EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1-10 (daily updated)

Hanoi Urban Flea Market in December 2014 Sun 07 Dec 2014, 9 am HERO Bar 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi Hanoi Urban Flea Market - a quite-young-yet-had-some-popularity flea market in the Westlake district as well as Hanoi's expat community and youngsters. This time, in honor of the immortal holiday spirit, we've come to decide to expand our market in both quality and quantity. Ticket price: 10,000 VND Exhibition "The Cosmos and The Sea" Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm (at both gallery spaces) Main gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 Downtown gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 17 Jan 2015 Galerie Quynh Downtown Gallery: Level 2, 151/3 Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Main Gallery: 65 De Tham Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Come to "The Cosmos and The Sea" - a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Christine Nguyen. A noted artist known for works that draw upon the imageries of science and nature, Christine Nguyen will present a collection of new and recent photo-based work ranging … [Read more...]

Social News 22/7

Ha Noi hospital opens new building The Ha Noi Department of Health, yesterday, inaugurated a new seven-level building, constructed under a project to upgrade Duc Giang General Hospital for VND861 billion (US$41 million). The building, with a capacity of 500 beds, will be used for the purposes of examination, outpatient treatment, emergency treatment and administration. The second part of the upgrade project, which includes the construction of another building and other facilities, will be started soon and is expected to be completed by the end of next year. Duc Giang General Hospital is now one of the five leading general hospitals in the city. It is the first one to apply the Building Management System (BMS) method that controls and monitors the building's mechanical and electrical equipment. Vietjet disciplines staff over landing error Vietjet Air has sacked a flight coordinator and disciplined several crew members who were responsible for the high-profile wrong landing … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 18/2

Paris fashion academy backs TV show Project Runway This year, "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" program has decided to cooperate with Atelier Chardon Savard Fashion Academy - one of the leading fashion institutes in Paris, aiming to improve its professional quality. Accordingly, top three contestants of "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" will have the opportunity to go to Paris to practise and work with the academy's fashion gurus to create the final collections for the Project Runway finale. In addition, the competition winner  will be awarded a scholarship to train at Atelier Chardon Savard academy with VND200 million in cash from the leading fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar.  "We are very excited and pleased to be given the opportunity to work  with Project Runway Vietnam this year," said Dominique Chardon Savard, Headmaster of the leading Paris fashion academy. "I hope that the cooperation will help young Vietnamese designers gain experience and skills as well as proving … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 20/7

Ha Nam province sees positive signs of FDIDespite the impact of the global economic downturn, the northern province of Ha Nam is optimistic about foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows.The Ha Nam Department of Planning and Investment says it has licensed 11 projects with a total capitalization of US$78.4 million in the first half of the year, bringing the province's total valid projects to 77 with a combined registered capital of US$669.6 million.Among several major foreign investors, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have positively contributed to socio-economic development in the province.From 2001-2005, Ha Nam had only five projects licensed with a total capitalisation of US$7.5 million.  Then, in the next five years (2006-2010), it saw the figure rising to 39 worth US$267.8 million in total.The largest include a US$40 million project to build the Frieslandcampina Ha Nam milk factory, Sumi Vietnam Wiring System Co. Ltd's US$29 million project specialising in producing small … [Read more...]

Journey to the centre of the highway

Ocean paradise: Bai Lu is so beautiful that it attracts thousands of visitors a year. According to local guides the water is clear enough to see creatures swimming at the bottom of the sea. — VNS File Photos Old habits, drink hard: Highway travellers join Ba Na ethnic people in Kon Tum Province to drink wine using traditional jar pipes. Vital connection: Thanks to the highway, locals in the remote district of A Luoi in Thua Thien-Hue Province can drink draught beer transported from Ha Noi. Native wares: Ethnic people inA Luoi District, Thua Thien-Hue Province sell their brocade to visitors along the highway. Over the years, locals have realised the potential of tourism. — VNA/VNS Photos Vu Cong Dien Better off: Completion of the highway's Kon Tum-Ha Tinh section has helped to improve the living standards of many communes along the famous tourist route. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Na Have you ever taken a trip along the Ho Chi Minh Highway? A group of four Korean travellers, led by Kim … [Read more...]

Roster of new Party Central Committee

The 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on January 18 elected 175 official members and 25 alternate members to CPV Central Committee (CPVCC) for the 11th tenure. The following is the list of the official members of the 11th CPVCC: I OFFICIAL MEMBERS 1. Hoang Tuan Anh, member of the CPVCC and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism 2. Le Hong Anh, Politburo member of the CPVCC, General, Minister of Public Security 3. Le Thi Thu Ba, member of the CPVCC, member of the National Assembly's Standing Committee and Chair of the NA Committee for Justice 4. Ha Ban, Secretary of the Kon Tum Provincial Party Committee 5. Bui Quang Ben, Secretary of the Kien Giang Provincial Party Committee 6. Duong Thanh Binh, Secretary of the Ca Mau Provincial Party Committee 7. Nguyen Hoa Binh, Secretary of the Quang Ngai Provincial Party Committee 8. Nguyen Thai Binh, member of the CPVCC, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Director of the Vietnamese Government's Committee for … [Read more...]

11th Party Congress announces CPVCC members

The 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on January 18 elected 175 official members and 25 alternate members to CPV Central Committee (CPVCC) for the 11th tenure. The following is the list of the official members of the 11th CPVCC: 1. Hoang Tuan Anh, member of the CPVCC and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism 2. Le Hong Anh, Politburo member of the CPVCC and General and Minister of Public Security 3. Le Thi Thu Ba, member of the CPVCC, member of the National Assembly (NA)'s Standing Committee and Chairwoman of the NA Committee for Justice 4. Ha Ban, Secretary of the Kon Tum Provincial Party Committee 5. Bui Quang Ben, Secretary of the Kien Giang Provincial Party Committee 6. Duong Thanh Binh, Secretary of the Ca Mau Provincial Party Committee 7. Nguyen Hoa Binh, Secretary of the Quang Ngai Provincial Party Committee 8. Nguyen Thai Binh, member of the CPVCC, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Director of the Vietnamese Government's Committee for … [Read more...]

PM Dung to enter chatrooms, answer public questions online

Outlook (09-02-2007) PM Dung to enter chatrooms, answer public questions online by Pham Thanh Long Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will today spend two and a half hours chatting online with the public for the first time. The event, which has attracted the attention of the public and the media both inside and outside the country, is being jointly organised by Bao Dien Tu Dang Cong San Viet Nam (the online newspaper of the Viet Nam Communist Party), the Government website, Viet Nam Television and the online VietnamNet e-paper. The organisers said that they had received nearly 16,000 questions. According to the organisers, the PM would answer some 113 questions selected by them while the rest would be answered later because of the time limit. Other than the public, the online chat has attracted the attention of the global media, including news agencies such as the BBC and AFP. The event shows the active desire of the country's leaders to interact with the people and engage … [Read more...]

PM to Field Questions Online From the Public

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will spend two and a half hours answering questions from the public during an online question-and-answer session on February 9. It's the first time a Vietnamese PM will have participated in such an event. Questions from both local citizens and overseas Vietnamese will be answered. PM Dung will field questions online from the public for the first time on February 9 Editor in chief of the Bao Dien Tu Dang Cong San Viet Nam (online version of the Viet Nam Communist Party newspaper), Dao Duy Quat, said the PM will address a wide range of issues. "I believe the PM will be answering as many questions as he can," said Quat at a press conference announcing the event. The Party's paper is working with the Government website, the Viet Nam Television and the online newspaper VietnamNet to organize the session. Mr.Quat, also the Deputy Director of the Central Committee for Culture and Ideology, said online question and answer periods represent a new form of … [Read more...]

Highlights for the week Dec. 1-6

European Music Festival 2014 Highlights this Week 01 - 06 Dec 2014 Hanoi: 22 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 Youth Theater 11 Ngo Thi Nham Str, Hanoi - HCMC: 24 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 HCMC Conservatory of Music 112 Nguyen Du str., Dist. 1, HCMC The Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam and seven Embassies of European Union Member States and European Cultural Centers are delighted to present the 13th edition of the European Music Festival in Vietnam. The European Music Festival 2014 will showcase well-known talented musicians and singers from Austria, Wallonia-Brussels (Belgium), France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Sweden as well as a guest band from Vietnam. With a total of sixteen concerts in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the festival offers Vietnamese audiences the prospect of experiencing different genres of music, including jazz, classic, contemporary and Vietnamese traditional music. The festival will kick off in Hanoi on 22 November and in Ho Chi Minh City on 24 November and run … [Read more...]

Highlights for the week Dec. 1-6

European Music Festival 2014 Highlights this Week 01 - 06 Dec 2014 Hanoi: 22 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 Youth Theater 11 Ngo Thi Nham Str, Hanoi - HCMC: 24 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 HCMC Conservatory of Music 112 Nguyen Du str., Dist. 1, HCMC The Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam and seven Embassies of European Union Member States and European Cultural Centers are delighted to present the 13th edition of the European Music Festival in Vietnam. The European Music Festival 2014 will showcase well-known talented musicians and singers from Austria, Wallonia-Brussels (Belgium), France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Sweden as well as a guest band from Vietnam. With a total of sixteen concerts in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the festival offers Vietnamese audiences the prospect of experiencing different genres of music, including jazz, classic, contemporary and Vietnamese traditional music. The festival will kick off in Hanoi on 22 November and in Ho Chi Minh City on 24 November and run … [Read more...]

Highlights for the week Dec. 1-6

European Music Festival 2014 Highlights this Week 01 - 06 Dec 2014 Hanoi: 22 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 Youth Theater 11 Ngo Thi Nham Str, Hanoi - HCMC: 24 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 HCMC Conservatory of Music 112 Nguyen Du str., Dist. 1, HCMC The Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam and seven Embassies of European Union Member States and European Cultural Centers are delighted to present the 13th edition of the European Music Festival in Vietnam. The European Music Festival 2014 will showcase well-known talented musicians and singers from Austria, Wallonia-Brussels (Belgium), France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Sweden as well as a guest band from Vietnam. With a total of sixteen concerts in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the festival offers Vietnamese audiences the prospect of experiencing different genres of music, including jazz, classic, contemporary and Vietnamese traditional music. The festival will kick off in Hanoi on 22 November and in Ho Chi Minh City on 24 November and run … [Read more...]

Live rock extravaganza dazzles 10,000 crowd in Hue

Live rock extravaganza dazzles 10,000 strong crowd in HueVietnamese and foreigners, both on stage and in the audience, have rocked Hue City during the live performance of RockStorm.At about 6pm on Saturday night, thousands of fans packed the performance platform, set in the centre of the local Tu Do Stadium, while lines of fans continued to pour into the stadium and fill seats.The rock concert welcomed people of different ages, nationalities, and from all walks of life. Some tens of minutes after the show started, with a kick-off performance by Oringchains, organizers announced that total attendance was 10,000, a remarkable number at a show of noise in a tranquil city.Shouts from the audience, the burning performance by the bands, and sounds, music and light, vibrated through the city in an evening that many called a "night of full passion"."It's so much fun and I feel a lot of energy. Bustling music and boisterous fans blow away the coldness of the Hue winter, as well as my shyness," … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines 10/9

Stamps and postcards Saigon's pastImages of Ho Chi Minh City's history are on show at a stamp and postcard exhibition at the Southeastern Armed Forces Museum.Over 150 collections containing 4,100 stamps and postcards, capturing the scenery and people of Ho Chi Minh City throughout its history, are being exhibited to celebrate the 315th founding anniversary of Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City (1698-2013).Collections have been drawn from all over Vietnam including HCMC, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Thai Binh, Lam Dong and An Giang provinces.The exhibition also features stamps and postcards on other topics including the art of tuong, a type of Vietnamese opera.The exhibition runs until December 14.Indian artist's 'Global Parasites' lecture at Hoa Sen UniNalini Malani, a renowned artist from India, will become the fourth speaker to take part in Encounter - a lecture program which is part of the 'Conscious Realities' series - at Hoa Sen University in HCMC on December 10 and 13.The idea of … [Read more...]

Electronic night with percussionist Burkhard Beins

My Tran Goethe Institute hosts early Christmas concert Born in 1964 in Lower Saxony, Beins has lived in Berlin since 1995. He is well-known for his use of percussion combined with selected objects and his work with electronics, electro-acoustic instruments and devices. The first night will be hosted at 7:30 p.m. at the Youth Theater, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street while the second night takes place at 9:30 p.m. at Tadioto on the second floor at House A, 9 Tran Thanh Tong Street. The last show will be held at 8 p.m. at the Youth Theater. *Joyful compositions of Bach, Praetorius, Pachelbel and renowned Christmas songs to sing along to will be staged at the 'Christmas Concert' in Hanoi and Haiphong on Friday and Saturday respectively, according to the Goethe Institute. Singers from the International Choir and young musicians from Hanoi will thrill audiences in the build-up to Christmas with familiar songs such as Joy to the world, We wish you a merry Christmas, O come all ye faithful and … [Read more...]

Highlights for the week Dec. 1-6

European Music Festival 2014 Highlights this Week 01 - 06 Dec 2014 Hanoi: 22 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 Youth Theater 11 Ngo Thi Nham Str, Hanoi - HCMC: 24 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 HCMC Conservatory of Music 112 Nguyen Du str., Dist. 1, HCMC The Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam and seven Embassies of European Union Member States and European Cultural Centers are delighted to present the 13th edition of the European Music Festival in Vietnam. The European Music Festival 2014 will showcase well-known talented musicians and singers from Austria, Wallonia-Brussels (Belgium), France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Sweden as well as a guest band from Vietnam. With a total of sixteen concerts in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the festival offers Vietnamese audiences the prospect of experiencing different genres of music, including jazz, classic, contemporary and Vietnamese traditional music. The festival will kick off in Hanoi on 22 November and in Ho Chi Minh City on 24 November and run … [Read more...]

Attractive Hanoi through British journalist’s eyes

Hoan Kiem Lake (Photo: Alamy/Guardian) An article named "Hanoi in three days: holiday itinerary" by a female British journalist Claire Boobbyer was published ontheUK’s The Guardian on January 22nd. "Hanoi is noisy, busy and motorbike-clogged but it’s still a joy to experience the serene views, street-food scene and culture – and to explore even more on one of the city’s numerous walking tours," the author described in the article. Ms. Claire Boobbyer seems to fully understand Hanoi. She pointed out destinations and specific places. She also advised tourists that what they should do in the morning, what they should eat at noon and which destinations they should visit during three day in the capital. Visiting Hanoi, they should visit Old Quarter with 36 streets "Silk Street (Hang Gai), and the lanes around St Joseph’s Cathedral, provide rich pickings for shoppers," she wrote. In addition, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Vietnam Museum … [Read more...]

Improving Vietnam’s museums: A call for reform from curators

Visitors at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology NDO – Three Vietnamese museums have recently excelled on the list of best museums in Asia by Trip Advisor, a popular international tourism website. The recognition provides curators of the hundreds of other museums in Vietnam with a lesson on how to improve the image of Vietnamese museums. The three museums include the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, the War Remnants Museum and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME). The key to the three museums’ success lies not only in a change in the organisation of the displays, but also in a shift in the curators’ approach to the role and function of museums. In recent years, many major museums in Vietnam have hosted grand exhibitions to attract more visitors. However, the outcomes of these events have not met the museums’ expectations. Once a year, the National Museum of Vietnamese History makes public a part of its collection of valuable objects for several months. The … [Read more...]

Improving VN’s museums: A call for reform from curators

Three Vietnamese museums have recently excelled on the list of best museums in Asia by Trip Advisor, a popular international tourism website. The recognition provides curators of the hundreds of other museums in Vietnam with a lesson on how to improve the image of Vietnamese museums. The three museums include the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, the War Remnants Museum and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME). The key to the three museums’ success lies not only in a change in the organisation of the displays, but also in a shift in the curators’ approach to the role and function of museums. In recent years, many major museums in Vietnam have hosted grand exhibitions to attract more visitors. However, the outcomes of these events have not met the museums’ expectations. Once a year, the National Museum of Vietnamese History makes public a part of its collection of valuable objects for several months. The exhibits include royal seals dating from the feudal regime, … [Read more...]

Highlights for the week Dec. 1-6

European Music Festival 2014 Highlights this Week 01 - 06 Dec 2014 Hanoi: 22 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 Youth Theater 11 Ngo Thi Nham Str, Hanoi - HCMC: 24 Nov - 05 Dec 2014 HCMC Conservatory of Music 112 Nguyen Du str., Dist. 1, HCMC The Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam and seven Embassies of European Union Member States and European Cultural Centers are delighted to present the 13th edition of the European Music Festival in Vietnam. The European Music Festival 2014 will showcase well-known talented musicians and singers from Austria, Wallonia-Brussels (Belgium), France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Sweden as well as a guest band from Vietnam. With a total of sixteen concerts in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the festival offers Vietnamese audiences the prospect of experiencing different genres of music, including jazz, classic, contemporary and Vietnamese traditional music. The festival will kick off in Hanoi on 22 November and in Ho Chi Minh City on 24 November and run … [Read more...]