Art & Entertainment News 30/1

Hoi An to host fourth Vietnam International Choir Competition Hoi An has again been chosen by Interkultur (Germany) to host the 4th Viet Nam International Choir Competition. The competition will take place over five days from April 29 with 1,500 artists from 15 countries and territories — Australia, Finland, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand , and Viet Nam – taking part. Besides the contest at the Hoi An Beach Resort, there will be a street music performance in the ancient town on April 30 and May 1. There will also be an event on May 2 in which Hoi An will be decked up in early 20th century style and Quang Nam food will be served. Photo show fetes VN-Hungary ties Night in Budapest, a photograph by Janos Devcsics. A photo exhibition showcasing scenes from Viet Nam and Hungary took place yesterday in Ha Noi. Entitled Friendship Erases Distance, the exhibition displayed 24 colour … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends the 39th international book fair in India

(Cinet)- The 39th International Book Fair opened on January 28 in Kolkata city, West Bengal (India), with the participation of more than 700 publishers and writers from more than 30 countries around the world. Vietnam’s participation at the event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in India in conjunction with the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee (IVSC) in West Bengal. Nearly 150 Vietnamese books in both English and Hindi are on display at the event. Among the books are English versions of "Ho Chi Minh: Vi cuu tinh cua hoa binh, doc lap va hanh phuc" (Ho Chi Minh: Saviour of peace, independence and happiness), "Dai tuong Vo Nguyen Giap" (General Vo Nguyen Giap), "Duong mon Ho Chi Minh" (Ho Chi Minh Trail) and "Nhung dau an van hoa An Do tai Viet Nam" (India’s cultural hallmarks in Vietnam) along with Hindi editions of "Nhat ky trong tu" (Prison Diary) and "Ho Chi Minh’s Biography". Notably, IVSC President Geetesh Sharma debuted his book on the comparable … [Read more...]

RoK national praised for cultural exchange activities

Illustrative photo. (Photo: crossed-flag-pins.com) Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong presented the insignia "For Peace and Friendship among Nations" to Hwang Geum-Chu, Chairman of the Republic of Korea- Vietnam Cultural Exchange Association in Hanoi on January 29. The decoration recognised the Korean national’s contributions to boosting cooperation between the RoK and Vietnam via cultural exchange activities. In recent years, Hwang Geum-Chu has supported the organisation of academic workshops on "Nhat ky trong tu" (President Ho Chi Minh’s Prison Diary), Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, and an international workshop on poet Nguyen Du and Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kieu). He has given assistance to Vietnamese brides and students who are living and studying in the RoK. Speaking at the event, VUFO Chairman underscored that Hwang Geum-Chu’s contributions have brought … [Read more...]

Vietnam featured at international book fair in India

IVSC President Geetesh Sharma (third from left) debuts his book on the comparable liberation wars in Vietnam and Kolkata city (Photo: VNA) Nearly 150 Vietnamese books in both English and Hindi are on display at the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, India. Vietnam’s participation at the event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in India in conjunction with the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee (IVSC) in West Bengal. Among the books are English versions of "Ho Chi Minh: Vi cuu tinh cua hoa binh, doc lap va hanh phuc" (Ho Chi Minh: Saviour of peace, independence and happiness), "Dai tuong Vo Nguyen Giap" (General Vo Nguyen Giap), "Duong mon Ho Chi Minh" (Ho Chi Minh Trail) and "Nhung dau an van hoa An Do tai Viet Nam" (India’s cultural hallmarks in Vietnam) along with Hindi editions of "Nhat ky trong tu" (Prison Diary) and "Ho Chi Minh’s Biography". Notably, IVSC President Geetesh Sharma debuted his book on the … [Read more...]

Vietnam literature reaches out to faraway places

(VOV) - Vietnamese literature shined brightly in the spotlight at the opening of the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair in India, one of the world’s three largest international book fairs. This year's Boi Mela (Kolkata Book Fair) runs from January 28-February 8 and writers and bibliophiles from all corners of India and the globe have descended on the city with approximately 1.5 million in attendance at the opening. Speaking at the event, Vietnam Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh said he hoped that Vietnamese books and literature would be introduced to readers through all the exchanges and events taking place at the fair. On behalf of the nation, I would like to say that we are very happy that Vietnam can take part in the journey, he added. The Vietnamese bookstalls are showcasing in excess of 150 books that have been translated into English. The books tell the story of late President Ho Chi Minh, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, and Vietnam-India … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s top ten cultural events of 2013

Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper has chosen its list of the top ten cultural events in 2013. 1. A meeting was held in Hanoi on August 8 to review 15 years of implementation of the fifth resolution of the Party Central Committee, eighth tenure on building an advanced Vietnamese culture imbued with national identity. Vietnam has made significant achievements in building and developing the national culture over the past 15 years, which is reflected by expanded international cultural co-operation, comprehensively developed cultural resources and the expansion of the Party guidelines on culture in social life. The Party and State always pay special attention to cultural development, considering it an important factor that contributes significantly to the success of the national revolutionary cause. 2. Various activities were held across the country to mark the 70th anniversary of Nhat Ky Trong Tu (Prison Diary), a collection of poetry by President Ho Chi Minh. The collection comprises … [Read more...]

Exhibition “Calligraphic paintings of Uncle Ho’s poems”

The Hanoitimes - President Ho Chi Minh's poems written in Chinese have been transcribed in calligraphic style and exhibited at the Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group's Center in Ha Noi.A calligraphy exhibition of President Ho Chi Minh's poems in Chinese script opened in Ha Noi o­n May 13 to mark the 123rd birthday of the nation founder (1890-2013).As many as 123 calligraphic works o­n display represent excerpts from the Vietnamese-Chinese 'Ho Chi Minh Poetry and Literature' collection, published by the People's Army Publishing House in 2008.The verses feature 28 calligraphers from the Ha Noi Young Calligraphers' Association together with scholars and researchers o­n Han (ancient Chinese characters) and Nom (a demotic script based o­n Chinese characters formerly used to write Vietnamese).President Ho Chi Minh contributed 170 poems in Chinese script to the Vietnamese literature, including 133 from his famous 'Nhat Ky Trong Tu' (Prison Diary) collection.The calligraphic paintings of President Ho … [Read more...]

Calligraphy exhibition extols Uncle Ho’s poetry legacy

At the exhibition Nhan Dan Online - A calligraphy exhibition of President Ho Chi Minh's poems in Chinese script opened in Hanoi on May 13 to mark the 123rd birthday of the national beloved leader (1890-2013). As many as 123 calligraphic works on display represent excerpts from the Vietnamese-Chinese 'Ho Chi Minh Poetry and Literature' collection, published by the People's Army Publishing House in 2008.The verses feature 28 calligraphers from the Hanoi Young Calligraphers' Association together with scholars and researchers on Han (ancient Chinese characters) and Nom (a demotic script based on Chinese characters formerly used to write Vietnamese).President Ho Chi Minh contributed 170 poems in Chinese script to the Vietnamese literature, including 133 from his famous 'Nhat Ky Trong Tu' (Prison Diary) collection. After the exhibition closes on May 16, all of the exhibits are going to be presented to the Ho Chi Minh Museum. … [Read more...]

President Ho’s prison diary introduced in Cuba

(Cinet)- The Cuban Book Institute held a ceremony in Havana on May 11 to introduce the late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh's "Nhat Ky Trong Tu" (Prison Diary) published in Spanish by the Coleccióndel Sur Publishing House. The Spanish version of the "Prison Diary" was translated by famous Cuban poet Felix Pita Rodriguez and published in Cuba for the first time in 1960. It helps Cuban readers understand more President Ho Chi Minh's personality and Vietnam's culture. Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cuba Vu Chi Cong expressed his thanks to the Cuban Book Institute for its introduction of this special work in the context that Vietnam is celebrating the President's 123 rd birthday anniversary (May 19). He affirmed that the work acts as a cultural bridge and helps consolidate the two countries' traditional friendship. The collection of poems was written during 12 months between 1942 and 1943 when President Ho Chi Minh was imprisoned in neighbouring China 's Guangxi … [Read more...]

More maps prove Hoang Sa, Truong Sa of Vietnam

The Vietnam National Museum of History receiving the map proving Hoang Sa, Truong Sa of Vietnam from collector Tran Manh Tuan ( Image: danviet.vn ) The Vietnam National Museum of History on February 1 received more valuable documents proving Vietnam 's sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. The documents, including 23 maps of all types and 10 documents in English and Japanese, were donated by private collector Tran Manh Tuan, who used to serve in the border guard force. Tuan said he hopes that the maps and documents will partly help strengthen public awareness of Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes. A museum representative said Tuan's collected maps and documents are valuable to contributing to confirming the country's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes. The maps and documents will be introduced to the public in the coming time. On the day, the museum announced 11 national treasures it is keeping under the … [Read more...]

South Korean calligraphy goes on display in Hanoi

The Hanoitimes - As many as 45 calligraphy works by 24 leading South Korean artists celebrating the prison diary of late President Ho Chi Minh are o­n display at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in downtown Hanoi. The event is o­ne of a series of cultural activities marking the Vietnam - South Korea Friendship Year and the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.The works o­n display feature poems from the diary - titled Nhat Ky Trong Tu in Vietnamese - along with sketches illustrating Ho Chi Minh's time in prison. Much of the poetry demonstrates his patriotism, determination and aspiration for freedom and an independent nation and is written in the Chinese language as it was created while he was imprisoned in China by the Chiang Kai-shek Administration between August 1942 and September 1943.In the past 50 years, the diary has been translated into various languages and inspired both domestic and foreign artists in different fields. In 2000, it was translated into Korean and … [Read more...]

Letters pay tribute to Uncle Ho

HA NOI (VNS)- As many as 45 calligraphy works by 24 leading South Korean artists celebrating the prison diary of late President Ho Chi Minh are on display at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in downtown Ha Noi. Visitors read calligraphy works featuring poems written by President Ho Chi Minh between 1942-43.—VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc The event is one of a series of cultural activities marking the Viet Nam - South Korea Friendship Year and the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The works on display feature poems from the diary - titled Nhat Ky Trong Tu in Vietnamese - along with sketches illustrating Ho Chi Minh's time in prison. Much of the poetry demonstrates his patriotism, determination and aspiration for freedom and an independent nation and is written in the Chinese language as it was created while he was imprisoned in China by the Chiang Kai-shek Administration between August 1942 and September 1943. In the past 50 years, the diary has been translated into … [Read more...]

South Korean calligraphy goes on display in Ha Noi

HA NOI (VNS)- As many as 45 calligraphy works by 24 leading South Korean artists celebrating the prison diary of late President Ho Chi Minh are on display at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in downtown Ha Noi. The event is one of a series of cultural activities marking the Viet Nam - South Korea Friendship Year and the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The works on display feature poems from the diary - titled Nhat Ky Trong Tu in Vietnamese - along with sketches illustrating Ho Chi Minh's time in prison. Much of the poetry demonstrates his patriotism, determination and aspiration for freedom and an independent nation and is written in the Chinese language as it was created while he was imprisoned in China by the Chiang Kai - shek Administration between August 1942 and September 1943. In the past 50 years, the diary has been translated into various languages and inspired both domestic and foreign artists in different fields. In 2000, it was translated into … [Read more...]

Exhibition to display President Ho’s Prison Diary in Korean script

Visitors to an exhibition of President Ho's Prison Diary in Korean script in Ho Chi Minh city in 2010 ( Image: sggp.org.vn ) Nhan Dan - An exhibition displaying President Ho Chi Minh's poem collection 'Nhat Ky Trong Tu' (Prison Diary) in Korean calligraphy will open at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, from December 20-28. Nearly 50 works by 25 RoK calligraphers will be on show, highlighting the content and the spirit imbued in Uncle Ho's poems while showing the artists' respect and admiration of the great President. The exhibition will then travel to Ho Chi Minh City in mid December and to Phu Tho province in March 2013. The event has toured nine cities in the RoK since 2009 and was organised in four major cities in Vietnam including Hanoi, Vinh, Hue and Ho Chi Minh cities during 2010, marking President Ho Chi Minh's 120th birthday. The event, co-organised by the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the RoK-Vietnam Fine Arts Exchange Association, aims to mark the Vietnam-Republic of Korea … [Read more...]

Korean calligraphers commemorate Ho Chi Minh’s birthday

A display of works by Korean calligraphers featuring excerpts from late President Ho Chi Minh's famous collection of poems, "Prison Diary," opened in Hanoi on Monday. Calligraphic works on display at the Korean Culture Center in Hanoi The event at the Korean Culture Center, 49 Nguyen Du Street, commemorates the 122nd birthday of Ho Chi Minh (May 19) and 20 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Republic of Korea. The exhibition, which ends on May 31, features 45 Korean translations of Ho Chi Minh's poems created by 23 calligraphers from provinces of Gwangju and Jeollanam-do and three from Vietnam. Nhat Ky Trong Tu (Prison Diary) is a collection of more than 100 poems which Uncle Ho wrote in Chinese script after he was arrested by the Chang Kai-shek regime and held in 18 prisons in Guangxi, China from August 1942 to September 1943. The calligraphic works showcase the respect and love of Korean calligraphers in particular, and the Korean people in … [Read more...]

National treasures recognised

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam has recognised a number of valuable items as national treasures after the Prime Minister approved a list of 30 individual and groups of objects representing historic regions and eras in the nation's past. Hue to go: The Nine Tripod Cauldrons of the Nguyen dynasty at Hue's Imperial Citadel are among the objects now listed as national treasures. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Viet The treasures include antiques from the Dong Son Culture (700-100 BC) such as the bronze drums Ngoc Lu and Hoang Ha, and artefacts from the Tran dynasty (1226-1400). They are currently kept at the National History Museum of Viet Nam. Various historic documents have also been declared treasures, with several writings of the late President Ho Chi Minh making the list, including Duong Cach Menh (Revolutionary Road), Nhat Ky Trong Tu (Diary in Prison), a draft of The Call to All People to Join Resistance War and the original manuscript of his Testament made public in September 1969. Some … [Read more...]

August 29 in History

1526 In the Turkish-Hungarian War, 30,000 Hungarians under King Lewis and Tomore are defeated by over 100,000 Turks under Suleiman at the Battle of Mohacs, beginning 150 years of Turkish occupation. 1842 The Treaty of Nanking is signed between the British and Chinese, ending the first Opium War. The treaty confirmed the ceding of Hong Kong Island to Britain. 1885 The first motorcycle is patented, built by Gottlied Daimler in Germany. 1942 Ho Chi Minh is arrested by the Chinese Chiang Kai-shek government on his way from Viet Nam's northern Cao Bang Province to Suyong, Guangxi Province. He was detained for 13 months in over 30 prisons in Guangxi. It was during that period that he wrote the famous Nhat Ky Trong Tu (Prison Diary). 1949 The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb. 1975 Inauguration of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ha Noi. 1988 Death of Luu Quang Vu (born 1948), Vietnamese poet and playwright. He … [Read more...]

Calligraphy works based on Diary in Prison poetry on show

HA NOI - A calligraphy exhibition featuring Nhat Ky Trong Tu (Diary in Prison) poetry by President Ho Chi Minh opened its doors to the public in Ha Noi yesterday. Showcasing 45 calligraphy works created by 23 South Korean and three Vietnamese artists, the display is intended to celebrate the 122nd birthday of the President on May 19, and the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and South Korea. Nhat Ky Trong Tu was written during a 12 month stint behind bars between 1942 and 1943 when Ho Chi Minh was imprisoned by the Chinese nationalist Chiang Kai Shek army in Guanxi Province. President Ho used his incarceration to polish his skills as a revolutionary poet, and produced 50 verses which were compiled into his most enduring literary work. The collection embodies the universal appeal of Ho Chi Minh's rational, romantic and conscientious poetry. In the last 50 years, Nhat Ky Trong Tu has been translated into many languages and become an inspiration for many … [Read more...]

S Korea honours President Ho

HA NOI — Nhat Ky Trong Tu (Diary in Prison) poetry, written by President Ho Chi Minh, are on display in South Korea as calligraphic works. Regional respect: Visitors learn about the calligraphic works depicting Nhat Ky Trong Tu (Diary in Prison) poetry by President Ho Chi Minh on display in South Korea._VNA/VNS photo Anh Nguyen The exhibition opened at the Suncheon National University Museum in South Jeolla Province on Monday to celebrate the president's 122nd birthday and 20 years since the day Viet Nam and South Korea set up diplomatic relations. Through 45 calligraphic works by 23 Korean artists, local students and people will have the chance to learn more about President Ho, a great leader and World Cultural Celebrity, said Song Yeong-mo, principal of the university. Nhat Ky Trong Tu was translated into Korean for the first time in 2003. Scholars spent much time researching Ho Chi Minh and translating documents about him, said Tran Trong Toan, Vietnamese ambassador to … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 7/3

Vietnamese war novel published in Iran The Farsi version of "Noi buon chien tranh" (The Sorrow of War), a novel by writer Bao Ninh, has been released in Iran. This is the first Vietnamese novel to be translated into the Farsi language, with 2,000 copies published by Iran's Ofoq private publishing house. Some Vietnamese books published in Farsi are President Ho Chi Minh's "Nhat Ky Trong Tu" (Prison Diary) and General Vo Nguyen Giap's "Hoi Ky ve Dien Bien Phu" (Memoirs of Dien Bien Phu). Nguyen Du's "Truyen Kieu" (Kieu's Story) is being translated by former Iranian Ambassador to Vietnam Seyed Kamal Sajjadi. In 1994, the English version of "The Sorrow of War" translated by Phan Thanh Hao was published. "The Sorrow of War" features an infantry soldier from Hanoi. With his youth and pains of adolescent love during the bloody battles of the war, and then his attempts, as a struggling writer in postwar Hanoi, to come to grips with the savageries he has witnessed, to make sense of death, love, … [Read more...]