Art & Entertainment News 22/1

Photos of wild birds on show Saturday Wildlife At Risk (WAR) will join hands with the Youth Cultural Center to open a photo exhibition called "Chim rung mua ket ban" (wild birds in mating time) by local artist Tang A Pau from January 24 to 28. It is expected around 130 photos featuring wild birds like red-head crane, white-neck crane and babbler in nature will be on display at the Youth Cultural Center in HCMC’s District 1. Author Tang A Pau has traveled around the country to capture lively moments of birds, especially birds in the mating season. Some photos will be put on sale at the show to raise funds for wildlife protection and a shelter for kids in the Central Highlands. "This is a collection with many rare and precious photos of birds which are in danger of extinction, and hardly found in nature. There are many species that I have never seen or just seen once or twice in my life. I’m calling on people to let wild birds live in the natural environment if we wish … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 20-30 (daily updated)

Piano - Tuồng "Fire" by Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen Sat 29 Nov 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội "Fire" is a project conceived 8 years ago by two artists Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen. Sharing the desire of creating a new theatre language as combination between piano and Tuồng, My and musician Dang Tue Nguyen has collaborated to generate "Fire" based on Tuồng script by poet Luong Tu Duc. The beauty and philosophical depth of Tuồng (traditional opera) has once again given pianist Phó An My and composer Đặng Tuệ Nguyên inspiration for a new and unique creative collaboration: a "post-contemporary" work of chamber music written for the piano using the musical language and the dramaturgical materials of Tuồng, in which a modern instrument, the piano, and an ancient art, Tuồng, exist in parallel and independently, but at the same time complement and interact with each other. The storyline of the opera is based on the script of "Ngọn lửa Hồng Sơn" ("Fire of the Red … [Read more...]

Musical show for patients to be broadcast live

PANO - The 70th "Bringing music to hospitals" program, to take place at the Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, will be broadcast live on VTV6 channel at noon on March 21st. This program will be organized simultaneously at the studio 14 (S14) of Vietnam Television and the institute. MC Cong To, singers Thai Thuy Linh and Bui Anh Tuan will be at S14 while two young singers Minh Chuyen and Viet Tu, musician Nguyen Tuan, 3 child singers namely Mai Chi Cong, Bich Hang and Vu Thai An and MC Tuan Tu, will join doctors and patients at the institute. Notably, FPT's Strategic Director Nguyen Huu Thai Hoa will perform some immortal songs by late composer Trinh Cong Son. As part of this program, 10 patients with adversity will receive gifts in both kind and cash from donors, including the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). The program, launched 3 years ago, is co-organized by the Tim Hong (Red Heart) … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 15-31 (daily updated)

Mini Doc Fest 2013 22 - 24 Mar 2013 Goethe-Institut Hanoi 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học From 22nd of March to 24th of March 2013, the Mini Doc Fest 2013 will present documentaries by young Southeast Asian filmmakers and artists. At the opening night the internationally award-winning documentary Story of Kindness (1987) by Tran Van Thuy and a short film with footage of his grandfather edited by Tran Luong will take the audience on a journey into Vietnam's past. On the second day, the festival special program Voices from Myanmar, which was presented at the Chopshots Documentary Film Festival 2012, provides an insight into Myanmar. Different short films will show the beauty, but also the conflicts of our neighboring country. The highlight of the Mini Doc Festival will be the latest productions of the last DocLab Basic workshop. Impulsive, honest, entertaining - the contributions of DocLab reflect the spirit of Vietnamese society today and are closely connected to the people. The Mini … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 15-31 (daily updated)

A Talk by Prof Nora A. Taylor Sun 30 Dec 2012, 6 pm Manzi Art Space 14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi Come to attend a talk by Prof. Nora A. Taylor: Artists in Hanoi from 1992-2012: A view onto Vietnamese Art History from the Perspective of an Outsider". Nora A. Taylor is a Chicago-based art historian of modern and contemporary Vietnamese art and professor of Southeast Asian Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taugh at the Arizona State University, University of California, Los Angeles and the National University of Singapore. Having lived and researched in Vietnam for 20 years, she speaks fluent Vietnamese and writes intesively on both modern and contemporary Vietnamese art. She is the author of Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art and editor of Studies in Southeast Asian Art: Essays in Honor of Stanley O'Connor, as well as numerous articles and essays. She has curated various exhibitions including Changing Identity: Recent Work by Women Artists … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED ON DEC. 9-20

The Family Festival Kermesse 2011 Sun 11 Dec 2011, 9 am - 6 pm Thao Cam Vien (Park), 2B Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCM The Family Festival Kermesse 2011 will be held with sport activities, traditional games and many performances. In the festival, young children as well as adults will have fun with all the activities and traditional games from France and many interesting prizes for the winners. During the festival, there are many performances such as Dancing (with Capoeira demo from Dancenter), Circus show, concert, 2 lottery and many more! Also French and Vietnamese food served by experienced chefs will also be available for sale. All proceeds from the Family Festival will be donated to Poussieres de Vie organization. Poussières de Vie is charity organization established in 2003 to help street kids in Ho Chi Minh City and Kontum. We have approached and worked with more than 500 children from 6 to 18 years of age. We have taught these children Vietnamese, English and … [Read more...]

Musical man becomes the top Master of Ceremonies

A man from Ha Noi on Wednesday won this year's annual Master of Ceremonies (MC) competition after impressing the audience with his knowledge about music by famous composer Trinh Cong Son. Centre of attention : Master of Ceremonies Competition winner Tran Hanh Phuc on stage at HCM City's Television Studio. — VNS Photo Tran Hanh Phuc's confidence and intelligence during the final round impressed two members of the jury, People's Artist Hoang Dung and Meritorious Artist Lan Huong, who both work in the theatre. His performance also received support from the audience at HCM City Television's Studio. The 25-year-old man said he would try his best to become a professional TV host in the future. Nguyen Le To Loan of Vung Tau Province, a public relations officer, was the runner-up in the competition. Although she has a sweet voice, Loan lost confidence while talking to singer Kasim Hoang Vu, one of the contest's guests. Two contestants tied for third place, Mac Le Binh and … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 13/5

Capital shortage hinders anti-landslide projects HCMC has suspended construction of eight out of 10 anti-landslide projects this year due to capital shortage, according to the waterway management unit under the city's Transport Department. This is the result of this year's public investment reduction scheme in response to the Government's anti-inflation effort, said Tran The Ky, deputy director of the department. The two projects already underway began last year. As landslides around Thanh Da Peninsula are worsening in the lead up to the rainy season, the department has suggested the city government advance capital to build certain embankment sections in the area. The city had detected 45 landslide-prone locations as of last month, up three against last year, according to the unit's statistics. Most locations are in Nha Be, Can Gio, Binh Thanh and Thu Duc districts. Charges sought against 38 for stealing coal Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh have asked … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/1

Cheo Theatre stages traditional opera with a twist A new show combining Cheo (traditional opera) and Water Puppetry is currently being staged daily between 5.30 and 6.30pm at the Ha Noi Cheo Theatre, 15 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street. Entitled "Long Thanh Dien Xuong" or the Thang Long Citadel Singing Show, the act features folk dances, traditional opera, Xam singing (folk music performed by blind beggars), and Chau Van (chamber singing performed through trance rituals in honour of Mother goddesses), which are either illustrated through or mixed with Water Puppetry. VTV1 to broadcast documentary on Son Doong Cave A latest documentary on the biggest cave known in the world—Son Doong—located in the central province of Quang Binh, will be broadcast on VTV1 on February 14. The documentary will feature magnificent scenes from inside the cave that still carry ancient traces of animal and plant drawings, as well as of the people, who made the great contribution of discovering the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese celebrities join cultural week in Cyprus

(VOV) -Famous actress Truong Ngoc Anh and overseas Vietnamese actor Kim Ly is attending the Vietnam Cultural Week which is taking place in Cyprus from January 18 - 30. The event was part of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Cyprus diplomatic ties (1975-2015). Apart from a photography exhibition on Vietnam’s islands and sea, visitors to the cultural week also have a chance to watch a well-known movie Huong Ga (Perfume), in which Truong Ngoc Anh and Kim Ly are two main characters. On Jan. 19, Huong Ga film delegation and Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy and Cyprus Nguyen Hoang Long arrived in Nicosia capital for other activities in the framework of the Vietnam Cultural Week. Some photos of Truong Ngoc Anh and Kim Ly in Cyprus: … [Read more...]

Central Vietnam cities plan various activities to celebrate Lunar New Year

The erection of cay neu at the Hue imperial citadel NDO – Major tourism cities across central Vietnam have announced plans for a wide range of festive activities to welcome Tet, the Lunar New Year, scheduled to fall in mid-February. In Hue city, there is a ceremony on February 12 to erect cay neu – a tall tree used to dispel evil spirits – at the Imperial Ancestral Temple and Long An Palace inside the Hue imperial citadel. On February 19 and 20, visitors to the UNESCO-listed site will have the opportunity to watch the changing of the guard, royal music performances, games, dragon and lion dance and traditional martial arts. In the old town of Hoi An, the erection of cay neu will also take place at historical and cultural sites ahead of the Lunar New Year festival. Meanwhile at Song Hoai Square and Hoi An Sculpture Garden, a fireworks display is scheduled for Lunar New Year’s Eve and other activities such as calligraphy shows and boat races the … [Read more...]

Hoang Sa, Truong Sa exhibition attracts thousands of visitors

Over 9,000 people visited the six-day exhibition on historical and legal evidence proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, which was held in the central coastal of Binh Thuan from January 16-21. On display were 100 documents, books, newspapers, photos, posters, and maps, all declaring Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos. Co-organized by the Ministry of Information and Communication and Binh Thuan provincial People’s Committee, the exhibition aims to raise awareness, unity and a sense of responsibility of Vietnamese people in and outside the country, especially youngsters, in protecting sea and island sovereignty.-VNA … [Read more...]

Cultural festival to introduce Japanese traditional New Year

(VOV) -A cultural festival to welcome Japanese traditional New Year (Oshogatsu) will take place at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) on January 24. The non-profit event is held annually to reproduce Japan’s traditional Oshougatsu New Year Festival in Vietnam and promote cultural exchanges between the two countries. Participants will have chance to get better understanding on unique Japanese culture including customs, traditions, cuisine and traditional games. During the event, a wide array of activities such as music performance, photo exhibition, Yosakoi dances, and yukata (an informal, unlined kimono made of cotton) wearing will also be held. The programme is organised by the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies under HUST, and Japanese language club Hedspi Nichibu. … [Read more...]

VAIP Sets up ICT Institute for People

On July 31, 2013 in Hanoi, the Vietnam Association for Information Processing (VAIP) officially launched the Institute of Information and Communications Technology for People (ICT4P) located at 14 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Hoang Quoc Lap, Director of ICT4P, said, the VAIP-affiliated institute aims to attract and gather all domestic and foreign ICT organisations and individuals to participate in its activities, and raise the domestic and global prestige and position of VAIP and its member associations. The institute consults, appraises and criticises tasks, programmes and projects; takes part in ICT policymaking; conducts ICT science and technology researches; builds ICT solutions, in-depth technology and knowledge, and supplies ICT services. By 2015, the institute will cooperate with the relevant authorities (informatics centres, departments, ministries, and associations) to improve consulting, supervising, inspecting and … [Read more...]

Speech translation technology in the London 2012 Olympic

(VEN) - The research group of the Innovative Solutions of Advanced Research (iSolar) of the Institute of Information Technology of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology is urgently better speech translation technology for testing in the London 2012 Olympic Games held from July 27 to August 12. Users simply speak into the device and it will automatically translate Vietnamese into another language within one to two seconds with high accuracy. Vu Tat Thang from the research group talked about the device in an interview with Vietnam Economic News' reporter Quynh Nga.Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan (center) talks with Vu Tat Thang (right) from the research group of the Innovative Solutions of Advanced Research (iSolar) of the Institute of Information Technology of the Vietnam Academy of Science and TechnologyWhen was the ideal of speech translation technology formed? Speech translation technology enables people using different languages to communicate together. It has … [Read more...]

Comedian Thuy Nga’s husband to sue for defamation

Vietnamese American comedian Thuy Nga's husband has said he will sue her for defamation, alleging lies she has told about him and their marriage have seriously damaged his livelihood. Nguyen Van Nam, businessman husband of Nga, has sent a letter seeking clarification of allegedly slanderous and defamatory comments by Nga to various agencies, include the Ministry of Information and Communication, the HCM City Police and the HCM City People's Procuratorate. "She said I cheated her USD350,000, but she does not have any evidence related to the money," Nam said in the letter. Nguyen Van Nam He said Nga has no evidence that he used her name to borrow money from other people, and denied he was in hiding, as she alleged, but was living openly in HCM City. Nam said Nga pursued him, and they had a daughter. But Nga secretly registered a marriage with a Vietnamese American man and let their daughter take the man's surname so they could become US citizens. Nam alleges Nga's actions severely … [Read more...]

Central Vietnam cities plan various activities to celebrate Lunar New Year

The erection of cay neu at the Hue imperial citadel NDO – Major tourism cities across central Vietnam have announced plans for a wide range of festive activities to welcome Tet, the Lunar New Year, scheduled to fall in mid-February. In Hue city, there is a ceremony on February 12 to erect cay neu – a tall tree used to dispel evil spirits – at the Imperial Ancestral Temple and Long An Palace inside the Hue imperial citadel. On February 19 and 20, visitors to the UNESCO-listed site will have the opportunity to watch the changing of the guard, royal music performances, games, dragon and lion dance and traditional martial arts. In the old town of Hoi An, the erection of cay neu will also take place at historical and cultural sites ahead of the Lunar New Year festival. Meanwhile at Song Hoai Square and Hoi An Sculpture Garden, a fireworks display is scheduled for Lunar New Year’s Eve and other activities such as calligraphy shows and boat races the … [Read more...]

Campaign targets to collect 15,000 blood units

Photo: me.zing.vn PANO – The blood donation campaign, "Red Sunday", will be launched at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology on January 25th, according to a press conference on January 20th. The event, co-organized by the Tien Phong Newspaper, National Traffic Safety Committee, Management Department of Diagnosis and Treatment under the Ministry of Health, and National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, is held in 18 provinces and cities across the country. The organizing panel targets to collect about 15,000 blood units to meet the blood demand for emergency and treatment in hospitals during the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Besides, the organizers will pay visits and present gifts to patients in Hanoi and some localities. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Cultural festival to introduce Japanese traditional New Year

(VOV) -A cultural festival to welcome Japanese traditional New Year (Oshogatsu) will take place at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) on January 24. The non-profit event is held annually to reproduce Japan’s traditional Oshougatsu New Year Festival in Vietnam and promote cultural exchanges between the two countries. Participants will have chance to get better understanding on unique Japanese culture including customs, traditions, cuisine and traditional games. During the event, a wide array of activities such as music performance, photo exhibition, Yosakoi dances, and yukata (an informal, unlined kimono made of cotton) wearing will also be held. The programme is organised by the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies under HUST, and Japanese language club Hedspi Nichibu. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 20-31 (daily updated)

Symphony Concert with Spanish Conductor David Gómez Ramírez Fri 30 Jan 2015, 8 pm Vietnam National Academy of Music 77 Hao Nam, Hanoi You are invited to a symphony concert with: Conductor: David Gómez Ramírez Piano Soloist: Vu Ngoc Linh and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra Program L.V. Beethoven Overture Egmont P.I. Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1 for piano and orchestra Interval F. Mendelssohn Syphony No.3 About Conductor David Gómez Ramírez David Gómez Ramírez is one of the most promising young conductor and composer in Spain. He has been director of the Lira Saguntina Symphony Orchestra in Valencia, as well as director of the Conservatory of Music "Joaquin Rodrigo" in Sagunto, Valencia since 2007. He has been the resident conductor in Seville and Coutances (France) Orchestre. During the past seven years, he has conducted all the major Spanish orchestras and he appears as a guest conductor in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal, The Netherlands, in Asia and in South … [Read more...]