Vietnamese myths featured in music

Vietnamese singer Le Cat Trong Ly along with American artists will depict six legendary Vietnamese myths through singing, live visual arts and an interactive dance tonight in HCM City. Spirited performer: Le Cat Trong Ly rehearses for her Vui transnational tour, held a few years ago.— Photo Courtesy of Le Cat Trong Ly The American electronic duo, Space/Panther, will collaborate with Ly to create a digital fictional book about the six myths. Le Cat Trong Ly used one of the legends in composing her first song Chenh Venh when she began her music career. She wrote the song after reading the myths about Tien Dung and Chu Dong Tu. Inspired by the Vietnamese stories, the production will take the audience on an exhilarating ride through a land of fantasy. The legendary story of the fairy Au Co and dragon king Lac Long Quan represents the origin of the Vietnamese people, and the myth about Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh represents the seasonal patterns in Viet Nam. The story about Thanh … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands because … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 1-10 (daily updated)

HCMC - New Year Strauss Concert Sat 10 Jan 2015, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the New Year's Strauss Concert to enjoy masterpieces by the most popular waltz composers of all time - Johann Strauss, who was known as "The Waltz King" in his lifetime. PROGRAM Johann Strauss II Der Zigeunerbaron Ouverture Frederic Chopin Nocturne op.9, no.2 (one couple dance) Johann Strauss II Einzugsmarsch Edvard Grieg Solvieg's song Soprano: Phạm Duyên Huyền Johann Strauss II Annen-Polka op.117 (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Egyptian March Johann Strauss II Voices of Spring Waltz Soprano: Võ Thụy Ngọc Tuyền Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Johann Strauss II Pizzicato polka (2-3 couple dances) Jacques Offenbach Barcarolle , from 'The Tales of Hoffmann' Soprano: Phạm Khánh Ngọc Mezzo-soprano: Nguyễn Thị Thanh Huyền Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube Waltz (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Radetzky March Conductor: Le Phi … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/12

Ha Tinh to preserve 200-year-old dwelling The Ha Tinh Museum is preparing a plan to preserve a 200-year-old "typical Vietnamese house", officials say. The museum staff said they discovered the house in mountainous Huong Son Commune, Huong Khe District during a recent investigative trip. The house is in good condition with all original structures intact, from the gate to the main building. The gate, built with laterite bricks, has complicated carvings on it. The main building includes three sections of a wooden frame that are similar to the nha ruong (wooden house with many beams and pillars) found in Hue. Traditional carvings of birds and flora were also found on the wooden beams. The house's roof is covered by the yin-yang earthen tiles and its walls are made of unbaked clay. Writer Bui Ngoc Tan passes away after long cancer fight Writer Bui Ngoc Tan, 80, passed away on Thursday after many years fighting cancer. Tan was born in 1934 in the northern city of Hai Phong. He … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Social News 13/12

Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF The availability and quality of transport infrastructure of Vietnam moved 16 steps to rank 74/138 in 2014, according to the Global Enabling Trade Report 2014 released at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF). In terms of the Enabling Trade Index (ETI), the WEF placed Vietnam at a position that is higher than other four ASEAN member countries – Laos (91st), the Philippines (96th), Cambodia (113th), and Myanmar (138th). The ETI is conducted every two years by the WEF, with a focus on the four main modes of transport: road, air, railroad and seaport infrastructures. Air connectivity and sea line connectivity are also taken into consideration by the WEF before it announces the Index. Former banker’s accomplices admit law infringement Some accomplices of Nguyen Duc Kien, former vice chairman of Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), said depositing VND718 billion at VietinBank was illegal but Kien insisted he did not … [Read more...]

Social News 12/12

Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. Mong Cai has been reinforcing security and inspection of the imported goods to identify smugglers, with all adjacent road crossings blocked to force people through the main border gate. Most of people going through Mong Cai Border Gate use "border citizen cards", which grant them them a duty-free allowance of VND2 million worth of goods a day. Any more than that attracts a customs tax of about 30 percent … [Read more...]

Making music to make it big

Songwriter: Like some of her peers, Le Cat Trong Ly has moved from performing songs to composing her own tunes. - VNS File Photo by Thu Anh HCM CITY (VNS) - Young musicians and producers in HCM City this year have succeeded in winning fans and setting new entertainment trends, producing CDs and music videos in different styles. Hieu, a graduate of the HCM City College of Culture and Arts, says his composing skills have served him well in a fiercely competitive entertainment industry. He has written both pop and dance music, featuring stars like Ho Ngoc Ha. Hieu began his career four years ago while he was at school, working with leading composers and showbiz organisers to produce music on stage and in the studio. He has also been a shrewd businessman. "Music is not a game with only sweet melodies and beautiful dances, but also a big job which helps make money," he said. His songs, Hey Boy and Dung Nhin Lai (Don't Look Back), became instant hits when they were released early … [Read more...]

Social News 22/10

Free health checks offered in Kien Giang Over 500 disadvantaged people in the Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) province of Kien Giang received free health screening on Sunday. At the programme, organised in An Minh Bac Commune in U Minh Thuong District by local authorities, the Thien Tam Charity Foundation belonging to the Tan Binh District Red Cross, and Bayer Viet Nam, medicines and supplies like instant noodles and cooking oil were also donated to the beneficiaries. They were taught how to grow rice safely and farm fish naturally. A Bayer spokesperson said a new bridge would soon be completed in the area to improve the traffic situation for 1,200 locals. Earlier, on Saturday, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, president of the HCM City Society for Reproductive Medicine and vice president of the Viet Nam Gynecology and Obstetrics Association, spoke with teenagers about reproductive health. The health screening programme and bridge construction, which together cost VND450 million (US$21,000), are … [Read more...]

Women shine in ao dai fashion show

Women of all shapes, sizes and ages will gracefully showcase ao dai during a fashion show held on October 18 at Hanoi 's Temple of Literature in honor of the traditional Vietnamese gown. The free event, Our Ao Dai, celebrated Vietnamese Women's Day and the beauty all women radiate while wearing ao dai. Visitors who wore ao dai were given lotuses from the southern province of Dong Thap . Veteran and emerging designers from across the country showed off 300 dresses in their latest collections. The 17 designers exhibiting their work included veterans like Minh Hanh and Lan Huong, and younger clothing artists like Quang Nhat and Ngoc Han. Diego Cortizas of Spain , owner of the Chula brand, also joined them. Many designers found inspiration in the lotus, a flower they believed symbolises the beauty, elegance and tolerance of Vietnamese women. In different materials, they also depicted Hanoi through images of architecture, daisy of autumn, night life and the Old Quarter. The event … [Read more...]

Women to shine in ao dai fashion show

Poise: Professional and young models display a collection by designer Minh Hanh. - VNS Photo Pham Trung Kien HA NOI (VNS) - Women of all shapes, sizes and ages will gracefully showcase ao dai during a fashion show held tonight at the Temple of Literature in honor of the traditional Vietnamese gown. The free event, Our Ao Dai, will celebrate Vietnamese Women's Day and the beauty all women radiate while wearing ao dai. It will start at 8pm, and visitors who wear ao dai will be given lotuses from the southern province of Dong Thap. Veteran and emerging designers from across the country will show off 300 dresses in their latest collections. The 17 designers exhibiting their work include veterans like Minh Hanh and Lan Huong, and younger clothing artists like Quang Nhat and Ngoc Han. Diego Cortizas of Spain, owner of the Chula brand, will join them. Many designers find inspiration in the lotus, a flower they believe symbolises the beauty, elegance and tolerance of Vietnamese women. In … [Read more...]

Social News 13/10

19 'fake' school health workers fired Tuy Phuoc District officials approved a request to fire 19 health workers at local elementary and middle schools who used fake degrees to get the job. The district's Bureau of Education and Training and Bureau of Interior Affairs made the request after the workers were caught buying fake degrees. The workers included 44-year-old Pham Thi Xuan Mai and 38-year-old Trinh Thi Ngoc Hau, who earlier this year were sentenced to 12 and 18 years in prison respectively for using and trading fake college degrees. The two started buying fake college degrees in 2006 and selling them to people in Binh Dinh Province. Three children drown in Kien Giang lake Three sixth-grade students drowned in a lake yesterday, according to the Tan Hiep Police Department. They were reportedly playing near the lake with one other student, who did not go swimming and called for help when he saw his friends drowning. However, the children had drowned by the time rescuers … [Read more...]

Social News 21/9

Vocational training highlighted in new rural development As many as 660,000 rural workers received vocational training in the period 2010-2013, mainly in husbandry and fishery, as part of the national new rural development program. Vietnam now has approximately 25 million rural workers, of whom just 5 million have received vocational training. As farm land shrinks due to rapid urbanisation and modernisation, vocational training plays an increasingly important role because it boosts farm incomes. Nguyen Minh Nhan, head of the personnel department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the ministry has devised rural programmes that provide both agricultural promotion and vocational training for rural labourers. They also helped farmers sell their products and services. "The model of household production is still common in Vietnam's rural areas, which means rural labourers are mostly involved in farm work," Nhan said, adding the percentage of rural laborers with … [Read more...]

Enjoying acoustic music the old-fashioned way

Minh Truc A guest at Nep Cafe - Photo: Courtesy of the cafe Unlike other glassy and classy coffee shops with fancy gardens and luxurious ornaments, this café is limited to the size of an apartment, which makes it interestingly different. Yet its small size will not discomfort you in any way as the interiors are wisely arranged and the space is decorated in vintage style with little lovely things that gives you a cozy and warm feeling just like you are visiting a friend's house. In fact, the most special thing about Nep Café that makes it stand out from others is beautiful acoustic music performed every night by the shop's owner Le Cat Tien, whose sister is famous Danang singer Le Cat Trong Ly, and her friends. Acoustic café is not new in HCMC, but authentic acoustic music that uses only the singer's voice and guitar, without any sound equipment, even microphone like Nep's music, is considered very rare in HCMC. Nep Café follows a nostalgic style that is not only presented in … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No. Project Locality Total Capital (million USD) Investment model Contact I. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau … [Read more...]

Wind Power in Bac Lieu Province

An impressive start in Bac Lieu About five years ago, people in Vinh Trach Dong Commune who worked hard in the shrimp raising ponds or collected oysters in alluvial grounds under the mangrove trees all year round could not imagine that in these windy alluvial grounds, a high-tech power complex would be built, bringing clean power generated from the endless wind source of their homeland. According to the Asian energy survey programme of the World Bank (WB), Vietnam has wind power potential of about 513,360MW, more than 200 times as much as the capacity of the Son La Hydropower Plant. Bac Lieu Province with 56km of coastline is considered to have the best wind speed in the country (averaging 6.5 - 7.2 m/s and up to 10m/s in the peak months) and receive the main wind direction. In addition, it has uninhabited alluvial grounds which are very favourable for the construction and expansion of the wind power plants. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Danish counterpart Helle Thorning … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 4/8

Vietnamese designs remote artwork application Vietnam artist Uu Dam is introducing "License2Draw" - a remote-controlled drawing application performed via smartphone and wifi - at the Koganecho Bazaar 2014 in Yokohama city, Japan. The international exhibition entitled "Fictive Communities Asia", is taking place from August 1 to November 3, attracting more than 140 artists from many countries around the world. Uu Dam artist and his art work Truong Cong Tung and Liar Ben are among the participants who will create art works and display them during their three-month stay in Japan. License2Draw enables the user after downloading the app License2Draw onto smartphone to remotely move a pen physically thousands of kilometers away at the touch of a button and draw. To see the pen moving when you draw, please add License2Draw to your Skype contact list. When you connect to License2Draw via Skype, you can see video feed of the moving pen. Updated information about the availability of the … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 1-10 (daily updated)

Concert "Beethoven's Symphony No 5″Berlinale Shorts Go Abroad in HanoiScreening of Film "Vive la France" Fri 08 Aug 2014, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the film screening "Vive la France" (France, 2013, 95 mins) directed by Michael Youn. "They do not know where they put their feet on! A success of humor, good ideas and excellent replicas". For more information about synopsis, please see L'Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post. Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle. Tickets: Ticket price: 40 000 VND Special price for members of L'Espace and students: 20 000 VND Tickets are available at L'Espace. Documentary Screening "Who Is William Onyeabor?" and DJ Set with Dan Lo Thu 07 Aug 2014, 8 pm ATK 73a Mai Hac De, Hanoi This is a night to celebrate the Nigerian funk musician and band-leader, William Onyeabor, who had a series of records in the late 70s and 80s which exalted him into an iconic status in the … [Read more...]

What’s on August 2014 (Daily updated)

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES HCMC - Electronic Disco Night with Italian Artist Bottin Aug 1, 10 pm The Observatory, Corner of Le Lai and Ton That Tung, Dist.1 Come to an electronic Disco Night with Italian Artist Bottin. BOTTIN - "one of the finest purveyors of electronic disco around," (Vice Magazine) - is once again hitting Saigon for a gig that promises to showcase the apex of what disco can really be. Entry: VND 100,000. HCMC- Fish Sauce Debut Show Aug 1, 8 pm Chula, 6 Nhat Chieu Street Fish Sauce is the most flavoursome band to come through Hanoi and impress taste buds this summer. A fresh blend of Vietnamese and Latin American artists, come for a night of original music composed by lead singer, Mai Khoi, on journeys through Mexico and Cuba. Mai Khoi (Song and Album of the Year, 2010) is joined by Araceli (Nicaragua), Sebastian (Ecuador), Truong Sa (formerly PAK band and collaborator with Le Cat Trong Ly) and the Hanoi flamenco collective. Entrance by donation. Hanoi- … [Read more...]