Show gives Glimpse Into Southeast Asia

The cultures and ethnic diversity of Southeast Asia are on display at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology today to celebrate the Museum’s 15th anniversary and Hanoi’s 1,000th.

Besides exhibits, “A Glimpse Into Southeast Asia” will also feature conservation and restoration and multimedia displays on Southeast Asian cultures.

It will also give guests a foretaste of the Southeast Asian Museum to be opened just next to the museum on Nguyen Van Huyen Street in Cau Giay district.

The Southeast Asian Museum has been under construction since 2007 and it is scheduled to open this year.

It will seek to highlight the links between Vietnamese ethnic groups and those in the rest of Southeast Asia as well as Vietnam’s responsibility as an ASEAN member to disseminate and preserve the region’s identity.

The exhibition is organized by the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and tickets cost VND3,000 to VND25,000 (US$1.3).

S. Korean, Vietnamese musicians to play in HCMC

The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra (HBSO) will host South Korean soprano Cho Hae Ryong and pianist Noh Hae Ry who will join clarinet Dao Nhat Quang, cello Nguyen Tuan Anh, pianist Pham Dieu Thao of Vietnam for a concert on October 9 at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House.

The event repertoire includes Pie Jesu by A. L. Webber, Fantasy Piecies Op.73 for clarinet solo by R. Schumann, Radeet oblakov letuchaia griada Nimfa by N. Rimsky – Korsakov, Ballade for Cello & Piano by Nguyen Manh Duy Linh of Vietnam and Trio for clarinet, cello & Piano by L. I. Beethoven.

Tickets are on sale at 3 Phan Van Dat Street, Ben Nghe Ward., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam, Japan artisans to show off their skills
To he, the edible Vietnamese rice-flower figurinesTo he, Vietnam’s traditional edible rice-flour toy figurine, and the Japanese art of making clay flowers will be on show at an annual cultural event in Hanoi Sunday organized by a student-run NGO.

Pieces of Culture is organized by Hanoikids, which seeks to promote Vietnam to the world. The volunteers group has in the past promoted Korean kim chi, Australian music, British weddings, and football from Italy.

This year two Hanoi artisans, Chu Tien Cong -- the deputy head of the To He club -- and Nguyen Van Nhuong of Xuan Ha village, will make to he figurines resembling animals, flowers, and characters from folk stories.

Akihiko Nakano, an economic adviser in the Japanese embassy, will provide a short introduction to the art of clay flower making.

Both the Vietnamese and Japanese artisans will also instruct visitors and help them make their own to he figurines and clay flowers.

To he is a traditional plaything for children that used to be made and sold only during festivals, especially Tet and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

But nowadays it can be seen at almost all traditional festivals and in public places.

The Japanese art uses clay mixed with water and coloring.

Pieces of Culture will be held at Room 802, Block C, Hanoi University.

Hanoikids was established in 2006.

Vietnamese film producer to compete in UK contest

Independent film producer Tran Bich Ngoc, who has worked with Oliver Stone and M. Night Shyamalan, will compete in the International Young Creative Entrepreneur contest to be held in the UK this month.

She will go to the UK on a 10-12 day trip and get opportunities to network with the UK film industry and participants from other countries and attend the London Film Festival, according to the British Council in Vietnam.

The contest is scheduled for October 13-23.

Ngoc won the first prize at this year’s International Young Screen Entrepreneur Award organized in July by the British Council to select the Vietnamese contestant to the competition.

She has worked with international crews for “The Vertical Ray of The Sun” by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, “The Quiet American” by Australian Phillip Noyce, and “The Last Airbender” by India-born M. Night Shyamalan.

Stone chose Ngoc as the local producer when he was preparing to shoot the film “Pinkville” in 2007. However, the project was postponed due to Writers Guild of America strike in 2007 and 2008.

Ngoc produced films for the Hanoi Audiovisual Company and Vietnam Feature Film Studio from 1998 to 2001 before switching to advertising with which she remains involved.

She remains involved with several international movie productions.

The annual International Young Creative Entrepreneur Award Program is organized as part of the Creative Enterprises project organized by the global British Council since 2004.

There are currently nine awards across different sectors of the creative industries -- music, design, fashion, film, communications, art performance, visual arts, publishing, and architecture.

It will be for the second time that Vietnam will participate in this award after debuting in 2008.

Thua Thien-Hue hosts photography exhibition to celebrate capital’s 1,000th birthday
The Thua Thien-Hue municipal People’s Committee organised a photography exhibition on October 4 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The exhibition aims to show the close solidarity between Hanoi, Hue and Saigon.

On display were 100 black-and-white and colour photos, including 70 of Thang Long-Hanoi and 30 of Thua Thien-Hue.

The exhibition will last until October 15.

Seminar on culture and craft village development held in Hanoi
Travel agents from across the country and abroad gathered for a seminar on cultural heritage and craft village development, held in Bao Son Paradise Theme Park, Hanoi, on October 4.

The event was held under the International Tourism Festival to mark the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The forum’s participants stressed that visitors enjoy the attractive heritage of localities, including tangible and intangible culture, and historical and natural heritage and art, as well as society.

They said traditional craft village culture needs to be upheld in a market economy to make its potential reality.

“Moscow Days” to be held in Hanoi
The Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee and Moscow authorities will jointly hold “Moscow Days in Hanoi” from October 8-10 to celebrate Hanoi’s millennial anniversary.

During the event there will be a variety of activities including a photo exhibition, a book exhibition, and an art performance by the world-famous Pyatnitsky Russian Folk Chorus.

The event was planned as part of the activities to strengthen Hanoi-Moscow cooperation.

Contest for Hanoi's thousand years of civilization closed
Eighty-four individuals were awarded prizes for a literary contest over Hanoi’ thousand years of civilization by the Communist Ho Chi Minh Youth Union and Hanoi People’s Committee on October 4.

The contest drew a large number of participants since opening in October 2009 from across the country and overseas, particularly from pupils and soldiers. 

A special prize was given to the youth union of Regiment BB38 under Military Zone 5. The first prize was awarded to Vu Tuan Cuong from Cavico Vietnam’s youth union, and 39 organizations and 8 other individuals were awarded for their impressive literary entries.

The contest set new records, including Vu Duy Binh, a one hundred-year-old as the oldest entrant, Hoang Khanh Van from Mai Dong primary school as the youngest entrant, a record-longest entry by Chau Hong from Binh Binh province with 1,261 pages.

The event also attracted special entrants such as Steven Tait from Canada, who wrote his entry on five Vietnamese palm-leaf conical hats, blind nine-year-old Nguyen Duy Khanh, and Nguyen Thi Linh, who wrote her entry in Vietnamese and minority language.

Exhibition highlights Vietnam’s national heroes and cultural celebrities
An exhibition displayed more than 500 objects, documents and photos highlighting Vietnam’s national heroes and cultural celebrities at the Vietnam Revolutionary Museum in Hanoi on October 4.

The exhibition aimed to help visitors learn more about Vietnam – its land and people, and lives and careers of national heroes and Vietnam’s cultural celebrities. The event also displayed Thang Long and Hanoi in the track of development and integration, as well as elegant Hanoians.

Director of the Vietnam Revolutionary Museum, Pham Quoc Quan, said the event also aimed to educate young people about patriotic tradition and the pride of the nation on the occasion of the grand ceremony to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The event, which is organized by the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will last until December 31.

Carved sapphire turtle presented to capital
A sapphire turtle made by the DOJI Gold and Gems Group was presented to the Hanoi People's Committee as a gift for the city's millennial anniversary on October 3.

The Giant Precious Sapphire Turtle has spiritual meaning as a symbol of longevity and peace, said DOJI general director Do Minh Phu.

Its natural blue and reddish brown colours give it a unique beauty, he said.

The two-tonne turtle, made from a monolithic sapphire, took artisans 200 days to complete.

Legend says a turtle helped King An Duong Vuong build Co Loa Citadel in the 3rd century BC while King Le Thai To (1385-1433) returned a precious sword to a tortoise in Hoan Kiem or "Returned Sword" Lake after using it to defeat invaders.

Eight Vietnamese enter Danish painting contest’s final round
Eight Vietnamese artists have been selected for the final round of a painting contest launched by the Denmark-Vietnam Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF).

According to the Danish Embassy’s announcement on October 1, the finalists include Dao Anh Viet, Luong Van Trung, Le Tran Tuan Anh, Nguyen Hong Phuong, Pham Tuan Tu, Le Hoang Bich Phuong, Nguyen Xuan Hoang and Nguyen The Hung.

All entries will be posted on the website and be displayed at an exhibition at Vietnam University of Fine Arts on October 18.

The public can view all the entries and favorite artists and works on the website. There is also a VND2-million prize for the best comment.

Danish Ambassador John Nielsen said this year’s Talent Prize themed “Paintings” aims to seek out original, unique and creative artists in order to promote innovation in painting.

Dragon Festival celebrates grand anniversary
The Spanish people community in Vietnam organised a street performance entitled Dragon Festival at My Dinh National Stadium on October 2 as part of the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

During the hour long performance, 18 artists from Spanish famous theater group Els Comediants and 19 artists from the Vietnam Circus Federation acted out the legends and history of Thang Long-Hanoi and King Ly Cong Uan’s vision of a soaring dragon using fire as the major element.

Fernando Curcio, Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam, said that the performance was a harmonious mixture of Vietnamese and Mediterranian culture. It depicted Vietnamese and Spanish dragons along with fireworks, dancing and music.

The performance ended with an airship flying from the northeast of the city carrying a Vietnamese woman wearing an Ao Dai (traditional dress) trailing banners of silk with words to celebrate the grand ceremony, and a fiery castle on the stage filling the sky with different colours.

National film making contest for students closes
The awards ceremony for the national film making contest for Vietnamese students was held in Hanoi on October 2, as part of activities to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

The event was held jointly by the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Japanese embassy in Vietnam.

The first prize went to students from Tay Son junior secondary school in Hai Chau district in Da Nang for their film “Buoi hoc cua Thuy” (Thuy’s class day).

This group, along with the second and third prizewinners, will be invited to Japan to join the International Film Making Competition for Asian children, scheduled for December 4 in Ibushiki city, Kagoshima prefecture.

The national contest received 36 three-minute films by junior and senior school students from 36 cities and provinces across the country. 15 films were made by students from Hanoi.

Initiated by Japan-Vietnam Special Ambassador Sugi Ryotaro in 2007, the event aims to nurture young people’s dreams and ambitions, encouraging them to strive harder for a better future.