Hennessy concert features well-known opera La Bohème

Twenty-seven artists and technicians from Opera Australia will delight music lovers in Hanoi with the famous opera La Bohème to be held at the Hanoi Opera House on April 10. The world-renowned opera La Bohème, an opera consisting of four acts composed by Giacomo Puccini. The performance is part of the annual Hennessy Concert Series. According to the organisers, Hennessy and the Vietnam Performing Arts Centre of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the concert will pay homage to the world-renowned opera La Bohème, an opera consisting of four acts composed by Giacomo Puccini for an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La Bohème was held in Turin on February 1, 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini; its U.S. premiere took place the next year, 1897, in Los Angeles. Since then, La Bohème has … [Read more...]

Economic forecasts paint rosy future for VN

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Vietnam’s economy is forecast to continue bouncing back thanks to rises in foreign investment, consumer confidence, and credit growth. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) remains upbeat about Vietnam’s 2016 economic growth, and last week raised its September 2015 forecast of 6.6% to 6.7%. The Vietnamese government also set a target of 6.7% GDP growth in 2016. However, ADB also predicted that the economy’s growth would taper slightly to 6.5% next year. In this year’s first quarter, the economy grew 5.46%, lower than the 6.12% for the same period last year. However, Eric Sidgwick, ADB country director for Vietnam, said that the low growth in this year’s first quarter was cyclical (due to limited production in the Tet festival) and would bounce back during the next quarters. For example, last year, the economy grew from 6.12% in the first quarter to 6.47% in the second quarter, 6.81% in the third quarter, and 7.01% in the fourth quarter. "Vietnam’s … [Read more...]

Exhibition “Storyteller – Contemporary Art from Leipzig”

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(Cinet) – Exhibition "Storyteller - Contemporary Art from Leipzig" will open at 5p.m, on April 06, 2016 in the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. Co-organized by the Goethe Institut Hanoi and the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts, aims to introduce comtemporary Arts from Leipzig in the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. As part of the exhibition, you can find video works at the Goethe-Institut. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt. Since the 1970s the art world uses the term "Leipziger Schule". However, it is not a consistent style which interconnects the associated artists Bernhard Heisig, Wolfgang Mattheuer and Werner Tübke, but their domain: the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. The exhibition "Storyteller" presents works of the third generation, which has been shaped particularly by the students of Heisig and Mattheuer – Sighard Gille and Arno Rink – and which still reveals a tendency to tell stories. … [Read more...]

Popular cinderella ballet staged at HCMC Opera House

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(Cinet)- The popular cinderella ballet will be staged at the HCMC Opera House on April 8 and 9 by some artists of the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO). Composed by Russian musician Sergei Prokofiev, the ballet is based on a fairytale about the poor, young girl who magically finds her prince. Norway’s Johanne Jakhelln Constant is choreographer/scenographer and costume designer. Local talented brother choreographers Nguyen Phuc Hung and Nguyen Phuc Hai are assistant choreographer and lighting designer for the show, respectively. Young talented dancers Tran Hoang Yen and Dam Duc Nhuan will play Cinderella and Prince Charming while choreographer Nguyen Phuc Hung will be in the role of stepmother. Especially, Do Hai Anh, winner of So You Think You Can Dance in 2015 in Vietnam, will play autumn fairy and French dancer Chloe Glemot will be Fairy Godmother. Tickets are priced at VND800,000, VND650,000, VND550,000, VND400,000 and VND150,000, with the last for … [Read more...]

Motorbike stunt riding popular amongst Vietnamese youths

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Motorbike stunt riding has increased in popularity among young Vietnamese over recent years. The sport, often referred to as stunting, is characterized by tricks involving acrobatic maneuvering of the motorcycle, most commonly sport bikes, and sometimes the riders themselves. Vietnamese youths, particularly those in large cities including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, became aware of stunting around five years ago by watching video clips on YouTube. The sport has quickly increased in appeal thanks to the excitement it offers. Nguyen Duc Phong, a member of Hanoi Stunt Riders Club, said that among the different street sports he has practiced, none has given him as much of a thrill as stunting. "Stunting is so addictive; once you’ve taken it up, you cannot stop pushing yourself to get better," Phong said. The sport requires a high-capacity hand-clutch motorbike, good health and loads of enthusiasm. These fancy bikes fetch exorbitant prices however, which may deter … [Read more...]

Experts doubt revenue claims for Vietnamese films

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Several film-makers in Vietnam have raised doubts over the VND 700 bn (USD31.8m) in revenue that was claimed to have been earned by local films in 2015 when the figures were announced at a workshop held on March 28 in Hanoi. The report was released at a four-year review workshop on the UNESCO Convention 2005 on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for 2012-2016, which is a component of the Capacity Building Programme funded by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency. The report which was compiled by the National Report Building Team showed that there were 384 film companies in Vietnam which produced 89 films and earned VND 700 billion in 2015. Combined with revenue of VND 1.590 trillion (USD63m) from foreign films, the country's film industry boasted a revenue growth rate of 21%. 2015’s brightest results was the success of the locally produced Yellow flowers on Green Grass. A scene in "Yellow flowers on Green Grass" While … [Read more...]

Triumphs in popularising dance

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In recent years, local choreographers and dancers have brought dance close to the people, who often ignored this art form in the past. Dancer Hai Anh will perform in Hanoi and HCM City. The S-Tour will bring dance closer to the people. Veteran choreographer Tuyet Minh is a pioneer in popularising contemporary dance. Rising to fame after a dance contest in 2001, Minh established the Kham Pha (Discovery) Dance Company four years later. Minh, who now is an art advisor for the company, said: "The company provides performance opportunities for many young and talented dancers, as well as people who have a passion for dance across the country." "We have worked hard to offer audiences quality dance performances," said 35-year-old choreographer. The company has staged famous Vietnamese and international works like Carmen, Quan Am Thi Kinh (Goddess of Mercy Thi Kinh), and Thoi Gian (Time). In 2014, it presented dance performance Con Tao Xoay (Spinning Top) in Hanoi and HCM City, and … [Read more...]

Law student pursues passion for VN folk art

Lives of the saints: With an attractive face and his demeanor and attitude, Quan is suited to play male saints. The most difficult challenge for stage performers is to accurately reflect the spirit of each saint, says Quan. Photo Nguyen The Nam

VietNamNet Bridge – At four years old, when most kids are busy with their toys, Nguyen Van Quan discovered his fondness for the traditional folk art and music of Viet Nam. Since then, he dreamed of being on stage and performing Vietnamese folk art and folk music for an audience. His dream seems to have come true. His popularity among young people soared since winning first prize with a hau dong performance at the Ha Noi Law University’s Got Talent competition held recently in the city. Quan, who was born in 1994 in the northern province of Hung Yen, is a college senior. He is interested in all forms of folk music but he feels a special bond with hau dong. Hau dong (also known as len dong) is popular in Vietnamese spiritual culture. It is one of the main rituals of dao Mau, and exemplifies the worship of mother goddesses in Viet Nam. During these rituals, mediums go into trances so their bodies can receive the spirits of various deities. The young man said that his … [Read more...]

Concert for children with autism in Hanoi

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A concert titled " Love of Blue" featuring Violist Nguyet Thu and her Apaixonado String Quartet band will take place at the Vietnam National Academy of Music’s Grand Concert Hall in Hanoi on April 2. The concert will treat music lovers to a night of classical and romantic music pieces such as You Raise Me Up, Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Viva la Vida and Palladio. There will be a painting exhibition presenting about 20 art works by talented children with autism, aiming to mark the World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. These paintings will be auctioned before the show & all proceeds of the event will go to donate for 10 talented underprivileged children. Violist Nguyet Thu graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She won the second prize at the Moscow International Viola Competition and has performed with foreign orchestras across the world. She returned home for the establishment of the Apaixonado String Quartet in 2014. … [Read more...]

Preparations of 2016 Hung Kings Temple festival ready

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The Hanoitimes - People `s Committee of Phu Tho province has prepared readily for Hung Kings Temple festival 2016, which is expected to have many new features, Vice Chairman of the provincial People `s Committee Ha Ke San said at the recent press conference in Hanoi. Vice Chairman Ha Ke San said the 2016 Hung Kings Temple Festival will take place from April 12-16 with a string of new activities. The northern province of Vinh Phuc, the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai and the southern provinces of Binh Phuoc and Ca Mau will participate in this year's festival. The highlights of the event will include a street festival in Viet Tri City, a cultural concert and a firework display. Besides, this year's festival will organise a number of exhibitions displaying photos, paintings, documents and objects that feature Hung Kings worshipping rituals as well as the land and people of Phu Tho. The event will also include performances of Xoan singing and contests of making "Chung" and … [Read more...]

Cinderella ballet to come back on stage in town

Local dancers Tran Hoang Yen and Dam Duc Nhuan play Cinderella and Prince Charming of the Cinderella ballet - PHOTO: COURTESY OF HBSO

Kieu Giang Norway’s Johanne Jakhelln Constant is choreographer/scenographer and costume designer. Local talented brother choreographers Nguyen Phuc Hung and Nguyen Phuc Hai are assistant choreographer and lighting designer for the show, respectively. Young talented dancers Tran Hoang Yen and Dam Duc Nhuan will play Cinderella and Prince Charming while choreographer Nguyen Phuc Hung will be in the role of stepmother. Especially, Do Hai Anh, winner of So You Think You Can Dance in 2015 in Vietnam, will play Autumn fairy and French dancer Chloe Glemot will be Fairy Godmother. The ballet, which was composed by Russian musician Sergei Prokofiev, is based on a fairytale about the poor, young girl who magically finds her prince. Sergei Prokofiev was among the popular composers of the 20th century. Cinderella is one of the favorite ballets in the world with over 1,500 versions by different choreographers based on the music by Prokofiev. The ballet was premiered in 1945 at the … [Read more...]

WHAT’S ON APRIL 1-15 (DAILY UPDATE)

Chamber Concert with Woodwinds Quintet of Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra Wed 13 Apr 2016, 8 pm Goethe Institut 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi You are invited to a chamber concert with the woodwinds quintet of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. The "New Wind Ensemble" plays music by Strauß, Mozart, Cambini, Farkas and Ibert. Flute: Nguyen Thi Dieu Quynh Oboe: Hoang Manh Lam Bassoon: Tran Minh Duc Horn: Ta Tien Dat Clarinet: Nguyen Minh Hoang This year, the Goethe-Institut Hanoi and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO) host a series of concerts, opened by two chamber concerts in spring. The wide repertoire of our first concert with the windwoods quintet of the VNSO covers lively Viennese dance music from the 19th century as well as cheerful Parisian tones from the 1930s. Our program starts with an entertaining Polka by Johann Strauß the Elder (1804-1849). The so called "Damen-Souvenir-Polka" is a joyful circle dance in vivid two-fourth meter. Also … [Read more...]

What’s on April 2016 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCESElectronic Music and VJ Concert "SAYCET" Hanoi: Apr 9, 8 pm - L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street HCMC: Apr 8, 8 pm - IDECAF, 31 Thai Van Lung Street One foot in his German electronics, another somewhere in Iceland and eyes mesmerized by minimal music, Pierre Lefeuvre (who owns a musical project entitled "Saycet") has matured his world public through not only tours in Europe and Asia but also his works as a composer for the Pompidou Centre. His latest album "Mirage" (2015) pushed this sonic and physical soil inspired by his recent tours. It opens to the pop prism and sound mirages in which one loses oneself intensely. Ticket price in Hanoi: 170 000 VND; for L'Espace member: 100 000 VND; for students: 80 000 VND Ticket price in HCMC: 250 000 VND; for students: 150 000 VND HCMC-Performance of Ballet "Cinderella" Apr 8 and 9, 8 pm - HCMC Opera House, No. 7 Lam Son Square, D1 The classic ballet "Cinderella" is Norwegian choreographer Johanne Jakhelln … [Read more...]

Vietnamese artists join photo project to raise environmental awareness

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A number of established Vietnamese artists across a variety of fields have joined hands to create a photo collection to raise public awareness of climate change and environmental protection. The campaign was launched on March 29 by the Center of Hands-on Actions and Networking for Growth and Environment (CHANGE). CHANGE is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to bring about sustainable change to environmental and developmental sectors through creative communication. Working off the theme 'I CAN’T,' the photos illustrate how a devastated environment has impacted people’s individual lives by depicting the artists’ helplessness - a composer who can no longer compose, a singer sitting helplessly with her broken guitar, a ballet dancer swaying in pain like a swan with broken wings, an actress who fails to draw inspiration from her dying surroundings - all carrying the message of the importance of environmental protection. CHANGE VN This social … [Read more...]

National Gallery Singapore Opens Groundbreaking International Co-Curated Exhibition

National Gallery Singapore launched its first international special exhibition, Reframing Modernism, co-curated and co-presented with Centre Pompidou, Paris on March 31. The Builders by Filipino painter Victorio C Edades The exhibition features over 200 works from some 50 artists, with approximately half from Centre Pompidou and the other half from Southeast Asia. This will also be the first time that an exhibition displays significant Southeast Asian and European artists in parallel through its study of one of the most influential artistic and intellectual drives of the 20th century - modernism - from the perspective of Southeast Asia. Reframing Modernism challenges the existing paradigm of how modernist painting is presented. It brings to light previously unexplored perspectives that enrich the overall discourse. Taking a comparative approach, the exhibition reveals shared concerns between the artists and their bodies of work to create a new and different narrative of … [Read more...]

South Korea guitar prodigy to perform in Vietnam

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South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung will take the stage in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in April. Photo provided by organizers. South Korean guitarist Sungha Jung will show off his acoustic fingerstyle technique in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on April 16 and 17. The 20-year old musician, also known as the "Prince of Guitar," played in Vietnam three years ago. Jung began to play the guitar at the age of five, after watching his father perform. He learned how to play fingerstyle from the Internet. His debut video, a cover of "The Pirates of the Caribbean" theme song, has nearly 49 million views on YouTube. It has made Jung an Internet sensation. Jung released his first album, "Perfect Blue," in 2010, when he was 14. Both of the shows at Hanoi’s Tuoi Tre Theatre and the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music will begin at 8 p.m., said organizers. … [Read more...]

New Wind Ensemble to play first concert of 2016 music series

Vietnamese quintet: New Wind Ensemble will play music by Strauss, Mozart, Cambini, Farkas and Ibert during their April 13 concert. -- Photo goethe.de

VietNamNet Bridge – New Wind Ensemble will play a concert on April 13. The event will open a series of concerts organised by the Goethe Institute in Ha Noi and the Viet Nam National Symphony Orchestra this year. Members of the Vietnamese quintet include flutist Nguyen Thi Dieu Quynh, oboist Hoang Manh Lam, bassoonist Tran Minh Duc, horn player Ta Tien Dat, and clarinettist Nguyen Minh Hoang. They will play music by Strauss, Mozart, Cambini, Farkas and Ibert. The repertoire will cover lively Viennese dance music from the 19th century, as well as cheerful Parisian tunes from the 1930s. Due to the limited number of seats, the concert will only welcome visitors aged 12 and older to attend. Free tickets for the April 13 event will be available as of 9am on Monday, April 4, at the Goethe Institute at 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. For ticket information, contact kimchung.pham@hanoi.goethe.org or dial (04) 37342251, ext 36. related news German producer introduces VN songs to … [Read more...]

VN artworks on display at National Gallery Singapore’s special exhibition

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National Gallery Singapore today launched its first international special exhibition, Reframing Modernism, co-curated and co-presented with Centre Pompidou, Paris. Works by Le Pho on display in Reframing Modernism. The exhibition features over 200 works from some 50 artists, with approximately half from Centre Pompidou and the other half from Southeast Asia. This will also be the first time that an exhibition displays significant Southeast Asian and European artists in parallel through its study of one of the most influential artistic and intellectual drives of the 20th century - modernism - from the perspective of Southeast Asia. Reframing Modernism challenges the existing paradigm of how modernist painting is presented. It brings to light previously unexplored perspectives that enrich the overall discourse. Taking a comparative approach, the exhibition reveals shared concerns between the artists and their bodies of work to create a new and different narrative of modernism. … [Read more...]

Street folk festival to be highlight of Hung Kings Temple Festival 2016

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The highlights of the Hung Kings Temple Festival 2016 will be a street folk festival in Viet Tri entitled 'Viet Tri - festive city returning to the roots' and a high-range firework display. The press conference on the festival (Photo: Huong Le/TITC) The information was announced by the festival organising board at a press conference held by the Phu Tho provincial People's Committee and the Ministry of Information and Communications in Ha Noi on March 30. As scheduled, this year's festival will take place on April 12-16 (the sixth to tenth day of the third lunar month) at the Hung Kings Temple relic site and localities near the Hung Kings Temple. The event will be organised by Phu Tho Province with the participation of Hung Yen, Binh Thuan and Ca Mau provinces. The street folk festival will take place on April 12 with the parade and performance of 1,800 people, featuring folk culture of the province. The street festival will conclude with a high-range firework display at Van … [Read more...]

Academy hosts concert for World Autism Day

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Violist Nguyet Thu and her Apaixonado String Quartet band will hold a concert for children with autism on Saturday at the Vietnam National Academy of Music's Grand Concert Hall. Violist Nguyệt Thu (second from left) and the Apaixonado String Quartet will perform at the Love of Blue concert. The concert, entitled Love of Blue, will treat the audience to a night of classical and romantic music pieces such as You Raise Me Up, Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Viva la Vida and Palladio. World Autism Awareness Day falls on April 2. Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness events. As the mother of a child with autism, violist Nguyet Thu wants to show her support for the day by bringing her music and her story to the public. She hopes to integrate children with autism completely into society in this manner. "I'm an ambassador of the Sunrise for U programme for children with autism in … [Read more...]