What’s on August 2014 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCESHCMC - Electronic Disco Night with Italian Artist Bottin Aug 1, 10 pm … [Read more...]

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Life’s not a stage for country kids

Stage magic: A scene from the play Hoang Tu Gau Va Hat Dau Than (The Bear Prince and Magical Beans) performed by the Youth Theatre artists. While children in big cities can enjoy several stage productions, those living in rural areas are facing a shortage of suitable entertainment options. - Photo tuoitre.vn

HA NOI (VNS) - Children in rural areas often suffer from a lack of quality stage peformances that their urban cousins take for granted. … [Read more...]

Fresh investments halted in five polluting sectors

Van Nam and Manh Tung Investors cannot get approval for projects in pulp and paper production, tapioca processing, rubber processing, production of basic chemicals, and leather tanning, said Bo Ngoc Thu, director of the department. These sectors have left an adverse impact on the environment, she told a meeting held last week to review the province's socio-economic performance in the first half of this year. She noted that a number of paper and pulp manufacturing facilities in the locality … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 29/7

Vietnamese child pianists win prizes in Thailand Young pianists Dang Thai Vu and Nguyen Ba Duy Anh won two prizes at the 4th Mozart International Piano Competition held in Bangkok, Thailand from July 21-24. After four days of competition, nine-year-old Dang Thai Vu secured second prize in group D (7-9 age group) while 13-year-old Nguyen Ba Duy Anh won third prize in group B, which included candidates aged between 13 and 17. The competition's international jury included four celebrated … [Read more...]

Monthly show teaches music, dance

HCM CITY (VNS) - Giai Dieu Tre (Young Melodies), a free monthly show to educate the younger generation about music and dance, is being held by the HCM Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera. Three dance works featuring different styles of Vietnamese choreography will be included. The show, which aims to help audience learn more about the development of Viet Nam's art of dancing, will take place at the city Opera House at 8pm today. It will feature an excerpt from the dance Ben Ngoai Canh Cua … [Read more...]

Tuong stage faces shortage of performers

Traditional theatre: Artists take part in an ongoing national competition to seek young talent for the tuong stage in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province. The traditional art form is now facing a shortage of young, skilled performers, according to director of HCM City's Tuong Theatre Nguyen Anh Kiet. - VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc

HCM CITY (VNS) - While the contemporary arts scene has expanded rapidly in recent years, traditional art forms like tuong (classical drama) are being ignored, cultural experts of HCM City have said. … [Read more...]

Retro Party slated for next Saturday at The Grand Ho Tram Strip

Kieu Giang The 541 room integrated resort, which opened its doors to guests a year ago, promptly built a reputation as Vietnam's top entertainment destination. Retro Party will kick off with a sumptuous fusion dinner including free-flow beer and wine, before The Grand turns it up-a-notch with dazzling artistic performances and DJs spinning people's favorites of yesteryear well into the night. "This time we will be dressed to the nines as music from years gone by gets the crowds moving in … [Read more...]

Roby Bellemans falls in love with Vietnam

Portrait of Roby Bellemans - Photo: My Tran

My Tran In a long conversation, Bellemans attracted me like a Mr. Knows All to talk about Vietnamese culture, history and antiques dating to Oc Eo or Sa Huynh civilizations or wars as well as Vietnamese contemporary trends. I guessed such a wise man might live in Vietnam for a long time or a Vietnamese culture and history professor at a local university. But I was wrong as he is just an occasional visitor to Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Twenty hiphop dance groups compete at Battle of The Year

A hiphop dance performance in HCMC - Photo: Courtesy of organizers

Kieu Giang This is known as the biggest breakdance competition this year for the talented dancers from S.I.N.E, FreeStyle, BigToe, Big South and OxyCrew, among others, to show their talent. A judging panel consisting of popular B-Boys from foreign countries like B-Boy Wing from Jinjo Crew and B-Boy Born from Rivers Crew from South Korea, B-Boy Katsu from Japan, and B-Boys Farhan and Felix from Radikal Forze/7$ from Singapore will help find the best team to represent Vietnam at BOTY South … [Read more...]

Food styling gains in popularity in Vietnam

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In the past five years, food styling has become popular among the youth of Vietnam's major cities; with their skills, they turn average dishes into mouthwatering, eye-catching delicacies. … [Read more...]