Hanoi to embellish three historical sites Hanoi's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to upgrade the historical relic sites of Hoan Kiem Lake, The Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison. Accordingly, the department will focus on repairing damaged areas, while replacing seriously downgraded areas in the Hoa Phong Tower, the Ngoc Son Temple and other areas around Hoan Kiem Lake. The department also plans to diversify tourism products in the area through organising traditional art performance programmes at the Tran Ba Temple and festivals reproducing historical legends related to the lake. The Temple of Literature will be developed into a cultural centre, where more artistic events will take place for visitors. Meanwhile, the department will apply several measures to preserve and restore Hoa Lo Prison in order preserve the site's historic nature. In addition, talks between former political prisoners and visitors, will be held to attract more tourists to the site. Hoa … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 14
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NEW YORK - "The Great Gatsby" is an American classic. But that hasn't stopped Australian director Baz Luhrmann from bringing his trademark style to the tale, set to a provocatively modern soundtrack. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan also plays a small part in the movie, as a shadowy organized crime figure who helps the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby make his money. Gatsby has fascinated generations of filmmakers, from the silent era the Oscar-winning 1974 adaptation by Jack Clayton, with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the main roles. Luhrmann, director of "Strictly Ballroom" (1992), "Romeo and Juliet" (1996), "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) and 2008's "Australia," chose DiCaprio to play the sharply-dressed Gatsby in the latest version. "I think everyone has some sort of connection to Gatsby," the 38-year-old actor said ahead of the film's release in the United States on Friday, a few days before it opens the 66th Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. "He is a character … [Read more...] about DiCaprio, Luhrmann reboot glittery Gatsby legend
VietNamNet Bridge - The recent decision of the US to impose anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese catfish makes pessimists worry: will the liberalization of trade be washed away?DOC raises import tariff on Vietnam's catfish, but exports won't decrease Catfish is the latest product in the list of items of Vietnam that are imposed with anti-dumping and subsidies outside the territory of Vietnam. The list includes the products that are extremely "gentle," such as onions, bitter melons and basil in the EU market; lighter in Poland; tire and garlic in Brazil; PE bags, hangers, earrings, cold rolled steel, bicycles in the EU and the USA, etc. According to the Competition Management Agency, from 1995 to 2012 Vietnam's export items were involved in 62 commercial-defense investigations, including 40 cases of anti-dumping investigation. Especially when the global economic situation is in crisis, the number of "investigation" is on the rise. In 2012, there were 10 cases of "anti-dumping and … [Read more...] about Where will you go, Vietnamese products?
Local circus artists awarded in Russia “Suc manh doi tay” (Power of the Arms) performed by two brothers, Giang Quoc Nghiep and Giang Quoc Co, has won a Silver Bear prize at the 2012 International Circus Festival in IZHEVSK, Russia. With their outstanding performance, they have been invited to attend the 2013 Monte Carlo International Circus Festival in France. Earlier, young artist Thu Hien also got two prizes at the FIGUERES International Circus Festival in Spain and was invited to perform in France for a year. Celebrated thespian Trong Khoi dies at 69 People's Artist Trong Khoi passed away yesterday in Ha Noi at the age of 69 after succumbing to heart disease. Born in the capital in 1943, Khoi graduated from the Drama College became an artist at the Viet Nam Drama Theatre before being promoted to theatre director. Khoi was also the former chairman of the Viet Nam Association of Drama Artists and director of the International Theatre Institute Viet Nam which is a … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 15/3
Toyota art contest attracts kids An auto painting contest sponsored by Toyota has drawn more than 327,000 entries from children under 13 nationwide since it was launched three months ago. The contest, entitled “Dream Car”, and jointly held by the Ministry of Education and Training and Toyota Vietnam, aims to create a forum for children to show off their skills and promote their creativity. According to the organizing board, 10 winners will be selected to join a global contest to be held in Japan this August 2012. This is an annual event for children held by Toyota Vietnam, with the first one taking place in 2005 on the theme of “Traffic Safety". Local movie to be released in France Award-winning Vietnamese movie “Bi, Dung So!” (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid) will be released in France on March 14. Under the initial plan, during the first week of the premiere, the movie will be screened at 70 cinemas across the country for two months. Acrobates Films, … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 12/3