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...]

Vietnam tightens relationship with India’s Communist Parties

(VOVworld)- The President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan on Saturday met with leaders of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) during his ongoing visit to India. Vietnam tightens relationship with India's Communist Parties- Photo: Minh Ly/Dang Chinh (TTXVN) In separate meetings in New Delhi, Nhan and leaders of the two Parties discussed the development of their Parties and issues of mutual concern. Leaders of the CPI and CPI(M) expressed their hope that the two countries will further bilateral ties, especially in economics and trade for the benefits of the two peoples and for prosperity in the region. Mr. Nhan said he hoped the relationship between the Communist Party of Vietnam with the CPI and CPI(M) will be further strengthened. He hoped these Parties will continue support India’s multifaceted cooperation and strategic partnership with Vietnam. The same day, Mr. Nhan attended the … [Read more...]

Craft villages to face challenges from AEC

The AEC will effectively eliminate the majority of tariffs across the region, leading to significant pressure from mass imports and a risk that Vietnamese products may lose out in the domestic market. Craft villages, a non-competitive and vulnerable part of Vietnam’s economy, will face greater challenges sparked by the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by the end of 2015. Speaking at a recent forum concerning the difficult outlook, Vu Quoc Tuan, Chairman of the advisory council at the Vietnam Craft Villages’ Association, put forward a number of suggested measures. He emphasised the necessity of enterprises operating in craft products to have basic knowledge of the AEC. A survey conducted by the Ministry of Planning and Investment unveiled 76% of surveyed domestic firms said they were completely unaware of the AEC. The transition is more likely to produce positive outcomes if affected businesses research rival products and drastically prioritise … [Read more...]

Craft villages to face challenges from ASEAN Economic Community

Foreigners visit a silk workshop at the Van Phuc silk village in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Craft villages, a non-competitive and vulnerable part of Vietnam’s economy, will face greater challenges sparked by the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by the end of 2015. The AEC will effectively eliminate the majority of tariffs across the region, leading to significant pressure from mass imports and a risk that Vietnamese products may lose out in the domestic market. Speaking at a recent forum concerning the difficult outlook, Vu Quoc Tuan, Chairman of the advisory council at the Vietnam Craft Villages’ Association, put forward a number of suggested measures. He emphasised the necessity of enterprises operating in craft products to have basic knowledge of the AEC. A survey conducted by the Ministry of Planning and Investment unveiled 76 percent of surveyed domestic firms said they were completely unaware of the AEC. The transition is more likely to produce … [Read more...]

Top 100 national products and services praised for development contributions

Some 100 businesses across the country receive the awards for the top Vietnamese brands of 2014 yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan HA NOI (Biz Hub) — An awards ceremony for the top Vietnamese brands of 2014 honoured 100 businesses in Ha Noi yesterday. The awards are given to industrial manufacturing and trade businesses participating in the Politiburo's five year Vietnamese People Prioritise Vietnamese Goods campaign. The categories include top 10 Vietnamese product brands, top 10 businesses using 60 to 70 percent locally-sourced components and 80 outstanding Vietnamese brands. The winners were announced on the Ministry of Industry and Trade's website www.moit.gov.vn, in the Industry and Trade newspaper and at www.bao-congthuong.com.vn. The top 10 Vietnamese product brands included Lam Thao Fertilisers and Chemicals Joint Stock Company, Truong Hai Automobile Joint Stock Company, Nha Be Garment Joint Stock Company, and Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Joint Stock … [Read more...]

Fatherland Front leader receives Samsung Vietnam directors

A mobile phone production line of Samsung Electronics company in northern Thai Nguyen province (Photo: VNA) Nguyen Thien Nhan, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, received outgoing Samsung Vietnam General Director Shim Won Hwan and his successor Han Myong-sup on March 11. At the reception, Nhan highlighted Samsung’s significant contributions to Vietnam through its medium- and long-term investments and scientific research studies, particularly the recent research collaboration with three major universities in Hanoi. He asked the company to consider providing additional living space for Vietnamese workers and said the front is willing to support Samsung’s operations in the country. According to the incoming General Director Han Myong-sup, the Samsung Vietnam complex in northern Thai Nguyen province currently employs 42,000 labours. In March 2015, it plans to construct nine additional dormitories to accommodate workers, he said.-VNA … [Read more...]

Presenting the Kovalevskaia 2014 awards to celebrate the International Women’s Day

The Hanoitimes - A ceremony to grant the Kovalevskaia 2014 awards was held on March 7 celebrating the 105th anniversary of International Women’s Day - March 8, the 55th anniversary of the founding of the "Long-haired army", and the 50th anniversary of the "Three responsibilities" campaign. President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan attends the ceremony granting the Kovalevskaia 2014 awards Speaking at the ceremony, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan said the Party and State keep in mind the dedication of generations of Vietnamese women to the national development. He expressed belief that they will continue the tradition "active, creative, loyal, and capable" in the new period, and vowed all possible support to the Vietnam Women’s Union. A group of 16 scientists from the Hanoi Medical University and the Central Eye Hospital received the Kovalevskaia 2014 awards for their research into a … [Read more...]

Kovalevskaia awards presented in honour of Int’l Women’s Day

The Kovalevskaia 2014 awards, honouring outstanding female scientists, has been presented to Professor Dr. Nguyen Thi Kim Lan, former deputy dean of the Thai Nguyen University of Agro-forestry, for her research into protective measures against animal diseases. A group of 16 scientists from the Hanoi Medical University and the Central Eye Hospital won the awards for their research into a new treatment method that uses stem cell technology to fix injuries on the ocular surface of the eye. The awards were granted during a ceremony held on March 7 celebrating the 105th anniversary of International Women’s Day (March 8), the 55th anniversary of the founding of the "Long-haired army", and the 50th anniversary of the "Three responsibilities" campaign. Professor Dr. Nguyen Thi Kim Lan (right) at the award ceremony in Hanoi. (Photo: VnExpress.net) In his address, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan said the Party and State keep in mind the … [Read more...]

Exhibition features heroic women in American War

Eighty-three-year old Nguyen Thi Lap could not hold back her tears as she recalled the experiences of female revolutionaries from the southern part of the country during the American War. From 1962, Lap had led the "Long-haired Army" in Mekong delta Can Tho city's Giai Xuan commune. "I have been jailed and tortured by the enemy many times, but when I was released, I immediately joined the movement again and encouraged other women to join." She also told Vietnam News that when she and her husband were away from home, participating in the resistance, her five-year-old daughter fell into a well and drowned. "I went crazy and wanted to kill myself," she said, crying, "but then I realised that many other women were even more unfortunate than me. Many of them lost one, two or even three children because of the war." Vietnam News spoke to Lap as she looked at photographs and other war memorabilia displayed at the exhibition Two Sisters – Two Frontlines now open at the … [Read more...]

Thousands of visitors flock to Tran Temple Festival

PANO – Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Tran Temple complex, Nam Dinh province, on March 5th to attend one of the country’s biggest festivals during the year. Present at the event were President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) Nguyen Thien Nhan, Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang, and other tourists. Many tourists awaiting the opening ceremony for the festival After the incense offering ceremony, more than 200 selected local villagers paraded in the procession carrying the Seal from Co Trach to Thien Truong Temples where 14 Tran Kings’ plaques are located. This year, the organizing panel will issue unlimited paper seals, in the hope that they will bring the New Year’s good fortune and prosperity for recipients, for six days to meet the demand of visitors. In addition, various activities are taking place, including lion dances, classical opera performance, martial art performances and chess … [Read more...]

Citizen reception centre improves complaint settlements

President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan. Source: VNA The Hanoi-based Centre for Citizen Reception has proposed a plan to implement the inspection coordination programme for the more efficient settlement of public complaints and denunciations at the grassroots level. The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, Government Inspectorate, Ministry of Justice, Vietnam Lawyers Association, and Vietnam Bar Federation are expected to join the programme. This move intended to serve the organisation of the Party Congresses at all levels in the run up to the 12 th National Party Congress, President of the VFF Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan was told while working with officials from the centre on March 3. The Centre will receive citizens on a regular basis, create a legal framework, and complete relevant documents for the implementation of regulations featured in the Law of Citizen Reception. In 2014, the Centre received nearly 41,000 … [Read more...]

2015 Youth month kicks off

(VOVworld) – The Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union has launched the 2015 Youth month and the 2015 Tet tree planting festival in Kim Binh commune, Chiem Hoa district, Tuyen Quang province. President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan beat the drum to launch the Youth Month. Speaking at the launching ceremony, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan, expressed his hopes that young people will continue to follow the fine tradition of predecessors to contribute to national construction and defense. Youth Union Secretary of Chiem Hoa District’s Youth Union Committee Dang Ngoc Sang said: "I’m very honored to take part in the tree-planting festival launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee. This is a practical activity to respond to the tree-planting campaign initiated by President Ho Chi Minh. As a youth union secretary, I always try my best to … [Read more...]

Deputy PM congratulates health sector on Doctors’ Day

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has recognised Doctors' Day (February 27) by visiting health workers in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. He told people at the Herbalist Society in the province's Tam Dao district on February 26 to be innovative in using herbal remedies passed down generation to generation. He stressed that herbalists societies in Tam Dao and the greater Vinh Phuc province, an area featuring an abundance of precious medicinal herbs, are well positioned to make good use of these resources. He also made stops at the Thai Hoa Commune clinic and the healthcare centre of Lap Thach district, urging local health staff to keep up their good work in preventive health services, especially vaccinations and educational campaigns about homegrown ways to promote health. Dam called upon the Health Ministry and provincial authorities to use investment resources to equip health institutions at local levels with modern equipment and to improve health workers' skills. Ahead … [Read more...]