Tightening to manage custom of animal slaughter at festivals

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(Cinet)- A workshop to discuss about the custom of animal slaughter at festivals was organized on July 02 to review management tasks during the festival season in the first half of this year. Culture Minister Hoang Tuan Anh was speaking at a workshop to review management tasks during the festival season in the first half of this year. Comparatively new festivals involving animal slaughter, mostly aimed at making profits for local organizers, will not be permitted from next year, Culture Minister Hoang Tuan Anh has said. There are nearly 8,000 festivals organized throughout the country each year, of this 88 per cent are folk festivals, 4.2 per cent are historical festivals, 6.3 per cent are religious events, while 0.12 per cent have been adopted from overseas. Many festivals have turned into profit-making sources for organizers. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has reported that management tasks at festivals in the first half of the year have scored better than … [Read more...]

Police search for Hanoi revelers who turned car into dance club

For some people, the weekend party does not stop on Sunday night. Police in Hanoi are looking for the driver of a sedan that carried six women and blasted out loud music around the city on Monday June 29. One of them stood up, with her upper body outside the window, and danced. A video, released online a few days later, captured the whole scene. A motorbike driver ran along the car and gave the dancer a high five. The man did not wear a crash helmet. Under Vietnam’s traffic laws, the driver of the car can be fined VND300,000-500,000 (US$14-23) for carrying two people instead of one in the front seat, and another VND100,000-200,000 for not making them wear seat belts. An officer told news website Zing that the act of leaning outside a car and dancing was also an offense. "The woman could have been in danger if the car had collided with another vehicle." … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/7

Vietnamese film week opens in the US The Vietnam Film Week was inaugurated in the US city of Honolulu on July 5 as part of activities to celebrate 20 years of the normalisation of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the US. The event was organised by the Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism in collaboration with the Vietnamese Embassy in the US, Vietnamese delegation to the United Nations, and American partners. Six Vietnamese films which won domestic and international prizes are being screened at the event, namely Trung so (Lottery win), Khat vong Thang Long (Thang Long aspiration), Nhung dua con cua lang (Children of the village), Hiep si mu (Blind knight), Bi mat Tham do (Scandal), Hao quang tro lai (Scandal 2). The film festival also includes a series of cultural activities, such as an exchange of Vietnamsese and US film makers, festivals featuring Ao dai (Vietnamese traditional costume) and cuisines, and the introduction of the biennial Hanoi … [Read more...]

Kung Fu Pho set to tickle funny bones in HCM City

Laughing stock: A comedy centred on Viet Nam's iconic noodle soup will be screened in HCM City this month. — Photo courtesy of Skyline Media

HCM CITY (VNS) — A comedy film about pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) will be released in cinemas later this month. Produced by Skyline Media, a provide film studio in HCM City, titled Kung Fu Pho, narrates the story of a woman and her family struggling to become a famous pho seller. The oldest daughter of a pho seller, Co Co (played by My Duyen) has to earn a living from a very young age. She helps her father at his pho shop before spending time and money to learn the art of cooking the tasty dish. Battling against the odds, she becomes a famous pho vendor. The film's director, Nguyen Quoc Duy, worked for over a year to complete Kung Fu Pho, from writing the script to building a film studio for his production. More than 20 popular artists, including Diem My, Hoang Son, My Uyen and Mai Son, are featured in the film. The director and his staff travelled to several areas in HCM City and the Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long and Can Tho, to get an insight into the country's … [Read more...]

Two more national intangible cultural heritages

They are Trinh Xuyen communal house festival in Nghia An commune (Ninh Giang district) and Hao Xa pagoda festival in Thanh Xa commune (Thanh Ha district). The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has recognized 26 national intangible cultural heritages nationwide. This time, Hai Duong has two recognized intangible cultural heritages, namely Trinh Xuyen communal house festival in Nghia An commune (Ninh Giang district) and Hao Xa pagoda festival in Thanh Xa commune (Thanh Ha district). These are two folk festivals with many traditional rituals and special folk games, such as boat racing, contests of rice cooking on the river and duck catching (Hao Xa pagoda festival), earthen firecracker contest, thum bridge crossing, earthenware pot breaking, tug of war, and cockfighting (Trinh Xuyen communal house festival). Earlier, four intangible cultural heritages of Hai Duong were recognized in 2012, namely ca tru (ceremonial) singing, water puppetry, Con Son festival, and Kiep Bac … [Read more...]

Young Vietnamese people and Tattoos

These days, it is easy to see young Vietnamese people tattoos on their body. Why they choose to have a tattoo - a form of body modification - on their body? For some people, tattoos make them feel different from other people. Some people say it is art. Mai, a student of University of Technology (HUTECH) in Ho Chi Minh City, rolled up her T-shirt sleeves to expose tattoos including her name and her boyfriend with floral patterns. Seeing that her friends showed their interest in her tattoos, Mai continued whether they would enjoy a discount to have similar tattoos if they remember Mai's password to the owner of her acquainted tattoos shop. All her friends showed their eagerness to have a tattoo on their body. At a tattoo shop in Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in District 10, a group of young female After 2 hours, they smiled happily at their new tattoo patterns in their body even a girl taking a photo to post on her personal face book. It is easy to see very young people who are … [Read more...]

Bill Clinton in Hanoi picture wins photo contest

A Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper journalist is among three winners of a photo contest held to celebrate Vietnam - U.S. ties with a photo he took of former President Bill Clinton in Hanoi 15 years ago. Viet Dung won the highest prize at the politics - diplomat category of the contest and exhibition titled "Images of Vietnam - US relations and the United States of America through the lens of Vietnamese photographers" for capturing the moment in time. The photo shows smiling Clinton, who was in Hanoi during a historic visit in November 2000 as the then U.S. President, stands on a balcony of a house and friendly shakes hands with a group of young Vietnamese, who peek out from a window next-door to reach him. The Tuoi Tre journalist said he took the picture while hustling with five seasoned American photojournalists. Pushed by a security staff, Dung managed to take three shots at that time, he recalled. "I was scared that my photos would be blurred since I was pushed," he said. "I … [Read more...]

The odd jobs

VietNamNet Bridge – Some people are earning a living by crying or singing and dancing at funerals. When I approached Mr. Huu, 41, a mourner at funerals with almost 10 years experience, to learn about his special job, he said: "I have nothing to say about my job in your newspaper. I don’t want to be sneered at by others." Then, a few days later, my phone rang and it was Huu. "I think I should tell people about my job. Yesterday, I just cried at a funeral but then I was beaten by a local group of mourners. This profession is both shameful and miserable!" Huu said. Huu was tired when he met me. He said he had undergone a lot of bitterness and humiliation. He came to Saigon as a construction worker. After a motorcycle accident, his leg was injured and he could not do difficult jobs so he became a mourner. Huu said all members in his group were ill because their everyday work is with the dead. When asked why he doesn’t look for another job, he said: "This profession … [Read more...]

Composer An Thuyen dies aged 65

HA NOI (VNS) — Composer An Thuyen, who is well-known for his songs inspired by national folk music, died at 65 of a heart attack yesterday in Ha Noi. Doctors said Thuyen's heart was not beating by the time he arrived at hospital. After nearly an hour of resuscitation attempts, he did not make it. The composer suffered from high blood pressure and was recently hospitalised for a week before returning home and receiving outpatient treatment. Born in 1949 in Nghe An Province, Thuyen started playing several instruments, including the traditional bamboo flute, at age 11. He was the key member of his family troupe. Thuyen joined the army in 1975 and two years later he became a musician in Military Zone 5's troupe. In 1981 Thuyen studied at the Ha Noi Conservatory of Music, now Viet Nam National Academy of Music. After graduating, Thuyen worked and contributed most of his life to the arts. Many of his songs are popular across generations, such as Em Chon Loi Nay (I Choose This … [Read more...]

Cultural activities marks 40 years of Vietnam – Germany ralations

A traditional long tunic (Ao Dai) fashion show designed  by Lan Huong was held in Berlin, Germany on July 2nd

(Cinet)- A gala night promoting Vietnam’s vibrant traditional customs and culture was featured at the Palast Festungsgraben Theatre in Berlin, Germany on July 2 to mark 40 years of relations between Vietnam and Germany. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Minister Counsellor to Germany Pham Viet Chien highlighted that culture served as a bridge between the two nations and promoted exchange, integration and mutual understanding between Vietnam and Germany. He added that preserving national identity and embracing cultural diversity during the global integration process was a key element of the bilateral cultural exchange. The programme kicked off with a performance by young pianist Ngoc Vu, a German-Vietnamese artist who has won a number of awards in Germany and other European countries for his performance of Schumann and Chopin words. Meanwhile, designer Lan Huong’s Ao Dai collection, showcasing Vietnamese brocade fabrics, turned heads at the Ao Dai fashion show. … [Read more...]

World artists to judge 2nd Vietnam belly dance contest

Belly dancer Julia Torgonkar from Ukraine

Huy Nguyen They are Angella Kim from South Korea, Julia Torgonkar from Ukraine, and Daila Jansikova from the Czech Republic. Kim used to perform and judge belly dance competitions in South Korea, Singapore and Argentina. Torgonkar was the champion of the BellyFusions Festival held in France in 2012 and was member of the organizing committee of the Dream and Dance competition while Jansikova is a three-time champion of the World Belly Dance Champion. These artists will also advise and train competitors in the second Vietnam Belly Dance Festival, the first belly dance contest in Vietnam with foreign belly dancers sitting on the panel of judges. According to the organizer, the contest will be attended by 70 Vietnamese and foreign competitors who will perform 40 solo and group performances. The awards include cash prize worth VND40 million (US$1,834) and scholarships for advanced belly dance courses. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese culture celebrated in Germany

The Ao Dai show at the gala night (Photo: VNA) A gala night promoting Vietnam’s vibrant traditional customs and culture was featured at the Palast Festungsgraben Theatre in Berlin, Germany on July 2, attracting a flock of international friends and representatives of diplomatic delegations. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Minister Counsellor to Germany Pham Viet Chien highlighted that culture served as a bridge between the two nations and promoted exchange, integration and mutual understanding between Vietnam and Germany. He added that preserving national identity and embracing cultural diversity during the global integration process was a key element of the bilateral cultural exchange. The programme kicked off with a performance by young pianist Ngoc Vu, a German-Vietnamese artist who has won a number of awards in Germany and other European countries for his performance of Schumann and Chopin words. Meanwhile, designer Lan Huong’s Ao Dai collection, showcasing … [Read more...]

Bahnar, Jrai music for Finland

HA NOI (VNS) — A group of folk musicians from Bahnar and Jrai ethnic groups from Gia Lai Province in the Central Highlands will perform at festivals in Finland from now to July 9. The troupe includes RCham Tih and Cham Nguich from Jrai; Dinh Plih and Dinh Len from Bahnar ethnic group; flutist Nguyen Duc Thao; and music researcher Kieu Trung Son. The festival is part of Finland-Viet Nam Cultural Bridge and the programme has been organised by Juminkeko, an information centre specialising in Finnish national epos, and Viet Nam Folk Culture and Arts Association. The group will also attend the 10th Sommelo Ethno Music Festival in Kuhmo and the Words and Music in Kajaani. The eastern Finnish town of Kajaani hosts Finland's longest-running and largest family-friendly festival dedicated to poetry, recitation, and small-scale theatre. Musicians will perform the traditional tunes and folk songs of their own people with the accompaniment of traditional instruments. They will show how … [Read more...]

Prospects of Vietnam Leather & Footwear Export with FTAs

The free trade agreements (FTAs) that Vietnam has signed, or will sign, will reach most of Vietnam’s major leather and footwear export markets. That has created two-side effects on Vietnam’s export prospects. Confident on larger playgrounds

The leather and footwear industry accounts for 8-10 percent of Vietnam’s exports and is the third largest export after garment - textile and telephone and parts. The sector’s export turnover was US$8.764 billion in 2012, US$8.4 billion in 2013 and US$10.3 billion in 2014. In 2015, the value is estimated to climb to US$13.5 - 14 billion and the localisation rate will reach 65-70 percent, a very high rate, as leather and footwear exporters have now signed contracts for full operations until the end of the third or even the fourth quarter of the year. Its export prices to the US, Japan, Australia and South America are stable or even slightly higher due to higher minimum wage increase in Vietnam. Vietnam is the fourth largest footwear producer in the world by output and the third largest exporter by value after China and Italy. With about 10 percent market of global market share, Vietnam ranks second to China by market share, also in three largest markets of the US, the … [Read more...]

Korean teacher beats heat, blues with inspired dance

Learning to adapt: Choreographer Chun Yoo-oh said her passion was revived thanks to the authenticity and vividness of Vietnamese contemporary ballet. — VNS Photo

Chun Yoo-oh's private and professional world – one of dance, choreography and teaching – took a dramatic turn when her husband accepted a job in HCM City as a branch manager for a major project 11 years ago. "At first, it was hard to live with the hot weather," she recalls. "And when I began working, there were misunderstandings caused by differences in customs and laws, and the complex administrative procedures made my business and life more difficult." "Life and the atmosphere around were totally strange to me," she says. "But it gradually became easier." To adapt, she began a new career as the owner of a garment and textile business based in nearby Dong Nai Province. "The hectic business activity left me almost no time to indulge my passion," she says. Born in the coastal city of Busan in southeastern South Korea, Chun fell in love with dancing when she was 12. "Dancing was my first, and is, my longest lover," she said. After graduating from Ewha Woman's … [Read more...]

A Guide to Contemporary Arts in Ho Chi Minh City

"A warrior of Long haired Army" from Dogma's collection

(Cinet)- Ho Chi Minh City has rapidly become one of the most active emerging art hubs in Southeast Asia. Although the number of contemporary art spaces is still modest, they are getting more and more attention from a greater audience. Home to several international and local recognized artists, the city has so much to offer to contemporary art lovers. Museums, private collection and galleriesHo Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum - The museum’s exhibition rooms have a range of art that can give visitors a good look at the development of art through the ages in Vietnam. A new wing is frequently rented out for privately organized exhibitions, mostly of contemporary artists. Address: 97A Pho Duc Chinh, District 1. Galerie Quynh - The most professionally recognized, international standard gallery in the city, Galerie Quynh was founded in 2004 by Vietnamese-American Quynh Pham. The gallery represents Vietnamese emerging and established artists, as well as foreign artists. In … [Read more...]

Social News 1/7

Landslides, high tides unpredictable in HCMC The HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said landslides and high tides are hard to predict this rainy season due to rapid urbanization and illegal constructions by rivers and canals in the city. Tran Cong Ly, deputy director of the department, said rampant constructions and waste discharges along the banks of rivers and canals in the city have narrowed water flows, and stronger water currents would cause landslides. In addition, the exploitation of sand from the riverbeds at the Saigon and Dong Nai rivers could worsen erosion. After the early-season rains, a landslide in an area of 510 square meters along the Muong Chuoi River in Nhon Duc Commune, Nha Be District damaged three homes and the power and drainage system sections in this outlying district, according to the district’s urban management office. The office now has a 600-meter embankment section of the river consolidated to prevent damage for more than ten … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture (01-07-2015)

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Reporter Tran Viet Van of the Ha Noi-based Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper has just won the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) photo contest for the seventh consecutive year (2008-15). This year, Van won the third prize in the Press category for his entry entitled Veterans, which features the simple life of war veterans in Viet Nam. He has also won various international prizes, including the International Photography Awards (USA 2009-11) and the Photo Master Cup (UK 2010-11). He speaks to Culture Vulture about his interests. Why have you been participating in the Px3 contest for so long? What are the topics that you have exploited? I have competed in various international photo contests and Px3 is one such global one. You may know that this year, the jury selected Px3's winners from thousands of entries from more than 85 countries. The jury members of Px3 are top international decision-makers in the photography industry such as Carol Johnson, curator of photography of the Library … [Read more...]

What’s on July 2015 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCESHanoi-Live music with Australian musician Floyd Thursby July 18, 8 pm Hanoi Social Club, Street, 6 Hoi Vu Street Songpoet Floyd Thursby creates uniquely evocative folk and country songs with striking lyrics and strong melodies. He performs solo: one guitar, one voice. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Thursby will be performing his original songs, exploring the collective – and personal – unconscious: love and death, brimstone and ecstasy, the sacred and the profane. Thursby’s critically-acclaimed debut album ‘A Thief’s Journal’ was released in 2007 on Ang Fang Industries through MGM. Thursby’s new album ‘Sinatra’s Bones’ is out now. Tickets VND100,000 Hanoi-Antigone Rising band set to perform in Vietnam Jul 7-13 Performance by Antigone Rising, the New York based female rock band. They will travel to Vietnam to offer master classes and free performances to audiences in Ho Chi Minh City and the … [Read more...]

Painting exhibition delves into modern lifestyles

A painting named "Relax" in the Mannequin’s Life painting collection by Nguyen Khac Chinh - PHOTO: COURTESY OF HANOIGRAPEVINE

Minh Nga A painting exhibition that deals with modern lifestyles is opened on June 30 at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum. "Mannequin’s Life" solo exhibition by Hanoi-based painter Nguyen Khac Chinh features 23 paintings which have been created since 2011. This is the second time Chinh’s paintings are put on display after the first show at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi last year. As described by the Vietnamese cultural information website hanoigrapevine.com, although the series "Mannequin’s Life" consists of several different topics, there is a consistent hidden underlying idea behind each painting – the state of being lonely in modern life. Figures of girls in traditional outfits and with monotonic actions lure viewers into mysterious ancient spaces, but here and there signals of a modern life can still be found as the reminders of reality such as an Apple iPhone, a laptop, and a glass of wine. Chinh uses oil paint with hot and deep colors and … [Read more...]