Indian girl opens photo exhibition to raise funds for Vietnamese children

A painting by Karishma will be on display at the exhibition. (Photo: NVCC)

The third photo exhibition entitled "Into Karishma’s World" by Indian girl, Karishma Kanna, 24, will be held at the Sheraton hotel in Ho Chi Minh city (HCMC) on March 27th as a fund raiser for poor Vietnamese children. The Indian girl was born with Down syndrome resulting in all of her developmental milestones being delayed. Karishma and her family moved to Vietnam for her father’s job in 2008. She studied at Gia Dinh school for children with special needs in Binh Thanh district, HCMC. With her parent an teacher’s boundless loving hearts and her love for painting, Karishma has tried her best to overcome her disease. She started to show creative talent when she was 19 with the guidance of her English teacher and painter, Cyndi Beaumont. Karishma understands and always follows her teachers instructions being constantly encouraged through praise for her talent. Her two last exhibitions in Vietnam were the 2011 display entitled "Sharing the miracle – … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/3

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Indian girl’s love for disabled kids through paintings An exhibition entitled ‘Into Karishma's World’ of Indian girl Karishma Kannan is set to take place at Sheraton Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on March 27 as a fund raiser for underprivileged children in HCM City. 24-year-old Kannan was born with the intellectually challenging condition, Down syndrome, and all her developmental milestones were delayed. Karishma and her family moved to Vietnam for her father's job in 2008. An accidental meeting with English teacher Cyndi Beaumont, who is also an artist, changed Kannan’s life. With Beaumont’s help and guidance she discovered that she had a talent for art, and also that when she paints and draws it improves her concentration skills, something that is notoriously difficult for Down’s sufferers. Each place she visits in Vietnam or neighbouring countries becomes a favourite place - Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang, Hanoi, Bali and so on. And her memories … [Read more...]

Propaganda posters in wartime introduced

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The US Cable TV News Network (CNN) has proposed an exhibition including a number of Vietnam’s war focussed propaganda posters to be displayed in the Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts from April 8th – 22th. The exhibition entitled "A Revolutionary Spirit Vietnamese Propaganda Art from the Dogma Collection" including nearly 70 posters that raged between 1954 and 1975 "The posters are a historical document but also illustrative of the use of art and development of artists in the country", says Richard Di San Marzano, curator of the Dogma Collection of Vietnamese propaganda art and an upcoming exhibition of original posters in Ho Chi Minh City. Di San Marzano says that there are around 1,000 original examples in the collection that was started by Dominic Scriven, a British investment banker who moved to Vietnam in the 1990s. Almost all posters depict "foreign invaders" and celebrating military action, such the shooting down of American planes, were common themes, with … [Read more...]

Social News 27/3

8,000 patients in need of kidney transplants More than 8,000 patients in critical conditions nationwide are in need of kidney transplants while thousands of others are waiting for humanitarian organ donations. The information was unveiled at the ceremony to posthumously honor 403 organ donors and encourage people to register for donating organs co-held on March 21 by Cho Ray Hospital, People’s Hospital No. 115 and Children’s Hospital No. 2 in HCMC. Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Truong Son, director of Cho Ray Hospital, said since 1992, when the country’s first organ transplant operation was conducted, more than 1,200 patients have been donated organs, including 30 liver transplant patients, 10 heart transplant patients and most of the rest are kidney transplant cases. However, more than 8,000 patients in the final stage of chronic kidney disease are in dire need of kidney transplants while 1,500 patients need new livers, 6,000 patients need new cornea and … [Read more...]

Innovative teaching keeps heritage alive

Science soliloquy: Students at Le Quy Don Secondary School start a lesson on biology by presenting a short play, in which each of them acted like a sea creature. — Photo courtesy of UNESCO Bangkok

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese and international cultural experts and educators gathered in Ha Noi for a seminar on the relationship between intangible cultural heritage and education for sustainable development. The two-day meeting was held this week by UNESCO and the Ministry of Education and Training of Viet Nam. The seminar announced the debut of a publication, Learning with Intangible Heritage for a Sustainable Future: Guidelines for Educators in the Asia-Pacific Region, which came from a pilot project on education and culture. The publication summarises lessons learnt during the implementation of a project called Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage for Educators to Reinforce Education for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region. With the support of the Japanese Government, the project – which introduces an innovative teaching approach – has been tested in four countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Pakistan, Palau, Uzbekistan and … [Read more...]

German cultural festival kicks off in Hanoi tomorrow

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The two brothers Paco Mendoza and Don Caramelo will kick off the German festival in Hanoi on Saturday with a series of energetic songs. Photo courtesy of Raggabund. A performance by German dancehall-raggae band Raggabund will open the annual German cultural festival in Hanoi this Saturday. This year's festival will be more special as Vietnam and Germany are celebrating the 40 years of diplomatic relations, organizers said. Raggabund, run by a pair of Munich siblings, will bring audience a "superior dancehall party" at 10.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. in Van Ho Exhibition Center (2 Hoa Lư street, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi) to kick off the event on Saturday, the organizer said. Other main activities of the festival includes painting workshop, food tasting, German classes and an awarding ceremony of a Selfie contest, organizers from the Embassy of Germany in Vietnam and the Geothe Institute in Vietnam announced. For further information or free tickets, visit website: www.goethe.de/vietnam … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host watercolour exhibition

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(VOV) -The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum has announced that 46 works by 23 artists from Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand have been selected for an exhibition presenting a cross-section of Asian contemporary watercolour. The first of its kind exhibition will be held April 4-7 at the museum in Hanoi and profile both established and emerging artists living and working in the three countries. The idea is to showcase Asian artists’ latest work in water-based media to give prominence to using watercolour in Asia as well as another media in which they make artwork such as oils, print and photography. The artists will also attend an exhibition to be held at a later date in Malaysia. … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host water colour exhibition

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(VOV) -The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum has announced that 46 works by 23 artists from Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand have been selected for an exhibition presenting a cross-section of Asian contemporary water colour. The first of its kind exhibition will be held April 4-7 at the museum in Hanoi and profile both established and emerging artists living and working in the three countries. The idea is to showcase Asian artists’ latest work in water-based media to give prominence to using water colour in Asia as well as another media in which they make artwork such as oils, print and photography. The artists will also attend an exhibition to be held at a later date in Malaysia. … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Malaysia – Thailand Watercolor Art Exchange Exhibition

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(Cinet)- This is the first water color exhibition ever takes place in Vietnam for artists from those 3 countries. The exhibition entitled "Water color" will open at Vietnam Fine Arts Musuem on April 01. Exhibition with the participation of Vietnam’s artists including:Phan Cam Thuong, Doan Hoang Lam, Vuong Van Thao, Ha Manh Thang , Pham Huy Thong, Doan Xuan Tang, Vu Pham Truong Minh, Ngo Quang Duong, Luu Bao Trung, Bui Duy Khanh, Truong Van Ngoc. From Thailand, there are 2 artists: Direk Kingnok, Suwit Jaipom. And there is 9 other artist from Malaysia: Chow Chin Chuan, Chua Cha Hui, Chua Cheng Koon, Leong Kim Kuan, Tan Suz Chiang, Tang Moon Kian, Yong Look Lam, Long Thien Shin, Angelo. Natural colors have been used for painting since ancient time, traditional Chinese painting is a remarkable example. Vietnamese people have used natural colors that come from nature such as grass or stone: yellow comes from Hoe flower, black comes from Bamboo leaf, green comes from Cham tree and … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 26/3

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Phan Chau Trinh Awards honour 97-year-old maestro The Phan Chau Trinh Awards 2015 in HCM City on Tuesday recognised several talented musicians, most notably 97-year-old music teacher and researcher Nguyen Vinh Bao for his contribution to research and preservation of traditional southern music. Maestro Bao, who plays the traditional dan co (two-chord fiddle) and dan tranh (16-chord zither) instruments, has performed Vietnamese music in many countries. He worked as a lecturer for the University of Illinois from 1970 to 1972. The culture and education prize was also shared with educator Pham Toan for his research work on new teaching methods in primary education. Pham Hoang Quan received a research prize for his work on the East Sea. Quan, 49, spent more than 10 years to complete his work, which is used in many universities and institutes. The Vietnamese studies prize was given to an American professor, author and cultural researcher Keith Weller Taylor. And the translation … [Read more...]

Indian girl’s love for disabled kids through paintings

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(VOV) -An exhibition entitled ‘Into Karishma's World’ of Indian girl Karishma Kannan is set to take place in at Sheraton Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on March 27 as a fund raiser for underprivileged children in HCM City. 24-year-old Kannan was born with the intellectually challenging condition, Down syndrome, and all her developmental milestones were delayed. Karishma and her family moved to Vietnam for her father's job in 2008. An accidental meeting with English teacher Cyndi Beaumont, who is also an artist, changed Kannan’s life. With Beaumont’s help and guidance she discovered that she had a talent for art, and also that when she paints and draws it improves her concentration skills, something that is notoriously difficult for Down’s sufferers. Each place she visits in Vietnam or neighbouring countries becomes a favourite place - Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang, Hanoi, Bali and so on. And her memories about these places find expression in her paintings. She … [Read more...]

Ballet performed to mark 140 years of “Carmen” premiere

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The ballet "Carmen" will be performed by artists of the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on March 29 to mark the 140th anniversary of the premiere of the "Carmen" opera. The ballet will star the HBSO’s top talents, including Nguyen Thu Trang, Ho Phi Diep, Dam Duc Nhuan, Dao Van Thien and Tran Hoang Yen, who performed the play in 2012. When the opera "Carmen" premiered at the Opéra-Comique in France’s Paris in 1875, it received a lukewarm response from the public, gaining popularity only after the opera was staged in Vienna the same year and in London in 1878. The ballet "Carmen", which premiered in 1967, was crafted by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso on music taken from the opera and written by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. Of French composer Georges Bizet’s 15 operas, "Carmen" is his most renowned and final work. He passed away suddenly at the age of 37, just three months after … [Read more...]

Travel company builds Red River tourism as special treat for tourists

Hanoi ’s Thang Long GTC One Member Public Limited Company - the only supplier of tourist services on the Hong (Red) River - aims to make the river a special destination for domestic and foreign vacationers, said President and Director General of the company Ta Minh Hung on March 23. He added his company has carried tourists to historical and cultural relic sites along the banks of the Hong and Duong rivers in Hanoi , northern Bac Ninh and Hung Yen provinces since 1996. The company has opened a number of programmes, including a one-day trip along the Red River to visit the Dam and Dai Lo temples in Hanoi’s Thuong Tin district, the Chu Dong Tu temple in Hung Yen’s Khoai Chau district, the Bat Trang ceramic village in Hanoi’s Gia Lam district and Bu Thap pagoda and Dong Ho folk painting village in Bac Ninh province. The company plans to develop the quality of its services, rebuild ships to international standards and improve crew qualifications to turn the … [Read more...]

Tri’s sculpture exhibition opens in Hanoi

A new sculpture exhibition in Hanoi invites the public to think about the significance of boats and water in Vietnam's history and development. In his first solo exhibition entitled A Trip, which opened today at the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, artist Tran Trong Tri has made a series of boats using wood, bamboo, inox, composites and sawdust. The largest work measures 15m. The works of Tri, who teaches at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, are inspired by the images of boats and water. He wants to tell stories of the development of the country since its early period. He depicts different images of boats set in fairy tales, legends, war and in daily life. Tri said, "Boats and water are objects that are very familiar and important in Vietnamese people's lives. Boats can tell several stories about love, the ups and downs in life, existence and belief and hope. "The Vietnamese people have always called their country as Nuoc (the water)." The week-long exhibition features … [Read more...]

The man with the longest fingernails in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge – Mr. Luu Cong Huyen, 57, of Giao Yen Commune of Giao Thuy District in Nam Dinh Province, has not cut his fingernails for more than 30 years. His nails are now about 50cm long. How does he work and live with these nails? It is interesting that his hobby is supported by his family, especially his wife. Huyen specializes in painting and making reliefs and patterns at pagodas and tombs. As a result, his long nails are always dyed with different colors of paints. Huyen said his father was a sorcerer and he wanted to follow his father’s job at a very young age. He began growing the nails then, to serve this job. However, Huyen’s father then advised him not to pursue the job. "I cut the nails, about 10 centimeters long at that time to be able to work easily," Huyen said. Huyen said it was very strange that he was immediately sick after cutting the nails. He saw doctors but could not discover the disease. Huyen believed that his health was … [Read more...]

Vietnamese students spotlighted in SVUK’s Got Talent 2015

Contestant Vuong Gia Hieu (holding bouquet) landing on the first place for his performance. Photo: Vietnam+

Over 1,000 Vietnamese students in the UK gathered at the Cadogan Hall in London on March 21st for the final round of SVUK’s Got Talent 2015. The event was a significant highlight to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Vietnamese Students’ Association in the UK and North Ireland (SVUK). Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK and North Ireland, Nguyen Van Thao lauded the important contributions of the association in popularizing the image of dynamic country and people of Vietnam and its rich culture abroad as well as to strengthen ties between Vietnam and the UK. According to Chairman of the SVUK, Mai Lan Van, the association has become a community bridge over the past decade with over 8,500 Vietnamese students. Twelve outstanding contestants performed contemporary dances, operas, mash-ups, magic tricks, dance covers, and martial arts. The judges of the finale, prominent celebrities themselves, performed as well, including including singer … [Read more...]

Female artist holds painting expo in Germany to raise funds for Vietnamese children

A Vietnamese female artist opened her painting exhibition in Berlin, the capital city of Germany, on Saturday with the aim of helping poor children in Vietnam, newswire Vietnamplus reported Sunday. The exhibition, organized by Germany-based Viethaus Company, introduces 45 artworks made from rag and paper by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thi Phi Loan. Through Loan’s skillful hands, these materials were turned into sophisticated paintings on various topics, including women, patriotism, and the love of nature. Visitors are allowed to buy Loan’s artworks. Fifty percent of the revenue will be used to support poor children in Vietnam. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Loan showed her thrill of seeing the warm welcome of not only German and international visitors but also the Vietnamese community. She expressed hopes that her artwork would help people learn about a new type of art. The event, which is scheduled to wrap up on Monday, also welcomed Minister Counselor Pham … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 23/3

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Entertainment centre opens at My Khe Beach A beach sport and recreation centre, Dana Beach, for tourists was opened at the city's My Khe beach. Nguyen Anh Minh, director of the company Que Viet, said the 10,000sq.m centre offers visitors summer entertainment, water sports, cuisine, a beach bar, the Wynn Lounge and Beach Beer. Tourists can rest on pristine, white sandy beaches and enjoy local seafood and drinks while swimming in the sea. The centre, just 10 minute from the city, can host about 3,000 visitors at the same time for a BBQ party on beach. It is open from 8am to 2am everyday. Dong Nai celebrates 300th anniversary of Tran Bien Temple of Literature A ceremony marking the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Tran Bien Temple of Literature (photo) was held in Dong Nai Province, 40km far from Ho Chi Minh City, on March 21. The organization board held to offer incense to pay tribute to individuals and organizations that made outstanding contribution in developing … [Read more...]

Vietnamese exhibition held in Berlin

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Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thi Phi Loan introduced her works at the exhibition at the Viethous, Berlin,Germany (Photo:VNA) A charity exhibition raising funds for impoverished Vietnamese children was opened at the Viethaus in the German capital, Berlin, on March 21. Named "Sac Tam" (Colours of the Soul) the collection displayed 45 creative collage pieces by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thi Phi Loan. The display pays tribute to the 40 th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Germany. Addressing at the event, Vietnamese Minister Counsellor in Germany, Pham Viet Chien, said the artwork reflects the culture, country and people of Vietnam and can inspire ties between people in the two countries. Various cultural performances were also held, including music from UK-based pianist Nguyen Bich Tra and violist Do Minh Thuan from Spain. The exhibition remains open to the public until March 23.-VNA … [Read more...]