Art & Entertainment News Headlines 15/3

Vietnam's museums to display artifacts in New York Five museums in Vietnam will lend a total of 15 artifacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the US, for an exhibition on Hindu- Buddhist sculpture of early Southeast Asia. At the permit of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum and the Cham Sculpture Museum in the central city of Danang will lend five objects each, while the museum of southern An Giang province is to send three artifacts. The two remaining exhibits will come from the HCM City Museum of Fine Arts and the museum of southern Dong Thap province. The Metropolitan museum will also hold the exhibition "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century" from April 14 to July 27. MPK opens photo exhibition in Hue Da Lat photographer MPK opened an exhibition of his works in Hue yesterday, luring crowds in the former capital city with his creativity. The theme of … [Read more...]

Book series celebrates Dien Bien Phu Victory

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Army Publishing House has released a collection of five books to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the battle of Dien Bien Phu (May 7) and 70th anniversary of the Viet Nam People's Army (December 22). Among them are Ky Niem 60 Nam Chien Thang Dien Bien Phu (60th Anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory), Hoc Tap va Lam Theo Tam Guong Dao Duc Ho Chi Minh (Learning and Following Ho Chi Minh's Morals), Chu Quyen Bien Dao Viet Nam (Viet Nam's Sea and Island Sovereignty), and Tuong Linh Quan Doi Nhan Dan Viet Nam (Generals of the Viet Nam People's Army). They feature documentaries and reports by generals and soldiers who played a role in the country's revolution. Tuong Linh Quan Doi Nhan Dan Viet Nam is a collection of six books featuring military giants such as Vo Nguyen Giap, Nguyen Chi Thanh, Van Tien Dung, Le Trong Tan, Hoang Van Thai and Dong Si Nguyen. The generals and their military careers are closely intertwined with the historical victories of … [Read more...]

15 Vietnamese cultural and historical objects to be displayed in US

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has allowed five Vietnamese museums to send objects for exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York, US. The objects will be transported from March 13 and returned to Vietnam by August 25. Accordingly, the Ho Chi Minh city History Museum and the Cham Sculpture Museum in the central city of Da Nang will lend five objects each, while the museum of southern An Giang province is to send three artifacts. The two remaining exhibits will come from the Ho Chi Minh city Museum of Fine Arts and the museum of southern Dong Thap province. The Vietnamese museums will be responsible to coordinate with the Metropolitan Museum of Arts for object exhibition according to the agreement signed between Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Metropolitan Museum of Arts on the exhibition, titled "Lost Kingdoms of Early Southeast Asia: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century" from April 14 to July … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s museums to display artifacts in New York

Five museums in Vietnam will lend a total of 15 artifacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the US, for an exhibition on Hindu- Buddhist sculpture of early Southeast Asia. At the permit of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum and the Cham Sculpture Museum in the central city of Da Nang will lend five objects each, while the museum of southern An Giang province is to send three artifacts. The two remaining exhibits will come from the HCM City Museum of Fine Arts and the museum of southern Dong Thap province. The Metropolitan museum will hold the exhibition "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century" from April 14 to July 27.-VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnamese bartenders to compete in regional contest

HA NOI (VNS) — Four Vietnamese bartenders have been selected to compete at the Diageo Reserve World Class 2014 Southeast Asia bartenders contest, to be held in Singapore between May 15 and 16. The bartenders are Le Thanh Tung from Chilly Sky Bar in Saigon, Luu Tran The Vinh from Bon Bon Restaurant in Saigon, Nguyen Ngoc Quyen from Park Hyatt in Saigon and Nguyen Thanh Luan from the Rooftop Bar in Ha Noi. They defeated nearly 200 other bartenders from across the country at the Diageo Reserve World Class Vietnam 2014 contest. The one who emerges as the best of these four contenders at the Southeast Asia contest will get the title of The Best Bartender of Viet Nam, and will represent the country at the final contest between 50 of the world's best bartenders, to be held in the UK in August. — VNS … [Read more...]

New York party of the year kowtows to China

China's march towards global ascendancy has taken another leap forward -- at least when it comes to New York high society and its most glittering fashion extravaganza, the Met Ball. AFP / by Jennie Matthew | Sarah Jessica Parker arrives for the Costume Institute Gala Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, on May 5, 2015 The city's party of the year, attended by A-list film stars, singers and models, the richest moguls and most feted fashion designers, has chosen China as the theme of its 2015 bash at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday. For Chinese actress Li Bingbing -- "so excited" to be going for the first time -- it shows that Western attitudes towards her country, for so long a communist bogeyman in the United States, are beginning to change. "Nowadays China is the hot topic," she told AFP in an interview at her luxury hotel before embarking on three hours of preparation with an army of assistants she acknowledges is needed to grace the red … [Read more...]

Islamic State says it destroyed ancient relics in Mosul museum

In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, a militant topples an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. The extremist group has destroyed a number of shrines --including Muslim holy sites -- in order to eliminate what it views as heresy. Islamist militants used sledgehammers and drills to smash ancient artifacts and statues in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, saying the relics were against the teachings of Islam, according to a video by Islamic State. The five-minute video, posted on websites used by the jihadist group, shows several bearded men inside what’s identified as the Mosul Museum, breaking up large sculptures. In another scene, a man drills through the statue of a winged bull, an Assyrian protective deity, that was almost 3,000 years old. The bull was destroyed four days ago, Layla Saleh, a former … [Read more...]

California company sues Taylor Swift over number 13

Country-pop diva Taylor Swift's fetish for the number 13 is being tested by a California clothing company in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in a greater Los Angeles court. Musician Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, May 5, 2014. (AFP/Dimitrios Kambouris) LOS ANGELES: Country-pop diva Taylor Swift's fetish for the number 13 is being tested by a California clothing company in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed on Tuesday in a greater Los Angeles court. Blue Sphere Inc. said it had been using Lucky 13 as a registered trademark for its line of 1950s-themed rock 'n' roll clothes and accessories for two decades before the phrase appeared in 2012 on official Taylor Swift merchandise. "While Swift's merchandising and licensing team obsessively focuses on the Swift brand, it ignores the intellectual property rights of others," the company alleged in a 28-page complaint filed at … [Read more...]

Vietnamese antiquities to be seen by New York public

Many Vietnamese Hindu and Buddhist antiquities, along with those from other Southeast Asian countries, will be displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city, the US, from April 14 to July 27. A Vietnamese antiquity to be displayed at the exhibition (Photo: VNA) Themed "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century", the international exhibition will be the first featuring the region's religious art at the museum. Curator of the museum's South and Southeast Asian art John Guy said most of the 160 sculptures to be displayed are made of stone, terracotta and bronze. A majority of the works have been lent by the governments of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar as well as the UK and France. The rest belongs to US museums. Many of the Vietnamese exhibits are valued as masterpieces, including a late seventh-century Avalokitesivara discovered in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam in the 1920s. Other highlights from the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s museums to display artifacts in New York

Five museums in Vietnam will lend a total of 15 artifacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the US, for an exhibition on Hindu- Buddhist sculpture of early Southeast Asia. At the permit of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum and the Cham Sculpture Museum in the central city of Da Nang will lend five objects each, while the museum of southern An Giang province is to send three artifacts. The two remaining exhibits will come from the HCM City Museum of Fine Arts and the museum of southern Dong Thap province. The Metropolitan museum will hold the exhibition "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century" from April 14 to July 27.-VNA … [Read more...]

Cham treasures from Vietnam museum off for New York showcase

A relief of Hindu creation god Brahma at Champa Sculpture Museum in Da Nang is one of five 'national treasures' set to travel to a New York museum for exhibition Five Champa relics from a Da Nang museum in central Vietnam have been borrowed for display at a US museum from the end of March until July. The Da Nang government has agreed to lend the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York all five Cham relics at the Champa Sculpture Museum for the purpose of researching the kingdom of Champa, news website VietNamNet reported. The kingdom ruled, with Hindu and Buddhist influences, over what is now central Vietnam from around the 7th century through to 1832. The relics include reliefs of a god, a half- goddess, and the Hindu creation god Brahma, as well as the statues of the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha and the Hindu supreme god Shiva - the destroyer. RELATED CONTENT Centuries on, Champa mystery enduresOf collectibles and collectors According to documents at the Da Nang museum, … [Read more...]

Illuminating culture by collecting it

The year was 1969, almost the peak of the Vietnam War. A young medical volunteer with a charity hospital in Da Nang had the opportunity to work with residents of the mountains, providing them with basic medical care. "I was just amazed. The people were just living such a different way of life," says Mark Rapoport, whose interest in Vietnamese tribes was piqued then, and has stayed strong since. Mark Rapoport probably owns the only gallery in Vietnam that focuses on artifacts from the country's ethnic tribes. The New York native now spends eleven months every year in Hanoi, looking after his 54 Traditions Gallery located at 30 Hang Bun Street, considered the only one in the country that focuses on the cultures of all the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Back in the 1990s, when Mark first returned to Hanoi, "there was literally only one store that sold minority things" in the capital. In 2001, he and his wife decided to make the capital home as he was working on a research grant to … [Read more...]

Making Dien Bien a Destination Well Worth Visiting

Dien Bien is home to much unique cultural heritage, with many such sites recognised as intangible heritages of the nation. Dien Bien also has Dien Bien Phu Battlefield where Vietnam’s victory against French invaders in 1954 shocked the world. In the past years, the province has introduced many policies to promote tourism development. Vietnam Business Forum interviewed Mr Doan Van Chi, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Dien Bien province. Binh Minh reports. Could you please introduce some of the remarkable results the tourism industry of Dien Bien province has achieved? What are the core factors producing these results? In 2014, the 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory affirmed the significance, magnitude and historical value of this victory and affirmed the judicious leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh, the spirit of national great unity, and the strength of the Vietnam People's Army. Celebratory events were organised with … [Read more...]

New features of Hai Duong Provincial Museum

Hai Duong Provincial Museum is efficiently performing its functions of study, collection, storage, preservation, display, and recording of provincial historical events. The provincial museum's exhibition themed "Viet Nam's sea and island sovereignty – Historical evidence" draws numerous viewers. Photo: Ngoc Hung The museum is storing more than 48,000 documents and objects containing much traditional cultural value of the Eastern land and people. Since 2014, the provincial museum has implemented breakthrough activities to bring newness and attraction to the public. Apart from topical subjects serving political tasks, the museum has also organized many cultural subjects and events to meet the needs of visitors, people, and pupils for sightseeing, study, and cultural enjoyment. Notably, the provincial museum successfully held an exhibition themed "Viet Nam's sea and island sovereignty – Historical evidence" in 2014. This was a practical and topical activity in a series of … [Read more...]

Notable events of the year

DTiNews has selected its hottest events in 2014 that attracted the most attention from readers in Vietnam. Tension on the East Sea Thousands of articles ran during the months China placed the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig in Vietnamese waters in May. People in many cities and provinces protested the incursion in sovereign waters. Several leaders in other countries also criticised China's move. The Prime Minister firmly stated Vietnam would not "exchange sovereignty for an illusory and dependent 'friendship'". The oil rig was removed in July. 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory In May, Dien Bien Phu Province celebrated the historic victory over France in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu led by General Vo Nguyen Giap in 1954. The victory forced the French colonial government to abandon its rule in Indochina and Ho Chi Minh declared independence in 1954. 70th anniversary of Vietnam People's Army Vietnam held a ceremony to mark 70 years of Vietnam People Army on December 22. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s top ten events in 2014

1. National Assembly passes several Laws, Resolutions to specify 2013 Constitution In 2014, the National Assembly adopted 29 Laws to fine-tune the legal system, and institutionalize the 2013 Constitution’s stipulations on the state apparatus, protecting and exercising human rights and citizens’ fundamental rights and obligations. The National Assembly also approved 13 Resolutions and revisions to the Resolution on conducting votes of confidence on officials elected and approved by the National Assembly and People’s Councils. The 8th session of the 13th National Assembly 2. Inflation controlled, macro-economy connected with economic restructuring, investment environment improved, and strategic breakthroughs created Vietnam’s GDP increased 5.98% in 2014. The Consumer Price Index increased 4%, the lowest rate in 10 years. The restructuring of public investment, credit organizations, state-owned enterprises and agriculture in connection with new rural … [Read more...]

Dien Bien plants 1,000 Japanese cherry blossom trees in Muong Phang

Cherry blossoms at a festival in Ha Long, Quang Ninh province in 2013 (photo: VNA) NDO - The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Dien Bien province in co-ordination with Japan's Dotoku Kaikan held a ceremony at Muong Phang Victory Monument on November 1 to plant 1,000 Japanese cherry blossom trees in Muong Phang commune, the former Dien Bien Phu battlefield. The trees were presented to Dien Bien province by Japan's Dotoku Kaikan to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations and the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory. The event also intended to commemorate Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap and strengthen the good friendship between Vietnam and Japan. Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of Dotoku Kaikan, Takashi Aoki said that 2014 is the year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory. The planting of cherry blossom trees on the heroic grounds of Dien Bien aims to express the belief in world peace. He added … [Read more...]

Photographer Tran Viet Van: Learn to listen to the voice of emotion

Photographer Tran Viet Van Nhan Dan - A photo collection entitled 'Tuong Tran Thoi Binh' (Vietnamese Generals in Peacetime) by photographer Tran Viet Van has recently won the gold medal in the portrait photo category and the bronze medal in the regional journalism photo category at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris Px3 (France). Nhan Dan (People) newspaper took this occasion to hold an interview with him to listen to his thoughts about stimulating creativity and developing professional photography in Vietnam. How did you come up with the idea to start the 'Tuong Tran Thoi Binh' collection? Photographer Tran Viet Van: I started taking the first pictures for the set in 2009, but the idea for starting a photo project on Vietnamese generals was sparked in my mind a long time ago. I wanted to discover the daily life of these famed generals. The fortunes smiled on me in 2009 when Lao Dong (Labour) Newspaper, where I work, asked me to take photographs at a reception at General Vo … [Read more...]

Festival plan for 2014-2015 approved

(CPV) - In Decision 1063/QĐ-TTg dated July 2, the Prime Minister has approved a plan on organizing festivals in 2014 and 2015. The State-level festivals that will be celebrated include: the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory (May 7, 1954 - May 7, 2014 ); the 40th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day (April 30, 1975 - April 30, 2015); the 100th anniversary of late General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh's birth (July 1, 1915 - July 1, 2015 ); the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19, 1945 - August 19, 2015) and the National Independence Day (September 2, 1945 - September 2, 2015). The meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory (Photo by Trong Hai) The decision assigns that task of organizing various festivals to different agencies. Accordingly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organize the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Indochina (July 20, 1954 - July 20, 2014); the … [Read more...]

Political News Headlines 26/6

President hails Vietnam-Japan agriculture cooperation Vietnam and Japan have great potential for strengthening cooperation in applying biological technology in farming and processing of agricultural products, State President Truong Tan Sang has said. Sang was speaking at a reception in Ho Chi Minh City on June 25 for Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who is on a visit to Vietnam. He recalled his March 2014 visit to Japan's agriculture-based Ibaraki prefecture and said high-level commitments between Vietnam and Japan have been fulfilled after the visit. Accordingly, he said the Japanese agencies have assisted fishermen in central Vietnam in processing tuna and received Vietnamese engineers for training in Ibaraki prefecture. With nearly 70% of the population living off farming, agriculture and rural development is one of Vietnam's priorities in its development strategy, Sang said, but added that the added value and quality of Vietnamese farm … [Read more...]