The project implementation schedule must not exceed 36 months from the date of handing over the land.
By Tan Thai- Translated by Huyen Huong
The project implementation schedule must not exceed 36 months from the date of handing over the land.
By Tan Thai- Translated by Huyen Huong
At the market, ex-lovers are reunited, talk about their current marriages and warm up their lost love.
Khau Vai Love Market 2021 will open in the central stadium of Meo Vac district in the northern mountain province of Ha Giang from May 6 to 8.
The love market, which is located about 200km far from the province’s center, has been held once every year.
|Khau Vai Love Market, dating back over a hundred years ago. Photo: Best Price Travel|
Under the theme “The love songs fair”, the festival this year will be organized in three days with activities showcasing the most typical cultural features of the local ethnic minority people.
In the framework of the festival, there will be special and attractive activities imbued with the local cultural identity such as a beauty contest to choose the beauty queen of the ethnic groups; the incense offering ceremony at Ong Temple and a prayer for love, among others.
The event will also feature cultural and art performances, and folk games, including drum dancing of the Giay ethnic group; joining Hmong people in lanh cloth weaving; flute making and horse riding; fire dance of Lo Moong ethnic group; folk song performance of Giay ethnic group; black pig race and Day cake pounding competition.
|Khau Vai Love Market this year will take place from May 6 to 8 at at the stone maze area in Khau Vai commune and the central stadium of Meo Vac district, Ha Giang province. Photo: livingnomads.com|
Visitors will taste traditional dishes such as maize wine, mint-fragrant honey, smoked pork, goat hot pot, and wearing the costumes of the ethnic minority girls and women. In addition, there are also various booths displaying and selling local products.
Legend has it that the Khau Vai Love Market, dating back over a hundred years, emanated from the love story between a Hmong boy and a Giay girl that sparked a grudge between the two ethnic groups.
In order to avoid bloody confrontations, they were forced to be away from each other. However, the couple vowed that they would meet once a year on the 26th day of the third lunar month at Khau Vai market in Meo Vac district of Ha Giang province.
Today, the one-in-a-year meet-up became the dating fair, for young people to find love and married couples to freshen their feelings.
South Korean violin artist JMI KO, singers Seok Hun, Han Sara, and a K-pop dance troupe will perform in Hoi An from April 9 to 11 during the Korean Culture Day event, an annual cultural exchange between South Korea and Quang Nam province.
|South Korean singer Han Sara will perform at the Korean Culture Day in the central province of Quang Nam. Photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Centre|
The event will be held at the An Hoi Sculpture Garden, featuring an array of cultural performances, cuisine, and traditional arts of Korea and Hoi An.
“Vietnam and Korea are making our ‘family relationship’ better,” said South Korean ambassador Park Noh-wan.
“I’m glad to introduce Korean culture to people in Quang Nam. I hope this year’s event will bring the people of the two countries closer over the barriers of culture and language.”
Visitors will have the chance to experience Korean culture and cuisine from 3pm-6pm on April 10 and 11 including handicrafts, games and a lucky draw.
From 7pm to 9pm, music shows will entertain event goers with performances by Korean and Vietnamese artists.
Violinist JMI Ko is popular in Vietnam with her music video Xin Chào Việt Nam (Hello Vietnam) featuring beautiful landscapes including Hoi An.
She has been living and working in HCM City for ten years.
Singer Han Sara participated in Giọng Hát Việt (The Voice of Vietnam)’s season 4. Her songs are popular among young listeners.
The South Korean Embassy in Hanoi has cooperated with the People’s Committee of Quang Nam Province to host the National Taekwondo Clubs Championships – Korean Ambassador Cup 2021 from April 7 to 14.
The tournament is co-hosted by the Korean Cultural Centre in Vietnam with the support of the Vietnam Taekwondo Federation, the provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, and the People’s Committee of Hoi An with the participation of nearly 1,000 taekwondo athletes, coaches and staff.
The UNESCO-recognised world heritage Hoi An and the International Mask Arts & Culture Organisation and Andong City of South Korea inked an agreement to promote cultural exchanges, exhibitions and friendship visits from 2017.
It aimed to boost diplomatic ties between South Korea and Vietnam, as well as the central province of Quang Nam.
Hoi An is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam, attracting a large number of visitors, especially South Korean tourists who are the top five sources of foreign visitors to Quang Nam.
Particularly, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education Nguyen Trong Nghia and President of the Ho Chi Minh City Association of Veterans Major General Nguyen Minh Hoang are candidates for the 15th NA, while Deputy Chief of the Ho Chi Minh City Military Command Senior Colonel Pham Van Ram is running for a seat at the municipal People’s Council.
Having been briefed on the criteria for the NA, People’s Council deputies and biographies of the three officials, local voters agreed that the nominated candidates meet all of the requirements and are qualified to run for seats at the 15th NA and the municipal People’s Council.
All of them live a healthy and simple life and always demonstrate their firm political position and absolute loyalty to the Party, Nation, and people. In any working positions, they have always completed their tasks and wholeheartedly served the nation and people.
Voters also hoped that candidates would listen and convey voters’ concerns to the NA or municipal people’s council, and contribute to building people’s trust in the Party and strengthening national unity.
On behalf of the candidates, Nghia thanked local voters for their comments and trust. Mentioning the deputies’ honor and great responsibility, he promised to try his best to fulfil all missions assigned by the Party, State, and people and wished to receive more support from local voters.
At the event, the voters agreed on the nomination of Nguyen Trong Nghia, Major General Nguyen Minh Hoang, and Senior Colonel Pham Van Ram as candidates for the 15th NA and the municipal People’s Council.
Translated by Song Anh
The traditional costumes have always contributed to honouring the country’s cultural identities. The men’s Ao Dai had once sunk into oblivion. However, today, Ao Dai for men is in the process of a renaissance, with the attention of the whole community.
An arduous journey
People who love traditional culture must not forget the image of Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Kingdom (UK) Tran Ngoc An presenting a letter of credentials to UK Queen Elizabeth II. He wore a blue Ao Dai with traditional patterns. That was a beautiful moment as Ambassador Tran Ngoc An selecteda Ao Dai to express Vietnamese traditional culture. Vietnamese Ambassador to India, Bhutan and Nepal Pham Sanh chau wore Ao Dai not only during diplomatic ceremonies but also at festivals and cultural events. He also mobilised the Embassy’s staff to wear Ao Dai regularly. Now all staff at the Vietnamese Embassy in India wear Ao Dai on three occasions each year including at Tet (Lunar New Year), National Holidays and the Vu Lan (a Buddhist holiday held annually on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month to express gratitude to mothers). Ambassador Chau has been called “The Ambassador of Ao Dai ”. The appearance of Ao Dai for men at diplomatic events has surprised many people because previously, few people thought this kind of traditional long dress could bring such elegance and honour to the national culture.
These beautiful images make us feel the revival of Ao Dai for men seems to have started. However, the return of men’s Ao Dai was not as easy as it seems. Writer and researcher Hoang Quoc Hai still remembers the time nearly 30 years ago when the Ministry of Culture and Information (now the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) invited experts to discuss national clothing. He said that none of the many invited cultural managers and experts could answer the question of what was the national uniform for men. For him, it is a cultural pain. He said the meeting between leaders of the Ministry of Culture and Information and experts did not bring about results as expected but it did create a start.
Many people started talking about a national dress that expresses the national identity firstly. Certainly, traditional Vietnamese clothing comes in a variety of styles for men and women. However, the traditional Ao Dai dress was considered the “prime candidate” for the national clothing of Vietnamese men. In the past, Ao Dai for men often appeared only on the stage or at festivals. But then, the Ao Dai for men gradually appeared more at weddings, fashion shows and cultural events. Images of the Ao Dai for men in use have been more frequent over the past ten years. There are more and more young people confidently wearing Ao Dai in their activities. Thua Thien Hue province has become the first locality encouraging male civil servants in the cultural sector to wear Ao Dai each Monday.
The journey of preserving and promoting the value of Ao Dai for men also featured the participation of many researchers, cultural experts and especially young people. Dinh Lang Viet (Vietnamese Communal House) Club is one group active in restoring the tradition of the men’s Ao Dai . Its members have always worn Ao Dai at cultural events. In 2017, the Ao Dai Ngu Than (five-flap long dress) Development Support Centre under the Dinh Lang Viet Club was formed. The club’s head Nguyen Duc Binh said that “Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat laid the foundation for the birth and development of Ao Dai Ngu Than in 1744. The image of Ao Dai for men had faded since 1940s due to the influence of western culture. After 1954, Ao Dai for men only appeared on stage. Wars persisted continuously, so the image of Ao Dai was forgotten. In fact, in cultural and fashion festivals, many variations of Ao Dai sometimes lost the male visage of strength, sometimes looking like the traditional long dresses of other countries in the South Asia. Many people began to confuse the men’s Ao Dai with other outfits. This is the reason why the Dinh Lang Viet Club and many research groups and art experts started to rediscover the beauty of the men’s Ao Dai . Fortunately, there are still many documents and images related to the Ao Dai Ngu Than .
In addition to Dinh Lang Viet Club, many researchers and other traditional cultural clubs have conducted their own studies. Up to this point, the traditional Ao Dai for men has been “positioned” onspecial criteria. In addition to its distinguishing factors compared to the long dresses of other nations, Ao Dai for men has a distinctly profound significance. For example, the five flaps represent the four mothers and fathers as well as himself. Five buttons represent the five virtues of a gentleman.
Efforts to make Ao Dai closer to life
As a witness of the ups and downs of the men’s Ao Dai , writer Hoang Quoc Hai is happy to see its “renaissance”. He said that he has firm faith because there are many young people among the researchers and those who like wearing Ao Dai ngu than . In fact, in addition to Dinh Lang Viet Club, the Y Van Hien Club was a group of 9x young people who have made efforts to find a way back for the nation’s traditional costumes. Y Van Hien has become a reputable enterprise that specialises in providing traditional costumes for collectives and individuals including many cultural and diplomatic activists. Director of the Y Van Hien Company Nguyen Duc Loc said: “Looking back at the photos of Hanoians in the early twentieth century, we see that many Hanoi families wore traditional Ao Dai . The traditional Ao Dai for men overcomes many physical weaknesses while exuding an elegant elegance and demonstrating the strong poise of a man”.
However, the traditional Ao Dai for men has also certain disadvantages. The preservation and promotion of value of this traditional outfit is necessary; however, the problem is how to apply it to the modern social context.
According to Master Nguyen Kim Huong, a lecture from the Hanoi University of Architecture, the renovation of Ao Dai is a trend to suit today’s life, so that it can be used while going to work and going out”.
Many other researchers believe the renovation must pay attention to convenience and comfort. Head of Dinh Lang Viet Club Nguyen Duc Binh also noted that Ao Dai must be adjusted to keep its traditional beauty as well as apply it to today’s lifestyle.
Although there is no official document recognising the men’s Ao Dai ngu than as a national costume, in the minds of many people, it is most certainly a representative image of Vietnamese costume culture.
In addition to traditional dances that have been preserved and promoted, young artists have introduced both domestic and foreign audiences to contemporary works inspired by the quintessence and traditional cultural identities of Vietnam during its process of exchange with the world.
The ballet entitled “Kieu” by choreographer Nguyen Tuyet Minh, inspired by the literary masterpiece of the great poet Nguyen Du, left an indelible impression on artistic life last year. The dance combines the techniques of western classic ballet and contemporary dance with the folk dances of Vietnam. Symphonic and contemporary music are harmonised with Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) and hat xam (ballads sung by wandering blind musicians) in the ballet performance. Recently, dancer Vu Ngoc Khai, who was trained in the Netherlands, has become a favourite. After he returned to Vietnam, he came closer to the public through dance pieces entitled “Suong som” (Morning Dew), “Moc” (Rusticity) and “Tich tac” (The tick). In particular, the contemporary dance piece “Day gieng” ( Bottom of the Well), choreographed and performed by himself, surprised audiences with the sound of Binh Dinh war drums that heretofore only appeared in traditional art as well as images of non la (conical hats) and flower-shaped mats. In addition, movements simulating the folk games of cockfighting and buffalo fighting became special features of the dance.
An artwork in the project “From tradition to tradition”
Folk materials have also been the inspiration for contemporary music. The public enjoyed traditional music forms such as Chau Van (spiritual singing), Tuong (classical drama) and Cheo (traditional opera) in shows entitled “Gio” (Wind) and “Lua” (Fire) by pianist Pho An My and musician Dang Tue Nguyen. The feature dialogue between piano and traditional musical instruments. The symphony orchestra Seaphony gathered over 50 artisans and instrumentalists from many regions around the country. Lip-lutes, leaf-horns, Tinh flutes and gongs form a unique national symphony orchestra that has resonated both at home and abroad.
The recent concert “Folklore on jazz/Folklore on the strings” was a special musical programme in late 2020, featuring the participation of veteran artists from the traditional arts as well as jazz artists and an orchestra with traditional and symphony instruments. The concert was a bridge for north-west dialogues with jazz playing a role as the connection between traditional music and symphonic sounds. The show was atypical of a combination between indigenous and international music. The quintessential beauty of the traditional art forms of Tuong, Cheo and Cai luong (reformed opera) and the pristine features of the melodies from the northwestern mountainous regions as well as the improvised structures of jazz and the expressive ability of the strings and brass in the symphony created an open music space. Audiences felt a strong connection between many aspects of music: tradition – modernity and freedom.
The Seaphony National Orchestra in a performance in Hanoi
The country’s traditional fine art treasure has also formed the base and inspiration for the creation of new cultural values. The public once admired the traditional patterns on Ao Dai designs by famous designers such as Minh Hanh, Hoa Nguyen and Ha Linh Thu. They were promoted to the world through fashion shows. The images of Dong Son bronze drums also appeared on the watches, phones and music boxes of many famous brands in the world.
With a great love for Hang Trong paintings, designer Trinh Thu Trang and her S-River group conducted the project “Hoa sac Viet” (Vietnamese Colours and Patterns) to provide insightful analysis and concrete methods of using colours and patterns of this painting style. The data was digitised into a colour charset and vectorised in association with instructions on the combination of colours and their application in graphics, fashion, furniture and handicrafts. They will be an abundant warehouse of raw materials to create future designs imbued with the Vietnamese identity.
Also inspired by Hang Trong paintings, a group of teachers and students from the Vietnam Fine Arts University applied the paintings’ motifs to other materials such as pottery, lacquer, silk and 3D printing technology. The softness of the silk and sparkle of lacquers emphasised the delicate and soft patterns of the Hang Trong paintings. Under the guidance of skilled teachers, students also brought contemporary stories into their works that have a high level of relevance to life such as the silk painting featuring “carp turning into dragons” on curtains, the “rat’s wedding” on lacquer vase, and Hang Trong paintings on lanterns. Traditional heritage has been developed by younger generations. They communicated with the tradition via their own feelings. This will be an inspiration for the start of other projects with a series of traditional art heritage in dialogue with the many contemporary qualities of Vietnam and the world.
Never before has the traditional cultural heritage been promoted in such a skillful and creative manner like today. This is the way for young people to spread their patriotism, Vietnamese cultural identity and sprit to the world.