Chefs in Shanghai for Bocuse d'Or competition Chef Nguyen Le Hoang Phat will represent Vietnam at the two-day international culinary competition that kicks off in Shanghai on June 26. The international cooking contest is part of Bocuse d'Or, the most highly regarded culinary competition in the world. "This is the second time Viet Nam has joined the Bocuse d'Or and being part of this world famous cooking competition is a great way to present Viet Nam's cuisine and culture", said Philippe Bacac, managing director of Metro Cash & Carry Vietnam, the main sponsor of the competition. "We understand the needs of professional chefs and are supporting the national team on their way to the upcoming cooking competition in the region," he said. "We believe our mission is to help young, innovative chefs in this country to successfully represent Vietnam's cuisine on an international stage." The Bocuse d'Or team from Vietnam includes instructor Michael Bao Huynh; president of Bocuse d'Or Vietnam … [Read more...] about Chefs in Shanghai for Bocuse d’Or competition
Soho contemporary art
Station 3A, a new rendezvous for Saigonese Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang in HCMC Nha ga 3A (Station 3A), a complex of entertainment and contemporary art facilities in HCMC’s District 1, has emerged as a new destination for people, especially youths to hang around. Nestled in an alley of Ton Duc Thang Street, the place was renovated from an old French-style housing block dated back to the 19th century. It used to be a location for the Second Bureau or France’s external military intelligence agency and was then a place for Vietnam’s military to train officers. Huge graffiti paintings show the way to the main hall of Station 3A, where guests can browse for about 20 fashion and accessory and household items brands like Dieu Anh, Nosbyn, T-Safari, Geisha, Mirror and Sadec District. Handicraft and pottery products of Sadec District Store founded by a team of popular photographers and stylists capture the eyes of customers thanks to their original designs by artisans from … [Read more...] about Station 3A, a new rendezvous for Saigonese
Many youths living, studying, or working in Ho Chi Minh City are going to local art venues to fulfill their need for art and community. Although they are called "battles," the competitions are not fierce among the contestants, as they compete only for fun. Ngoc Anh and Bao Quyen, two familiar faces at many such hip hop "battles," said that although they are both currently in twelfth grade with a lot of schoolwork, they still find time to join the big events where they enjoy the rousing atmosphere. The girls, who took up hip hop in ninth grade, have both received a scholarship from U.S. schools for the next academic year. "Our parents usually advise us against indulging in hip hop, as it may interfere with our schoolwork, but we're set on proving that we can study and practice hip hop at the same time," Quyen said, still tapping her feet to the stirring music. This is only one new addition to the growing entertainment options for youth in Vietnam's southern hub, … [Read more...] about Saigon youth seek outlet in art, new venues
VietNamNet Bridge - There is a new address for art lovers in Hanoi – No. 9 Tran Thanh Tong. Many people hope this will be an arts district - such as Soho or Williamsburgh (New York), 799 (Beijing)... This is the land of the Central Pharmaceutical Enterprise 2. After the enterprise was moved to the industrial zone in Vinh Phuc province, almost the entire factory here have been left fallow for many years. From 2012, some car repair and car wash shops opened in the first floor of the factory. Early in 2013, the activities at No.9 Tran Thanh Tong were really exciting. Five rows of workshops have been divided and repaired to become wedding photo studios, galleries, coffee shops, billiard and fashion stores. On the 4th floor of the building, there is studio 9A4 M of Phuong Vu Manh, a pioneer in body painting in Vietnam. The 3rd floor is the workshops of artists from the Nha San Collective art club. They have turned the place into an address for painting … [Read more...] about “Arts District” in Hanoi, is it possible?
Every night in this city of 10 million people crammed into a super-thick urban stew is an amazing display of color and noise, of dirt and mysterious glamour. As always, swirling, swerving motorbikes define the movement.On Friday night, some of those Vespas and Hondas and cheap Chinese knockoffs scooted over to L’Espace, a French cultural center near the Metropole Hotel, the elegant gathering place of French intellectuals and artists in the Indochine era. L'Espace advertised, among other attractions, “video, am nhac thu nghiem va body painting.” At first, three discreetly covered slender models tottered self-consciously on very high heels. Seated at a table was Vu Nhat Tan, Vietnam’s leading avant-garde composer, there to provide an electronica background as Phuong Vu Manh began to systematically apply a wash of color to each model -- one red, one blue, one green. Along with a player of the dan bau (the wonderfully whiny one-stringed Vietnamese instrument) and … [Read more...] about Southwest Chamber Music’s further adventures in Hanoi