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...]

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...]

Thai theater group brings ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ to Saigon

A scene of the play Gruesome Playground Injuries. Photo courtesy of the Cargo/Q4. Gruesome Playground Injuries, a play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, will make its Saigon debut this April, promising to move local audiences with its darkly humorous and modern love story. The production, directed by Peter O’Neill, will have a limited run on April 22, 23 and 25 at Cargo/Q4 bar, 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh. Thailand-based English language theater group Peel the Limelight brought it to Vietnam, after a successful Bangkok premiere in February. The play features a modern love story starting on the playground and lasting over 30 years, showing the beautifully destructive nature of romance. Some people may think it’s child’s play, but the producers say it’s bloody, dangerous and painful to watch. It is definitely not suitable for young children. The play had its world premiere on October 2009 in Texas. An off-Broadway production debuted in February 2011. … [Read more...]

ASEAN music festival to feature in Thanh Hoa

(Cinet)- About 12 art troupes from ASEAN nations will be organized in the central province of Thanh Hoa for the ASEAN Traditional Music Festival from June 1 to 6. Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has approved for organizing the ASEAN music festival in June. Each troupe will perform at an official show featuring that country's traditional musical art and will be no longer than 40 minutes. These troupes will also perform in other shows that will cater to local audiences. ASEAN artists will also hold exchanges at a workshop on traditional music. The event is an oppotunity for ASEAN artists to share their experiences, strengthen relationships and enhance solidarity among the ASEAN members in the fields of arts and culture. … [Read more...]

Blind buskers’ songs performed in France and Germany

VietNamNet Bridge – Musician Nguyen Quang Long, who has just returned from a tour of France and Germany to perform xam (blind buskers' songs), tells Culture Vulture that it is a rare art that needs to be revitalised and given its rightful place in modern times. Related news Traditional music to be presented in France Please share with our readers some information about xam and its status in the traditional music arena today? In the past, groups of blind musicians wandered the streets of Ha Noi, singing for money. Dressed in simple clothes, they sang songs about the plight of the poor, the vices of former rulers and backward customs. Several songs were satires. These wandering minstrels reminded the well-to-do of the dangers in life and lifted the spirits of those less fortunate. The beauty of xam lies in its tone and rhythm. This art had fallen into decline for a long time, but now it has been drawing greater public attention. Many young artists are getting involved and … [Read more...]

Ha Long Japanese cherry blossom festival 2015 opens

The Ha Long cherry blossom festival 2015 kicks off in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province on April 2. NDO – The 2015 Ha Long cherry blossom festival kicked off in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province on April 2. Entitled 'Peace- Prosperity - Co-operation', the event is organised by the Ha Long city municipal People’s Committee in collaboration with Japan’s Wanokai International Culture Association to promote cultural exchanges and co-operation between the two countries. It is also an activity to celebrate 42th anniversary of the Vietnam – Japan diplomatic relationship. During the festival, children from the Northeast of Japan where was hit by the earthquake and tsunami four years ago, presented cherry trees to children in Quang Ninh province as an act to show their gratitude to the Vietnamese people for their support. As many as 500 cherry blossom branches from Oikinawa, Japan are showcased. The festival, which lasts on April 5, offers a diverse range of … [Read more...]

New notes are blowing in the wind

VietNamNet Bridge – The Viet Nam Opera and Ballet will, as usual, present a combination of classical music and dance in its new show, but this time, a new, folksy element has entered the picture. There is something very new to look forward to as top artists of the Viet Nam Opera and Ballet (VNOB) Company, including sopranos Vanh Khuyen, Thang Long and tenor Thanh Binh, begin the second leg of their 2014-2015 season after a long Lunar New Year break. Directed by conductor Dong Quang Vinh, the new show will combine solo songs, ballet, choir and, for the first time, a bamboo instrument band. Vinh, a talented and much loved conductor by local audiences, has taken over as director from the long-serving Briton, Graham Sutcliff. "This is a new feature of our company that we are very proud of," Pham Anh Phuong, VNOB Artistic Director told Viet Nam News. "The band will play many Vietnamese songs, of course, but it can also play other international music hits." At the moment, Vinh … [Read more...]