Photos: Demi Lovato entertains 50,000 Vietnamese audiences

U.S. pop star Demi Lovato on Saturday staged a performance at the second Yan Beatfest 2015, one of the country’s largest outdoor music events, which was held on May 10 at Phu Tho Stadium in HCMC’s District 11. Lovato was the last singer among 80 artists to perform at the 12-hour music festival. She showed her strong and vibrant voice in ten hits, Really Don’t Care, The Middle, Fire Starter, Remember December, Heart Attack, Let It Go, Warrior, Skyscraper, and Give Your Heart A Break. Audiences also had a chance to watch her images in charitable activities which was broadcast on some giant screens at the stadium. Prior to the performance of the song Warrior, she told the audiences that everybody might have been through some difficult times and she was not an exception. However, she would never let those things stop her moves. The singer said that she has tried her best to become a strong warrior like today. And she knows that everybody who is at the event all … [Read more...]

Demi Lovato entertains 50,000 local audiences

Kieu Giang Demi Lovato performs at Yan Beatfest 2015 at Phu Tho Stadium in HCMC’s District 11 on Saturday - PHOTO: NGOC MINH Lovato was the last singer among 80 artists to perform at the 12-hour music festival. She showed her strong and vibrant voice in ten hits, Really Don’t Care, The Middle, Fire Starter, Remember December, Heart Attack, Let It Go, Warrior, Skyscraper, and Give Your Heart A Break. Audiences also had a chance to watch her images in charitable activities which was broadcast on some giant screens at the stadium. Prior to the performance of the song Warrior, she told the audiences that everybody might have been through some difficult times and she was not an exception. However, she would never let those things stop her moves. The singer said that she has tried her best to become a strong warrior like today. And she knows that everybody who is at the event all have a warrior hidden in them. Lovato joined two local MCs Thuy Minh and Tung Leo in a … [Read more...]

Largest outdoor music “Yan BeastFest” returns

Yan BeastFest 2015, an outdoor music festival will take place at Phu Tho Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 11 on May 9. More than 80 international and local singers, including American singer Demi Lovato will perform in festival. It will be a wide variety of attraction that go beyond a 12-hour nonstop music experience. Yan beastfeast 2015 will offer the most unforgettable cultural and entertainment experience with refreshing food and beverages, fun games and interesting activities. It starts at 9 a.m. and will run until 11 p.m. Last year’s Yan Beatfest with the participation of British singer Shayne Ward and international DJ Scott Kirby attracted around 50,000 music lovers. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – May 9

Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, May 9, in Vietnamese media. Politics -- Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday requested that China immediately end its construction and expansion on reef islands under Vietnam’s sovereignty in the East Vietnam Sea. "Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty, sovereignty right and jurisdiction in the East Sea in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea," the ministry’s spokesman Le Hai Binh said. Society -- A Japanese national, just identified as Ichikawa, was fined VND4 million (US$185)) for smoking in the restroom of airliner of Vietnamese national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines while the plane was flying from Japan’s Nagoya to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City on Friday, the Southern Airports Authority, the fine issuer, reported the same day. -- One more tamed elephant in the … [Read more...]

US celebrity Demi Lovato to sing in HCM City

American singer, actress, and songwriter Demi Lovato will be guest singer in a music event in HCM City next month, multimedia company YAN Group has said in a release. Lovato has confirmed she will perform at YAN Beatfest 2015 on May 9 at Phu Tho Stadium in District 11. The popular singer will be performing with 80 top established and emerging Vietnamese singers during 12 hours of non-stop music. The festival, also to feature a series of culinary activities, games, and shopping, is expected to attract more than 50 thousand music fans. YAN Beatfest debuted last year with Vietnamese performers and English singer Shayne Ward, drawing an audience of 50,000 who danced away to the music for 12 hours. Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato, 23, made her debut as a child actress in US children's TV series Barney & Friend. In 2008 she rose to prominence in the Disney Channel TV film Camp Rock and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. She released her debut album, Don't … [Read more...]

Demi Lovato to perform in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - American singer Demi Lovato will join a music event called YAN Beatfest in HCM City this May. The show, held by YAN Group, will take place on May 9 at the Phu Tho Stadium, No. 1 Lu Gia Street, District 11. The event will have the participation of 80 Vietnamese singers. Besides music, YAN Beatfest will also offer various entertainment and shopping activities. YAN Beatfest was launched last year and lured up to 50,000 viewers. Demi Lovato, 23, is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in "Barney & Friends" – an American television series aimed at children aged one to eight. In 2008, Lovato was catapulted to fame in the Disney Channel television film "Camp Rock" and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Her second album, "Here We Go Again," was released in 2009 and premiered at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Its title track became her first single to break the top 20 of the Billboard Hot … [Read more...]

Demi Lovato to join YAN Beatfest in May

Kieu Giang U.S. singer/songwriter Demi Lovato - PHOTO: OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF DEMI LOVATO Apart from three solo albums which were ranked in world’s music charts, the 23-year-old artist was a judge and mentor at the reality show The X-Factor of the U.S. in 2012 and 2013. Lovato started her acting career in Barney & Friends children’s television series. She had her leading role in the Disney’s Camp Rock movie in 2008 which helped shoot her to stardom among young audiences. In her career, she has received awards at MTV Video Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and People’s Choice Awards among others. The singer hasn’t unveiled any information about her songs at YAN Beatfest. However, sharing the stage with Lovato will be 80 local veteran and young singers, including Dam Vinh Hung, Lam Truong, Phuong Thanh, Luu Huong Giang, Phuong Vy Idol, Uyen Linh, Le Hieu, Ha Anh Tuan, Vu Cat Tuong, Hari Won, and Giang Hong Ngoc, among others. Last year’s … [Read more...]

Demi Lovato to sing in Ho Chi Minh City next month

Celebrated American singer/actress Demi Lovato has confirmed she will make it to a music event in Ho Chi Minh City next month. Lovato will perform at YAN Beatfest 2015, which will be organized on May 9 at Phu Tho Stadium, at 1 Lu Gia Street, District 11. The event will be held by YAN Group, a local multimedia group which targets its products at young people. However, it is not clear which songs the much-loved singer will be performing at the upcoming concert. The show will feature the performances of up to 80 established and emerging Vietnamese singers. The YAN Beatfest debuted last year and drew an audience of up to 50,000 members who rocked to the music during 12 hours on end. Apart from music, the festival also offers a clutch of other entertainment and shopping activities. Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato, 23, is an American actress, singer, and songwriter who made her debut as a child actress in "Barney & Friends" – an American television series aimed at … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – April 6

Here are the most important news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, April 6, 2015. Politics -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev began his three-day official visit to Vietnam after arriving in Hanoi on Sunday. -- Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong wrapped up his week-long working visit to the Republic of Korea on Sunday. Cuong is the first Vietnamese justice minister to visit that country. Society -- A 38-year-old man set himself and his eight-year-old daughter on fire out of anger at his divorced wife in the southern province of An Giang on Saturday, severely burning both. -- Two were killed while four others were injured in a rare double accident that involved a bus, a truck, and a number of motorcycles in the southern province of Binh Duong on Sunday. -- Hundreds of hectares of melaleuca forest in the southernmost province of Ca Mau were consumed by a fire on Sunday. -- Three pick-pocketing suspects who targeted female students traveling on buses in … [Read more...]

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...]

VN film adaptation draws mixed reviews

VietNamNet Bridge – Newly released Farewell, Berlin Wall lacks something strong to convince local audiences despite having dramatic plot and beautiful scenes. Life of upheaval: Quyen acted by Vu Ngoc Anh seen during a scene of the Farewell, Berlin Wall, a new Vietnamese movie released locally and internationally. — Photo thegioivanhoa.com.vn Farewell, Berlin Wall tells the story of Quyen, a native of Ha Noi. She follows her husband, an educated man, to Germany with a desire for a better life. However, Quyen is kidnapped, kept in captivity and raped by a thug, Hung. Her life takes a turn from then. Hung falls in love with Quyen, while her husband looks down on her. Then, a third man appears in her life, a German who is very kind and wants to help her in the most difficult and desperate situations. First of all, it is not difficult to understand Farewell, Berlin Wall, although it is an arthouse film about a woman who suffers several upheavals in life. The plot is … [Read more...]

Film adaptation draws mixed reviews

Life of upheaval: Quyen acted by Vu Ngoc Anh seen during a scene of the Farewell, Berlin Wall, a new Vietnamese movie released locally and internationally. — Photo thegioivanhoa.com.vn by Thanh Nguyen HA NOI (VNS) — Newly released Farewell, Berlin Wall lacks something strong to convince local audiences despite having dramatic plot and beautiful scenes. Farewell, Berlin Wall tells the story of Quyen, a native of Ha Noi. She follows her husband, an educated man, to Germany with a desire for a better life. However, Quyen is kidnapped, kept in captivity and raped by a thug, Hung. Her life takes a turn from then. Hung falls in love with Quyen, while her husband looks down on her. Then, a third man appears in her life, a German who is very kind and wants to help her in the most difficult and desperate situations. First of all, it is not difficult to understand Farewell, Berlin Wall, although it is an arthouse film about a woman who suffers several upheavals in life. The plot … [Read more...]

Internationally award-winning films to be screened in Vietnam

PANO – The 7th Vietnamese-European Documentary Film Festival will be kicked off from June 10th to 19th in Hanoi and from June 11th to 20th in Ho Chi Minh City. Some movies taking part in the festival. Source: The organizing panel. The event, co-organized by the European embassies in Hanoi and the Central Documentary and Scientific Film Studio, attracts eight European countries, namely Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Israel. Some of the films to be screened at the festival have won international awards, helping local audiences learn more about daily life, cultural identities and society of the festival’s participating countries. Special films from the host Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand will also be screened during the festival. The films are shown free of charge. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Nguyen Du’s 250th birthday celebrated throughout the year

Nguyen Du's most beloved work is the Tale of Kieu, a 3,254-line classic verse novel written in "luc bat". (Photo: trithuc.gov.vn) A host of events to celebrate the 250th birth anniversary of Nguyen Du, prominent Vietnamese poet and World Cultural Celebrity (1765 – 2015), will be organised this year, the authorities of central Ha Tinh province told the press in Hanoi on June 2. The highlight will be a national ceremony to pay homage to the poet this November in Ha Tinh. Although the poet spent his life in Hanoi , his family roots stem from Ha Tinh and will be the centre of the celebrations. Other activities, including a number of seminars, talks and competitions on Nguyen Du and his hallmark "Truyen Kieu" (the Tale of Kieu) alongside several documentary film and theatre productions based on life of the poet and his family are scheduled to be launched throughout the year. These events present an opportunity to educate the youth of the cultural celebrity and the beauty of his … [Read more...]

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Jordan Belfort can teach Vietnam a thing or two

Stories of successes and failures on Wall Street can be relevant for many in Vietnam. Photos: Bloomberg Vietnam apparently can’t get enough of Jordan Belfort — the real "Wolf of Wall Street" who has been made famous, or infamous, by a movie about his rise and fall in the financial world starring Leonardo DiCaprio. At least that’s my impression when I spoke with Nguyen Thu Huong of DVH Bransons, which has brought him to Vietnam for the second time within less than seven months. The company invited Belfort over to Hanoi in November to talk to a group of 700 businesspeople and fans and "it was a great success in terms of both the turnout for the quickly prepared event and the positive responses afterwards," Huong said, speaking by phone from her office in Hanoi. During our short conversation, Huong talked feverishly about this weekend's "boot camp" with Belfort in Ho Chi Minh City, making the best out of what was clearly a well-practiced speech. "The three-day … [Read more...]

Japanese illusionists to bewitch Vietnamese audiences this week

Two famed female Japanese artists will cast spells on Vietnamese audiences, particularly kids, for the first time ever in Hanoi later this week and Ho Chi Minh City next month. The "Zen Magic" show features several breathtaking, suspense-filled magic acts by Ai and Yuki, considered two of Japan’s "illusion queens." The two will perform their tricks from Friday to June 2 at the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Culture Center, located at 91 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District in Hanoi, and other venues in the capital, according to the website of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. The event is also meant to celebrate International Children’s Day (June 1), which is observed in many countries. The magicians will then perform from June 6 to 22 at different venues in Ho Chi Minh City. The Japanese illusionists, who will have around five tons of gear and props transported to Vietnam for their performances, promise to lead local audiences, especially children, … [Read more...]