Southern hub to kick off annual tourism festival

Foreign tourists were welcomed at Tan San Nhat International Airport. (Photo for illustration)

PANO – The 11th Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Festival will be held at March 29 Park by the City’s Department of Tourism and some units between March 26th and 29th. The event, includes an array of highlights, such as a program "Impression to world heritages in Vietnam" in response to the National Tourism Year 2015, "Connecting world heritages in Vietnam," an exhibition on 40 years of Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector, a festival honoring the city’s tourist sites, and an award ceremony for businesses with outstanding contributions to the development of the city’s tourism sector. Besides, visitors could enjoy many special artistic performances and folk values of Vi-Giam, Gong space culture in Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands), Ca Tru ceremonial singing and Hue's royal court music, which have been recognized as intangible cultural heritages of humanity. The organizers gather about 150 booths from Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Tourism Promotion … [Read more...]

Festival to honor Tran dynasty’s contributions

An incense offering begins the "seal opening" ceremony. (Photo: VNA)

(VOVworld) - Tran Temple’s "seal opening" ceremony took place in the northern province of Nam Dinh on Wednesday or the 14th day of the first lunar month, attracting people from across Vietnam. After an incense offering at Thien Truong temple, where 14 kings of the Tran Dynasty are worshiped, came a procession of the royal seal carried on a palanquin. The parade involved 120 representatives of the local Association of the Elderly and Fatherland Front and Nam Dinh residents. According to Nguyen Van Va, Chairman of the Nam Dinh municipal People’s Committee, the ceremony is held annually to honor the Tran dynasty’s contributions and the "seal opening" custom, which means resumption of administrative activities after the Tet holiday, including awarding and conferring titles. Va said the re-enactment of the custom represents respect for and preservation of traditional culture by younger Vietnamese generations. Papers stamped with the royal seal are distributed to … [Read more...]

Art exhibition features American landscapes

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(VOV) -An exhibition featuring 67 oil paintings by Vietnamese American artist Trinh Lu has opened in Hanoi at 31-33 Hang Dong Street. The works were completed between July and December of 2014 in hisminiature studio-on-a-bicycle in the US city of Milwaukee and the surrounding countryside, which is famous for its lush woods and gorgeous vistas filled withwalking and bike trails. The exhibition also features the artist’s own stories told in a 170-page diary recently published by Phuong Nam Book and the Vietnam Writers’ Association Publishing House. It opened on March 1 and runs through March 11. Here are some photos of Trinh Lu at the exhibition: … [Read more...]

Exchange program of second Asian-Pacific Poetry Festival

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(Cinet)- The second Asian-Pacific Poetry Festival took place at the Kinh Bac Culture Centre in the River Delta province of Bac Ninh with the participation of more than 200 authors from 43 countries on March 4. The second Asian-Pacific Poetry Festival took place with the participation of more than 200 authors from 43 countries at the Kinh Bac Culture Centre in the River Delta province of Bac Ninh.Poetry played an important role in life, encouraging the creative spirit among people. This is a good chance for local and international writers to exchange their views. Addressing the event, Nguyen Tu Quynh, vice chairman of Bac Ninh’s People’s Committee, said in Vietnam, poetry plays an important role in life, encouraging the creative spirit among people. He added that this is a good chance for local and international writers to exchange their views. The delegates also had a chance to enjoy Bac Ninh’s unique folk art, the Quan Ho (love duet singing), which has been … [Read more...]

Artworks by painting pioneer Nguyen Tu Nghiem on display in Hanoi

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VietNamNet Bridge - Art lovers now have the opportunity to enjoy works by one of the legendary foursome of Vietnam fine art at the Ngan Pho Gallery at 82 Hang Gai in Hanoi. Nguyen Tu Nghiem is considered a pioneer in combining folkloric tradition with a modem spirit, creating a uniquely Vietnamese style. He is one of the famous four painters of Vietnam's modern art, called Nghiem - Lien - Sang - Phai. Even when he was still a student, his teachers and peers admired him for his creativity, especially his lively oil paintings on rural themes such as Grazing the Buffaloes in the Rain, The Cow at the Gate of the Pagoda and The Guardian of the Temple of literature. Together with painter Nguyen Do Cung, he visited many temples and pagodas familiarizing himself with each statue and carving. These trips provided him with the material and inspiration for the development of his artistic language. Nguyen Tu Nghiem was never satisfied with himself, trying to exhaust every single theme he … [Read more...]

Exhibition celebrates the 65th anniversary of Vietnam-Slovakia diplomatic relations

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(Cinet)- An exhibition of Slovak paintings dedicated to celebrate the 65 th anniversary of Vietnam-Slovakia diplomatic relations opened in Hanoi on March 3. The exhibition displays drawings featuring topics including the relationship between individuals and community, altruism and honesty. Guests included Peter Burian, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs; leaders of the Slovak Government and National Assembly Offices; ambassadors from countries who are friends of Vietnam and representatives from the Vietnamese community in Slovakia. Vietnam always remembers the sincere sentiments and valuable support of Slovakia to Vietnam during its past struggle for national independence and present cause of national construction and development, Vietnamese Ambassador to Slovakia Ho Dac Minh Nguyet emphasised. She added that the traditional friendly relations and multifaceted co-operation between the two countries have been unceasingly strengthened and expanded in … [Read more...]

Second Asian-Pacific Poetry Festival gathers crowd

(Photo: VNA) The second Asian-Pacific Poetry Festival took place at the Kinh Bac Culture Centre in the River Delta province of Bac Ninh on March 4 with the participation of more than 200 authors from 43 countries. The festival, which is part of the third international conference on promoting Vietnamese literature, was held in an effort to introduce Vietnamese poetry to international friends. Addressing the event, Nguyen Tu Quynh, vice chairman of Bac Ninh’s People’s Committee, said in Vietnam, poetry plays an important role in life, encouraging the creative spirit among people. He added that this is a good chance for local and international writers to exchange their views. Throughout the event, many local and foreign poets recited their poems honouring the beauty of nature and human life. The delegates also had a chance to enjoy Bac Ninh’s unique folk art, the Quan Ho (love duet singing), which has been recognised part of the world intangible culture … [Read more...]

Translator chooses paintbrush over pen

Prominent literary translator Trinh Lu, whose translations include Life of Pi, Norwegian Wood, The Centaur in the Garden, has revealed a new talent, painting, at an ongoing exhibit in Hanoi. Entitled Painting en Plein Air in America, the exhibition showcases 67 oil paintings created by the translator between July and December of 2014. He captured the landscapes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, atop his minimalist studio-on-a-bicycle. Bearing a slight resemblance to the landscapes by master Russian painter Isaac Ilyich Levitan, Lu's paintings depict the greenery of America's midwest – the Hubbard Trail, Michigan Lake, Lake Park, Oak Leaf Trail and Estabrook Park. The artworks are accompanied by the artist's stories of their creation told in a 170-page book titled, Painting en Plein Air – 2014 Diary. The book, just published by Phuong Nam Book and the Vietnam Writers' Association Publishing House, is now available as a guided tour of the work. Born in 1948 in Hanoi, Lu was … [Read more...]

Various visitors flock to the Lim festival 2015

Visitors attended the Lim festival 2015

The Hanoitimes - Thousands of people across the country have flocked to Tien Du district in northern Bac Ninh province to attend the Lim festival 2015, which takes place on March 2-3. Most of key activities of the festival were organized on Lim Hill where Lim Pagoda is located. Love duet singing, which was inscribed in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity list in September 2009, is an art form combining various elements, including music, lyrics, costume and a unique style of singing the reflects the close relationship between singers. Performances of love duet songs are made by "lien anh" (brothers) and "lien chi" (sisters), who are ordinary people hailing from different villages. The rich and diverse tunes and fine lyrics of the songs portray the zest for life and distinctive cultural features of people in the region formerly called Kinh Bac. Besides Quan Ho singing (Love duet singing), Lim Festival is also space for various folk games such as bamboo … [Read more...]

Traditional Lim festival lures thousands to Bac Ninh

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(VOV) -The annual Lim Festival of folk songs was held in Tien Du district in the northern province of Bac Ninh on March 2 and 3. The two-day spring festival attracted thousands of people from across the country. Besides Quan Ho (traditional love duet singing) , an array of folk games were also held to entertain visitors. They included bamboo swinging, wrestling, cock fighting, earthenware pot breaking, human chess and blind man’s bluff. These performances and games reflect the cultural identity of the Kinh Bac land - the cradle of the prestigious Ly dynasty (1010-1225) and Buddhism in Vietnam. The opening date of the festival is related to a legend, which says that a native woman of the Eastern hamlet of Noi Due commune, named Ba Mu, became a Buddhist nun at the Lim Pagoda and, thereafter, reached enlightenment. When a severe drought hit the village, the locals came to the pagoda and asked her for assistance. With the nun's help, the drought ended. Some photos of the Lim … [Read more...]

Plan to implement “Fine Arts Developing Plan up to 2020 and an orientation of 2030”

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(Cinet)- Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has promulgated Plan to implement "Fine Arts Developing Plan up to 2020 and an orientation of 2030". The Plan consists of 05 main contents such as propagandizing the Plan; managing the State and building policy; Training some human resources; Applying science-technology and building material infrastructures. About propagandizing the Plan: introducing the content of the Plan; associating with the Vietnam Television on media mean to increase more awareness of the people about fine arts; developing fine arts to educate people at the school. About managing the State and building the policy: building Document about the State management; building policy to maintain and develop some values of fine arts to submit to the PM for an approval; building policy to collect and develop some forms of fine arts. About training some human resources: training and increasing more levels about works for some painters and sculptures to manage the fine … [Read more...]

Night fishing in Ho Chi Minh City

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Besides people eating late meals and clients of late-night businesses such as karaoke parlors and discotheques, ‘sleepless Ho Chi Minh City’ now has one more witness: fishermen. Night fishers are not abundant, but there are enough of them to add to a sketch of the night-life painting of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City. Night fishing is not for business, it is just a hobby of some city dwellers when the sun disappears and lamplights begin reflecting off the Saigon River and its branches. These fishermen often choose to drop their lines near new bridges where roads are well built and private construction has not yet covered the area densely. On the riverbank opposite the iconic Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1, a group of three young men lit up a stack of firewood to broil some catfish the size of a wrist one night. The good smell of fried fish may make people feel like they are at a nighttime forest picnic. It is night fishing, in Saigon. And the three men are … [Read more...]

13th Vietnam Poetry Day to open

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(Cinet)- The 13th Vietnam Poetry Day is expected to attract nearly 150 poets from 40 countries and territories around the world when it is commemorated on March 05. It is a great event to honour some high-appreciated achievements of Vietnamese poem.Nearly 550 writers and poets will take part in the event from 40 countries and territories around the world, including the U.K, France, Australia, Brazil, Cuba, and Pakistan. There will be 15 typical, carefully selected Vietnamese poets reciting poems in French. The poems will be illustrated by a French painter. This year, the event will also feature a special section to promote traditional arts including "hat van," also known as "chau van" or "hat bong" (traditional northern spiritual singing) and "hat xam" (northern street folk music). During seven days, international delegates will visit Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh, the Vietnam Museum of Literature in Hanoi, and the Kinh Bac cultural center square in the northern … [Read more...]

Lim festival – Love duet singing festival

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(Cinet)- Numerous visitors from different localities across Vietnam flocked to Tien Du district in northern Bac Ninh province to attend the Lim festival which is dedicated to Quan Ho (love duet singing), part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage on on March 2-3. The annual festival is held on Lim Hill where Lim Pagoda is located. The pagoda is dedicated to Hieu Trung Hau, who invented Quan Ho on the 12th and 13th days of the Lunar New Year.The rich and diverse tunes and fine lyrics of the songs portray the zest for life and distinctive cultural features of people in the region formerly called Kinh Bac. The incense-offering liturgy expresses gratitude and respect of the locals to him, and is also an occasion to remember the origin of Lim Festival as well. Lim Festival is also space for various folk games such as "danh du" (bamboo swings), wrestling, cocks fighting, tugging war, blindman'sbuff, human chess, pot beating, etc. Especially, visitors can know more about culture … [Read more...]

Highlights for March 2-8

PERFORMANCETrinh Cong Son Music Night "Hạ Huyền 2″ (Dark Moon 2) L'Espace 24 Trang Tien Street, At the show, Giang Trang and other musicians will play music composed by Trinh Cong Son, a famous Vietnamese composer who was deeply influenced by Western music and created "sad melodies of yellow skin". Ticket: VND160,000 Special price for members of L'Espace and students: 80 000 VND EXHIBITIONExhibition "Painting en Plein Air in America" 31 - 33 Hang Dong Street The exhibition displays sixty-seven oil paintings created by Trinh Lu, a Vietnamese artist, between July and December of 2014 with his minimalist studio-on-a-bicycle capturing the landscapes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Exhibition "Two Sisters - Two Frontlines" Vietnam Women's Museum 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, The exhibition describes the women's productivity and combat life during the wartime through the memories of witnesses to this history. Ticket: VND30,000 Art Show "Voyage" by Japanese Artist Tan My … [Read more...]

What’s on March 2015 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE Hanoi- Japanese dance performances: Dance Dance Asia Mar 14 and 15, 8pm Youth Theatre at No 11 Ngo Thi Nham street Japanese dance performances which are based on street dance by three groups, "Moreno Funk Sixers", "Memorable Moment" and "90’s. They will perform their new pieces by various styles like Jazz, Hip-Hop, Break, House, Pop and Lock. Free ticket can be collected at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam at No 27 Quang Trung street. Hanoi- VNSO 2015 Season Opening Concert Mar 11 and 12, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street Conductor: Honna Tetsuji Oboe: Stephan Shili, and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra Ticket prices range from VND 200,000- 500,000 VND. All tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or can book online at vnso.org.vn. For free delivery Call: 0913489858, 0983067996. HCMC- Performance by famous Italian DJ Mar 20, The Observatory Italian DJ Marco Effe will enthral music-lovers at … [Read more...]

Grannies in southern Vietnam perform lion dances for over 30 years

A lion dance maneuver is shown in this  Tuoi Tre  file photo.

Over a dozen elderly women, including octogenarians, in a Mekong Delta province have incorporated their wartime toughness into their lion dance performances over the past three decades. Two lions shook their heads, wagged their tails, and danced to the boisterous drum beats before making a technically demanding maneuver. The dancers, who are just as agile and supple as those in their prime, turned out to be elderly women, including those in their 70s and 80s, who already have grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. The women regularly rehearse in the yard of one of the members’ homes in Giong Trom District in Ben Tre Province. They are members of the well-known Luong Hoa female lion dance troupe, which was formed thirty-four years ago. The lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Vietnamese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a costume representing the animal. Lion dances are usually performed during Tet (Lunar … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 2/3

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Japanese firm to design Hoang Sa Exhibition House Hoang Sa island district People’s Committee and Japan’s Wrights Architects have recently signed a contract on consultancy and design of Hoang Sa (Paracel) exhibition house. Hoang Sa is now a district under the administration of Da Nang city. Chairman of Hoang Sa People’s Committee Vo Cong Chanh said the project is of great significance and relevant agencies in the city should closely cooperate to facilitate its implementation. Local residents hoped that construction work will begin at the earliest time. The exhibition house is expected to be constructed on an area of 1,249 square metre in Son Tra district. It will be a symbol affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. The project is expected to kick off in April. Mong ethnic group holds first Culture Festival in Ha Giang The first Mong (H’mong) Ethnic Culture Festival was kicked off in Meo Vac district, the northernmost … [Read more...]

Almost 150 poets from 40 countries, territories to celebrate Vietnam Poetry Day

The 13th Vietnam Poetry Day is expected to attract nearly 150 poets from 40 countries and territories around the world when it is commemorated in early March, according to local media. The week-long event will be organized by the Vietnam Writers’ Association from March 1 to 7 in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi and the northern provinces of Quang Ninh and Bac Ninh. Its activities include the third international conference on Vietnamese literature, the second Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival, and the 13th Vietnam Poetry Day. About 550 writers and poets will take part in the event, 150 of whom are poets coming from 40 countries and territories around the world, including the U.K, France, Australia, Brazil, Cuba, and Pakistan. There will be 15 typical, carefully selected Vietnamese poets reciting poems in French. The poems will be illustrated by a French painter. Around 100 Vietnamese poets have been assigned to welcome typical international poets and writers. This year, … [Read more...]

Painter brushes up memories

All in a row: A painting by Burchett displayed at an exhibition in Sydney in January.

Australian painter George Burchett loves Vietnam. After many years working and living in Vietnam, Burchett even calls himself Vietnamese. Burchett was born in Hanoi in 1955 and lived here until 1957. Then his family moved to Moscow. Some years later, they shifted to France. His father, war correspondent Wilfred Burchett (1911-82) was also considered a friend of Vietnam, as he was one of the first journalists who raised their voice to oppose the war in Vietnam. Now Burchett, his wife and their son – all three of them artists – live in Vietnam. Burchett said proudly that every day his wife goes to the market and bargains as well as Vietnamese women. The country is an endless inspiration for him, from workers he meets on the streets to servers at his favourite coffee shops and Vietnamese friends who often accompany him to enjoy bia hoi and bun cha. "Hanoi inspires me in all ways," said Burchett. "It's a dynamic, civilised city with amazing culture and tradition – … [Read more...]