German businesses setting up shop


Many German companies have increased their investments to set up stable production bases in Vietnam, to meet the country’s growing demands amid deeper global integration. Vietnam’s manufacturing sector is boosted by new German investment projects Photo: Le Toan Siemens, Mercedes-Benz, and Bosch made the move after they realised the huge potential of the local market, where approximately 46 per cent of all Vietnamese machinery imports are from Germany. One German company that has been present in Vietnam long-term is Siemens, which dates back to 1979, when the company supplied and installed the first two industrial steam turbines at the Bai Bang paper mill. The establishment of its representative office in 1993 and the shift to a limited company in 2002, as well as the inauguration of the Siemens Automation System plant in the southern province of Binh Duong in 2005, mark key developments and milestones in Siemens’ history in Vietnam. In particular, Siemens Vietnam … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition shows village life

Special temple: Photo of a bomb's shell taken at Diem Temple in Diem Village is part of the exhibition.

HA NOI (VNS) — A photo exhibition entitled Ki Uc Lang (Village Memory) by photographer Nguyen Huu Bao is being held at Hang Da Gallerie. About 64 photos of Vietnamese villages in the Hong (Red) River Delta, the coastal area, the northern region and the Central Highland of Viet Nam are being exhibited. The photos, portraying scenes from the daily lives of Vietnamese farmers, have been being taken by Bao since 1993. "I take photos of everything that moves me," Bao said. "The maximum photos are of the Red River Delta region because I love and understand it most. It is a cradle of Vietnamese village life and Vietnamese culture as well." There is one photo of a bomb's shell from the war period hanging in Diem Temple in Diem Village, an ancient place of quan ho (love duet), in the northern Bac Ninh Province. It shows a contrast that Bao wants to focus on. "The shell is now a bell hanging in such a spiritual place. People think it is normal," Bao said. The photo will be … [Read more...]

European experts give insight into paper-based work restoration

European experts will help local museums' staff members to sharpen their skills in restoring paper-based works (Photo:

The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and the Goethe Institute opened a training course on restoring works on paper under the instruction of European experts in Hanoi on October 5. The five-day course, part of cooperation between the museum and Germany’s Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, aims to help those working in the field improve their professional knowledge about and skills in restoring drawings and documents made of paper – a material susceptible to environmental changes. Participants are staff members of the museum, national museums based in Hanoi, some provincial museums and the State Records Management and Archives Department of Vietnam along with representatives of fine arts universities, libraries and relic sites. Experts presenting the special paper conservation techniques are Dr Andrea Pataki-Hundt from the State Academy of Art and Design in Germany’s Stuttgart, and conservator Ines Jesche from the State Archives of the Canton of Zurich in Switzerland. … [Read more...]

The mystery of the “million-elephant” country (Part II)

A night market

PANO – Laos is home to nearly seven million people, even fewer than the population of Hanoi. However, the country covers a total land area of 236,, equivalent to two-thirds of Vietnam’s acreage. Thanks to its thin population, many parts of Laos still maintain its ancient and typical cultural features. >> The mystery of the "million-elephant" country (Part I)Part II: "Vietnam-Laos relations are deeper than the Red and Mekong Rivers"Potential waiting to be awakened This year, Lao former capital Luang Prabang will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its recognition as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In a working session, Vice Governor of Luang Prabang province Bouakhong Nammavong highlighted its tourism industry. The sector annually attracts some 500,000 foreigners, more than the number of its population, and its revenue accounts for 44 per cent of the province’s gross domestic product (GDP). According to statistics, last year, Luang Prabang’s … [Read more...]

International experts support Vietnam in restoring paper paintings


The training course on restoring paper paintings is taking place at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi from October 5-9. (Credit: NDO – A training course on remodeling and restoring paper paintings and documents is being held at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi from October 5-9, under the co-operation programme between the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and Dresden Fine Arts University from Germany. The course aims to contribute to raising the knowledge and qualifications of remodeling and restoring paper paintings for officials and cadres of the National Centre for Preservation and Restoration of Fine Art Works under the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, National Museums in Hanoi, the National Archives Department, local museums, libraries and memorial sites. The course will take place under the instruction of two experts - Dr Andrea Pataki-Hundt (Stuttgart Restoration Institute, Germany) and Ines Jesche (Zurich Restoration Institute, Switzerland). During the course, the trainees will … [Read more...]

Well-known guitarist Tommy Emmanuel to perform in Vietnam


Tommy Emmanuel NDO – Tommy Emmanuel, a well-known guitarist from Australia, will perform at the Youth Theatre, Hanoi on October 21. The show promises to be an exciting music event for music lovers, as well as professional and amateur guitarists in Vietnam. Tommy Emmanuel calls his unique guitar style ‘Finger-style’ in which he uses all ten fingers much as a pianist does. He plays the bass lines, chords, melodies and harmonies simultaneously, using the thumb and fingers of the right hand to play the multiple parts of a musical arrangement that would normally played by several band members. ‘Finger-style’, becoming a new trend in Vietnam in recent years, has interested a large number of music lovers in Vietnam. Born into a musical family in 1955 in Australia, Tommy and his older brother Phil were considered child prodigies. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 4 and was taught by his mother. He learned to play by ear, without any formal lessons, … [Read more...]

Red river exhibition opens in Hanoi


On October 3rd, the opening ceremony of the "Red river exhibition" was held at SoftWater, No. 42, Route 9, An Duong, Yen Phu ward, Tay Ho district, Hanoi. The exhibition showcases the outstanding paintings of more than 40 famous and talented artists of different ages with different styles. The varying materials of the paintings include realism, abstract and contemporary form expressed in lacquer, oil paints, synthetic materials and many other medium. The exhibition is a prominent performance in the chain of events that Viet Art Space will organize to create a sustainable forum, introduce the artworks, encourage the endeavors of artists, and promote art exchanges between Vietnam and the rest of the world. It drew nearly 500 guests including representatives of more than 10 foreign Embassies in Vietnam, famous artists, Vietnamese and foreign art dealers and art collectors, authors, intellectuals and art lovers… Mr Vu Tuan Anh, ­ Media Director of "Viet Art Space" … [Read more...]

What’s on October 2015 (Daily updated)


MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES Hanoi-Autumn Gala Opera and Ballet 2015 Oct 8 and 9, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street - Conductor: Dong Quang Vinh - Singers: Anh Vu (Tenor), Trang Tran (Soprano), Huy Duc (Bariton), Huyen Tram (Mezzo Soprano), Thanh Binh (Tenor) - The Hanoi International Choir and the orchestra and dancers of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. Ticket: VND200,000 - 500,000 All tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or can book online at For free delivery, call: 0913489858, 0983067996. Hanoi-Contemporary Music Concert "Between Space and Sky" Oct 9, 8 pm Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street "Between Space and Sky" - an unmissable experimental concert featuring Edges - a contemporary music collective from Toronto, zither artist Nguyễn Thùy Dung and the coolest face of Hanoi contemporary music scene - Sound Awakener (Nhung Nguyen). Surcharge: 100,000 VND/person (incl. one free drink). Money goes toward artists and covers … [Read more...]

Dance show for all shapes and sizes

Chance to shine: Twelve finalists are taking part in Buoc Nhay Ngan Can, a Vietnamese version of the US TV reality dance show Dance Your Fat Off. — Photo courtesy of Dong Tay Promotion HCM CITY (VNS) — Weighing 129 kilos, Ngo Thuy Tien thought it would be difficult to move on the dance floor, but she has developed a passion for the performing arts. "I love acting and dancing from my heart and hope to do them the rest of my life," said Tien, who studies acting at the Ha Noi College of Art. The 20-year-old is popular on the internet, especially with teenagers. With a lovely face and bright smile, Tien has been invited to join television programmes for teenagers, including the six-episode sitcom Di Qua Mua Nang (High School Students) and the feature film Dai Gia Chan Dat (Barefoot Rich Man), and music videos as well. "I was teased about my body for a long time. But I ignored it and kept following my dream," she said. Tien has taken part in Buoc Nhay Ngan Can, a … [Read more...]

Park Hyatt Saigon, Elyx present Art in the Park

HCM CITY (VNS) — Park Hyatt Saigon in partnership with Absolut Elyx will organise a contemporary art project, Art at the Park, on October 9 at the Guest House in HCM City. Combining the talents of three Viet Nam's social-fashion enterprise Fashion4Freedom; Laurent Judge, an abstract painter, and Reflection, a contemporary art project combining neo-classical ballet with photography. The show offers guests an opportunity for involvement, exposure and action in the community and culture through art. The event will evoke emotional connections, memories and shared experiences by stimulating all of the senses. Some of the most exclusive pieces on display will be exhibited on the mezzanine of Park Hyatt Saigon throughout October. — VNS … [Read more...]

Museums receive paper art training

Revived: Me Va Con (Mother and Child) by Le Thi Bach Kim was restored under the co-operation between the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum and the University of Fine Arts, Dresden.—Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Conservators from local museums, fine arts colleges and fine artwork preservation centres will attend a short training course on paper artwork restoration from October 5 to 9 in Ha Noi. The training course is being held as part of a two-year joint project of the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum and the University of Fine Arts, Dresden. German experts Dr Andrea Pataki-Hundt and conservator Ines Jesche will give an introduction to the basic principles of paper artwork restoration on Monday at the Goethe Institute. The two experts will present the special techniques of paper conservation by means of concrete examples. Director of the Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum Phan Van Tien will offer insights into conservation in Viet Nam. Hands-on exercises in small groups will supplement the theoretical overview of techniques. "The training course is meaningful for Vietnamese conservators. They will get more experience in restoring paper artworks that are easily impacted by climate … [Read more...]

October 5-11: International Moonsoon Music Festival 2015 in Hanoi


October 8-11 Thang Long Citadel 19 Hoang Dieu Street, The International Monsoon Festival, which offers a chance for Vietnamese music lovers to enjoy modern music, aims to expand culture in society and disseminate values on environmental protection and healthcare to the community. The festival will feature the participation of 200 local and international artists, including Uyen Linh, Toc Tien, , Pham Anh Khoa, Trung Quan Idol and Le Cat Trong Ly as well as foreign bands WhoMadeWho from Denmark, Samaris from Iceland, Catfish from France and From The Airport from the Republic of Korea. Normal tickets: VND220,000 (for one day), VND600,000 (for four days) VIP tickets: VND600,000 (for one day - special area, path, free water, opportunity to communicate with artists) – VND1,500,000 (for four days - special area, path, free water, opportunity to communicate with artists) 200 free tickets presented to people with disabilities Opera Concert "Autumn Melodies" 8pm on October … [Read more...]



Subscription Concert Vol. 85 15 and 16 Oct 2015, 8 pm The Grand Concert Hall Vietnam National Academy of Music 77 Hao Nam Str., Dong Da Distr., Ha Noi You are invited to the concert Vol. 85 with: - Conductor: Honna Tetsuji - Soprano: Ha Pham Thang Long - Cello Soloist: Maximilian Hornung - Viola Soloist: Nguyen Nguyet Thu and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra Program: R. Strauss Vier letzte Lieder - Vietnam Premier R. Strauss Don Quixote, Op. 35 - Vietnam Premier Tickets: Ticket prices: 200,000 - 350,000 - 500,000 VND. All tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or can book online at For free delivery, call: 0913489858, 0983067996. Science Film Festival 2015: "The World of Light" Science Film Festival 2015 in 8 cities and provinces: 11 Oct - 06 Dec 2015 Hà Nội, Vĩnh Phúc, Thái Nguyên, Thái Bình, Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam - Hội An, Đak Lak, TP HCM The eleventh edition of the Science Film Festival is once again an opportunity for … [Read more...]

Popular U.S. dance company to visit Hue

Battery Dance Company from New York - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZERS

Kieu Giang The tour is part of a series of events the U.S. Consulate General has organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam. The group will be in Hue for a weeklong dance training and performance program. A public performance will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the culture and information center of Hue at 41A Hung Vuong Street on October 10. Based in Lower Manhattan, Battery Dance Company has produced nearly 100 original dance works choreographed by its founder and artistic director Jonathan Hollander, in collaboration with a diverse array of composers and designers, and its cast of outstanding dancers. Presented in New York City and on tour in the U.S. and worldwide, Battery performances are characterized by choreography and music inspired by worldwide sources, reflecting American society and its multiplicity of cultures. The Company is among New York City’s foremost cultural ambassadors through its … [Read more...]

Foreign tourists complain of early closings in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Big cities in Vietnam do not lack bars, cinemas, theatres, night markets and art shows but most of these places close before 12am, too early for many foreign visitors. Hanoi’s Thang Long Puppetry Theatre and the A O Show at the HCM City Opera House (Saigon) are two venues attracting many international tourists. Every night, many individual travelers or groups of tourists are taken to these theatres to enjoy traditional performances. The streets for foreign travelers such as Ta Hien, Nha Tho or Xuan Dieu (Hanoi) and Bui Vien (Saigon) are home to hundreds of bars, cafes and restaurants for foreigners. Hanoi and HCM City also have night markets. However, all of these place close quite early. For the water puppetry show and A O Show, the latest shows start at 8pm and end at 10pm. HCM City’s Ben Thanh night market is always crowded but it closes at 12am. At Hanoi night market, stalls begin to close at 11pm. At this time, Ta Hien Street becomes more … [Read more...]

Art At The Park honors local and foreign talents

Kieu Giang Artists and representatives from the organizers of the Art At The Park project are seen at a press conference to announce the event on Wednesday in HCMC - PHOTO: KIEU GIANG The show offers guests an opportunity for involvement, exposure and action in the local community and culture through art. According to Federica Brugnara, director of sales and marketing of the Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel, Art At the Park is the first such event to be held at the hotel’s Guest House. The hotel plans more programs to promote local and foreign artists as well as organizations who have contributed to the development of the local community. Fashion4Freedom, which is the first socially responsible, ethical and transparent supply chain in Vietnam, will be featured at the event. They collaborate with artisans to perpetuate their savoir-faire by adapting their art to create modern design. The brand consists of different lines of women’s footwear, business attires for men, … [Read more...]

Homeland of Hue folk paintings


(VOVworld)- Sinh village in Thua Thien Hue province has made folk paintings for the central region for more than 400 years. The paintings are made by farmers during crop intervals. Sinh village has become a popular tourist destination. Sinh village, also known as Lai An village, is located in Phu Mau commune, Phu Vang district, about 9 km east of Hue city. Sinh folk paintings are somewhat like the Dong Ho folk paintings of Bac Ninh province and the Hang Trong folk paintings of Hanoi. Local elders say that the craft of making folk paintings was first introduced in the region by Mr. Ky Huu Hoa during the Nguyen dynasty. The paintings are used for worshiping and other rituals. Woodblocks are used to make the paintings. Huu Phuoc is a famous artisan in Sinh village: "Each place has its own tradition and religion. In Sai Gon, they also have votive papers and paintings but they are smaller. Sinh votive paintings are now also popular in Ho Chi Minh City because they are beautiful. Sinh … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Finland to increase co-operation in creative innovation


A staff from Hai Phong Paint JSC researches a new green product as part of a project under the first phase of Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Programme. (Photo: VNA) NDO/VNA – The management board of the Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Programme (IPP) stage two held a conference in Hanoi on October 1 to collect opinions on the future strategies for the programme. According to Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Quoc Khanh, creative innovation is an area that has drawn the attention of the Vietnamese government. In 2015, Vietnam rose to 52nd from 76th position in 2013, over 141 countries in the world in terms of its creative innovation level, he noted, adding that in Southeast Asia, Vietnam surpassed Thailand and follows only Singapore and Malaysia. Marita Meranto from Finland’s Foreign Ministry said Vietnam and Finland are enjoying co-operation advantages as an ASEAN Community will be formed at the year’s end and negotiations for the … [Read more...]

Phu Yen Trade Union heading towards the nation’s sea and islands

Chairwoman of the provincial Labor Federation visiting and donating gifts to Mother Le Thi Niem

In the past time, trade unions at all levels in the province have done lots of practical and meaningful activities, heading towards the sea and islands; through which drastically developing the trade unions’ roles in the cause of constructing and protecting the Nation. After nearly 30 years after the construction date, the house of Mrs. Le Thi Niem (Hoa Phong commune, Tay Hoa district) has been seriously degraded. From the support of the provincial Labor association with the total amount of nearly 50 million dongs, Mrs. Niem and her family have repaired and roofed the house, painted the walls… to make it more immense. Mrs. Niem is the Mother of martyr Phan Tan Du, who sacrificed in the battle to protect Gac Ma island, belonging to Truong Sa archipelago on March 14th, 1988. Having the stable house, Mrs. Niem feels peaceful and consoled with the care and appreciation of the levels, particularly trade union. She shared, "previously I was non-stop worried that my house … [Read more...]

“Europe meets Asia in contemporary dance” festival to take place in Hanoi

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The Hanoitimes - According to the organising board announced at the press conference on September 29, the fifth annual "Europe meets Asia in contemporary dance" festival will be held in Hanoi from October 1-4. The four-day event, co-organised by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), European embassies in Hanoi, the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNBO) and the Goethe Institute, will take place in the Youth Theatre and Hanoi Opera House. The event will make a chance for audiences to enjoy contemporary and sophisticated dances from different nations like Germany, Belgium, Israel, Japan, and Poland. The highlight of the festival will be the show of artists from Berlin-based company Sasha Waltz & Guests, which is well-known in the world for its innovative choreographic musical theatre performances. Notably, Belgium’s Wallonie-Bruxelles delegation and the VNBO will collaborate to show a dance performance. Participating the festival, Vietnamese … [Read more...]