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...]

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...]

Establishment of MICE Tourism Business Association: In Consideration

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Can it be said that the potential of Vietnam MICE tourism is huge?So, what has hindered Vietnam to become a country of developed MICE industry? … [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...]

Special king offerings now in Hanoi for Tet

A Ho chicken is from Bac Ninh and sold at VND400,000-500,000 per kilogramme

Many rare and expensive kinds of animals, which were considered as specialties offered for Kings in the past, are now being displayed at Hanoi Spring Fair 2014 as Tet nears. The fair, which has started from January 18 at Giang Vo Exhibition Centre, includes many rare animals brought by people across the country. Ho Thanh Dung, from Phu Tho Province, owner of a flock of nine-spur chickens, said this type of chicken is usually raised to wander freely so that they can peck food outside. Breeders only give them a little bit of maize and rice. The meat of this kind is much sought after and. A chicken weighing 2.5 kilogrammes takes eight months to a year to raise. One kilogramme of this type of chicken meat costs VND450,000 (USD21.4). Tran Thi Van from Bac Ninh Province, owner of a flock of pheasant, said this kind of bird used to live in the wild. Now they are raised on farms. They are fed on rice, and weigh an average of 1.2 - 1.3 kg. Every year, the pheasant lays around 90 eggs, … [Read more...]

Spring Fair to delight with dishes once fit for kings

HA NOI (VNS) — Several sophisticated handmade products and food specialities will be presented to the public at a spring fair that opens today in Ha Noi. The once-valuable food items, which were given as offerings to kings in the past, include sam cam bird (Fulica atra), nine-spur cock, Anh Vu river fish, Vong Village young sticky rice, Tu Le sticky rice, Ngu banana, dried longan, Nga Son mat and Van Phuc silk, among many others. Visitors to the 800-booth fair at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre will also have a chance to sample and purchase hundreds of specialities from every region in the country, including fresh fruit from the Mekong River Delta, Ly Son garlic, Phu Quoc fish sauce and Tan Cuong tea. Hanoians will also have a chance to enjoy several traditional cultural activities taking place at another spring fair that will open at the Quan Ngua Gymnasium next week. Demonstrations of different traditional festivals and folk games will be organised at the event, to be held … [Read more...]

Hanoi spring fairs to showcase local specialties

Several sophisticated handmade products and food specialties will be presented to the public at a spring fair that opens in Hanoi on January 18. The once-valuable food items, used as offerings to kings in the past, include sam cam bird (Fulica atra), Anh Vu fish, Vong village young sticky rice, Tu Le sticky rice, Ngu banana, dried longan, Nga Son mat and Van Phuc silk, among many others. Visitors to the 800-booth fair at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre will also have a chance to sample and purchase hundreds of specialties from every region in the country, including fresh fruit from the Mekong Delta, Ly Son garlic, Phu Quoc fish sauce and Tan Cuong tea. Several traditional cultural activities such as festivals and folk games will also be held at another spring fair to be held in Hanoi between January 21 and 26. In addition, craftsmen from traditional villages in Hanoi will showcase their handmade products. Van Phuc silk, Bat Trang ceramics, Phu Vinh rattan, Quat Dong embroidery, … [Read more...]

Spring Fair to showcase food specialities

HA NOI (Biz Hub) - Several sophisticated handmade products and food specialities will be presented to the public at a spring fair that opens on Saturday in Ha Noi. The once-valuable food items, which were given as offerings to kings in the past, include sam cam bird (Fulica atra), nine-spur cock, Anh Vu river fish, Vong Village young sticky rice, Tu Le sticky rice, Ngu banana, dried longan, Nga Son mat and Van Phuc silk, among many others. Visitors to the 800-booth fair at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre will also have a chance to sample and purchase hundreds of specialities from every region in the country, including fresh fruit from the Mekong River Delta, Ly Son garlic, Phu Quoc fish sauce and Tan Cuong tea. Hanoians will also have a chance to enjoy several traditional cultural activities taking place at another spring fair that will open at the Quan Ngua Gymnasium next week. Demonstrations of different traditional festivals and folk games will be organised at the event, to be … [Read more...]

As an expat living in Viet Nam, please share with us your thoughts about the trade fairs. Have you visited them?

Viet Nam's most important festival of the year, Tet (Lunar New Year), will be celebrated in a fortnight. Among many activities organised for the festival nationwide are trade fairs, like the Spring 2014 Trade Fair that will be held at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre in Ha Noi between January 18 and 28. The trade fairs aim to display Vietnamese specialties and highlight traditional Tet traditional customs for the enjoyment of both domestic and international visitors. However, it has been noticed that few foreigners visit the trade fairs held across the country. As an expat living in Viet Nam, please share with us your thoughts about the trade fairs. Have you visited them? If you have, what are your impressions? If not, why not? Do you think the fairs serve well their stated aims of introducing Vietnamese specialties and traditional Tet traditional customs? Do you think such events are a good way to introduce Viet Nam to international visitors? Please reply by email to: … [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...]

Japanese cultural festival “Ake Ome 2014″ in Hanoi

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(VOvworld) - A Japanese cultural festival "Ake Ome 2014" which means Happy New Year 2014 took place at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre in Hanoi on Sunday. The festival featured booths offering Japanese specialties, such as traditional Kadomatsu decorations and carp lanterns. Visitors were very fond of Japanese traditional dance, Yosakoi, a Cosplay performance and a fashion show. Nguyen Quang Huy, a student of Hanoi University, says: "Here we have Japanese Igo and Shogi chess, and a card game called Hana-Fuda. I'm studying Japanese at Hanoi University and I love Japanese chess, musical instruments, films, and manga. I'm influenced by Japanese culture to a certain extent. For example, Japanese people frequently say "I'm sorry" and "thank you" and I also say it more often." Visitors painted Daruman dolls' eyes for good fortune in the New Year and wrote their New Year's wishes on wood plates. Trying on Kimonos attracted a lot of young girls. Hien is a student at To Hieu Secondary … [Read more...]

Japanese festival “Ake Ome” welcomes New Year 2014

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(CPV) - On December 29,the Japanese festival "Ake Ome!" welcoming the New Year 2014 was held at the Giang Vo Exhibition Centre in Hanoi. The festival is a highlight to end the 40th anniversary of Vietnam - Japan diplomatic ties. "Ake Ome" is the shortened form of "Akemashite Omedetou" in Japanese, which means Happy New year. According to the representative of the organising board, the Japanese cultural festival aims to create a good space for the youth to learn more about Japanese culture at the New Year's Eve 2014. Moreover this is an opportunity to promote friendship and solidarity between Vietnam and Japan. 40 booths at the festival displayed Japanese food and drink specialties. Besides, Japanese handmade products such as tradition Kadomastu decorations, carp lanterns and Hamaya bows were also introduced to visitors. The Daruma' doll booth is the remarkable point of this festival. Painting dolls' eyes is a typical activity to welcome the New Year in Japan. The visitors to the … [Read more...]