Art & Entertainment News 24/12

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Downtown flower street to feature rural beauty This year’s flower street in celebration of the New Year will be organized on Ham Nghi Boulevard in HCMC’s District 1, featuring Vietnam’s rural beauty and its modernization seen through the development of a metro system, which is now under construction in the city. Ham Nghi Flower Boulevard measuring 510 meters in length will be divided into three sections, namely Hao khi Viet Nam (Vietnam’s spirit), Ban sac Viet Nam (Vietnam’s identity) and Vinh quang Viet Nam (Vietnam’s glory). The first section will be highlighted by the image of three goats in the Year of the Goat, decorated with greenery and huge rocks. The next one will manifest the beauty of tranquil Vietnamese villages with cottages and paddy fields and the final part will show the country’s modernization highlighted by the metro system. This year, the flower street is moved to Ham Nghi Boulevard due to the ongoing construction of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 17/5

Russian films premiere in Vietnam Russian Film Week 2014 is set to kick off on May 20, introducing Vietnamese audiences to the best of Russian cinematography. Most of the films centre on the character and virtues that the Russian people exhibited during the Great Patriotic War as they fought to liberate the Motherland from fascism. Most notable among the films is the smash hit "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" by Vladimir Menshov which had mass appeal around the globe and won an Oscar for the best foreign film in 1980 from the American Film Academy. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 18/2

Paris fashion academy backs TV show Project Runway This year, "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" program has decided to cooperate with Atelier Chardon Savard Fashion Academy - one of the leading fashion institutes in Paris, aiming to improve its professional quality. Accordingly, top three contestants of "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" will have the opportunity to go to Paris to practise and work with the academy's fashion gurus to create the final collections for the Project Runway finale. In addition, the competition winner will be awarded a scholarship to train at Atelier Chardon Savard academy with VND200 million in cash from the leading fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. "We are very excited and pleased to be given the opportunity to work with Project Runway Vietnam this year," said Dominique Chardon Savard, Headmaster of the leading Paris fashion academy. "I hope that the cooperation will help young Vietnamese designers gain experience and skills as well as proving themselves … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 8

The first part of a TV documentary series featuring traditional opera cai luong (reformed opera) will be completed this month.

Russian festival on its way The Russian Cultural Days 2013 will be held from November 11-17 in Ha Noi, HCM City and Binh Duong Province by the culture ministries of Viet Nam and Russia. Activities consist of art performances, photo exhibitions and Russian Film Days which will screen Russian contemporary feature movies such as My Dad is Baryshnikov, I'll be Around, My Boyfriend is an Angel and White Tiger. As scheduled, a splendid art performance will open the event which takes place on November 12 at the Ha Noi Opera House. The art performance will also be organised at HCM City's Municipal Theatre on November 15 and at the Binh Duong Cultural Centre the following day. The event aims to strengthen the relationship between Viet Nam and Russian Federation in various fields like culture, art and tourism. Contemporary sculpture gallery opens A gallery dedicated only to the art of sculpture will open its doors tomorrow at 12 Quan Su Street. The gallery's opening will be marked with an … [Read more...]

Festival changes tune of HCM City music scene

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VietNamNet Bridge - Autumn Melodies, an annual music festival that takes place every August in HCM City, features a lineup of famous artists from both Viet Nam and other countries. Tran Vuong Thach, director of the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO), created the festival in 2005. He speaks with VNS about the difficulty of convincing talented performers to participate as well as organisers' goals for improving the arts environment. This year's Autumn Melodies has become an annual festival after it was successfully being performed in August in HCM City. The event lured many famous and talented artists from inside and outside Viet Nam. When it comes to making something like Autumn Melodies successful, do you think the most important issue is how to attract talented artists to participate? Yes, it is. Before holding the programme, we thought a lot about how to draw young leading talents from HCM City who were studying abroad to come back to perform. I have tried to … [Read more...]

Festival changes tune of Citymusic scene

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Autumn Melodies, an annual music festival that takes place every August in HCM City, features a lineup of famous artists from both Viet Nam and other countries. Tran Vuong Thach, director of the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO), created the festival in 2005. He speaks with Ho Huong Giang about the difficulty of convincing talented performers to participate as well as organisers' goals for improving the arts environment. This year's Autumn Melodies has become an annual festival after it was successfully being performed in August in HCM City. The event lured many famous and talented artists from inside and outside Viet Nam. Inner Sanctum: When it comes to making something like Autumn Melodies successful, do you think the most important issue is how to attract talented artists to participate? Yes, it is. Before holding the programme, we thought a lot about how to draw young leading talents from HCM City who were studying abroad to come back to perform. I have tried … [Read more...]

Vietnamese filmmakers turn to comedies

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Foreign embassies join Hanoi marathon for peace About 200 foreign athletes representing 29 Hanoi-based embassies and international organisations have registered to participate in the Hanoi Moi (New Hanoi) newspaper's annual open marathon. In an October 1 press briefing, race organisers said its 40th iteration is expected to attract 1,200 competitors from 80 of the capital city's districts, universities, and colleges. The marathon, as well as promoting peace, will mark the 59th anniversary of Hanoi Liberation Day (October 10), the 14th anniversary of Hanoi's UNESCO City for Peace status, and the 56th anniversary of New Hanoi newspaper's inaugural edition. The marathon has developed into one of the capital city's most loved events, capturing the enthusiasm of locals and foreign residents alike. Toulouse Culture Week in Hanoi Hanoi will host its Toulouse Culture Week from October 4-9,marking the 40th anniversary of French-Vietnamese diplomatic ties and celebrating the close ties … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 15-31 (daily updated)

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Screening of "La Fille de Monaco" Fri 16 Aug 2013, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the film screening "La Fille de Monaco" ("The girl from Monaco", France, 2008, 95 mins) directed by Anne Fontaine. According to Le Parisien, a French daily newspaper "Using tragicomic mode, Anne Fontaine offers a brilliant variation about human desire and the relationship between people and their sexuality. A feast for the eyes as well as for the mind." Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle. For more information about synopsis, please see L'Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post. Tickets: Ticket price: 20 000 VND Special price for members of L'Espace and students: 10 000 VND Tickets are available at L'Espace. Concert "Mozart Cycle III" 21 and 22 Aug 2013, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the concert "Mozart Cycle III" at L'Espace. This is the third collaboration between The Vietnam National Symphony … [Read more...]

What’s on July 2013 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES Hanoi - "HYPNOSIS"- a Zentangle Workshop and Performance Madake, 81 Xuan Dieu Street Workshop and Experimental performance: July 27, 2pm, Works display: July 27 - Aug 10 Zentangle workshop "HYPNOSIS" is organized for the first time in Hanoi with the guiding of young henna & Zentangle artist Phuong - Mad Meo. This is a chance for young people to learn about a new form of drawing using simple shapes, patterns to create paintings with attractive motifs, fancy, emotional and creative. Workshop, from 2pm to 5pm. For registered members only Experimental performance: From 8pm to 10pm. Free entry. Free henna painting and Zentangle tattoo design Lucky draw with coupon For more information, please contact: Vuong Bich Ngoc: vuongngoc.bts@gmail.com. Hanoi-Music Night to Celebrate Cuban Revolution July 26, 8.30 pm, ATK, 73a Mai Hac De Street Featuring some the city's best and most enthusiastic salsa dancers for a salsa session with JC Smith providing the … [Read more...]

King crop: World’s greatest pepper farmer

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Growing a livelihood: Pepper is an important cash crop for Viet Nam because if farmers can maintain strong harvests, they will enjoy high profits regardless of price fluctuations. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Quang by Thanh Hai and Trung Hieu Under the scorching southern Viet Nam sun, every exertion is a challenge likely to be rewarded with torrents of sweat. Thankfully for pioneering farmer Tran Huu Thang, his entire pepper garden is automatically watered and fertilised at the flick of a switch. This innovation is not just a labour-saving tool; it also conserves water and reduces the need for fertiliser by 50 per cent, bringing efficiency and consequent economic rewards. Tran Huu Thang is not only the subject of admiring tales in Dong Nai Province's Xuan Loc District, he also serves as a teacher to locals who visit his farm in Xuan Tho Commune to seek his advice and experience. Xuan Tho is considered Viet Nam's "capital of pepper", with almost 100 per cent of farming households working … [Read more...]

LienVietPostBank wins int’l volleyball tourney

(VOV) - LienVietPostBank has won the championship title of an international volleyball tournament in Bac Ninh after a tit-for-tat match against Sichuan of China on May 26. LienVietPostBank's first win The 2013 LienVietPostBank Cup saw the participation of more than 100 players from LienVietPostBank, VTV Binh Dien-Long An, VietinBank and Vietsovpetro representing Vietnam, as well as foreign teams from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Shandong and Sichuan of China. Twenty exciting matches were held during the 8-day competition, receiving strong support from local spectators. LienVietPostBank took the trophy, receiving a US$15,000 prize. Second prize of US$10,000 went to Sichuan, while VTV Binh Dien-Long An and VietinBank came in third and fourth, respectively. A consolation prize was given to Sri Lanka, and Thailand won a prize for style. Individual awards were also presented to Nguyen Thi Xuan (VietinBank) for the best hitter; Pham Thi Yen (LienVietPostBank) as the best all-rounder; and … [Read more...]

What’s on April 2013 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES Hanoi-Jump for Jazz: "Bird Lives" Concert Jump for Jazz aims to promote and support jazz and jazz musicians in Vietnam. A series of concerts, entitled a Chronology of Jazz, will be held on every last Thursday of the month, starting Apr 25 2013, at the Dong Kinh Hall. The first concert in this series, Bird Lives a tribute to Charles Parker will take place in April in Hanoi. Performers: - Nguyen Bao Long, bandleader; saxophone - Nguyen Tien Manh; piano - Le Viet Hung; drum - Dao Minh Pha; doublebass Tickets At door: VND 250,000 - 350,000 Online booking: VND200,000 - 300,000 Tickets for student: VND 50,000 Contact: Bao Long 090 321 7273 Hanoi- Vu Nhat Tan and Nguyen Thuy Dung's Intimate Concert Apr 25, 8 - 10.30 pm, Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street Blending the traditional Vietnamese instrument đàn tranh with contemporary electronic music, Nguyen Thuy Dung & Vu Nhat Tan's intimate concert promises to be a magical night. Ticket at … [Read more...]

‘Trainers – Decisive factor for success’: Volleyball coach, Pham Van Long

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Nhan Dan – The Lien Viet Post Bank women’s volleyball team has become a model of success in the national volleyball history of Vietnam, taking the overall crown in nine out of 11 recent national championships (six consecutive times from 2001 to 2006) and contributing from one half to two thirds of members of the national women's squad. Their root strength lies in discovering, recruiting and training young talent. Lien Viet Post Bank’s chief manager, Pham Van Long, who is also the head coach of the Vietnam national women’s volleyball team, shared his youth training experience and viewpoints about the future of Vietnamese volleyball, in an interview with the Nhan Dan Newspaper. Q: Vietnamese volleyball clubs will be not be allowed to hire foreigners starting this season. How does this prohibition influence your team? I can assure you that our team will not be influenced at all, but to some extent, we will benefit from this ban. During the past ten seasons, Lien Viet Post Bank has … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 15-31 (daily updated)

A Talk by Prof Nora A. Taylor Sun 30 Dec 2012, 6 pm Manzi Art Space 14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi Come to attend a talk by Prof. Nora A. Taylor: Artists in Hanoi from 1992-2012: A view onto Vietnamese Art History from the Perspective of an Outsider". Nora A. Taylor is a Chicago-based art historian of modern and contemporary Vietnamese art and professor of Southeast Asian Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taugh at the Arizona State University, University of California, Los Angeles and the National University of Singapore. Having lived and researched in Vietnam for 20 years, she speaks fluent Vietnamese and writes intesively on both modern and contemporary Vietnamese art. She is the author of Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art and editor of Studies in Southeast Asian Art: Essays in Honor of Stanley O'Connor, as well as numerous articles and essays. She has curated various exhibitions including Changing Identity: Recent Work by Women Artists … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 17/8

Market-based price mechanism to be observed Consumers have been shocked after petrol businesses raised retail petrol prices twice by a total of VND2,000 per litre since August 2012. Retail petrol prices were adjusted to increase by VND900 per litre on August 1 and by VND1,100 per litre on August 13. Oil prices were also raised by VND500 - 800 per litre. Although petroleum businesses reason that the rise is due to high import prices, such adjustments within 12 days have raised public concerns about the market-based pricing management mechanism. … [Read more...]

Modern trade centres yet to turn heads

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While modern trading centres are enjoying high occupancy rates in Hanoi, shoppers have yet to come to the party. Chung Ngoc reports. "The reality shows that in times when the general economy is going through a downturn, people reduce spending. Hence, high-class shopping centres with costly products will not be top choice." Ta Thi Phuong, a salesgirl at Hikosen Cara shop in the Parkson Landmark 72, told VIR that her shop was busier than normal with the week of children, which fell on June 1, bringing in more shoppers. However, normally very few customers drop by her shop as Vietnam's economic woes have seen consumers tighten their belts. Though Parkson Landmark 72 Keangnam is in a favourable position in the new business district along Pham Hung road, with plenty of half price discount signs, shoppers have yet to bite. Not only clothes shops, but scores of beauty product, jewellery and toy shops such as America's Oshkosh shop are in dire straits. Compared with Parkson Landmark 72, … [Read more...]

Hue’s 20 beauty spots in lacquer paintings

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The Center for Preservation of Hue Relics has opened an exhibition, introducing 20 beauty spots of the former capital city of Hue, through lacquer paintings by calligrapher Hai Trung, who is also director of the Museum of Hue Royal Antiques. The 20 beauty spots of Hue, or “Than kinh nhi thap canh,” is the named set of poems by King Thieu Tri of the Nguyen Dynasty. These poems describe the beauty of 20 landscapes of Hue, including seven natural and 13 artificial or natural-artificial landscapes. They are listed as follows: … [Read more...]

20 Hue’s beauty spots in lacquer paintings

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Center for Preservation of Hue Relics has opened an exhibition, introducing 20 beauty spots of the former capital city of Hue, through lacquer paintings by calligrapher Hai Trung, who is also director of the Museum of Hue Royal Antiques. The 20 beauty spots of Hue, or "Than kinh nhi thap canh," is the named set of poems by King Thieu Tri of the Nguyen Dynasty. These poems describe the beauty of 20 landscapes of Hue, including seven natural and 13 artificial or natural-artificial landscapes. They are ranked as follows: 1. Minh Vien tower in the Forbidden City; 2.Thieu Phuong garden in the Forbidden City; 3.Tinh Tam Lake in Hue city; 4.Xuan Quang royal garden in Hue city; 5.Dac Nguyet royal garden in the Forbidden City; 6.Noi Kim Thuy lake in Hue city; 7.Truong Ninh palace in Hue city; 8.Thuong Mau garden in Hue city, 9.Thanh Duyen temple on Thuy Van mountain; 10.Thuan An beach. 11. Huong river; 12.Ngu Binh mountain; 13.Linh Huu Taoism Temple in Hue city; … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 27/4

Electricity supply sufficient for summer The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) said that the power supply will be sufficient for this summer due to high water levels and more power projects to be put into operation. The water levels at Hoa Binh Hydropower plant reached 106 metres, much higher than previous years. The current water levels at Son La Hydropower have risen to 202 metres. According to statistics from Vietnam Electricity (EVN), in early 2012, it began operating 2 turbines, with a total capacity of 176.5MW. The 500 kV Son La - Hiep Hoa power grid along with other new power project that joined the power grid in March have provided sufficient power for northern provinces. EVN has plans to put the turbine 5 in Son La Hydropower Plant into operation, complete the building of turbine 2 in Dong Nai 4 Plant and get turbine 2 in Kanak Plant online. Repair and upgrade projects that would increase the power generation capacity of several power stations, such as Hoa Binh - … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 12/4

300 businesses attend Saigon Tex 2012 Nearly 300 businesses from 18 countries and territories around the world are showcasing their products and equipment at the 22nd International Fair on "Garment and Textile Equipment and Accessories" (Saigon Tex 2012). The annual fair was opened in HCM City on April 10 by the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex), Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)'s Exhibition Service Company and Hong Kong Exhibition JSC. During the fair which runs until April 14, there will be seminars on global garment and textile - from supplying markets to consuming markets, and solutions for Vietnamese garment and textile enterprises to improve the value of their products. Nguyen Thi Hong Tin, head of Vinatex's Domestic Market Department, said the fair helps domestic businesses to keep abreast of the latest market information about new technologies. Garment, footwear makers to enter US market Vietnamese garment and footwear markers are … [Read more...]