Ho Chi Minh City to host international street music festival

Singer Nina Van Horn and her band. Source: 606-reedandblues.org

Dozens of international and local singers and musicians will perform later this week at the annual Bourbon Street Jazz Festival featuring music, dance and food in Ho Chi Minh City. The featured performer will be Nina Van Horn, a blues/rock singer from Texas, and her international blues band. The performance, featuring a mixture of European jazz and blues, will last for two and a half hours. Horn was born in France and later moved to the US. She started as a dancer and has been on stage since she was 14. She has performed with the Lyric Company of France, and was a coloratura soprano for some years before deciding to become a country and blues singer. She was selected twice to represent France at the Festiblues of Montreal. Her latest album Seven Daily Sins in 2013 as the best blues CD in France and Germany. Horn and her band have toured worldwide, including India, Argentina, Malaysia, Europe, and Thailand. The festival will feature the city-based expatriate band Brooklyn … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/5

Vietnamese Ao Dai introduced in New York Two collections of Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional dresses) were introduced to international friends at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in the United States on May 23. The show was under a cultural and arts programme for the conservation of wildlife species with the participation of eight Asian countries - Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Vietnam. The collections included 30 dresses by designer Thuan Viet and were shown onVietnamese models from New York City, New Jersey and Washington. The dresses’ patterns were embroidered with the image of tigers from kinds of Vietnamese folk paintings and crystal glass flowers. In addition to the show, a workshop on Dong Ho folk painting and a display of Hoi An lanterns were held during the programme. Through unique cultural activities, international friends could know more about the beauty of landscapes, people and culture of … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City high ranking officials visit South Korea

Mr. Le Thanh Hai hands over a painting of Uncle Ho to Vietnam's Ambassador to Korea, Pham Huu Chi (Photo: Sggp)

A delegation of Ho Chi Minh City high ranking officials led by Politburo member, Secretary of the City Party Committee, Le Thanh Hai has paid a visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) from May 23-30. Vice chairmen of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, Nguyen Huu Tin and Hua Ngoc Thuan, together with leaders of departments and over 40 businesses were also among those attending the visit. Incheon Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok, former Incheon Mayor Ahn Sang-soo-, National Assembly Member, and Incheon Metropolitan City Council chairman No Kyung-soo received the delegation at the G Tower in Incheon-Seoul, South Korea on May 24. Mr. Hai affirmed that Ho Chi Minh City always wishes to further promote strategic cooperative relations with the RoK, and create favorable conditions for the Korean investors, especially in the fields of support industry, electricity, electronics, hi-tech agriculture, textile and garment. He also highly appreciated the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between the two … [Read more...]

HCM City to host int’l street music festival

Singer Nina Van Horn (Source: ticketbox.vn) Dozens of international and local singers and musicians will perform later this week at the annual Bourbon Street Jazz Festival featuring music, dance and food in Ho Chi Minh City. The featured performer will be Nina Van Horn, a blues/rock singer from Texas, and her international blues band. The performance, featuring a mixture of European jazz and blues, will last for two and a half hours. Horn was born in France and later moved to the US. She started as a dancer and has been on stage since she was 14. She has performed with the Lyric Company of France, and was a coloratura soprano for some years before deciding to become a country and blues singer. She was selected twice to represent France at the Festiblues of Montreal. Her latest album Seven Daily Sins in 2013 as the best blues CD in France and Germany. Horn and her band have toured worldwide, including India, Argentina, Malaysia, Europe, and Thailand. The festival will … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Ao Dai introduced in New York

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Designer Thuan Viet and his Ao Dai patterns embroidered with the image of tigers from Vietnamese folk paintings. (Credit: tuoitre.vn) NDO – Two collections of Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional dresses) were introduced to international friends at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in the United States on May 23. The show was under a cultural and arts programme for the conservation of wildlife species with the participation of eight Asian countries - Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Vietnam. The collections included 30 dresses by designer Thuan Viet and were shown onVietnamese models from New York City, New Jersey and Washington. The dresses’ patterns were embroidered with the image of tigers from kinds of Vietnamese folk paintings and crystal glass flowers. In addition to the show, a workshop on Dong Ho folk painting and a display of Hoi An lanterns were held during the programme. Through unique cultural … [Read more...]

Paintings on rhamnoneuron paper showcased

A showcased art work.

PANO – 71 painting on "Do" (rhamnoneuron) paper by artists Xuan Nhu and Yoyo are on display at an exhibition, themed "Soul of Rhamnoneuron", opened in Hanoi on May 22nd. With the two parts, "history" and "contemporary arts", the three-week exhibition will help viewers learn more about the birth and development of the paper and harmony between traditional and modern arts. It also introduces some Vietnam’s folk art paintings and artifacts. Park Nark Jong, Director of the Republic of Korea Culture Centre in Vietnam, said that the event aims to promote people’s knowledge of the paper and relations between the two peoples as well as connect cultures of the two countries. Translated by Son Ca … [Read more...]

Da Nang: Industry and Trade Fair 2015 opens

Vo Duy Khuong, deputy chairman of Da Nang municipal People’s Committee visits a booth at the exhibition on May 23rd, 2015. Photo: baodanang.vn

(VOVworld) - Over 145 businesses from provinces and cities nationwide are taking part in the 2015 Industry and Trade Fair that opened in Da Nang City on Saturday. A wide range of products including electronics, energy-saving technology, textiles and leather, as well as works of fine arts, furniture, crafts and tourism products are on display in 300 pavilions at the exhibition. Vo Duy Khuong, Deputy Chairman of Da Nang municipal People’s Committee, said the fair is a venue to promote made-in Vietnam products and encourage Vietnamese people to prioritize Vietnamese products: "I proposed domestic businesses stay prepared to compete equally with businesses of other ASEAN countries and those in the region. The competition will become fiercer once products of other countries arrive in Vietnam." … [Read more...]

German art graced among Vietnamese children

German mask-making activity have brought great spellbinding experience to Vietnamese children, who attend the special education programme held by the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and the Goethe Institute on May 23. Through the activity, children’s thoughts and feelings about the art were channeled, helping them develop artistry, teamwork and presentation skills. Coming to the event which also takes place on May 24 and 31, they have a chance to discover German people and culture through exploring an art exhibition featuring 23 German masterpieces, which range from expressionist work to more realistic depictions of German life. The event, jointly held by the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and the Goethe Institute, is part of the exhibition "New Paintings from Germany". It is organised on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam-Germany diplomatic relations. The exhibition, which opened on May 14 and will run until May 31, is showcasing works of six German artists, ranging … [Read more...]

War tunnels attract new-style artist

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A local artist will soon bring a new image and art exhibition to the Vinh Moc guerrilla war tunnel system in the central province of Quang Tri. Party time: Artists Vo Xuan Huy will soon present an art exhibition at the Vinh Moc war tunnels in the central province of Quang Tri. — Photo thethaovanhoa.vn Vo Xuan Huy intends to put 2,000 colourful baloons and his audiences in the tunnels and then push the ballons through the tunnels' exit and into the sky. The tunnel system has three storeys, which lies 12m, 15m and 22m under the earth's surface. The artist will also place photos in the passageways so that the public has to look, and even step on them as they pass. "I designed the installation that way so people will have the feeling that the sky is under their feet," he explained, "It implies that the tunnel system runs so deep that it runs through another skyline." Huy said the aim of the art project is to make contemporary art move closer to the public, especially the … [Read more...]

HCM City soon to lose art workshop

Paintings are hung on the wall along the staircase inside the building

VietNamNet Bridge – Young artists in the Sao La project of HCMC-based Gallery Quynh have turned a building at the corner of Nguyen Thai Binh and Le Cong Kieu streets in District 1 into an art workshop even though when they are aware that the building will be cleared sooner or later. All visitors to the building are captivated by creative and artistic touches that are reflected at all of its nooks and crannies. In a small space, a room for painting and installation art exhibition is set up. Products are displayed in a proper way, making the tiny room a true contemporary art gallery. One third of the room is a workplace for artists and architects. Working in an old building which is about to be cleared away seems to be an interesting experience that these artists are happy to enjoy. Thanks to their activities, people to the old building forget the feeling of saying goodbye and they merely indulge themselves in an atmosphere of innovation and creativity. Few people would … [Read more...]

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Hello and welcome to VOV’s Letter Box, a weekly feature dedicated to our listeners throughout the world. We are Mai Phuong and Phuong Khanh. A: This week we received a postal entry to VOV’s contest "What do you know about Vietnam?" from SB Sharma of India. It is beautifully illustrated with photos that support his answers to our questions. B: In the preface, he wrote: "First of all, I’m thankful to God for giving me such a great opportunity in my life to be associated with shortwave broadcasters and listening to them. It was a very good opportunity and experience for me to be fully connected with the Overseas Service of Vietnam and listen to the Voice of Vietnam’s English Service. It’s also a great pleasure to be connected with the nation of dragon and fairy". A: We appreciate your entry. VOV’s contest "What do you know about Vietnam?" has received numerous positive responses from listeners around the world. Contest rules and suggestions for … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/5

2015 Celtic music festival in Hanoi this weekend 2015 Celtic music festival in Vietnam opened in big cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the coastal city of Nha Trang from May 17-23. For this "Breton Day 2015″, the Breton society in Vietnam has invited musicians reputed throughout the world who will present all the different aspects of celtic musics from tradition to modernity. More than 40 musicians and 7 bands perform during the festival, including the Kemperle Pipe Band, Lang Dzu band, Celtic Rock Diaouled, Alan Pennec, Jakez Lesouef, Hot Tzigani band and Turbo Sans Visa. After successful perfomances in Ho Chi Minh City on May 16-17 and in Nha Trang on 20, the event will take place at L’Espace and Chez Xuan in Hanoi on May 22-23 respectively. HCM City to celebrate Khmer New Year The Ethnic Khmer New Year, Chol Chnam Thmay, will be featured at the Southern Land food festival, held at Dam Sen Park in HCM City from May 29 to June 1. The Khmer Art Troupe of … [Read more...]

HCM City brings classics to life in D minor

The International Choir and Orchestra of HCM City will present masterpieces from classical composers at the HCM City Conservatory of Music on Saturday. — Photo courtesy of ICOH

VietNamNet Bridge –The International Choir and Orchestra of HCM City (ICOH) will entertain the city with a night of classic music and dance performances by Vietnamese and foreign artists tomorrow, May 23. That Celestial Sound will present masterpieces from classical composers including Johannes Brahms's Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen from A German Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Trinitatis Mass, John Wilbye's As Matchless Beauty, Henry Purcell's Come, Ye Sons of Art, and Michel Richard de Lalande's Benedictus Dominus. Compositions from modern composers Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen and Dello Joio will also be featured. Conductor Ian Alexander will lead the orchestra and choir in the concert. Dancers from Loyola University from the US city of Chicago will join the event, too. The programme's artistic director is Brian Riedlinger. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Loreto Kids Charity. Founded in 1995, the ICOH consists of Vietnamese and foreign … [Read more...]

Children’s art exhibition opens May 27

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To celebrate International Children's Day on June 1, the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition and Viet Nam Exhibition Centre for Culture and Arts will sponsor National Children's Art Exhibition 2015. The exhibition will display 400 pictures, selected from 34,250 pictures sent from children at 574 schools and children's cultural houses throughout the country. Participating in the exhibition are children from provinces with strong arts campaigns, including Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Thua Thien-Hue, Nghe An, Hai Duong, Bac Giang and Hung Yen. The art exhibition also showcases works by students from mountainous ethnic boarding schools and SOS Hai Phong Children's Village. Their participation reveals that there has been much attention to arts education, which serves as a means for children to express their love for their friends, families, teachers, as well as their concern about life issues and study. Regularly held every two years, the national children's art exhibition … [Read more...]

Nguyen Trai – a national hero, world cultural celebrity (1380 – 1442)

Nguyen Trai submitted Le Loi a strategy book for defeating the Wu (Picture: Hoang Hoa Mai)  A text in Binh Ngo Dai Cao (Great Proclamation of the Pacification of the Wu (Chinese army)

Nguyễn Trãi, also known under his style name Ức Trai (1380-1442) was from Chi Ngại village, Phượng Sơn district, Lạng Giang (now Chí Linh, Hải Dương Province). His father was Nguyễn Ứng Long (Nguyễn Phi Khanh), a Confucian scholar and mother Trần Thị Thái, daughter of high ranking mandarin Trần Nguyên Đán of Tran dynasty.In 1400, he graduated as doctor and served in Ho Dynasty. In 1406, Ming force invaded and conquered Vietnam; he joined the liberation army or Lam Son revolution led by Le Loi as the closest adviser and the primary strategist. Many diplomatic letters and pronouncements were written by him. In 1442, he was blamed for the death of the king, he and his entire extended families were accused to be exterminated. In 1446, King Lê Thánh Tông officially pardoned Nguyễn Trãi, saying that he was wholly innocent in the death of King Lê Thái Tông. Nguyen Trai submitted Le Loi a strategy book for defeating the Wu (Picture: Hoang Hoa Mai) He left to future generations so many great … [Read more...]

Korean choreographer brings local legend to dance stage

A fi le photo featuring Korean dancing professor Chun Yoo Oh in the "Arirang Saigon" program - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZERS

Kieu Giang Legend has it that in the 2nd century BC, the state of Au Lac owned a magical crossbow which was made from a nail of the Holy Turtle to protect the country from the northern invaders. However, Princess My Chau told the secret about this crossbow to her husband Prince Trong Thuy of the rival country. Trong Thuy stole the crossbow and left a fake one, leading Au Lac to lose in a battle. On the way to escape the enemy, her father King Duong Vuong discovered his daughter throwing goose feather to mark the trait for Trong Thuy to follow. The King killed her and committed suicide by jumping into the sea. Trong Thuy who finally regretted for his action also jumped into a well to kill himself. The history book Dai Viet su ki also had notes about this tragic legend. Co Loa ancient rampart in Hanoi still has the relics of a temple to worship these legendary characters and a water well where Trong Thuy killed himself after he found she was dead. The history book published by … [Read more...]

Indonesia and Vietnam artists display artworks in town

An oil painting by Indonesian artist Budi Ubrux on display at Yogyakarta – Saigon exhibition at the HCMC Association of Fine Arts - PHOTO: HUE NGHI

Hue Nghi The participating Indonesian artists are Sulistyo Chung, Hadi Soesanto, Budi Ubrux, Emmy Go, Agus Suwage and Titarubi. The local artists are Mai Anh Dung, Nguyen Ngoc Dang, Le Hao, Siu Quy, Alan Nguyen and Luong Luu Bien. Though created in different styles, all the artworks at the exhibition have one thing in common: a new perspective about the current state and culture of the two cities where the 12 artists are living and working. The exhibition runs until May 23. … [Read more...]

City soon to lose art workshop

The room for painting and installation art exhibition is located in an old building at the corner of Nguyen   Thai Binh and Le Cong Kieu streets in District 1, HCMC

Nguyen Hue Nghi All visitors to the building are captivated by creative and artistic touches that are reflected at all of its nooks and crannies. In a small space, a room for painting and installation art exhibition is set up. Products are displayed in a proper way, making the tiny room a true contemporary art gallery. One third of the room is a workplace for artists and architects. Working in an old building which is about to be cleared away seems to be an interesting experience that these artists are happy to enjoy. Thanks to their activities, people to the old building forget the feeling of saying goodbye and they merely indulge themselves in an atmosphere of innovation and creativity. Few people would think the rooftop measuring some 70 square meters could have been turned into an outdoor cinema. There are short-film screenings available there. Film students, young directors, and film lovers can sit down together to enjoy drinks, and watch and discuss movies. … [Read more...]

Thousands of paintings submitted to National Children’s Painting Exhibition

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Image for illustration (photo: Q.T) NDO - More than 34,200 paintings by children from 574 schools nationwide have been submitted to the 2015 National Children's Painting Exhibition scheduled to take place on May 27, according to the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition. As many as 400 paintings will be selected to be showcased at the exhibition as an activity to celebrate International Children's Day (June 1). This year's exhibition also saw the participation of pupils from boarding schools in mountainous provinces and from SOS Children's Village in Hai Phong. The National Children's Painting Exhibition is held biennially under the ‘Vietnamese Children’s Fine Arts Awards’ project, which is jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee. The event is expected to encourage fine arts activities for children and nurture talents. … [Read more...]

German art to be shown to Vietnamese children

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A corner of the exhibition "New Paintings from Germany" (Photo: VNA) Vietnamese children aged from 8 to 12 will have the chance to discover German people and culture when they attend a special education programme held in Hanoi on May 23, 24 and 31. The children will be able to explore an art exhibition featuring 23 German masterpieces, which range from expressionist work to more realistic depictions of German life. The children’s thoughts and feelings about the art will then be channeled through a creative mask-making activity, helping them develop their artistry, teamwork and presentation skills. The event, jointly held by the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and the Goethe Institute, is part of the exhibition "New Paintings from Germany". It is organised on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam-German diplomatic relations. The exhibition, which opened on May 14 and will run until May 31, is showcasing works of six German artists, ranging from large-scale … [Read more...]