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: 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: (// 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...]

Bac Giang recognised as type II city

VFFCC Chairman Nguyen Thien Nhan presented the Independence Medal, third class to Bac Giang city’s Party, Government and People. (Credit: VGP) NDO – A ceremony was held in the northern city of Bac Giang on February 1 to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) as well as receive the Independence Medal, third class and the Decision recognising Bac Giang as a type II city. The event was attended by Politburo members: Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC), Nguyen Thien Nhan, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) and Head of the CPVCC Commission for Communication and Education, Dinh The Huynh, and the CPVCC Secretary and head of CPVCC Office, Tran Quoc Vuong. Bac Giang, conveniently located for transportation, plays an important role in national defence and socio-economic development. Over the past ten years since its establishment, the city has seen rapid development in economy, … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese in Czech support border guards

PANO – Overseas Vietnamese in the Czech Republic on January 24th handed over VND 1.3 billion to the Quang Ngai provincial Fatherland Front Committee during the second session of the 8th National Congress of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee held in Ho Chi Minh City recently. Presenting the money to representatives of the Quang Ngai provincial Fatherland Front Committee. At the event, Hoang Dinh Thang, Chairman of Overseas Vietnamese in the Czech Republic, held that the money was donated by Vietnamese businesses and expatriates in the Czech Republic to build more cultural houses for border troops and local people in Ly Son island district, Quang Ngai province. Over the past time, overseas Vietnamese in the Czech Republic have raised money for charity activities to help locals in provinces and cities across the country. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 23

Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, January 23, in Vietnamese media: Politics -- Nguyen Thien Nhan, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, and Rolf Rosebrock, Chairman of the German federation of social equality, on Thursday agreed to increase bilateral exchanges between their member organizations in a meeting in Hanoi. The two sides also discussed future coordination to promote the friendship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and Germany. -- Members of the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association (VCFA) and Vietnamese who have ever studied in Cuba on Thursday gathered at a friendship meeting co-organized by the VCFA, the club of Vietnamese alumni in Cuba, and the Cuban Embassy in Hanoi as part of the activities to mark 55 years of diplomatic ties (1960-2015). -- Vietnam will send US$200,000 in aid to Mozambique via Movitel, an affiliate of Vietnamese telecom giant Viettel in the African country, to buy food and … [Read more...]

Major cities celebrate 65 years of Vietnam-China diplomatic ties

(VOV) - The 65th anniversary of Vietnam-China diplomatic ties was celebrated in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on January 16, attended by diplomats and representatives from both nations. In his speech at a ceremony marking this event in Ho Chi Minh City, municipal People’s Committee Vice Chairman Le Thanh Liem expressed the Vietnamese government and people’s desire to consolidate the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China. "Ho Chi Minh City will continue to bolster cooperation with Chinese localities. Based on our existing conditions, we hope bilateral affiliation will grow and flourish in the time ahead." Liem said. Chinese Consul General Chai Wenrui, in turn, said deepening bilateral ties will benefit both countries and contribute to regional peace, stability, and prosperity. Earlier the same day, the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Vietnam – China Friendship Association (VCFA) hosted a ceremony … [Read more...]

Vietnam-China diplomatic ties marked in Hanoi

The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Vietnam – China Friendship Association (VCFA) held a ceremony celebrating the 65 th anniversary of Vietnam – China diplomatic ties in Hanoi on January 16. Addressing the event, VUFO President Vu Xuan Hong said friendship and cooperation are the mainstream in Vietnam-China relations despite ups and downs, adding that the traditional friendship is the valuable asset of the people of both countries. Enhancing exchange and mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples is very important to the development of each nation, which is in line with the two peoples’ aspiration and long-term interest as well as beneficial to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world as a whole, Hong said. He affirmed that the VCFA is willing to work with the China – Vietnam Friendship Association to facilitate friendly exchanges and work on ideas for win-win cooperation in all fields, contributing … [Read more...]

PM urges all people’s involvement in sovereignty protection

The Prime Minister on January 9 issued a directive calling on the entire political system, agencies at all levels and the masses to join efforts to manage and safeguard the nation’s territorial sovereignty and border security. Under Directive 01/CT-TTg, the Government leader requested the People’s Committees of border and coastal cities and provinces to coordinate with the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, the Ministry of National Defence (MoND) and the Ministry of Public Security (MoPS) to organise the movement among strata of people. Troops from Ea H’Leo Border Post doing their missions. He also called on each household and individual to voluntarily engage in the protection of the territorial sovereignty and ensuring security and order in border areas. The MoND was urged to direct the Border Guard, the Coast Guard, and the Navy to join the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in facilitating offshore fishing and offering rescue services in … [Read more...]

The 65th anniversary of the Student Traditional Day and the Vietnam Students’ Association

On January 7th, in Hanoi, the Vietnam Students’ Association (VAS) held a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the Student Traditional Day and the VAS (January 9th, 1950-2015). The ceremony drew the participation of Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Le Hong Anh, and Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan. Addressing at the ceremony, Politburo member Le Hong Anh, said that the VAS needs to boost renovation and creativity in its operational methods and themes, contributing to educating and training a generation of students in ideology, virtue and expertise. He praised the outstanding achievements made by generations of students and pupils over the past 65 years, while congratulating those who received the 2014 "Students with Five Good Performances" title and "January Star" Award 2015. On the occasion, Politburo members Le Hong Anh and Nguyen Thien Nhan presented … [Read more...]

Social News 3/1

Safety checks of hydropower projects urged The Ministry of Construction has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade and provincial governments to review and inspect all small- and medium-scale hydropower projects under construction nationwide following a serious tunnel collapse at Da Dang hydropower plant. The construction ministry said in a document sent last week to the industry ministry and provincial governments that the incident at the hydropower project in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on December 16 showed that small- and medium-scaled hydropower projects put workers at risk. Therefore, the construction ministry has urged the industry ministry and provincial authorities to review and strictly monitor construction, and safety and quality management at such hydropower plants, especially those in the process of building tunnels or having prolonged construction schedules and those in the areas with complex geology. The objective is to prevent a similar incident … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 2

Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published Friday in Vietnamese media: Politics -- The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and the Vietnam Women’s Union will work together to increase the rate of women in the National Assembly and People’s Councils at all levels to 35 percent in the 2016-2021 tenure, according to a cooperation program recently approved by the two organizations. The program, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Program, is part of a project on enhancing women’s leadership capacity for international integration. Society -- Authorities in Phu Ninh District in the central province of Quang Nam have recovered the bodies of two gold miners who were buried when their illegal gold mine collapsed on Thursday afternoon. -- State and specialized agencies in the central city of Da Nang will join a meeting next Thursday to discuss whether the construction of a Tower Marina, which … [Read more...]

Social News 1/1

Saigon Railway to add trains for New Year holiday The Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company is scheduling additional trains to meet the increased travel demands for the four-day New Year holiday from January 1-4, 2015. Accordingly, the Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company will add more trains to the SN4 Sai Gon–Nha Trang and SQN4 Sai Gon–Quy Nhon on December 31, 2014; SPT4 Sai Gon–Phan Thiet on January 1,2 and 4; SN5 Nha Trang–Sai Gon, and SQN3 Quy Nhon–Sai Gon on January 3, 2015; SPT3 Phan Thiet–Sai Gon on January 1,3 and 4, 2015; SN3 Nha Trang–Sai Gon on January 3 and 4, 2015. The trains along the Saigon-Hanoi route will also have additional carriages. In additional to additional trains, the Vietnam Railways (VR) and the Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company will offer a 10% discount on rail fares between midnight on January 1, 2015 to 12.59pm on February 1, 2015. Foreign students enjoy New Year gathering in Hanoi The … [Read more...]

Thai Nguyen donates 86,000 USD to law enforcement forces at sea

Hanoi, December 31 (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan received 1.837 billion VND (86,000 USD) donated by Thai Nguyen to fishermen and law enforcement forces at sea at a meeting in Hanoi on December 31. Addressing the event, President Nhan praised the meaningful donation, saying the Party, Government and people always turn their hearts to those who have been safeguarding the country’s sea and islands. The front has worked with the border guards and fisheries surveillance forces to assist fishermen in provinces such as Quang Ngai, Quang Nam, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa to continue fishing in their traditional fishing grounds. In response to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee’s appeal for supporting fishermen and law enforcement forces at sea, organisations and individuals have donated over 12 billion VND (576,000 USD) through the front channel. VNA/VNP … [Read more...]

Thai Nguyen give donation to law enforcement forces at sea

The VFFCC Vice Chairman Nguyen Thien Nhan receives the donation from Thai Nguyen province. (Credit: NDO – A ceremony was held by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) in Hanoi on December 30 to receive over VND1.8 billion (US84,150) from the Thai Nguyen province to support law enforcement forces at sea. The ceremony was attended by Vice Chairman of the VFFCC Nguyen Thien Nhan. The donation is the contribution of the province’s officials and people during the programmes launched to protect national sovereignty over its seas and islands. Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chairman Nhan emphasised that the donation showed the sentiments of the province’s Party, government and people towards the coast soldiers and fisheries on duty to firmly safeguard national sea and island sovereignty. Since the VFFCC issued the official dispatch on supporting soldiers, coast guard and fishery administration in June, individuals and organisations … [Read more...]