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...]