Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 23

Donation concert hosted for Zone-9 fire victimsThe Goethe Institute Ha Noi will host a special concert tonight to commemorate the victims of the recent fire at the new art and entertainment centre, Zone 9.Monday's tragic fire was caused by welders during construction on Fuse Bar in Zone 9, leading to the death of six workers. The music at the concert will honour their memory, the organiser said.Various activities that were scheduled to be held at Zone 9 have been cancelled, including the French embassy's reception for Vietnamese alumni, the year-end party of the German Embassy, and the regular meeting of the German speaker.Musicians Yosi Horikawa of Japan; Jase Nguyen of HCM City and Tri Minh, Kim Ngoc and SonX of Ha Noi will participate in the donation concert as volunteers. Recently, the Goethe Institute had staged "Berlin in Ha Noi", with numerous art performances and film screenings in the art zone.The Goethe Institute expressed strong hope that art, music and creativity would soon … [Read more...]

Photos spotlight nation’s heritage

Troubled waters: Bien va Con Nguoi (Fishing in Hue) by Nguyen Xuan Huu Tam won a special prize in the single photograph category at the Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards 2013. HCM CITY (VNS) — Bien Va Con Nguoi (Fishing in Hue) by Nguyen Xuan Huu Tam won the special prize in the single photograph category of the Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards 2013. The first prize in the single photograph category went to Di Cho Ve, Sapa (Going Home from Market, Sapa) taken by Nguyen Van Dong. Ban Gia (Old Friends) by Nguyen Luong and To Am Lao Cai (A Home in Lao Cai Province) by Nguyen Tien Dung were presented the second and third prizes, respectively. In photo essay category, Le Hoi Phao Dong Ky (Dong Ky Firecracker Festival) by Hoang The Nhiem received the first prize. The second and third prizes were given to Le Hoi Choi Trau Do Son (Do Son Buffalo Fight Festival) by Nguyen Viet Rung and Chieu Dinh Yen (Making mats in Dinh Yen) by Doan Thi Tho. Twenty consolation prizes were also presented at an award … [Read more...]

Da Nang diners ready to indulge in first French wine festival

DA NANG (VNS)— The Georges Bubeouf Beaujolais Nouveau and Cuisine Week from Lyon, France is being held at the Square Restaurant in the Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River Hotel till November 30. This is the city's first traditional French wine festival. The restaurant will offer fine French cuisine, including Saucisson Beaujolais, Saucisson Sec, Rosette de Lyon, specialty sausage with garlic sauce, grilled flanked steak, roasted shallots and bitter greens, black sausage, caramelised apples and onions and potato puree at the 37-storey Novotel Hotel on the bank of the Han River. — VNS … [Read more...]

French cuisine week runs in Da Nang

Photo hanoigrapevine.com DA NANG (VNS) — The Georges Bubeouf Beaujolais Nouveau and Cuisine Week from Lyon, France is being held at the Square Restaurant in the Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River Hotel from November 21-30.   This is the first time a traditional French wine festival has been sponsored in the central city. The restaurant will offer fine French cuisine, including Saucisson Beaujolais, Saucisson Sec, Rosette de Lyon, specialty sausage with garlic sauce, grilled flanked steak, roasted shallots and bitter greens, black sausage, caramelised apples and onions, and potato puree at the 37-storey Novotel Hotel on the bank of the Han River. — VNS … [Read more...]

Oktoberfest debuts in Da Nang

The Pier restaurant in the Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River Hotel will host Oktoberfest, a traditional Bavarian beer festival, for the first time in Da Nang on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant will offer some of the best German premium quality beers - Erdinger, Muchner and BitBurger - served with food at the 37-storey hotel, which is the highest in central Viet Nam. — VNS … [Read more...]

Da Nang diners ready to indulge in first French wine festival

DA NANG (VNS)— The Georges Bubeouf Beaujolais Nouveau and Cuisine Week from Lyon, France is being held at the Square Restaurant in the Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River Hotel till November 30. This is the city's first traditional French wine festival. The restaurant will offer fine French cuisine, including Saucisson Beaujolais, Saucisson Sec, Rosette de Lyon, specialty sausage with garlic sauce, grilled flanked steak, roasted shallots and bitter greens, black sausage, caramelised apples and onions and potato puree at the 37-storey Novotel Hotel on the bank of the Han River. — VNS … [Read more...]

French cuisine week runs in Da Nang

Photo hanoigrapevine.com DA NANG (VNS) — The Georges Bubeouf Beaujolais Nouveau and Cuisine Week from Lyon, France is being held at the Square Restaurant in the Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River Hotel from November 21-30.   This is the first time a traditional French wine festival has been sponsored in the central city. The restaurant will offer fine French cuisine, including Saucisson Beaujolais, Saucisson Sec, Rosette de Lyon, specialty sausage with garlic sauce, grilled flanked steak, roasted shallots and bitter greens, black sausage, caramelised apples and onions, and potato puree at the 37-storey Novotel Hotel on the bank of the Han River. — VNS … [Read more...]

War veterans call for ao dai revival

Fashionistas: Women, former politicial prisoners, perform popular revolutionary songs in ao dai during a talk on promoting the national dress at the HCM City War Remnants Museum yesterday. - VNS Photo Phuong Mai HCM CITY (VNS)- More than 300 participants, mostly from governmental offices, veterans, universities and students, took part in a talk on promoting ao dai, the Vietnamese traditional costume for women. The event was organised by a club of female officials at the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism at the HCM City War Remnants Museum yesterday to celebrate Vietnamese Women's Day on October 20. The talk aims to introduce the beauty of ao dai and its conveniences. It also sent a message to the community on preserving and promoting traditional clothes. Le Tu Cam, chairwoman of the HCM City Cultural Heritage Association, said that in the past, ao dai was a uniform for women teachers, students and officials in most governmental agencies. Now, it is worn at special … [Read more...]

Wartime children through German lens

(VOV) - World renowned German photographer Thomas Billhardt has highlighted the desperate plight of Vietnamese children during the devastating war decades ago, through a collection of photos. Vietnamese photographer wins US prize Local photographer receives int'l award American photographer shares wildlife conservation experiences Born in 1937, Billhardt had travelled to many countries in the world, including Vietnam, and his main subject and inspiration are children. This photo portrays a Vietnamese girl carrying a younger brother on her back in the 60-70s. Each Billhardt's photo is a reminder of the devastating consequences of war. In this photo, a Vietnamese boy was hiding in a trench shelter. These children were frightened of war. They were familiar with jumping into roadside shelters before a bomb raid. This girl did not dare to go far from the shelter for fears of sudden bombardments. This militiawoman spent short peace time with her baby These children … [Read more...]

Vietnamese photo displayed at American exhibition

(VOV) -A photo titled "Gio Cat" by Vietnamese photographer Tran Viet Van has been selected as one of the 24 best photographs displayed at an exhibition in Portland, the US. Vietnamese photographer wins US prize Local photographer receives int'l award Vietnamese photographer brings home prize His image themed Mau Xanh (Green Color) was also chosen to showcase at an exhibition in New York on November 11. A photo titled "Gio Cat" by Viet Van Judges of the two competitions are well-known photographers who critique photos for the New York Times, The Toronto Globe and The Wall Street Journal magazines. In 2013, Viet Van is the first and only Vietnamese photographer to win five honorable certificates of the Prix de la Photographic Paris (Px3) competition and his work has earned him a reputation as one of the most prestigious photographers in Europe. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese photographer wins US prize

(VOV) - The image "Throwing Fishing", captured by photographer Hoang Giang Hai, has been included among 18 photos receiving awards from the American National Geographic Magazine. Spanish photographer inspired by Vietnam's landscape Local photographer receives int'l award Vietnamese photographer brings home prize Hai's photo depicts Thua Thien-Hue Province fishermen casting out their nets in a halo of highlighted water drops. The 18 winning photos were chosen from more than 25,000 others submitted by 18,000 photographers around the world. "Your Shot" is one of National Geographic's regular contests, and this year it was themed "Exploring Our Changing World". Klause Priebe's black and white lightning portrait won first prize. … [Read more...]

Mysterious Paintings of Duong Sen

Duong Sen was born Duong Van Sen in 1949 in Quynh Doi Commune, Quynh Luu District, Nghe An Province. He decided to follow a career in painting but had to put his dream aside to join the army to fight in the southern battlefield for national salvation. After reunification in 1975, he studied at the Faculty of Graphic Design at Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University. In 1983 he graduated and was appointed to work at Song Be (present-day Binh Duong) Provincial Police Department. But his strong passion for painting drove him to quit the job and whole heartedly devote his life to painting as he once had dreamed of doing. Duong Sen first sent his works to be displayed in 1993 but only three years later did he officially enter into the career of a professional painter when he joined the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association. "Then my life began to be about painting," said he. Artist Duong Sen is famous for traditional lacquer. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP Duong Sen's lacquer workshop at … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 1-10 (daily updated)

Pop Concert with Sophie Maurin in Hanoi and HCMC Sat 11 Oct 2014, 8 pm L'Espace, Hanoi 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội Fri 10 Oct 2014, 8 pm IDECAF, HCMC You are invited to the Pop Concert with Sophie Maurin in Hanoi and HCMC. The singer - songwriter Sophie Maurin made an appearance on French and international music scene in 2013 with her debut album entitled "Far away", which is rich in pop and catchy melodies. Accompanied with her piano, the young architect takes us into a world in constant motion where composers are inspired by blues and classics underline a feminine and soft voice. Tickets Ticket price: 160 000 VND Special price for members of L'Espace and students: 80 000 VND Tickets are available at L'Espace and IDECAF. Screening of Film "Mère et Fille" Fri 10 Oct 2014, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the screening of "Hidden Diary" (French, 2009, 105 mins) directed by Julie Lopes Curval. For more information about the synopsis, please see L'Espace … [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...]

Painting exhibition “Companion of Chair and Wind” opens in the city

A painting exhibition called "Companion of Chair and Wind" by Siu Pham and Jean-Luc Mello opened at Tu Do Gallery in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. A painting by Siu Pham Siu Pham, also known as Nguyen Thi Nhung, and her husband Jean-Luc Mello currently lives and work in Hoi An. She studied at Gia Dinh Fine Arts College, currently known as Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, and art history, French, and literature at Geneva University in France. Siu Pham's paintings were exhibited in Geneva, Lausanne, Berne, Paris, Saint-Julien, Washington DC and Ho Chi Minh City. She worked as theater director and playwright in Geneva and Lausanne between 1997 and 2008. She is a member of the Author Association in Switzerland - SSA, also known as Société Suisse des Auteurs. Siu Pham won an award for feature film at International Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland in 2002. Italian-Swiss pianist Jean-luc Mello has lived and worked in Vietnam for 5 years. … [Read more...]

Japanese nonprofit grants $7,000 in scholarships to Vietnamese students

A Japanese non-profit organization awarded 720,000 Japanese yen (US$6,984) in scholarships to 72 needy high-achieving students in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday. The Niigata International Volunteer Center (NVC) cooperated with the Ho Chi Minh City Student Assistance Center to present the students, enrolled at 19 junior colleges and universities in the city, with 10,000 Japanese yen ($97) each at a ceremony in the southern metropolis. Those who received the grants come from poor families in other provinces and have shown good academic performance at their respective schools. They are working part-time jobs, such as private tutoring, leaflet distributing, and working in restaurants in order to support themselves, but they have still managed to fare well in school. The Japanese center will continue awarding the same amount of money to these students every year until their graduation. "I feel moved to receive this scholarship as it will help to partly cover my expenses for the rest of my … [Read more...]

Top ten typical fine arts and photographic events of 2013

The Fifth National Sculpture Exhibition. (Cinet)- On December 30, the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced the top ten fine arts and photographic events of 2013. Outstanding fine arts and photographic events of the past year includes five fine arts events and five photographic events. 1. The 5th National Sculpture Exhibition (2003-2013), celebrating a decade of developments in Vietnamese sculpture, opened on December 11 at the Hanoi Museum and runs to January 15, 2014. 2. A Vietnamese lacquer painting exhibition displayed in Italy from July 9 to August 2, as part of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Italy diplomatic ties (1973-2013). 3. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed Decree N°113/2013/ND-CP on art activities on October 2. The decree is the highest legal document on art activities, creating a legal framework to develop the art industry. 4. A composition camp and exhibition … [Read more...]

Fine arts, photographic highlights of 2013 in Vietnam

The Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced the top ten fine arts and photographic events of 2013. The classification, in its second year, aims to acknowledge and honour the outstanding fine arts and photographic events of the past year. The list includes five fine arts events and five photographic events. 1. The 5th National Sculpture Exhibition (2003-2013), celebrating a decade of developments in Vietnamese sculpture, opened on December 11 at the Hanoi Museum and runs to January 15, 2014. The exhibition features 286 outstanding sculptures by 230 artists from across the country, marking a profound shift in artistic conception, forms of expression and techniques used to create this type of artwork. The exhibits were selected from 675 pieces submitted to the organising board by 352 artists. 2. A Vietnamese lacquer painting exhibition displayed in Italy from July 9 to August 2, as part of activities to … [Read more...]

Top 10 fine arts and photographic events of 2013

At the press conference Nhan Dan - The Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism have announced the top ten fine arts and photographic events of 2013. The classification, in its second year, aims to acknowledge and honour the outstanding fine arts and photographic events of the past year. The list includes five fine arts events and five photographic events. 1. The 5th National Sculpture Exhibition (2003-2013), celebrating a decade of developments in Vietnamese sculpture, opened on December 11 at the Hanoi Museum and runs to January 15, 2014. The exhibition features 286 outstanding sculptures by 230 artists from across the country, marking a profound shift in artistic conception, forms of expression and techniques used to create this type of artwork. The exhibits were selected from 675 pieces submitted to the organising board by 352 artists. 2. A Vietnamese lacquer painting exhibition displayed in Italy from July 9 to … [Read more...]

Vietnam artist showcases environ paintings in Australia

An exhibit called "Human tree" by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Dinh Hien, which features environment-themed paintings and statues, is running in Melbourne, Australia until Dec 18. The exhibit, going on at One Three Gallery, 13 Somerset, is part of the Melbourne City Council's activities to aid Asian countries' cultural development. Hien is the first Vietnamese artist ever to be chosen by the council and receives a US$10,000 fund. Since May 2012, the council, in coordination with Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, has held Vietnamese - Australian exchanges and funded Asian artists. Hien along with several other Vietnamese colleagues applied, and his environment-themed collection was picked. The artist also successfully showcased the collection in Singapore in 2010. Hien's eight paintings and two small statues depict human faces and animals adorned with flowers and leaves and pure waterdrops, which are indicative of the harmony between humans and nature and send the message of … [Read more...]