Art & Entertainment News 2/2

Vietnam Map decorated from 200 Nhat Tan peach trees Da Nang authority said on the occasion of Tet holidays, local people and tourists will have opportunity to enjoy the flower road 2015 which invested over VND 5billion and set up on the west bank of the Han River. Besides, they will be contemplating Vietnam map which is decorated from 200 Nhat Tan Peach trees. This special Vietnam map is carried out and invested by DHC Investment Corporation; it is located on the east bank of the Han River, nearby Dragon Bridge. Danang to host 7th int’l firework competition The 7th Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) 2015 will take place in the central city on April 28-29, the municipal People’s Committee announced on January 30. Themed "Danang – A symphony of Colours", the event is expected to feature spectacular performances by five teams from the US, South Africa, Australia, Poland and the host Vietnam , who won numerous awards at other international fireworks … [Read more...]

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: 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...]

Social News 22/12

Six fishermen rescued from sinking ship Two fishing boats from Quang Tri Province rescued six fishermen from Da Nang off the coast of Thua Thien – Hue Province yesterday, as well as towed their sinking ship. The Da Nang's Coastal Information Radio Station said yesterday that the fishing boat, DNA 90388TS, was half submerged in the waters off Thua Thien Hue Province on Saturday. As soon as receiving an SOS reporting the sinking ship, the fishing trawler QT 90099 TS rescued the six fishermen, before another boat, QT 90255 TS, towed the sinking ship to port. Education Ministry prohibits smoking, alcohol drinking in schools Education Minister on Thursday issued a directive to ban smoking and drinking in educational facilities. The directive said that tobacco-use is prohibited in premises of university, institute, and education management facilities as well as preschools, senior and junior high schools, IT and language teaching centers. The minister also asked colleges to add … [Read more...]

Hanoi Today

Large avenues and roads More than ten years ago, Hanoi residents were so familiar with the small streets, lanes and short streets, which were laid out in an order similar to a chessboard, that they knew them like their palms. But now nobody can say he/she knows all the roads and streets in Hanoi because the streets are much different than before. With the exception of the old quarter in the centre of the city, a large transport system has been built. All of the new roads are large and beautiful, such Thang Long Avenue, Nguyen Chi Thanh, Le Van Luong, Pham Hung and Khuat Duy Tien Roads and Bac Linh Dam - Mai Dich Highway. Seen from above, especially at night, the new roads in Hanoi look like a sparkling river of light running through the heart of the city. In the near future Hanoi will have a system of overhead railways. At that time, city residents and visitors will have a new pastime of exploring the thousand-year-old Hanoi from different angles. Ever-developing Hanoi has a new … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 20-31 (daily updated)

Subscription Concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" 30 and 31 Oct 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to a subscription concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" with the performance of: Conductor: Olivier Leo Schmidt Piano Soloist: Dao Trong Tuyen And the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra Program Suite for Symphonic Orchestra World Premiere Eight Symphonic pieces from Vietnamese folk song Piano Concerto a-minor Op.54 Vietnam Premiere Symphony No.3 Eb major Op.97 "Rhenish" Vietnam Premiere Tickets Ticket prices: 200000, 350000, 500000 VND. All tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or can book online at For free delivery Call: 0913489858, 0983067996. Screening of Film "Une Pure Affaire" Fri 31 Oct 2014, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the film screening Une Pure Affaire (France, 2010, 88 mins) directed by Alexandre Coffre. "An impressive and well written comedy starred by François Damien, a not-to-be-missed comedian at … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/8

Disney show makes historic debut in HCMC As a sign that Vietnam is becoming more appealing for international tours of all kinds, local audiences will be able to enjoy a visit from some of the most famous cartoon characters on the planet next month. Master Magician Mickey Mouse and his ever-present sidekick Minnie Mouse join forces with professional illusionist Michael Barron for a magical production on stage. Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic Show featuring grand illusions and favorite Disney characters, including Donald Duck and Goofy; Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother; Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter; and beloved Disney princesses Jasmine, Belle and Snow White. This marks the production's first-ever stop in Vietnam. "It took over one year to secure the contract," said Tanya Trang Johnston, co-founder of District Music 360, the event's local promoter. From the breathtaking levitation of Minnie and Jasmine to the transformation of Cinderella's rags into riches in a split … [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...]

Art & Entertainment News 1/8

Vietnam wins four Green Good Design Awards in USA The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies have presented renowned architect Vo Trong Nghia four Green Good Design Awards for preeminent works. The four masterpieces - Kon Tum Indochine Café, Binh Thanh House, Stone House, and Dailai Conference Hall - have been selected for the prestigious accolades from hundreds of entries from around the world. "Binh Thanh house" is composed of two different spaces positioned alternately and features pattern blocks, which used to be a popular shading device in Vietnam to get natural ventilation. Made of pre-cast concrete, the blocks not only keep out harsh sunlight and heavy rain but also enhance the house owners' sense of privacy and safety. "Kontum Indochine Café," is designed as part of a hotel complex along the Dakbla River in Kon Tum City in the Central Highlands. The edifice boasts a main building with a large horizontal roof in bamboo … [Read more...]

Social News 22/7

Ha Noi hospital opens new building The Ha Noi Department of Health, yesterday, inaugurated a new seven-level building, constructed under a project to upgrade Duc Giang General Hospital for VND861 billion (US$41 million). The building, with a capacity of 500 beds, will be used for the purposes of examination, outpatient treatment, emergency treatment and administration. The second part of the upgrade project, which includes the construction of another building and other facilities, will be started soon and is expected to be completed by the end of next year. Duc Giang General Hospital is now one of the five leading general hospitals in the city. It is the first one to apply the Building Management System (BMS) method that controls and monitors the building's mechanical and electrical equipment. Vietjet disciplines staff over landing error Vietjet Air has sacked a flight coordinator and disciplined several crew members who were responsible for the high-profile wrong landing … [Read more...]

Social News 13/7

Transport Minister agrees to speed up airport expanding in Thanh Hoa Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has approved a proposal to speed up a project to broaden Tho Xuan Airport in central province of Thanh Hoa. Minister Thang instructed Airport Corporation of Vietnam to complete the airport design before July 15 to start construction by October. It is expected to complete by the end of the next year. Tho Xuan Airport opened in February last year has seen rapid growth rate, reaching 40 percent in the first half this year. The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines is exploiting HCMC-Thanh Hoa route with 12 flights per week. The company plans to increase the number to 14 in September and open new flights from Thanh Hoa to Da Nang City and Buon Ma Thuot City. The low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific has seven flights per week between HCMC and Thanh Hoa. Company dumps medicine in field Ha Noi Police, on Wednesday, said that about 2,000 boxes containing medicinal drugs that were found … [Read more...]

Firm evidence proves Vietnam’s sovereignty over archipelagoes

Hanoi, June 10 (VNA) - China's recent unilateral acts in the East Sea, particularly its illegal placement of the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty and international law, threatening peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea. To vindicate its wrong actions, China claims to have evidence proving its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, which belong to Vietnam. In this article, the Vietnam News Agency provides readers with historical and legal evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over the two archipelagoes as well as the true nature of China's so-called 'proof'. Legal historical evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes Due to many reasons, such as historical circumstances, wars and poor preservation conditions, many historical documents relating to Vietnam's Hoang Sa and Truong Sa … [Read more...]

Vietnam cinema to screen in Paris next week

VietNamNet Bridge - Cinematheque Francaise will hold a program highlighting an overview of Vietnam's cinema in Paris from June 11 to 27. A scene in "Mua oi" (guava season) movie by director Dang Nhat Minh. As part of the Vietnam Year in France, the program will feature 36 movies and documentaries, with 31 of them directed by 24 locals. The movie "Mua oi" (guava season) will open the event with the presence of director Dang Nhat Minh. The event will screen works by many generations of Vietnam's directors, including "Chom va Sa" (Chom and Sa) by Pham Ky Nam, "Canh dong hoang" (wild rice field) by Hong Sen, "Chi Dau" by Pham Van Khoa, "Dat thuoc ve ai" (to whom the land belongs) by Doan Hong Le, "Trong hay ngoai tay em" (In or out of my hands) by Tran Phuong Thao and "Chuyen di cuoi cung cua chi Phung" (the last trip of Mrs. Phung) by Nguyen Thi Tham. A highlight of the event is a screening session for the movie "Hai the gioi" (two worlds) made in France in 1953 by Pham Van Nhan. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 7/5

Dengue fever threat in Ha Noi The dengue fever is likely to break out again in the capital city unless appropriate preventive measures are taken, health experts warned at a workshop yesterday. Director of the Ha Noi Health Department Nguyen Nhat Cam said the number of dengue fever patients in the Central Region and Central Highlands declined in the first four months of this year compared to the same period last year. However, the figures have been rising in southern and northern regions in the past few weeks. Most northern cases were centred around Ha Noi, which had 52 per cent of victims. The city has recorded 37 cases of dengue fever so far this year. The municipal health department is building plans to control the outbreak, including providing training for medical workers at 30 key communes and wards at high risk. Cam also warned of a possible outbreak of hand-foot-mouth disease in children as the warmer weather progressed. Search begins for man missing at … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 22/4

Vietnam seeks ways for overseas nationals to maintain nationality Vietnamese authorities are looking for ways to help millions of overseas Vietnamese maintain their nationality as the deadline for the regulation approaches, said a spokesman for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In accordance with the Nationality Law 2008, overseas Vietnamese who do not have valid Vietnamese passports, or who had Vietnamese nationality before the law took effect on July 1, 2009, must re-register with Vietnamese agencies in the country where they reside in order to maintain their citizenship. The deadline for re-regislation was set for July 1 of this year. However, only around 6,000 out of the total 4.5 million overseas Vietnamese have completed so far. The figure is much lower than was expected. "Relevant authorities are checking into the issues related to the procedures before working out the best solution to ensure the legal rights and benefits for overseas Vietnamese communities," … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 22/3

VN women feature in film festival About 10 Vietnamese filmmakers have been honoured at the 36th Creteil International Women's Film Festival in Paris. The filmmakers including veterans Viet Linh, Siu Pham and Nguyen Trinh Thi, and emerging ones such as Truong Que Chi and Nguyen Hoang Diep. The 77-minute film Homostratus by Siu Pham and Jean-Luc Mello is a joint submission by Viet Nam and Switzerland in the long fiction feature category. Film screenings and discussions are being held on the sidelines of the festival. Prominent Vietnamese film director Viet Linh will bring her film Chung Cu (Living Quarter). The film was entered into the 21st Moscow International Film Festival in 1999. Linh's films have been screened in France, the United States and Australia. Established in 1979, the Creteil International Women's Film Festival is an annual event held in Creteil, Paris, which showcases the talents of female directors. Author reprints inspiring … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 18/2

Paris fashion academy backs TV show Project Runway This year, "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" program has decided to cooperate with Atelier Chardon Savard Fashion Academy - one of the leading fashion institutes in Paris, aiming to improve its professional quality. Accordingly, top three contestants of "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" will have the opportunity to go to Paris to practise and work with the academy's fashion gurus to create the final collections for the Project Runway finale. In addition, the competition winner  will be awarded a scholarship to train at Atelier Chardon Savard academy with VND200 million in cash from the leading fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar.  "We are very excited and pleased to be given the opportunity to work  with Project Runway Vietnam this year," said Dominique Chardon Savard, Headmaster of the leading Paris fashion academy. "I hope that the cooperation will help young Vietnamese designers gain experience and skills as well as proving … [Read more...]