heart treatment. The event attracted the participation of many overseas Vietnamese people, officials and students, as well as numerous international friends. Vietnamese Ambassador to the US, Le Hoai Trung, said that in Vietnam, more than 10,000 babies are born with congenital heart diseases every year, and only 30 percent of them receive medical treatment. He called on charity organizations and kind-hearted people in the US to support Vietnamese child patients through the "Understanding the Heart" program. Director of "Understanding the Heart", Pham Gia Chi Bao, who is also a famous actor and MC, expressed sincere thanks for valuable support from donors and introduced five ongoing projects which are appealing for financial assistance to help disadvantaged people in Vietnam. Esmeralda V. Brown, Director of the Southern Diaspora … [Read more...]

Spring Press Festival to take place in Hanoi

(VOV) - The largest-ever Spring Press Festival 2015 will be held at Giang Vo Exhibition Centre in Hanoi from February 7 to 10, to mark the founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and welcome spring and new opportunities for the nation, according to a Feb. 2 press briefing. As many as 65 media agencies will display their publications, including Spring and Lunar New Year (Tet) editions, in 120 booths to provide visitors with an overall view on the history of Vietnam’s revolutionary press, as well as their plans in the new period of national development. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Truong Minh Tuan, who is also deputy head of the festival’s organizing board, said the four-day event will highlight great achievements of local media agencies in 2014, with a focus on disseminating information on State laws and Party’s policies and guidelines, national sovereignty over sea and islands, and good people and good deeds. Vice Chairman of … [Read more...]

Top places in major cities to celebrate New Year

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(VOV) - We’ve scoured Hanoi and HCM city to compile this bucket list of the best places to ring in the New Year. The New Year holidays come but once a year, so it’s worth it to make them memorable. Countdown festivals Yamaha Clear Men Countdown kicks off at 8pm on December 31 at the August Revolution Square in front of the Hanoi Opera House. This year’s programme features performing artist Do Kim Phuc, the Microwave rock band and rocker Pham Anh Khoa. The annual Heineken Countdown gets underway at 9pm on December 31 at Thien Quang Lake with the participation of singers Ho Ngoc Ha, Tuan Hung, Hoang THuy Linh, Bui Anh Tuan, Kimmese, Rapper Boogie, DJ Kruise, Drew Tudose… Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has organized a countdown festival on December 31, showcasing the unique products of ethnic minority groups in mountainous areas including brocade, silver jewellery and other handicrafts. An art firework programme and laser light shows blasts off at the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/12

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HCM City hotels host New Year countdown parties A number of HCM City-based hotels are holding countdown parties to welcome the New Year. Female DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur will present a special performance on New Year's Eve at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers' Level 23 Nightspot, while Filipino band Sound On Fire will perform at the countdown party at the hotel's The Lounge. Sofitel Saigon Plaza will host a countdown party at a rooftop pool with a live music performance by local DJs. All the events are scheduled for New Year's Eve. Guns N' Roses tribute night Fans of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses shouldn't miss a tribute concert to the legendary band hosted by Hanoi Rock City tonight. Local band Nevermind will relive the early 1990s with a repertoire featuring more than 20 songs by the American hard rock band such as Civil War and Welcome to the Jungle. The show will start at 8pm at Hanoi Rock City (27/52 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District). Tickets cost … [Read more...]

Hanoi to usher in New Year with Japanese festival

(VOV) - A Japanese cultural festival is set for December 27-28 at the Hanoi Giang Vo Exhibition Centre to welcome the New Year. AKEOME! 2015 takes its name from ‘akemashite omedetou meaning ‘Happy New Year' in Japanese. It will feature traditional Japanese handicrafts, cuisine, decorations and carp lanterns. Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun and exciting activities to close out 2014 such as omikuji fortune-telling, wearing traditional Japanese costume and purchasing Japanese souvenirs. The cultural event hopes to attract young and old alike and enhance the friendship between the two countries. … [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...]

Hanoi hosts the biggest hot pot festival in Vietnam

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(Cinet)- Giang Vo Exhibition Centre organizes the biggest hot pot festival with a participation of over 300 chefs in Vietnam on December 18. Hot pot (also known as steamboat in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei), refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafood. Vegetables, fish and meat should be fresh. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter during supper time. At the event, two celebrities - famous chef Pham Tuan Hai and actor Tran Thanh - will share the technique and skills to create a delicious hot pot. The event, organized by Unilever Food Solutions-one of the world’s leading food … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host the biggest hot pot event in Vietnam

(VOV) - More than 300 chefs will gather in The Biggest Hot Pot in Vietnam scheduled to take place in Giang Vo Exhibition Centre in Hanoi on December 18. At the event, two celebrities - famous chef Pham Tuan Hai and actor Tran Thanh - will share the technique and skills to create a delicious hot pot. The event, organized by Unilever Food Solutions-one of the world’s leading food companies, is expected to attract thousands of Hanoians. The Biggest Hot Pot in Vietnam was held in Ho Chi Minh City on November 12. With a diametre of 5 metres and a height of 1.2 metres, the hot pot was made from 1.3 tonnes of raw materials. Over 500 chefs participated in the event. … [Read more...]

Rock band stages new songs in first liveshow

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The Hanoitimes - ​The progressive rock band Ngu Cung (Pentatonic) will debut songs from their new album Cao Nguyen Da (Rock Plateau) on Friday at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre in their first-ever live show. Rock Plateau is the Ha Noi-based band's second album, following 360,000 Days, released in 2009 to celebrate the city's 1,000th anniversary. Since its 2007 fouding, Pentatonic has been a fresh sound in the rock scene because of its unique songs inspired by ethnic minority culture, and its ability to creatively mix ethnic minority instruments with traditional rock ones. Both albums include songs that fuse traditional music from northwestern ethnic minority groups with rock. Using the ken moi (lip lute), popular among Mong men, the band recalls the soulful, mountainous region in its songs Goi Tinh (Love Calling) and Huyen Thoai Nguoi Con Gai Mong (Legend of the Mong Girls). The song Rock Plateau 1 praises the determination and endurance of the people living in the rocky region. … [Read more...]

Vietnam should tap MICE tourism potentials: expert

Vietnam has many advantages to develop MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferences/conventions, and exhibitions/ events) tourism, however the potential of this type of tourism has yet to be recognised. General Director of Hoa Binh International Tourism and Trade Investment (Hoabinhtourist & Convention) Nguyen Khac Huyen said in a recent interview with the Vietnam Business Forum that Vietnam needed to identify MICE as a potential industry to develop suitable strategies for it. He added it was time to consider establishing MICE business associations. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines January 22

Vietnamese director joins int'l theatre festival Popular theatre director Le Quy Duong is the only Vietnamese representative at the 6th Fujairah International Monodrama Festival being held in Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates from January 20-28. Organised by the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority (FCMA), the festival will host more than 300 celebrities, theatre actors and performers from 43 countries and territories all over the world. The biennial event, which made its debut in Fujairah in 2003, welcomed guests at the opening ceremony with an operetta titled Pearl of the East, performed by the Sigma Dance Group at the Al Aqah beach on January 21. Nightly one-act performances started on January 21, and participants will join round-table discussions on different topics on theatre, such as one on What's Left of Theatre: New Realities, New Trends on January 25. Young local talents will also benefit from a workshop to be held by Polish artist Jolanta Juszkiewicz on Poor Theatre … [Read more...]