Art & Entertainment News Headlines 15/4

Ha Noi hosts concert fusing Malian and Vietnamese music A night of exotic music will be performed by Malian musician Musbaba with Vietnamese artists in Ha Noi tonight. The night will include pieces composed by Musbaba, a Ha Noi-based artist, using traditional Vietnamese instruments such as the dan tranh (16-chord zither) with Malian percussion. The concert is part of a project launched in 2012 by Musbaba to gather artists from different musical genres. Since then, Musbaba has worked to combine Vietnamese dan tranh melodies with Malian rhythms. The project has created unusual yet harmonious collaborations among musicians from very different backgrounds. The concert will begin at 8pm at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. YAN Beatfest thrills over 50,000 music lovers A view is seen at an outdoor music festival called YAN Beatfest 2014 at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in HCMC's District 11 last Saturday. This was one of the biggest concerts in terms of participants as … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 14/4

Veteran actor Trinh Thinh dies People's Artist Trinh Thinh, one of the great names of Vietnamese revolutionary cinema, died at age 88 in Hanoi on April 11 after long illness. "My father had been critically ill for the past ten years, and twice was within an inch of his life. He had been bed-ridden since 2012 as a result of a heart attack," said Thinh's eldest daughter, Trinh Thi Hang. The noted artist was famous for the upright, unpretentious roles he portrayed, though he was not professionally trained. "I starred alongside Thinh in just one film Lua Rung (Forest Fire) in 1965 by Pham Van Khoa. I played Thinh's wife. I was unmarried, but he already had four daughters at that time. During our field trips, Thinh took them along. He did hard work as he acted and took care of the children at the same time," said famous actress Tra Giang. With his rich lifestyle, gift, and hard training, Thinh set himself as one of the most senior actors in the country's cinematography. He … [Read more...]

First picnic music festival held in HCM City

(VOV) -Over 40,000 music fans attended Yan Beatfest, which took place in HCM City on April 12 attracting more than 80 local and foreign artists. Vietnamese artists attend Germany Music Festival 2013 European Music Festival to take place in Hanoi First French street music festival in Vietnam Yan Beatfest, organized by YANTV - the leading youth channel in Vietnam - included a variety of other entertainment as well as a shopping area. Shayne Ward and Vietnamese singer Phuong Vy Visitors to the event were impressed by outstanding performances by famous British singer Shayne Ward (the winner of the second series of The X Factor) and international DJ Scott Kirby. Shayne Ward took part in an exchange programme with local fans and spoke in Vietnam in response to appraisal from Vietnamese music lovers. Ward sang five songs namely "If that's ok with you", "Just be good to me", "Nobody knows", "No U Hang Up", and "No promises". He also joined Vietnamese female … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 29/3

Training programme seeks talented people to make films People between the ages of 18 and 35 are encouraged to join a film project launched by the Ha Noi-based Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talent (TPD). The project, called We Are Filmmakers, will offer financial support and film training to help participants develop their skills. The project's teaching and consulting board, including film director Bui Thac Chuyen, author and scriptwriter Phan Huyen Thu and cameraman Ly Thai Dung, will provide lessons. After training, the participants will make 10 short films and documentaries. Their works will be screened later this year. Begun in 2009, the project is a long-term programme that aims to support young people in filmmaking. TPD organised the Golden Lotus Bud 2013 awards in Ha Noi last year. The event annually features young filmmakers and shows their works to the public. More than 48 short documentaries and short films were nominated for the … [Read more...]

X Factor hunk to perform at first picnic music festival

Centre stage: English singer Shayne Ward will perform at the first picnic music festival in Viet Nam, Yan Beatfest, on April 12. — File Photo HCM CITY (VNS)— Eighty local singers, together with English singer Shayne Ward and international DJ Scott Kirby will perform in the first picnic music festival in Viet Nam, called YAN Beatfest, to be held at Phu Tho Stadium in HCM City on April 12. Organised by YAN Group, YAN Beatfest is set to start at 9am until 11pm on the second Saturday of April. Picnic music festivals are usually a one day, annual summer event in western countries, but it is a new concept in Viet Nam, says a press release. Shayne Ward, 30, rose to fame as the winner of the second series of The X Factor. Known for his brilliant voice and model good looks, his first solo single That's My Goal was released soon after his victory on X Factor and it went on to become one of the top 70 singles ever released in the UK charts and number one in multiple countries … [Read more...]

International support to promote Hue’s imperial citadel

A number of foreign organisations have pledged their support to restore and promote the historical imperial citadel of Hue in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, providing funds of nearly 8 million USD so far. Since the citadel was recognised by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site in 1993, numerous internationally-funded projects have been implemented, bringing the site out of its state of disrepair, according to the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre. Most recently, UNESCO provided close to 30,000 USD for a capacity development programme on heritage management in Hue for the 2014-2015 period. Meanwhile, the US Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation sponsored two projects to restore altars of worship and parts of the citadel with a total cost of 729,084 USD. At the same time, the centre also received support from a number of foreign businesses, including the French company Rhone Polenc with a donation of 1 million USD and the provision of technical advice on termite … [Read more...]

Cambodian woman lauded for cultural preservation in Hue

The People's Committee of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has recently presented a certificate of merit to Odom Vantanak Phuong Monie - a Cambodian, in recognition of her contributions to preserving cultural heritage in Hue ancient capital. Odom Vantanak Phuong Monie (second from left) receives the certificate (Photo: congan.com.vn) In 2013, Monie donated 220 fine arts and cultural objects to the Hue Imperial Palace Antique Museum. She also invested over 200 million VND (9,480 USD) in the redecoration of ancient shrines in the Hue imperial citadel. According to Director of the Hue Monument Conservation Centre Phan Thanh Hai, apart from offering exhibits, Monie also spent money on upgrading and embellishing landscapes at some relic sites in the ancient capital, contributing to attracting more visitors to the areas. Monie has set a good example of conserving and promoting values of cultural heritage in Hue and Vietnam in general, Hai said. Hue is the capital of the last … [Read more...]

Book sheds light on activities of Nguyen Dynasty

A 10-volume book named "The Continuation of the Dai Nam Administrative Records" (Kham Dinh Dai Nam Hoi Dien Su Le Tuc Bien) was launched by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre in coordination with the Vietnam Institute of History on January 30. Source: (//www.nhandan.com.vn) The 8,000-page book gives full and accurate account of the life and ritual activities of the Nguyen Dynasty throughout the reigns of Tu Duc, Duc Duc, Hiep Hoa, Kien Phuc, Ham Nghi and Dong Khanh Kings during the later half of the 19 th century. The compilation of the book was started in 1889, the first year under the reign of Thanh Thai King and it took six years to finish. For many reasons, the book was not printed until the second year of the reign of Khai Dinh King (1917). According to Director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre Phan Thanh Hai, the researchers have overcome many difficulties to publish the book, which weighs more than 30kg in all. Three publishing houses were involved in the … [Read more...]

Performing training courses seek some young talents

Illustrative image (Cinet)- Training courses about performing skills by Ho Chi Minh City-based Hong Van Drama Troupe have been developed as an encouragement to maintain and develop. The troupe's owner, People's Artist Hong Van, a veteran actress who spent more than 20 years on the stage, said the troupe's new plays were challenging for the young staff. Offering professional drama training is part of our theatre's activities so that one day we can be recognized as a specialty art center. Before joining the training courses, candidates aged between 22 and 26, will be selected through several rounds by the theatre's veteran artists. The winners will work as professional artists while attending class, and will have opportunities to perform in the theatre's main plays and comedies. In recent years, the performing arts scene has expanded rapidly with an increasing number of young talents achieving success in modern art forms, but traditional forms like drama, cheo … [Read more...]

Social News 28/10

President Obama thanks Vietnamese American nurse Nurse Nina Pham - the first person to catch Ebola on US soil has been declared free of the deadly disease 13 days after testing positive, clearing the way for President Obama to give her a big hug in the oval office. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team." Pham said on October 24 at a press conference. "The Ebola experience was a very stressful and challenging time," she said adding "I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate." White House press secretary Josh Earnest called Pham's case "a pretty apt reminder we do have the best medical infrastructure in the world." "The track record of treating Ebola patients in this country is very strong, particularly for those who are quickly diagnosed," Earnest said. Children mistakenly injected with water instead of vaccine In Dong Thap Province, 60 … [Read more...]

Social News 27/10

VFF signs MoU on cooperation with Singaporean partner The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) and the People's Association of Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation for the 2014-2016 period in Hanoi on October 22. The MoU was signed by VFFCC Vice President and General Secretary Vu Trong Kim and Chief Executive Officer of the Singaporean association Ang Hak Seng. The signing followed talks between VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan and the Singaporean guest, during which the two sides updated each other on socio-economic development in their respective countries during the first nine months of 2014. During their visit to Vietnam from October 21-27, the Singaporean delegation will also hold working sessions with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the VFF chapters in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Hanoi sets up advisory board for public opinion An advisory board comprising 11 members was … [Read more...]

APDF to be held in the Capital

The Hanoitimes - The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Assembly and Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 29, according to a press briefing in the capital city. This event, co-organized by the Asia Pacific Disability Organization and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, is expected to attract 500 delegates with disabilities, including 300 from 42 countries. They will evaluate the implementation of the 2012-2014 Incheon strategy adopted at the previous conference in the Republic of Korea two years ago, with the aims of raising public awareness and promoting the protection of the rights of the disabled in Asia-Pacific countries, as well as accelerating the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Many activities will take place on the sidelines of the coming APDF General Assembly and Conference in Hanoi, such as an exhibition on organizations of people with disabilities, products made by the … [Read more...]

Hanoi sets up advisory board for public opinion

An advisory board comprising 11 members was officially established in Hanoi on October 22 with the aim of collecting and analysing public opinion. The consultative body will conduct opinion polls to gain an in-depth understanding of Hanoi citizens' thoughts on socio-economic and political affairs. Based on the feedback received from members of the public, the advisory board will present comments, advice and possible solutions to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Hanoi. At the inauguration ceremony, Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Le Ba Trinh said Hanoi's advisory board is the first of its kind and would be multiplied throughout the country if it proves successful.-VNA … [Read more...]

Asia-Pacific forum to review policies on People with Disabilities

Photo: VNA The biennial Asia and Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) conference on the implementation of the rights of people with disabilities will commence in Hanoi on November 26 with the participation of almost 500 domestic and international delegates. The focus of the conference is to review the progress made on the Incheon strategy with regard to the realisation of the rights of people with disabilities in the fields of education, employment and the media. The strategy is part of the ministerial declaration issued at the first APDF in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, in 2012. Participants will also discuss how to increase public awareness of the rights of people with disabilities. A number of side events will be organised during the four-day event, including an exhibition of handicrafts made by people with disabilities, a walking tour of Hanoi, a gala dinner and a singing contest. In a congratulatory message to the organising board, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front … [Read more...]

VFF signs MoU on cooperation with Singaporean partner

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) and the People's Association of Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation for the 2014-2016 period in Hanoi on October 22. The MoU was signed by VFFCC Vice President and General Secretary Vu Trong Kim and Chief Executive Officer of the Singaporean association Ang Hak Seng. The signing followed talks between VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan and the Singaporean guest, during which the two sides updated each other on socio-economic development in their respective countries during the first nine months of 2014. During their visit to Vietnam from October 21-27, the Singaporean delegation will also hold working sessions with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the VFF chapters in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.-VNA … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host Disabilities General Assembly and Conference

(VOV) -The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Assembly and Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 29, according to a press briefing in the capital city on October 22. This event, co-organized by the Asia Pacific Disability Organization and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, is expected to attract 500 delegates with disabilities, including 300 from 42 countries. Vocational training is needed for people with disabilities They will evaluate the implementation of the 2012-2014 Incheon strategy adopted at the previous conference in the Republic of Korea two years ago, with the aims of raising public awareness and promoting the protection of the rights of the disabled in Asia-Pacific countries, as well as accelerating the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Many activities will take place on the sidelines of the coming APDF General Assembly and Conference in Hanoi, such as an exhibition on … [Read more...]

Asia-Pacific conference on the disabled to open in Hanoi

(VOV) -The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Assembly and Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 29, according to a press briefing in the capital city on October 22. This event, co-organized by the Asia Pacific Disability Organization and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, is expected to attract 500 delegates with disabilities, including 300 from 42 countries. Vocational training is needed for people with disabilities They will evaluate the implementation of the 2012-2014 Incheon strategy adopted at the previous conference in the Republic of Korea two years ago, with the aims of raising public awareness and promoting the protection of the rights of the disabled in Asia-Pacific countries, as well as accelerating the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Many activities will take place on the sidelines of the coming APDF General Assembly and Conference in Hanoi, such as an exhibition on … [Read more...]

VFF signs MoU on co-operation with Singaporean partner

VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan (left) and Chief Executive Officer of the Singaporean association Ang Hak Seng. (Credit: VNA) NDO/VNA - The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) and the People's Association of Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on co-operation for the 2014-2016 period in Hanoi on October 22. The MoU was signed by VFFCC Vice President and General Secretary Vu Trong Kim and Chief Executive Officer of the Singaporean association Ang Hak Seng. The signing followed talks between VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan and the Singaporean guest, during which the two sides updated each other on socio-economic development in their respective countries during the first nine months of 2014. During their visit to Vietnam from October 21-27, the Singaporean delegation will also hold working sessions with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the VFF chapters in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. … [Read more...]

Joining hands to improve women’s health

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam speaks at the ceremony. (VGP) NDO - The Ministry of Health (MoH) in co-ordination with the Central Committee of the Vietnam Women's Union (VWU) organised an arts and culture exchange in Hanoi on October 20 to launch the 'Joining Hands for Vietnam Women's Health' campaign. The event, held on the occasion of Vietnam's Women Day (October 20), was attended by Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan; Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; and member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam along with representatives from ministries, agencies, enterprises and benefactors. Speaking at the event, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said health insurance was one of the Party and State's key social policies, having an important role in socio-economic development and the key pillar of the nation's social security system. In 2013, the country … [Read more...]

13th legislature opens eighth session

(VOV) - The 13th National Assembly opened its 8th session in Hanoi on October 20, with priority issues being 18 draft laws and three draft resolutions. Lawmakers will also give opinions on 12 other draft laws, examine Government reports on the implementation of socio-economic development plans and State budget estimates in 2014 as well as plans and budget estimates for 2015. NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung is on the agenda to deliver the opening speech while Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will discuss the nation's socio-economic situation in 2014 and tasks for 2015. A report on the handling of citizen's complaints by President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan along with reports on corruption and a project to revise textbooks of the school system will also be tabled for discussion. … [Read more...]