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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 21/2

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Code women on show Artist Ki-em poses for a photo next to her works at the opening of the exhibition 'Code Women' at HCMC Museum of Fine Arts. 'Code women' by Nguyen Than and Ki-Em opened on Saturday at HCMC Museum of Fine Arts, 97A Pho Duc Chinh in District 1. The show features 10 paintings of lacquer and oil on wood by Than and eight paintings of oil on canvas by Ki-em. Than depicts images of women with lines of spaces and geometric graphic depict. He said: "To me, women are the most … [Read more...]