Vietnam’s version of “Sing If You Can” on air next month

The Vietnamese version of a British game show will air on Ho Chi Minh City Television early next month, featuring numerous episodes with unpredictable and exciting challenges. "Ai Dam Hat" (Who Dares to Sing), the Vietnamese format of British game show "Sing If You Can," jointly produced by BHD Cinema and the HCMC Television station, will be aired at 9:30 pm on HTV7 every Wednesday from June 4. Each episode showcases the competition between two teams, each of which comprises two well-known Vietnamese artists who have to perform a solo or duet whilst various attempts are made to disrupt their performances. The team receiving the most votes from the jury and studio audiences will enter the final round, "Victorious Rotation," which requires them to maintain balance and avoid falling from a spinning stage while keep singing a song. Vietnamese singer Ngo Kien Huy will host the show while the jury includes famous artists such as master of ceremonies Tran Thanh, actor Duc Hai, and … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines December 10

Early 20th century glass paintings of HN on displayAs many as 60 coloured photos printed on glass by French photographer Leon Busy, featuring Ha Noi from 1914-17, will be displayed tonight at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. Titled "Ha Noi Colours 1914-17", the exhibition is divided into two themes, "Daily Life - Handicrafts and Society" and "Environment and Beliefs."The exhibition was created by historian Emmanuel Poisson from Paris Diderot University and ethnologist Dinh Trong Hieu from France's National Science Research Centre.During the exhibition, ten black and white documentaries about Ha Noi during the same period will be screened. The exhibition will run until January 4, 2014. UK-style singing competition to hit TV screensThe Vietnamese version of the world-famous British game show Sing If You Can will go on air at the end of this month.BHD Company and Vietnam Television, producers of the reality contest, said it will offer TV audiences "a new musical experience".The company … [Read more...]

UK-style singing competition to hit TV screens

The Vietnamese version of the world-famous British game show Sing If You Can will go on air at the end of this month. Sao Mai singing contest announces final round 3,500 singers join Quan Ho folk singing contest K-POP singing contest to be launched in Vietnam BHD Company and Vietnam Television, producers of the reality contest, said it will offer TV audiences "a new musical experience". The company said in a press release that Do Ai Hat Duoc will show "celebrities 'forced' to sing wholeheartedly and overcome harsh challenges with courage and strength". Comedian Thai Hoa and singer Thu Minh will be two of three judges at the show. Thai Hoa has won a devoted fan following with his performances in comedies like De Mai Tinh (Deal with It Tomorrow), and Long Ruoi (Long the Fly). Thu Minh is famous as a singer who dares to surprise the audience when she sings. She has been a judge with several music competitions on TV including The Voice and Vietnam Idol 2013. The first episode of Do Ai … [Read more...]

Singing competition to hit TV screens

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Vietnamese version of the world-famous British game show Sing If You Can, will go on air at the end of this month. BHD Company and Viet Nam Television, producers of the reality contest, said it would offer TV audiences "a new musical experience". The company said in a press release that Do Ai Hat Duoc will show "celebrities 'forced' to sing wholeheartedly and overcome harsh challenges with courage and strength". Comedian Thai Hoa and singer Thu Minh will be two of three judges at the show. Thai Hoa has won a devoted fan following with his performances in comedies like De Mai Tinh (Deal with It Tomorrow), and Long Ruoi (Long the Fly). Thu Minh is famous as a singer who dares to surprise the audience when she sings. She has been a judge with several music competitions on TV including The Voice and Vietnam Idol 2013. The first episode of Do Ai Hat Duoc will be aired on the channel VTV3 on December 28.— VNS … [Read more...]

New TV series features navy soldiers on HCM City Television

The Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) began broadcasting a new TV series featuring the life and love of navy soldiers who are stationed in the seas and islands of Vietnam on February 14. The 30-part film, Tinh Yeu Bien Dao (Love for the Seas and Islands), focuses on three young soldiers of the Naval Institute, Phong, Dang and Van, who face challenges to achieve results in work. The film also includes live footage of the daily life of soldiers and people stationed in Truong Sa (Spartly Islands). The HTV's film staff spent a year filming in the seas and islands of Kien Giang, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Con Dao. "We met the soldiers of the Navy High Command and Nha Trang Naval Institute, and tried to make their work come alive through our film," said the film's director Tran Chi Thanh. What makes this film special, Thanh said, is the topic and detailed scenes that give audiences, particularly youth, a closer view of the soldiers' silent contributions to the country. Tinh Yeu Bien … [Read more...]

Social News 9/2

Labour exports off to rip-roaring start The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) has revealed that Vietnam sent 8,669 guest workers to foreign markets in January, accounting for 9.13% of the target set for the entire year. Taiwan was the nation’s largest export market, receiving 5,136 workers, followed by Japan (1,926), Malaysia (679), Saudi Arabia (437), the Republic of Korea (114), Macao (101) and other markets. In 2015, the DOLAB has set an annual plan to send 100,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad. Supporting disadvantaged children in Tet festival The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and some other agencies launched a programme in Hanoi on February 4 to help disadvantaged children enjoy a happy spring. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Dinh Lieu, President of the association said the programme aims to assist orphans and people with disabilities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet). Responding to the … [Read more...]

Social News 8/2

Bach Mai Hospital to remain open during Tet The Ha Noi-based Bach Mai Hospital, one of the central hospitals in the country, will for the first time operate as usual during Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival. PhD Duong Duc Hung, head of the hospital's general affairs and planning department, has said that the hospital will operate four consulting rooms to receive patients during the nine-day Tet holiday. In the renal department, all health staff will work as usual to ensure that none of terminally-ill patients suffer body swelling due to a long wait for treatment or shortage of drugs. The hospital will also open one more emergency room, mobilise four health staff teams and arrange ten more beds. Doctors and nurses will be on duty round-the-clock on these days, Hung said. Patients who wish to be discharged from the hospital will be served as usual. The hospital's board of managers will have a hotline number 096 985 1616 to receive and resolve any complaints about the service quality and … [Read more...]

HCM City spends over VND26 billion to support neighboring provinces on Tet

A delegation led by Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, paid a visit and gave financial aid to public works in Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces on February 5. Mr. Le Thanh Hai visits a policy family in Tra Vinh. (Photo: sggp) The delegation handed over VND10 billion to build three rural roads; and support capital for repairing 10 gratitude houses in Tra Vinh. The delegation also offered VND 9.2 billion to build three rural roads, expand water supply system for 1,300 households and build 3,897 toilets in Ben Tre on the same day. HCM City officials visited and offered gifts to Vietnamese Heroic Mother Le Thi Ba and social policy families. On the occasion, the delegation offered flowers and incense at the Uncle Ho Temple in Tra Vinh and Commemorative Area of female Major General Nguyen Thi Dinh in Ben Tre. Permanent Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong handed over 21 computer sets and a projector system to Nguyen Chanh secondary school … [Read more...]

Various activities mark CPV’s 85th founding anniversary

Many cultural events will take place in Ho Chi Minh City to mark the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on February 3rd. An art performance marks the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. (Photo: Sggp) Ho Chi Minh City Youth’s Cultural House has cooperated with universities and colleges throughout the city to organize music shows called "The glory under the Party's Flag" on February 3. Concerts will present to listeners popular revolutionary and love songs, such as La co Dang (the Party's Flag), Dat Viet tieng vong ngan doi (Viet land, echo from a thousand generations), Sai Gon quat khoi ((Saigon Rise Up), Dat nuoc tron niem vui (The country with full joy), Dang da cho ta mot mua xuan (the Party giving us a spring), Khat vong tuoi tre (Youth’s inspiration), Hoa Co Mua Xuan (Spring Flowers), Cuoc song tuoi dep (Beautiful life) and more. A propaganda painting exhibition celebrating the CPV’s founding day opened … [Read more...]

Localities care for the poor and policy beneficiaries on upcoming Tet holiday

Underprivileged children in Hue city receive a Tet gift at ‘Spring of Love’ program (Photo: tapchisonghuong.com.vn) NDO – The Ho Chi Minh Farmers’ Association in co-ordination with the Ho Chi Minh City Television launched a program on February 2 to support disadvantaged farmers in the city, helping them enjoy a happy Tet (traditional Lunar New Year) holiday. Since it was first launched in 2009, the program has raised nearly VND50,000 billion (US$2.3 billion) to care for over 7,000 urban households of disadvantaged farmers. The money has been used to construct approximately 860 houses, repair nearly 265 others and present more than 9,300 gifts to the poor farmers. This year’s program aims to raise VND18 billion (US$8.4 million) with the goal to build 50 social welfare houses, 5,000 water tanks, buy 5,000 health insurance cards and present 5,000 gifts and 1,000 scholarships to the disadvantaged famers and their children. The Thua Thien – Hue … [Read more...]

Vietnam newspapers, television stations release special editions to celebrate Tet

The Lunar New Year, or Tet in Vietnamese, is about three weeks away and the Vietnamese media have their own ways of celebrating it: publishing special editions as for newspapers and broadcasting Tet programs in the case of TV. Tet falls on February 19 this year, with festive preparations beginning around one week before the date and the celebratory atmosphere lingering another week after that. The Lunar New Year is very special in Vietnamese culture as it is an occasion when people get together with their family after a lunar year studying or working away from one another. During those days, apart from going out, visiting their relatives or joining get-togethers with friends, many skim through the Tet editions of local newspapers or relish in joyful TV programs over sumptuous meals during family unions. Tet newspapers Unlike their counterparts in many other countries, almost all Vietnamese newspapers release their Xuan (Spring) editions around two weeks ahead of the … [Read more...]

Spring festival held for naval soldiers

PANO – Ho Chi Minh City’s Youth Culture House, the Tuoi Tre Newspaper, Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City, and Ho Chi Minh City Television on the afternoon of January 23rd co-organized the 4th festival, themed "Spring on the islands". The festival was attended by former Vice President Truong My Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City’s Deputy Secretary Nguyen Thi Thu Ha. An artist signing on the card. The festival attracted thousands of students, artists, naval soldiers, coast guards, and locals, in various activities such as displaying the models of Vietnam seas and islands and sovereignty landmarks, making new-year e-greeting cards to island soldiers, etc. Especially, at the festival, the participants also signed on a big card, called "Spring flowers from the mainland to national seas and islands", as a special gift to troops on islands. The organizing panel presenting gifts to children of needy troops. On this occasion, the organizing panel also presented 30 new-year gifts, … [Read more...]

Additional VND55 bil raised for poor children

Nearly VND55 billion (US$ 2,572,798) was contributed to the musical program " Mua xuan cho em" ( Spring for children) held by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Vietnam Children Supporting Fund live broadcast on Vietnam Television on January 24. 14,000 participants in the annual Lawrence Sting Walk on January 24 in the Phu My Hung urban center in District 7 to raise funds to help the poor of Ho Chi Minh City enjoy the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival (Photo: SGGP) With the aim to bring happy Lunar New Year to disadvantaged children across the country, the program had been launched and a musical performance will be broadcast on Vietnam Television tonight. In addition to giving gifts to needy children, the program organizer will honor kind hearts to unlucky children in the musical program in Cultural Houses in Ba Dinh district with the participation of famous singers and bands. The fund for supporting children expects to receive more donations through sending text … [Read more...]

Conventional Vietnamese television challenged by Internet boom

Vietnamese TV program producers are facing immense challenges regarding the ratings and ad revenue posed by the Internet boom and myriad alternative media channels. Many viewers, particularly those aged from 15 to 50, these days no longer eagerly await their favorite programs on TV. The sight of families gathering around a TV set is almost a thing of the past. Nowadays, people choose to watch their favorite TV programs or video clips on computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. A family of three or four can thus enjoy different programs to their own liking on different devices. Fed up with watching TV? Nguyen Thi Ha, 39, an office worker at Tan Tao Industrial Park in Ho Chi Minh City, said she has not watched TV over the past three years. "I generally go out with my family and friends in the evening, and watch TV programs and films online only in my free time. Enjoying the programs on the Internet saves me considerable time and trouble waiting. Unlike TVs, where we … [Read more...]

Gender impersonation in kids’ show arouses concerns in Vietnam

The high frequency of kids masquerading, or seeing their partners act, as celebrities of the opposite sex in the first Vietnamese season of "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids" as well as several other entertainment programs has created unease among many parents, viewers, and educators. The season is an adaptation of the Portuguese reality TV show for children. It requires contestants to disguise themselves as celebrated singers regarding their appearance and voice and airs on national television channel VTV3 at 9:00 pm every Friday, starting October 3. Six kid contestants, aged from nine to 15, team up with six adult contenders from the first and second series of "Your Face Sounds Familiar" to perform in duos, masquerading as iconic musical performers of different eras. The six adult contenders, who mentor their young partners from all along, include Kyo York – an American who speaks impeccable Vietnamese and has worked in Vietnam as an English teacher, singer, and actor … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/12

HCM City hosts 10th CD/DVD fair The 10th fair for audio and video CDs and DVDs will be held at the Labor Cultural Center at District 1's 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10. The event aims to promote consumption of original, copyrighted products at an affordable price. The fair features more than 3,000 disks in various genres of music, movies, and education software, offering 10-50 percent discount for all products. The fair is organized by Phuong Nam Cultural Corporation with participation of the country's major recording companies including Saigon Vafaco, Ben Thanh Audio-Video, Viet Tan, Youth Studio, Ho Chi Minh City Television, Bach Viet, Tuan Trinh, Dem Sai Gon, Lang Van, Samcom ect.... Institute for Applied Arts opens in HCM City The Viet Nam Institute for Applied Arts opened in HCM City, offering courses in graphic design, interior decoration, fashion design and more subjects. Director Tran Ngoc Danh said the institute will take in about 100 … [Read more...]

HCM City hosts 10th CD/DVD fair

The 10th fair for audio and video CDs and DVDs will be held at the Labor Cultural Center at District 1’s 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10. The event aims to promote consumption of original, copyrighted products at an affordable price. The fair features more than 3,000 disks in various genres of music, movies, and education software, offering 10-50 percent discount for all products. The fair is organized by Phuong Nam Cultural Corporation with participation of the country’s major recording companies including Saigon Vafaco, Ben Thanh Audio-Video, Viet Tan, Youth Studio, Ho Chi Minh City Television, Bach Viet, Tuan Trinh, Dem Sai Gon, Lang Van, Samcom ect.... … [Read more...]

Dubbing films, TV shows to solve voice, sound problems in Vietnam

While many other countries have long recorded sounds on the spot for their films and shows, most Vietnamese films are still dubbed because of actors’/actresses’ voice weaknesses and film sites’ sound defects. Out of the 15 new TV dramas currently aired on local channels, only one film – "Toi Yeu Co Don" (I Love Loneliness) – has its sounds and actors’/actresses’ lines recorded on site. Ho Chi Minh City – the country’s entertainment hub – is currently home to around ten dubbing groups, including such established troupes as Xuan Tam, Phuoc Trang, Bao Chau, and Mong Van. Meanwhile, Hanoi has around five to seven groups, according to veteran actor/director Tran Luc. However, a small number of voice artists are in charge of the main roles in different films, which has resulted in repetition and lack of novelty. The head of a local dubbing group said they are paid around 6-7 million (US$282-329) for each episode. … [Read more...]

Concert features Truong Sa soldiers

The Ho Chi Minh City Television will broadcast a music show on December 3 featuring soldiers stationed on the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago. The show, called Bien Oi Hay Len Tieng (The Voice of the Seas), will include contemporary music composed by talented musicians like Hong Dang and Quynh Hop. More than 30 artists will join the event. Young singers Ha Thuy Anh and Y Jang Tuyn, and the girl band Hoa Nang (Sunflower) will sing songs about Truong Sa composed by Ho Chi Minh City Music Conservatory's musicians after their fact-finding stay with the soldiers on the archipelago. "We want to send our love to Truong Sa soldiers," said singer Y Jang Tuyn of the Banar ethnic minority group in Dak Lac province. The show will be broadcast at 9pm on December 3 on HCM City Television's HTV9 channel.-VNA … [Read more...]

Cycling Tournament to pay gratitude to revolutionary contributors

PANO – 15 domestic teams and two international teams from Laos and Cambodia with 300 cyclists will go through 12 stages in the Across-Vietnam Cycling Tournament–the Vietnam Defence Cup 2014 from December 2nd to 16th. This was officially announced by the organizing panel at a press conference on November 25th in Hanoi. Accordingly, main stages in Ca Mau on December 2nd, in Ho Chi Minh City on December 4th, in Hanoi on December 13th and in Cao Bang on December 16th will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television Channel, Ho Chi Minh City Television and Vietnam Defence Television Channel. Major General Pham Van Huan, Editor-in-Chief of the People’s Army Newspaper (standing) speaking at the press conference. This year’s event, the winning team will receive Cup, flag and VND 60 million in cash, while the best cyclist will be granted with Cup, flag and VND 50 million in cash. Addressing the press conference, Major General Pham Van Huan, Editor-in-Chief of the … [Read more...]