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

Man of many talents: Not only a military genius, General Giap was also a skillful pianist. — Photo sggp.org.vn

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...]

Photo show fetes Vietnam-Hungary relations

Hanoi, January 30 (VNA) - A photo exhibition showcasing scenes from Vietnam and Hungary opened in Hanoi on January 29. Entitled Friendship Erases Distance, the exhibition displayed 24 colour and black-and-white photos by Le Luong and Janos Devcsics. It aimed to introduce viewers to the culture, people and landscapes of Vietnam and Hungary to strengthen the two countries' relationship. While Luong focuses on daily life, cultural diversity and minority communities, Devcsics's photos depict beautiful scenery in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, and the famous Hungarian wine-making industry. Devcsics takes pictures of both modern and traditional wine-making methods. One photo is of wine tanks, the modern section of the winery where reductive wines are stored in stainless steel tanks. Thanks to this technology, rose and white wines can become fruitier and lighter. "I know that Hungary occupies a special place in Vietnamese hearts, and Vietnam also shows much affection toward us as … [Read more...]

Photo show fetes Vietnam-Hungary relations

Hanoi, January 30 (VNA) - A photo exhibition showcasing scenes from Vietnam and Hungary opened in Hanoi on January 29. Entitled Friendship Erases Distance, the exhibition displayed 24 colour and black-and-white photos by Le Luong and Janos Devcsics. It aimed to introduce viewers to the culture, people and landscapes of Vietnam and Hungary to strengthen the two countries' relationship. While Luong focuses on daily life, cultural diversity and minority communities, Devcsics's photos depict beautiful scenery in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, and the famous Hungarian wine-making industry. Devcsics takes pictures of both modern and traditional wine-making methods. One photo is of wine tanks, the modern section of the winery where reductive wines are stored in stainless steel tanks. Thanks to this technology, rose and white wines can become fruitier and lighter. "I know that Hungary occupies a special place in Vietnamese hearts, and Vietnam also shows much affection toward us as … [Read more...]

Spring festival organisers told to trim their budgets

VietNamNet Bridge – The Secretariat of the Communist Party of Viet Nam directed all agencies at localities throughout the country to enhance the party's ability to guide management and organisation of spring festivals. Small notes are scattered everywhere at the Temple of Literature in Ha Noi during the last Lunar New Year festival. This year, the use of small notes at pagodas and temples will be tightly controlled by the culture ministry and other concerned agencies. Festivals should be organised at the lowest cost possible, and aim to develop the country's fine customs, according to the Party. They should also educate younger generations. Party members and officials should act as good examples at festivals by following local regulations. Localities were urged to cut down the number and frequency of festivals, limit the use of State budget allowances and encourage private organisations to fund them instead. Officials will make more efforts to curb widespread festival … [Read more...]

Spring festival organisers told to cut their budgets

Small notes are scattered everywhere at the Temple of Literature in Ha Noi during the last Lunar New Year festival. (Photo: VNA) The Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam has directed all agencies at localities throughout the country to enhance the Party's ability to guide management and organisation of spring festivals. Festivals should be organised at the lowest cost possible, and aim to develop the country's fine customs, according to the Party. They should also educate younger generations. Party members and officials should act as good examples at festivals by following local regulations. Localities were urged to cut down the number and frequency of festivals, limit the use of State budget allowances and encourage private organisations to fund them instead. Officials will make more efforts to curb widespread festival practices with negative impacts like burning too much "vang ma" (joss paper or ghost money) and selling small bills for profit. Festival management … [Read more...]

Hanoi to reposition calligraphy writing street at Temple of Literature

The calligraphy writing activities take place every Tet for over a decade on the pavement along Van Mieu Street, Dong Da district, Hanoi. (Credit: vietnamnet.vn) NDO – During the coming new lunar year festival (Tet), the calligraphy writing street at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi will be organised at Literature Lake (Ho Van) in the temple, according to Truong Minh Tien, Vice Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The calligraphy writing activities, which have taken place every Tet for over a decade on the pavement along Van Mieu Street, Dong Da district, Hanoi, often causes congestion during the busy last days of the year, thus this year’s repositioning will help ensure order and traffic safety, Tien said. The activities will be organised from February 8 to March 5 under the theme ‘At Mui Spring Calligraphy Festival’ by the Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam Scientific and Cultural Activities Centre and the Vietnam UNESCO Calligraphy … [Read more...]

More than 700,000 visitors come to Van Mieu

The Hanoitimes - Since the start of this year, the Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam Scientific and Cultural Activities Centre has welcomed more than 700,000 visitors, 60 percent of which are foreign visitors. Foreign tourists to Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) are mainly from China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Thailand, France and Australia, said Director of the centre, Dang Kim Ngoc. Many local people also visited the site during exams and lunar Tet holiday to pray for wishes. Aiming to preserve valuable heritages, together with projects funded by the state budget, the centre organised restoration to avoid damage such as, upgrading the landscape and repairing walls, brick lines and wooden gates. Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam is the most ancient university in Vietnam with nearly 1,000-years of history and is the place to worship Kong Zi. 82 stone plaques were recently erected as world's heritage materials and a "Memory of the World" by UNESCO.CTP … [Read more...]

Hanoi photo exhibition features Party history

More than 200 photos along with a series of valuable documents and objects featuring the founding and development history of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) are being displayed at an exhibition that opened at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi on January 28. The event is part of the activities to mark the CPV’s 85th founding anniversary and in honour of the upcoming all-level Party congresses. The exhibition highlights the Party’s glorious achievements over the past 85 years, especially the fruitful outcomes of the "doi moi" (reform) process launched in 1986. It also features the country’s important milestones under the leadership of the CPV such as the successful August Revolution in 1945, the struggles for national independence and reunification from 1945-1975, and the national construction, defence and renewal from 1975 to now. The event contributes to raising public awareness of the Party’s history and educating young generations about patriotism … [Read more...]

Photo contest for IPU-132

(VOV) -In honour of the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly being held in Vietnam this upcoming March, a photo contest has been launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in Hanoi. The contest is open to all Vietnamese citizens and foreigners residing in the country who are aged35 or less. Entrants are required to demonstrate their ideas about Vietnam- a dynamic and peace-loving nation with young population. All entries can be taken by mobile phones, tablets or digital cameras. The organizing board will award one first prize, two second prizes, three third prizes and five consolation prizes to winners. … [Read more...]

Outstanding graduates honoured in Hanoi

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan on August 24 met with outstanding graduates of Hanoi 's universities and institutes in 2014. At the meeting, Vice President Doan reiterated the Party, State, National Assembly and Government have always paid special attention to young people and students. The Vice President hailed the graduates' determination to devote more to the nation and urged them to exert greater efforts to become good Vietnamese citizens. The annual event, which is organised by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in Hanoi , aims to encourage studying among Vietnamese students.-VNA … [Read more...]

National Assembly Chairman works with Youth Union

(VOVworld) - National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung held a working session with the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in Hanoi on Wednesday. High on the agenda were the collection of opinions regarding the 1992 Constitutional revisions and the results of a campaign to build new rural areas. Hung said the Party and State hoped that the revised Constitution would be devised and contributed to by the people and reflect the wisdom of all 26 million Youth Union members. He urged the Youth Union's Central Committee to boost the campaigns of information dissemination to get more membership-involvement in the contributions of opinions. Hung said: "I hope that you will continue to learn from experiences and so be able to improve the task of information dissemination. You should mobilize the people in helping to revise the Constitution. There should be more participants with a more thorough understanding of the Constitution and logical arguments". Regarding the … [Read more...]

PM urges youth to uphold role in developing country

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked young people to continue upholding their vanguard role in building and developing the country. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the working session with the Central Committee of the HCM Communist Youth Union. (Photo: Nhat Bac/VGP) At a meeting with the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in Hanoi on March 24, Dung expressed his wish that the union pays due attention to educating young people about the patriotic spirit, love of the nation and love of the regime. He asked the union to support and create conditions for the youth to have access to opportunities to study, conduct scientific research, and develop their talent. At the meeting, Dung and leaders of ministries and branches considered and debated the committee's proposals, including a proposal on establishing a fund to help rural youth develop careers. Nguyen Dac Vinh, First Secretary of the committee, briefed Dung on activities his union carried out in the first … [Read more...]

Prime Minister urges youth to uphold role in developing country

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the working session with the Central Committee of the HCM Communist Youth Union. (Photo: Duong Giang/VNA)Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked young people to continue upholding their vanguard role in building and developing the country. At a meeting with the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in Hanoi on March 24, Dung expressed his wish that the union pays due attention to educating young people about the patriotic spirit, love of the nation and love of the regime. He asked the union to support and create conditions for the youth to have access to opportunities to study, conduct scientific research, and develop their talent. At the meeting, Dung and leaders of ministries and branches considered and debated the committee's proposals, including a proposal on establishing a fund to help rural youth develop careers. Nguyen Dac Vinh, First Secretary of the committee, briefed Dung on activities his union carried out in the … [Read more...]

Vietnam to build online social network for youth

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the Government has agreed to invest in the building of a social network on the Internet for young people. The PM made the statement at a meeting with the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in Hanoi on Sunday, March 24, to discuss a number of youth issues. Currently more than 30 percent of the country's population of 89 million are using the Internet and most of these users are young people, who usually like to engage themselves in social networks, the government's leader said. Many developed countries attach importance to launching social networks for their young people. Therefore, the building of an online social network for Vietnamese youth is necessary, Dung said. He assigned the union to coordinate with the Ministry of Information and Communication in setting up a project for the establishment of a social network. At the meeting, the PM called on young people to continue bringing into play their pioneering role in … [Read more...]

Youth urged to uphold vanguard role in development

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked young people to continue upholding their vanguard role in building and developing the country. At a meeting with the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in Hanoi on March 24, Dung suggested that the union pay due attention to educating young people about the patriotic spirit and will to overcome difficulties. He asked the union to support and create conditions for the youth to have access to opportunities to study, conduct scientific research, and develop their talent. PM Nguyen Tan Dung encourages the youth's creativity in public movements (Photo:VNA) At the meeting, Dung and leaders of ministries and branches acknowledged the committee's proposals, including one to establish a employment fund for rural youth. Nguyen Dac Vinh, First Secretary of the committee, briefed Dung on activities his union has carried out in the first quarter of the year. Notably, the union organised activities to collect opinions from its … [Read more...]

PM calls upon youth to serve for national development

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung on March 24 in Ha Noi has called on young people to continue upholding their vanguard role in building and developing the country. PM Nguyen Tan Dung (center) calls on young people to uphold their vanguard role in building and developing the country, Ha Noi, March 24, 2013 - Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac The Government chief made the calling at a meeting with the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. in Hanoi on March 24. PM Dung expressed his wish that the union pays due attention to educating young people about the patriotic spirit, love of the nation and love of the regime. He asked the union to support and create conditions for the youth to have access to opportunities to study, conduct scientific research, and develop their talent. At the meeting, PM Dung and leaders of ministries and branches considered and debated the committee's proposals, including a proposal on establishing a fund to help rural youth develop careers. The same day, … [Read more...]