Art & Entertainment News 27/1

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HCMC opens photo exhibition on wild birds Wildlife at Risk (WAR) and the Youth Cultural House of Ho Chi Minh City opened a photo exhibition under title "Wild birds in mating season" at HCMC Youth Cultural House on January 24. Over 130 photos sized of 40X60cm, which were made by photographer Tang A Pau. Through images, the author wants not only to show the beauties and unique characteristics of each kind of birds in Vietnam’s forests but also call everyone to take action in protecting wild birds and nature in Vietnam. The highlight of the exhibition is a collection of Sarus Crane photos. According to the IUCN Red List of threatened species, Sarus Crane is a kind of endangered bird whose life is threatened. The exhibition has been opened at HCMC Youth Cultural House from 8am to 8pm every day in January 24- 28. Researcher to speak on late writer Son Nam French researcher Pascal Bourdeaux from the Academy of the Far East in HCM City will speak about the late ethnologist Son … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/1

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Photos of wild birds on show Saturday Wildlife At Risk (WAR) will join hands with the Youth Cultural Center to open a photo exhibition called "Chim rung mua ket ban" (wild birds in mating time) by local artist Tang A Pau from January 24 to 28. It is expected around 130 photos featuring wild birds like red-head crane, white-neck crane and babbler in nature will be on display at the Youth Cultural Center in HCMC’s District 1. Author Tang A Pau has traveled around the country to capture lively moments of birds, especially birds in the mating season. Some photos will be put on sale at the show to raise funds for wildlife protection and a shelter for kids in the Central Highlands. "This is a collection with many rare and precious photos of birds which are in danger of extinction, and hardly found in nature. There are many species that I have never seen or just seen once or twice in my life. I’m calling on people to let wild birds live in the natural environment if we … [Read more...]

Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

Lush peach blossoms are in seen in Hanoi's iconic Nhat Tan Garden in this  Tuoi Tre  file photo.   A farmer is pictured watering his citrus plants, a common Tet embellishment, in this  Reuters  file photo.  Hoi An

A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Lac Long Quan Garden, Van Quan Lake, and My Dinh National Stadium. The other 25 low-range firework shows will take place in other areas. Authorities in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 13/1

YAN launches new channel for women and families Multimedia corporation YAN Group launched Channel B, a new channel for women and families, last weekend after two months of trial operation on the cable system of HTVC. Viewers of Channel B can get useful information such as beauty tips, delicious cooking recipes, and health care information for themselves and family. The channel also features film programs, everlasting love songs and famous pieces of literature, poetry and movies in the past, as well as talk shows, and humorous sitcoms for women and families with the theme of daily life stories. Especially, the program called What I haven’t said discusses the relationship between children and parents, where they can have direct dialogue to understand each other better and look directly into contradictions in family life. Vietnam Cultural Week shines in Rome Vietnam Cultural Week in Rome, Italy kicked off on January 12 with an exhibition on the distinguished traditional values … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

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Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [Read more...]

Da Nang Offensive Campaign 1975

Army Corps 2 approaching Da Nang on March 29th 1975. Photo: Archived photo.

PANO – The victory in the Central Highlands, and especially the victory of Tri Thien - Hue Campaign, isolated the enemy’s military bases in Da Nang and all the remaining force of the enemy’s Army Corps 1 and Military Tactical Zone 1 in Quang Da region, and blocked the roads to Saigon. After losing Tri Thien, Quang Ngai and most of Quang Nam provinces, the entire remaining forces of the Saigon government’s Army Corps 1 and Military Tactical Zone 1 fled to Quang Da. The enemy deemed that "The communists intend to attack Da Nang and it takes at least a month to prepare for the operation." Based on that anticipation, the Saigon force decided to "keep Da Nang at any cost". Under the direction of the Politburo, the Central Military Commission and the General Command, Tri Thien Military Region, Army Corps 2, and Military Zone 5 launched Da Nang Offensive Campaign (March 26th to March 29th, 1975) aiming to destroy the whole enemy’s force in the Quang Da … [Read more...]

Prime Minister attends art program for youths

An art performance at the program. Photo: thanhnien.com.vn

PANO - The 8th Youth Aspiration, an art program themed "The nation calls our names", took place at the Vietnam-Soviet Friendship Cultural Palace, Hanoi on December 28th in the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The program, organized by the Youth Newspaper, was to welcome to the 7th National Congress of the Vietnam Youth Federation and to message Vietnamese youths’ patriotism, high sense of responsibility and spirit of firmly defending national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. This live-broadcast event highlighted the past struggles for national independence and freedom; the images of Heroic Vietnamese Mothers; the role of Vietnamese youths towards the nation, with a focus on the protection of national sovereignty over the seas and islands; and Vietnamese youths’ trust and contributions to the national construction cause. Many well-known singers performed songs in praise of the country and youths. Notably, 20 dancers from the Kharkiv … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/12

DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur.

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...]

Vietnam men fix raincoats, hunt for killer and forest bees

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A middle-aged man in central Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province has spent 40 years mending raincoats, while another in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak risks his life hunting for highly poisonous hornets as their means of livelihood. Nguyen Van Sy, 55, has patched up raincoats’ holes or rips at a market along the Hoai River in Quang Nam Province’s Hoi An City for 40 years. … [Read more...]

Social News 10/12

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National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

Defence Minister to attend ADMM Retreat

Minister of National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh. Photo: VNA

PANO - A high-ranking military delegation, led by Minister of National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh on November 17th left Hanoi for Myanmar to participate in the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) Retreat. Other members of the delegation are Lieutenant General Vu Van Hien, Chief of the Defence Ministry Secretariat; Major General Vu Chien Thang, Head of the Foreign Relations Department under the Ministry; Major General Ngo Quang Lien, assistant to the Defence Minister; and Major General Vu Tien Trong, Head of the Institute for Defence International Relations. … [Read more...]

Foreign-style animal statues to be removed from monuments within three months

A Chinese-style lion statue.

VietNamNet Bridge - February 2015 is the deadline for removal of foreign-styled animal statues from historical and cultural monuments. However, monument managers are having difficulty complying with the regulation because of a lack of guidance. relate news Culture Ministry sends dispatch on the appropriate use of animal statues in VNCulture Ministry removes foreign-style animal statues from all templesSacred animals reveal the true Vietnam After an inspection team of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism worked with managers, three pairs of Chinese-styled lion statues at three gates to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province were removed. The monument managing board said they would turn the lion statues into Vietnamese-style young lions. … [Read more...]

Travel Highlights 7/11

Hau Giang to revive famous market Nga Bay floating market, one of most famous floating markets in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, is an attractive destination in Hau Giang Province. At the market, hundreds of boats hang samples of their products, mostly agricultural produce, on bamboo poles. Sales begin early in the morning and end by noon. When the floating market was established in 1915, it was located at the meeting point of seven canals and rivers in Nga Bay town. It became one of the delta's busiest markets. However, when local authorities moved the market 10 years ago to a site three kilometres away to ensure traffic safety, sales began to fall. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/10

More Vietnamese nurses, orderlies recruited to work in Japan The Department for Overseas Labour Management on October 20 announced the recruitment of 180 nurses and orderlies to work in Japan as part of the Vietnam-Japan economic partnership agreements (EPA). Selected candidates will take part in a one-year Japanese-language course, starting in mid-December this year. All expenses for tuition and accommodation are covered, while the cost of health check-ups and passport applications need to be carried by the successful candidates. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 9/10

Thuy Linh shines at Miss International The strikingly beautiful Vietnamese model Cao Thuy Linh was chosen Best National Costume at the 2014 Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant on October 7. Eighty-five international contestants coming from different countries and territories around the globe participated in the gala affair held in Bangkok, Thailand. Daryanne Lees from Cuba was sashed winner of the MGI 2014. The two runner-up title went to Hiwot Mamo from Ethiopia and Kathryn Kohut from Canada. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/10

British dance ensemble to brighten Vietnam stages Two stunning contemporary dance productions "Without Stars" and "There We Have Been" inspired by Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood are set to light up Vietnam stages this October. James Cousins and his dancers will hit the Youth Theatre in Hanoi for a one-night-only show on October 22 and the IDECAF stage in Ho Chi Minh City on October 25-25. A graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School, James Cousins founded his dance company in 2012 along with creative producer Francesca Moseley. … [Read more...]