Art & Entertainment News 6/5

Foreign beauty queens to attend Vietnamese designer’s fashion show in US Farung Yuthithum. Farung Yuthithum (Thailand) and Janine Tugonon (the Philippines) have accepted Vietnamese designer Do Manh Cuong’s invitation to take to the catwalk in his upcoming fashion show in the US. Cuong, also former jury member of the TV contest Vietnam’s Next Top Model, will organize 2015 La Vie En Rose fashion show in Beverly Hills at 3pm on June 14 (US time). Farung Yuthithum was crowned Miss Thailand Universe in 2007 and in the same year, she competed at the Miss Universe 2007 pageant and placed Top 15. She visited Vietnam in 2013 to advertise for some fashion and cosmetics brands. In late 2014, she was an invitee of The Twins fashion show in Ho Chi Minh City. Janine Tugonon was crowned Miss Universe-Philippines 2012 and placed first runner-up at Miss Universe 2012. She is currently living in the US to pursue her studies. She is also a talent of Aston Models. At the … [Read more...]

New book on late General Vo Nguyen Giap’s childhood hits shelves

A new book on General Vo Nguyen Giap’s childhood and youth has just been released by the Kim Dong Publishing House. The book includes three chapters on the general’s childhood and one part of the age of 20. The book is written by Lieutenant General Pham Hong Cu with the help of late General Vo Nguyen Giap's wife, Dang Bich Ha. The book, titled Dai Tuong Vo Nguyen Giap Thoi Tre (General Vo Nguyen Giap's Youth), was published in accordance with his wish before he passed away in 2013. In 1960, the General invited writer Huu Mai, Colonel Pham Chi Nhan and Cu to his house to discuss helping him write a biography. The book gives readers concrete and completed information on the General and deep insights into his work and personal life. … [Read more...]

New book tells story of General Vo Nguyen Giap

A new book about General Vo Nguyen Giap tells the story of his childhood and youth in his beloved motherland. Lieutenant General Pham Hong Cu compiled the book with the help of Giap's wife, Dang Bich Ha. The book comprises four chapters: Que Huong (Homeland), Gia Dinh va Tuoi Tho (Family and Childhood), Tuoi Nien Thieu (Youth), Buoc Vao Doi (Stepping into Life) and Tuoi Hai Muoi (In his 20s). Cu said he used treasured family letters and stories told from friends all over the world, as well as historical materials, to complete the story. The book was published according to specifications laid out by the late general before he died in 2013. In 1960, Giap invited writer Huu Mai, Colonel Pham Chi Nhan and Cu to his house to discuss helping him write a biography. The book, titled Dai Tuong Vo Nguyen Giap Thoi Tre (General Vo Nguyen Giap's Youth), will hit shelves this month.-VNA … [Read more...]

New book tells story of General Giap

A new book about General Vo Nguyen Giap tells the story of his innocent, enthusiastic childhood in his beloved motherland. Lieutenant General Pham Hong Cu compiled the book with the help of Giap's wife, Dang Bich Ha. The book comprises four chapters: Que Huong (Homeland), Gia Dinh va Tuoi Tho (Family and Childhood), Tuoi Nien Thieu (Youth), Buoc Vao Doi (Stepping into Life) and Tuoi Hai Muoi (In his 20s). Cu said he used treasured family letters and stories told from friends all over the world, as well as historical materials, to complete the story. The book was published according to specifications laid out by the late general before he died in 2013. In 1960, Giap invited writer Huu Mai, Colonel Pham Chi Nhan and Cu to his house to discuss helping him write a biography. The book, titled Dai Tuong Vo Nguyen Giap Thoi Tre (General Vo Nguyen Giap's Youth), will hit shelves this month. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/1

Hoi An to host fourth Vietnam International Choir Competition Hoi An has again been chosen by Interkultur (Germany) to host the 4th Viet Nam International Choir Competition. The competition will take place over five days from April 29 with 1,500 artists from 15 countries and territories — Australia, Finland, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand , and Viet Nam – taking part. Besides the contest at the Hoi An Beach Resort, there will be a street music performance in the ancient town on April 30 and May 1. There will also be an event on May 2 in which Hoi An will be decked up in early 20th century style and Quang Nam food will be served. Photo show fetes VN-Hungary ties Night in Budapest, a photograph by Janos Devcsics. A photo exhibition showcasing scenes from Viet Nam and Hungary took place yesterday in Ha Noi. Entitled Friendship Erases Distance, the exhibition displayed 24 colour … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends the 39th international book fair in India

(Cinet)- The 39th International Book Fair opened on January 28 in Kolkata city, West Bengal (India), with the participation of more than 700 publishers and writers from more than 30 countries around the world. Vietnam’s participation at the event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in India in conjunction with the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee (IVSC) in West Bengal. Nearly 150 Vietnamese books in both English and Hindi are on display at the event. Among the books are English versions of "Ho Chi Minh: Vi cuu tinh cua hoa binh, doc lap va hanh phuc" (Ho Chi Minh: Saviour of peace, independence and happiness), "Dai tuong Vo Nguyen Giap" (General Vo Nguyen Giap), "Duong mon Ho Chi Minh" (Ho Chi Minh Trail) and "Nhung dau an van hoa An Do tai Viet Nam" (India’s cultural hallmarks in Vietnam) along with Hindi editions of "Nhat ky trong tu" (Prison Diary) and "Ho Chi Minh’s Biography". Notably, IVSC President Geetesh Sharma debuted his book on the comparable … [Read more...]

Vietnam featured at international book fair in India

IVSC President Geetesh Sharma (third from left) debuts his book on the comparable liberation wars in Vietnam and Kolkata city (Photo: VNA) Nearly 150 Vietnamese books in both English and Hindi are on display at the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, India. Vietnam’s participation at the event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in India in conjunction with the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee (IVSC) in West Bengal. Among the books are English versions of "Ho Chi Minh: Vi cuu tinh cua hoa binh, doc lap va hanh phuc" (Ho Chi Minh: Saviour of peace, independence and happiness), "Dai tuong Vo Nguyen Giap" (General Vo Nguyen Giap), "Duong mon Ho Chi Minh" (Ho Chi Minh Trail) and "Nhung dau an van hoa An Do tai Viet Nam" (India’s cultural hallmarks in Vietnam) along with Hindi editions of "Nhat ky trong tu" (Prison Diary) and "Ho Chi Minh’s Biography". Notably, IVSC President Geetesh Sharma debuted his book on the … [Read more...]

Artists remember General Giap

General Vo Nguyen Giap has died, but he will forever live in the hearts of millions of Vietnamese people and friends around the world. Not only a military genius, he was also a skilful pianist who began learning in 1963 when he was 52 years old. According to his piano instructor Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, although the General just wanted to learn for leisure, he was always serious whenever he practised. "Despite being extremely busy, he never missed any of my lectures. He was very smart and absorbed knowledge quickly," recalled the teacher, who now is 78 years old. Hanh also said that the General was a modest and warm-hearted person. "I called him Van [Literature, the name was given by President Ho Chi Minh] instead of the formal name General Giap. For me, he was a beloved brother. He was also one of my best students," she said. >> Condolences from El Salvador's party over General Vo Nguyen Giap's passing >> More condolences over General Giap's passing >> Foreign … [Read more...]

Music was the key to General’s success

HA NOI (VNS)— The legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap may have died, but he will forever live in the hearts of millions of Vietnamese people and friends around the world. Not only a military genius, General Giap was also a skilful pianist, who began learning in 1963 when he was 52 years old. According to his piano teacher, Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, although the General just wanted to learn playing piano for leisure, he was always serious whenever he practised. "Despite being extremely busy, he never missed any of my lectures. He was very smart and absorbed knowledge quickly," recalled the teacher, who now is 78 years old. Hanh also said that General Giap was a modest and warm-hearted person. "I called him Van [Literature, the name was given by President Ho Chi Minh] instead of the formal name General Giap. For me, he was a beloved brother. He was also one of my best piano students," she said. The General also enjoyed listening to Vietnamese folk music quan ho (love-duet singing). He even … [Read more...]

Foreign beauty queens to attend Cuong’s fashion show in US

(VOV) - Farung Yuthithum (Thailand) and Janine Tugonon (the Philippines) have accepted Vietnamese designer Do Manh Cuong’s invitation to take to the catwalk in his upcoming fashion show in the US. Cuong, also former jury member of the TV contest Vietnam’s Next Top Model, will organize 2015 La Vie En Rose fashion show in Beverly Hills at 3pm on June 14 (US time). Farung Yuthithum was crowned Miss Thailand Universe in 2007 and in the same year, she competed at the Miss Universe 2007 pageant and placed Top 15. Farung Yuthithum (Thailand) She visited Vietnam in 2013 to advertise for some fashion and cosmetics brands. In late 2014, she was an invitee of The Twins fashion show in Ho Chi Minh City. Janine Tugonon was crowned Miss Universe-Philippines 2012 and placed first runner-up at Miss Universe 2012. She is currently living in the US to pursue her studies. She is also a talent of Aston Models. At the upcoming fashion show, both of them will be on the catwalk with 20 … [Read more...]

Photographers win big in int’l contest

Vietnamese photographers have won top prizes at the second International Salon of Photography Donegal 2016 in Ireland. Splash of colour: Do Hieu Liem’s Knitting Fishing Nets. (Photo: venopilon.si) The Photographic Society of America (PSA) awarded gold medals to Tran Phong’s Hard Child in the child category; Dao Tien Dat’s Morning On Tuyen Lam Lake won in the open colour category and Do Hieu Liem’s Knitting Fishing Nets took gold medal in the open colour category. Phong also won the Salon Silver Medal for his photo Afternoon in Highland , while Dat grabbed the Salon Bronze Medal for his photo Deeply Worry in the portrait category. Another photo, entitled Old Man and Two Buffalo by Phong, received PSA’s honourable mention in the open colour category. Phong and Dat are veteran photographers. Both of them won the titles of Excellent International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) Bronze and Gold Excellent Artist from the Vietnam Association of … [Read more...]

Vietnamese photographers win big in int’l contest

Vietnamese photographers have won top prizes at the 2nd International Salon of Photography Donegal 2016 in Ireland. Do Hieu Liem's Knitting Fishing Nets. The Photographic Society of America (PSA) awarded gold medals to Tran Phong's Hard Child in the child category; Dao Tien Dat's Morning On Tuyen Lam Lake won in the open colour category and Đỗ Hiếu Liêm's Knitting Fishing Nets took gold medal in the open colour category. Phong also won the Salon Silver Medal for his photo Afternoon in Highland, while Đạt grabbed the Salon Bronze Medal for his photo Deeply Worry in the portrait category. Another photo, entitled Old Man and Two Buffalo by Phong, received PSA's honourable mention in the open colour category. Phong and Dat are veteran photographers. Both of them won the titles of Excellent International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) Bronze and Gold Excellent Artist from the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artist. During his 30-year career, Phong, from central highland … [Read more...]

Exhibition on land and people of Hoang Sa flotilla

One of the photos at the exhibition (Photo: Le Minh The) ​A photo exhibition themed "Land and people on Hoang Sa flotilla's homeland" was opened on March 12 at the National Photo Archives and Exhibition Centre, Hanoi city. ​The exhibition is co-organized by the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists and the Quang Ngai Provincial Literature and Arts Association. At the exhibition, 150 photos on display feature the natural beauty and the daily life of people in the central province of Quang Ngai as well as Ly Son island district, where the Hoang Sa Flotilla was established in the first half of the 17th century. The displayed photos introduce the landscapes, historical and cultural sites, and the daily life of Quang Ngai's people. The exhibition will last untill March 20. Minh Thien​ … [Read more...]

Exhibition highlights land and people of Hoang Sa Flotilla

(Cinet)- The beauty of the central coastal province of Quang Ngai, homeland of the Hoang Sa Flotilla, has been featured through 150 art works at a photographic exhibition which opened at the National Photo Archives and Exhibition Centre ,in Hanoi on March 12. The opening ceremony. Addressing the opening, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien said that the exhibition made a call for patriotism and determination to safeguard the national sovereignty. He expressed his hope that the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists would continue co-ordinating with local arts and literature associations to host such meaningful displays for the public. According to Vietnam’s feudal state history, The Hoang Sa Flotilla was set up when the Nguyen Lords began their reign in the south of the country. The flotilla’s sailors carried missions of surveying sea routes, planting milestones and installing steles affirming national territory in Hoang Sa (Paracel) … [Read more...]

Photo tours offer rare glimpses of Vietnam’s Da Lat

Photo tours, which have gained appeal in recent years, have offered photography and travel buffs new angles on Da Lat, a resort town in the Central Highlands. Located in Lam Dong Province, Da Lat has become so popular with Vietnamese tourists that the town’s charms are sometimes taken for granted. During photo tours, photographers have gone to great lengths to capture landscapes from the most inaccessible spots and less-seen angles. Accompanied by tour guides, who are outstanding photographers themselves, participants have depicted the resort town in its surreal, heaven-like beauty. Lai The Anh, who graduated from university in applied fine arts but has chosen to work as a full-time tour guide, recently took a group of tourists from Ho Chi Minh City to areas far away from the heart of Da Lat for snapshots. He revealed that this season sees the hub at its best, with its chilly climate, fog, plentiful sunshine and flamboyant blossoms. Da Lat resort town, located in … [Read more...]

2016 Vietnam Fine Art Photo Exhibition launched

Illustrative image. (Photo: VNA) (Cinet)- Photographers nationwide are being invited to submit entries for the national exhibition of fine-art photography which will open in Rach Gia, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on September 2, 2016. The Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists launched the 2016 Vietnam Fine Art Photo Exhibition on January 22. According to Mr. Vi Kien Thanh, Head of the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition, said the biennial event aimed to review and appraise the achievements of Vietnamese photographic artists during 2015 - 2016. The event was also to affirm the Party’s and State’s policies in encouraging artists to compose more works to serve the people’s cultural life. Besides, the event will contribute an artistic view of the National Tourism Year 2016. This year’s event has two … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition about Hanoi kicked off

PANO – A photo exhibition, themed "Hanoi’s angle: Moments and Heights", opened in Hanoi by Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake on January 22nd. Featuring 90 photos by 12 photographers and photography experience sharing, the exhibition is co-held by Vietnam Cityscape Photos and the Hanoi Old Quarter Management Board under the auspices of the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA). A photo at the exhibition Most of the photos of Hanoi introduced to the audiences this time are taken from the sky, showing the city’s panorama, the natural landscapes in combination with architectural structures of Hanoi in recent years. The works have brought viewers images of a civilized, modern, clean and green, and hospitable Hanoi. Formed in 2012 and officially established in 2015, Vietnam Cityscape Photos is a group which gathers photography-lovers nationwide. Members of the group have gone to every corner of cities nationwide and taken the best photos. The exhibition will run … [Read more...]

National fine-art photo exhibition calls for entries

Hanoi, January 22 (VNA) – Photographers nationwide are being invited to submit entries for the national exhibition of fine-art photography which will open in Rach Gia, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on the National Day, September 2. The exhibition will be jointly organised by the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists. According to Vi Kien Thanh, head of the department, the biennial event will focus on the Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc Island which host the National Tourism Year 2016. This year’s event has two categories – Exploring the Southern Land and Freestyle. The photos on the first category should reflect life, people and landscapes in the 13 Mekong Delta localities. An entry may be a single photo or a photo series submitted together with a caption of up to 500 words. Each photographer may submit up to eight entries which have not … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition about Hanoi to be held

PANO – The photo exhibition, themed "Hanoi’s angle: Moments and Heights", will be held from January 22nd to February 4th by Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake in celebration of the 12th Party National Congress, the upcoming Lunar New Year and major events of the country in 2016. Poster of the event Co-held by Vietnam Cityscape Photos and the Hanoi Old Quarter Management Board under the auspices of the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA), the exhibition will feature panoramic photos of Hanoi displayed for the first time, introducing to audiences a youthful and dynamic Hanoi in the midst of the modernization and industrialization of the nation. Formed in 2012 and officially established in 2015, Vietnam Cityscape Photos is a group which gathers photography-lovers nationwide. Members of the group have gone to every corner of cities nationwide and taken the best photos. The exhibition introduces 12 photographers’ 90 photos. During the display, audiences may also … [Read more...]

Launching the “Vietnam today” photo contest

The Hanoitimes - The Vietnam Tourism Review under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists held a ceremony to launch a photo contest themed "Vietnam today" in Hanoi on December 17. The 7th contest aims to promote tourism of the country in the eyes of domestic and international tourists. The contest which takes place from December 2015 to July 2016 will attract many excellent works with various topics, reflecting landscapes, historical and cultural relic sites, people’s daily life, customs and cuisine. Eligible candidates are professional and amateur photographers at home and abroad who are encouraged to capture the beauty of land and people of Vietnam. Photo for illustration Candidates can send entries to Vietnam Tourism Review, 4 Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi from December 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. According to the organising board, one first, two second, three third and five consolation prizes … [Read more...]