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

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...]

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...]

Fundraising for “Lang” house restoration launched

Inside the ancient Lang house. (Photo: VNA) "Lang House-Dream of Rebirth" is the theme of a fund-raising campaign for rebuilding an ancient Lang house launched by the Muong’s Cultural Space Museum and Betado.com, a public fundraising website. The thatched roof house, the last of its kind of the Muong ethnic people in the northern Hoa Binh province, had been preserved for generations by a local family in Tan Lac district before it was moved to the museum. However, the century-old structure was destroyed in 2013 by a flame after a group of tourists built a fire inside the house to cook corn without permission. The Lang house has significant meaning in the culture and spiritual life of the Muong ethnic minority people, said Director of the museum Vu Duc Hieu, adding that the museum is calling for support to restore this ancient architecture. The public can subscribe to the charitable campaign through Betado.com. There they can find information about the aims and activities of … [Read more...]

Venezuelan TV screens film on Vietnam today

Venezuelan TV channel Telesur screened the documentary film "Journey to a country that no longer exists" by Cuban director Isabel Santos on May 4 on the occasion of the liberation of South Vietnam (April 30) four decades ago. Co-director Isabel Santos and filmmaker Ivan Napoles worked to portray the drastic changes in Vietnam after Napoles return forty years later to the land which in his memory had suffered from significant pain and loss from the war. Ivan Napoles and Cuban co-director Santiago Alvarez travelled to Vietnam a number of times in the 1960s and 1970s to film war-torn Vietnam and the late President Ho Chi Minh. His latest trip, however, revealed a country with strong economic development and happy people. The film also reflects the special sentiment of 79-year-old Napoles and other Cuban people towards Vietnam, especially of those who witnessed the losses and sacrifice the country suffered during wartime. Standing in front of President Ho Chi Minh’s … [Read more...]

8th International Artistic Photo Contest launched

On May 25th, in Hanoi, the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA) launched the 8th International Artistic Photo Contest in Vietnam 2015, calling for entries of all amateur and professional photographers worldwide. The contest will cover four sections of freestyle, women at work, sublime moments, and still life for both colour and monochrome photos. The launching ceremony in Hanoi. (Source: CPV) Each entrant can submit a maximum of four photos in each section. The file must be saved in the JPEG format with the maximum size of 5Mb each image. Entries can be submitted to the website www.contestvn.com or emailed to contestvn2015@gmail.com. Discs recording image files can also be sent to VAPA’s board of creation and exhibition at 51 Tran Hung Dao street, Hanoi. Entries must be sent before September 15th. The awarding ceremony and exhibition is scheduled to take place in early December. Information on the contest is updated at www.contestvn.com and … [Read more...]

Quang Ngai opens photography camp

Quang Ngai province’s Association of Literature and Arts and the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA) opened a photography camp in the central city on May 5. The camp drew the participation of around 50 photographers and members of the provincial Association of Literature and Arts and tasked them with composing pictures showcasing the beauty of the nation’s sea and islands. The artists will also take part in a training workshop and field trips to the province’s Ly Son Island and mountainous areas during the eight-day camp. Some 100 outstanding photographs will be selected for display in the Ba To Park in the city on May 12, marking the 125th birth anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19). VAPA’s President, Vu Quoc Khanh said the camp aims to capture beautiful pictures of the people, sea and islands of the province, promoting local pride and raising awareness about Vietnam’s sovereignty in the region. … [Read more...]

Recapturing a snapshot of history

The crew of one of the tanks that broke through the gates of the Independence Palace in Saigon in 1975, and the journalist on hand to capture that historic moment, enjoyed a reunion recently, Hoang Trung Hieu reports. For Tran Binh Yen, a 62-year-old war veteran living in the northern province of Ha Nam, memories of the day he and his comrades were in a tank and rushed into the Saigon regime's Independence Palace are just as lively as if it happened yesterday, though four decades have passed since then. In those days, Yen (tank driver) and his comrades: Nguyen Quang Hoa (commander), Nguyen Ba Tu (gunner) and Van Quy (gunner) had already taken part in many fierce fights and seen many of their fellows fall before they could reach Saigon. "Our company had eight tanks, but only three survived when we reached Sai Gon. The others were destroyed in battle," he said. His Russian tank, numbered 846, belonged to Tank Brigade 203, Army Corps 2. "From the Vinh Yen Railway Station in the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/4

Hue festival to showcase village handicrafts Some 250 craftspeople from 38 traditional handicraft villages will take part in the 2015 Traditional Handicraft Festival Hue to take place from April 29 to May 3. Artisans from South Korea and Japan will also take part. The festival will feature displays of ancient items and traditional costumes and art performances. Free entry to ocean festival in Nha Trang The Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography in the south central province of Khanh Hoa has announced free entry from July 11 to 14 so that visitors can visit the ocean festival. The festival will feature displays of the studies and research done at the institute over the last 90 years and a collection of stamps. Hai Van Pass is one of world's most scenic drives The Hai Van Pass has just named as one of the top 10 "great scenic drives around the world… that you've probably never heard of" by British newspaper . The website describes the pass as a 13-mile road running alongside the … [Read more...]

Exhibition of artworks on Ho Chi Minh City

PANO - Artist Ngo Thi Thu Ba on April 15thopened an exhibition "My sparkling city" in celebration of the 40th anniversary of South Liberation in Ho Chi Minh City with the support of the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists. Photo "Flying to a new height" of Artist Ngo Thi Thu Ba With 40 pieces of artwork on the landscapes and 40 others on every day life of the city, the exhibition demonstrates changes in Ho Chi Minh city over the past 5 years. Among the pieces, some brought high prizes and awards to the author, including the gold medal for photo "Flying to a new height" at the artwork competition of Ho Chi Minh city in 2012. Ngo Thi Thu Ba has snatched 30 medals and awards of all types, both at home and abroad, for her works over the past more than 5 years. The exhibition closes on April 24th. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 10-20 (daily updated)

Creative Documentaries at Hanoi DOCLAB 2015 (K7) Deadline: 20 Apr 2015 DOCLAB Goethe-Institut Hanoi 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học Ba Đình, Hà Nội DOCLAB is currently looking for interested participants to take part in Creative Documentaries 2015 (K7) course. The course will be conducted in Vietnamese. For more information, please refer to Vietnamese version of this post. If you're interested in getting news, announcements from DOCLAB for its activities, workshops, and schedule of film screenings, etc., please email us at hanoidoclab@gmail.com to subscribe to DOCLAB news. Gala "Melody of the Motherland" Sun 19 Apr 2015, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the gala "Melody of the Motherland" with three kinds of artistic performances: Contemporary dance, symphony and vocal themed on the love dedicated for the motherland, the country and people of Vietnam. Some of the work have been created recently by contemporary musicians, choreographers who … [Read more...]

Swedish Innovation through Vietnamese Lenses

The photo contest was held with the aim of introducing Swedish inventions which have been applied to daily life in Vietnam. Furthermore, it provided an opportunity for the Vietnamese to understand more about the modern and dynamic country of Sweden and contributed to tightening the fruitful relations between the two countries. The awards ceremony of the photo contest entitled "Swedish Innovation through Vietnamese Lenses" at Hoa Sen University. Vu Quang Ngoc, a member of VAPA wins first prize. Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Camilla Mellander and photographers who receive prizes in the photo contest. Photos of the contest reveal Swedish inventions which are used in daily life in Vietnam. During the two months since it was launched, the organisation board received more than 600 photos from photographers from provinces and cities nationwide. Swedish inventions such as wearing seatbelts in cars, adjustable wrenches, ball-bearings and refrigerators were reflected in … [Read more...]

Photo copyright centre to be set up

The Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists decided to create a copyright centre, aiming to protect photographers' rights to their work, said Vu Quoc Khanh, Chairman of the association. At the association's congress on December 7 in Hanoi, about 500 delegates representing photographers from across the country agreed that the centre was necessary. Many photographers' ownership rights have been violated in recent years, making it necessary to have an organisation that protects them, Khanh said at the event. Organised every five years, the congress reviews the association's activities, sets up new plans and selects a new steering committee. The delegates elected Khanh to be chairman for another term, from 2014 to 2019. The association has about 1,000 members across the country.-VNA … [Read more...]