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...]

Trong Hieu from Germany wins Vietnam Idol 2015

Trong Hieu, a Vietnamese-German youth won the sixth season of Vietnam Idol, which ended in Ho Chi Minh City on August 2, by getting 71.5 percent of viewers’ votes. Trong Hieu Hieu triumphed over Bich Ngoc to take home a cash prize of VND600 million (US$28,600). He won the hearts of the judges and audiences with his attractive dancing, performing skills and powerful voice. Trong Hieu, 23, was born in Hanover, Germany. He has a great passion for music and attended several music shows in Germany. He was among the top 25 of the German Idol contest in 2008. Hieu said that he will to learn to speak Vietnamese fluently for living and working in the country. Launched in 2007, Vietnam Idol is based on the British reality show Pop Idol and produced by Ho Chi Minh City Television and Vietnam Advertising Company. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese woman dreams of promoting ‘ao dai’ around world

A young Vietnamese woman is running her project on promoting the image of the traditional Vietnamese costume ao dai to the world. Nguyen Thi Thuy Thuy, 22, who is studying at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, has created a Facebook page named "Ao dai around the world," where people across the globe can share photos capturing them wearing the traditional Vietnamese costume. The project was initiated out of the passion of Thuy, who said she owns 60 ao dai gowns. Earlier she emceed several programs of the Ho Chi Minh City Television Station so she had chances to wear ao dai. With her interest in the costume and experiences wearing it, Thuy has become a consultant to her friends in choosing fabrics, designs, and tailors for making their ao dai. Besides, Thuy also has a habit of carrying the gowns and taking photos of her wearing them whenever she travels. She said that she wants to capture the image of ao dai wherever she goes, and that like all other Vietnamese girls, … [Read more...]

Watch documentary series on East Vietnam Sea, Truong Sa (Spratlys), Hoang Sa (Paracels)

Tuoi Tre News introduces a series of documentaries made by Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) on the East Vietnam Sea, Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratlys). The filmmakers spent around three years traveling throughout nine countries to collect documents and interview scholars and researchers so as to create the "Vietnamese Seas and Islands: Their Long-Established Roots" series. The five-episode series features genuine and objective evidence of how Vietnamese feudal dynasties established and exercised their sovereignty over the sea areas and islands in the East Vietnam Sea, recorded not only in Vietnam but also in the documents of many countries around the world. "In making this series, we would like to send the message that Vietnamese people love peace and have enough accurate evidence to protect our country," Nguyen Quy Hoa, general director of HTV, said. He added that the series will be subtitled in many languages and will be broadcast to people in Vietnam and … [Read more...]

Social News 1/7

Landslides, high tides unpredictable in HCMC The HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said landslides and high tides are hard to predict this rainy season due to rapid urbanization and illegal constructions by rivers and canals in the city. Tran Cong Ly, deputy director of the department, said rampant constructions and waste discharges along the banks of rivers and canals in the city have narrowed water flows, and stronger water currents would cause landslides. In addition, the exploitation of sand from the riverbeds at the Saigon and Dong Nai rivers could worsen erosion. After the early-season rains, a landslide in an area of 510 square meters along the Muong Chuoi River in Nhon Duc Commune, Nha Be District damaged three homes and the power and drainage system sections in this outlying district, according to the district’s urban management office. The office now has a 600-meter embankment section of the river consolidated to prevent damage for more than ten … [Read more...]

Supreme People’s Court gives bicycles to ethnic students

A delegation from the Supreme People’s Court led by Chief Justice Truong Hoa Binh presented 50 bicycles worth a combined 100 million VND (4,650 USD) to outstanding ethnic students in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan on June 29. The same day, the delegation gave another 100 bicycles to poor ethnic students and 500 gifts to social policy beneficiary families in the neighbouring province of Ninh Thuan. At the ceremony. (Photo: cand.com.vn) Fifty bicycles worth 2.1 million VND (97 USD) each were also awarded to disadvantaged ethnic students in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. At the event, the Chief Justice expressed his hope that the students would be able to shorten the time required to get to school and dedicate their efforts more fully to their studies. The activities were organised in the collaboration with the Cong An Nhan Dan Newspaper and Ho Chi Minh City Television. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Social News 21/6

HCM City gets high-level People's Procuracy A high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City has been established under a resolution of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Assembly. The NA on May 28 passed Resolution 953, based on the 2014 People's Procuracy Organisation Law. Under the resolution, the Supreme People's Procuracy appointed Nguyen Van Quang as the director of the high-level People's Procuracy. The Procuracy exists on four levels: district, province, high-level (for three centrally governed cities – HCM City, Ha Noi and Da Nang) and supreme. Also appointed were four deputy directors of the high-level People's Procuracy: Vo Van Them, Nguyen Thanh Son, Nguyen The Thanh and Le Xuan Hai. Nguyen Van Quang, director of the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City, said the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City had been established on the basis of Appeal Procuracy 3. In addition to exercising the right of prosecution and supervisor of judicial activities for … [Read more...]

Documentaries on national seas and islands to be aired

PANO – Ho Chi Minh Television on June 18th held a press conference to introduce a documentary series on the Vietnamese seas and islands. At the press conference. Titled "Vietnam’s seas and islands, the long-standing sovereignty throughout the history," the series was produced by historians, East Sea researchers and the central and local press agencies. The 5-episode series will be aired on HTV9 channel at 9pm everyday from June 20th to 23rd 2015. According to Mr. Nguyen Quy Hoa, Director General of Ho Chi Minh City Television, the documentaries introduce the establishment of sovereignty over the seas and islands in the East Sea via historical evidence. To complete the series, the film makers traveled to 9 countries over the world to find objective evidence and interview researchers, lawyers, etc., confirming the sovereignty of Vietnam over the Paracel and Spratly islands in the East Sea. At the press conference, Doctor Nguyen Nha, one of the advisors of the film … [Read more...]

Social News 15/6

Binh Thuan: 714,000 USD to surmount water shortages The southern central province of Binh Thuan is set to spend 15 billion VND (714,000 USD) to support localities to surmount water shortages caused by prolonged drought. The amount will be spent on supporting local people to buy tap water; drill wells; purchase water pumps; invest in water pipes and build water supply works. According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, water levels in 16 reservoirs in the province have plunged to alarmingly low levels of 10-30 percent. The Ham Tan and Tuy Phong communes are the hardest hit localities by drought with nearly 40,000 people and 1,000 hectares of cultivated crops affected by water shortages. As of June 6, eight water supply projects in the districts of Ham Tan, Tuy Phong, Ham Thuan Bac and Tanh Linh had to cease operations due to insufficient water. Due to water shortages, local people have to buy water from 60,000 VND (2.9 USD) to over 100,000 VND (4.8 … [Read more...]

Outstanding ethnic students to receive scholarships

A cultural programme to award scholarships to ethnic minority students nationwide who performed outstandingly in the 2014-2015 school year will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on June 13. Themed "Lighting the dreams", the event will be co-organised by the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund under the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and Ho Chi Minh City Television. At the June 10 conference to introduce the programme, former Vice President and Chairwoman of the Vu A Dinh Fund Truong My Hoa said the fund has implemented a number of projects to assist ethnic minority students nationwide in parallel with 5,000 scholarships provided to outstanding students annually. Since the beginning of the year, the fund has received 37 billion VND (1.7 million USD) from individuals and organisations. Thus far, the scholarship fund has helped build nine schools, including two primary schools on the Truong Sa Lon and Sinh Ton islands of Truong Sa archipelago, and over 50 houses and tens … [Read more...]

Snapper seduced by Vietnam

Over the past 25 years,American Catherine Karnow has visited Vietnam many times to portray the life and people of the country, where she finds peace, warmth and happiness. Besides her stories, here she has developed a faithful friendship with the country and its people, who have featured in her photos. Karnow, known for her National Geographic work covering the globe over the last three decades, started shooting in Vietnam in the 1990s. Her photos represent her view on the changes to the country and its people. Karnow said even when she's not working, she enjoys returning to Vietnam again and again. "This is an inspirational and emotional country where the life has different layers to discover," said Karnow. When she talks with local people, she always feels comfortable. "Vietnamese people are warm, friendly and have a special interest in photography that creates a connection and friendship between me and whom I met," she said. Good friends: Photographer Catherine Karnow with … [Read more...]

City holds special art program highlighting love for president Ho

A special art performance program themed "Ho Chi Minh City- the most beautiful name" was broadcast live by Ho Chi Minh City Television from the Ho Chi Minh Statute Square in district 1, HCMC on May 17. A special art performance program under theme "Ho Chi Minh City- the most beautiful name" is organized at the Ho Chi Minh Statute Square in district 1, HCMC on Sunday. (Photo:SGGP) 12 outstanding songs with great love and respect to President Ho Chi Minh were written by famous musicians, performed in the program such as Ho Chi Minh dep nhat ten Nguoi (Ho Chi Minh, the immortal name), Tieng hat tu thanh pho mang ten Nguoi (Singing Voice from Ho Chi Minh City), Tieng hat giua rung Pac Bo (Singing Voice in Pac Bo forest), Vieng lang Bac (Visit President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum), Bai ca Ho Chi Minh (The Ballad of Ho Chi Minh) and others songs about President Ho Chi Minh The art performance also attaches a talk with outstanding guests, who were historical witness such as Deputy Defense … [Read more...]

Social News 15/5

New terminal for crowded Danang Airport by 2017 Vietnam Airport said it will invest VND3.2trn (USD152.4m) to build a new international terminal at Danang International Airport to meet demand from increasing passenger numbers. The new terminal will be located adjacent to the existing terminal which went into operation in 2011 with annual capacity of six million passengers. In 2014, the terminal served five million passengers and is expected to reach capacity at the end of this year. The Ministry of Transport said construction of the new international terminal was urgent. The new terminal will cover 40,000 square metres and have 40 check-in counters and nine gates. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016 and will be completed by June 2017 in time for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum to be held in Danang City that year. Disabled air travellers hampered by lack of proper airport equipment Disabled people in Vietnam are facing difficulties in air travel because … [Read more...]

HCM City plans big celebrations for Uncle Ho’s birthday

Ho Chi Minh City plans to organise a number of activities to celebrate the 125th birthday of the late President Ho Chi Minh for whom the city is named after. On May 17, the city will inaugurate a monument dedicated to the late leader and move a statue of President Ho Chi Minh meeting children to the municipal Children’s House. The monument is a valuable sculpture capturing the spirit and personality of the leader as well as his special love of locals in the city. An exhibition themed "Uncle Ho with the South – the South with Uncle Ho," will run from May 17-19. An art performance honouring the late leader will also be held in Ho Chi Minh Monument Park during which the municipal Party Committee will present Party badges to 2,153 local Party members. The city will also pay a floral tribute and offer incense to the late leader as well as honour outstanding individuals and collectives with excellent performance in studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s … [Read more...]

Nguyen Truong Tai wins Yellow Jersey

The final stage of the Ho Chi Minh Television Cup cycling race with total length of 165 kilometers from Bao Loc city to Ho Chi Minh City closed successfully on occasion of marking the 40th anniversary of the southern liberation and the country’s reunification day. Yellow jersey in this year's race belongs to Nguyen Truong Tai from VUS- HCMC team. Accordingly, the winner of the final stage was Nguyen Quoc Dung from Ben Tre team, and the yellow jersey went to VUS- HCMC team’s racer Nguyen Truong Tai. Le Van Duan is cycling racers of VUS- HCMC team, who excellently won green jersey. Meanwhile, the red jersey for mountain biking went to Nguyen Tan Hoai from D. Dong Thap team. White jersey for the youngest athlete belonged to Nguyen Hoang Giang. Hat ngoc troi An Giang team is named the team winner in this year’s award. Last year, racer Ho Huynh Van An from An Giang team won the title of yellow jersey. The annual Ho Chi Minh City Television Cup cycling race was … [Read more...]

Asian women’s beach volleyball championship opens in Ha Long

The 2015 Tuan Chau-Ha Long Asian Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship kicked off on April 30 at the Tuan Chau International Entertainment Arena in the northern coastal city of Ha Long, Quang Ninh province. The annual tournament, which this year is celebrating the Ha Long-Quang Ninh Tourism Week 2015, is one of two main events of the Asian Beach Volleyball Federation. The event attracted the participation of 18 teams from 10 countries and territories: Japan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Thailand, Vanuatu and Vietnam. Fans will have a chance to witness games until May 3.- Annual cycling tourney crosses finishing line The 27th annual Ho Chi Minh City Television Cycling Tournament concluded on April 30, with riders taking on the final 165km stage from Bao Loc city in Lam Dong province to Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Square. The winner of the final stage was Nguyen Quoc Dinh from the Ben Tre province team, followed by Nguyen Hoang … [Read more...]

Annual cycling tourney crosses finishing line

The 27th annual Ho Chi Minh City Television Cycling Tournament concluded on April 30, with riders taking on the final 165km stage from Bao Loc city in Lam Dong province to Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Square. The winner of the final stage was Nguyen Quoc Dinh from the Ben Tre province team, followed by Nguyen Hoang Thai from team Dorgalic Dong Thap and Ho Hoang Son from Thanh Son Hoa Nong. The tourney’s yellow jersey went to Nguyen Truong Tai of team VUS Ho Chi Minh City. The second and third places were secured by Ho Van Phuc from team ADC Vinh Long Television and Nguyen Hoang Giang from team Hat ngoc troi An Giang. Meanwhile, Le Van Duan from team VUS HCM City won the sprinter’s green jersey. The red jersey for mountain biking was awarded to Nguyen Tan Hoai of team Pharmaceutical Domesco Dong Thap. Hat ngoc troi An Giang was the overall team winner, followed by Military Region 7 and Domesco Dong Thap. This year’s cycling tournament began in Hanoi on … [Read more...]