Opera Concert ‘Autumn Melodies’ to be held in Hanoi
Music lovers will have an opportunity to enjoy an opera concert themed ‘Autumn Melodies’ at the L’Espace French Cultural Centre in Hanoi on October 10 at 8pm.
The concert will draw the participation of the Hue Academy of Music and the Hanoi Symphony Orchestra (HSO) under the Vietnam National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Hue Academy of Music – one of the largest music academies in Vietnam, in co-operation with Symphony Orchestra of Hanoi – will present a special concert of opera arias and excerpts from classical to romantic songs.
These great arias are popular among classical music lovers, and performed even more often than the operas from which they originate including ‘Toreador’ by Bizet, ‘Quando me vo’ by Puccini, ‘Klänge der Heimat’ by Strauss and ‘Pamina’ by Mozart.
‘Autumn Melodies’ will also offer modern, well-known tunes such as ‘Core’ngrato’ (Ungrateful Heart) by Cardillo, ‘The Prayer’ by Foster and ‘Piacer d’amor’ (Plaisir d’amour) by Martini.
Tickets are VND160,000 and VND 80,000 for members of L’Espace or students with a valid ID card. Tickets are available at L’Espace.
Craft village festival opens in Hanoi
As many as 300 pavilions from 22 traditional craft villages across the country showcased their unique products at a festival which opened on October 7 at Hanoi’s Quan Ngua Sports Place.
The Hanoi Craft Village Festival 2015, jointly organised by Hanoi’s Department of Culture and Sports, the Department of Tourism, and the Joint Stock Company of Vietnam Trade and Commercial Bank (Vietcombank), forms part of activities to celebrate the capital city’s Liberation Day (October 10).
The event aims to honour outstanding craft villages and artisans, including pottery, rattan bamboo handicraft, embroidery, silk brocade, folk pictures, sculpture, and bronze casting.
The opening ceremony featured the ritual processing craft ancients, traditional art performances, folk games and traditional cuisine.
Director of the Department of Culture and Sports To Van Dong said Hanoi is home to more than 1,000 craft villages, 300 of which are recognised the traditional ones.
The city has undertaken a number of measures to promote traditional craft products in tandem with development tourism, Dong added.
Luong Manh Hai, who is the owner of the Bau Co pottery-kiln workshop in Bat Trang trade village brought to the exhibition more than 50 pottery products. He said the event presents opportunities for him to introduce the quintessence of the century-old traditional craft village of Bat Trang to potential partners at home and abroad.
Meanwhile, Director of the Newstartours Travel Agency Luong Duy Ngan highlighted the potential for trade village tourism in Hanoi.
The festival contributes to preserving and developing traditional trade villages in Hanoi in particular and in the country in general, Ngan said, adding that it helps connect travel agencies with trade villages to promote local tourism potential.
The festival runs until October 11.
Book on Jack Ma captivates Vietnamese readers
Huy Hoang Publishing House has announced that it has sold 3,000 Vietnamese copies of the biography book on Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba Group, a privately owned Internet-based e-commerce company in China, since the book was introduced to local readers on September 20.
Nguyen Le My Hoan, director of the publishing house, said at a presentation of the book titled “Toi la Jack Ma” (I’m Jack Ma) on Sunday that Huy Hoang is rushing to release more copies of the book as it has got 1,000 more orders nationwide.
The book “Jack Ma: Founder and CEO of the Alibaba Group” was written by Ma’s assistant Chen Wei. It is a collection of stories which the author knows about Ma as one of the most successful Chinese entrepreneurs. It delves into Ma’s thoughts on business and the way he treats other people.
Although the book is aimed at entrepreneurs and middle-aged people, most of the book buyers in Vietnam are young.
Hoan explained the book not only gathers real interesting stories about Ma but also contains messages explaining the success of a person who was born into a poor family but has now become a billionaire, which inspires youths to dream of starting up their own businesses.
Tran Huu Tran Huy, a lecturer at University of Finance-Marketing, told the Daily on the sidelines of the book presentation event that Ma is a role model for Vietnamese business people.
“Jack Ma is an Asian man who started up business in the era of the Internet. He is still influenced by Oriental culture but at the same time, has new thoughts that have helped him go ahead of his time. Vietnamese entrepreneurs can definitely learn from his experience,” he said.
Ma has become known globally as Alibaba Group’s 2014 initial public offering (IPO) was the biggest ever in the world at US$25 billion, according to Forbes.
The book “Toi la Jack Ma” was published in Vietnam by Huy Hoang Publishing House and National Economics Publishing House.
Photo contest on Vietnam goods finds winner
The winner of the photo contest “Tu hao hang Viet 2015” (Pride in Vietnamese goods) by Doanh Nhan Sai Gon newspaper has been announced at an award ceremony held in HCMC on October 6.
The first prize went to a photo taken by Huynh Pham Anh Dung, which features the happy moment of ethnic people in a rural upland area in Ba To District, Quang Ngai Province in the central region when they have access to mobile phone service. Apart from second and third prizes, there are ten consolation prizes.
Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, editor-in-chief of Doanh Nhan Sai Gon and head of the contest’s organizing committee, said the organizer had expected to present the top prize for a photo about local business but no such photo was found.
In the fourth edition of the competition this year, the entries carried no new features of daily life, said Dong Duc Thanh, vice chairman of the art council under the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists and head of the panel of judges.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Huynh Van Minh, chairman of the HCMC Union of Business Associations, said he was looking forward to seeing better photos in the next contest.
The photo contest is an annual event held by Doanh Nhan Sai Gon in response to the “Buy Vietnamese” campaign and Vietnam Entrepreneurs Day on October 13.
US artists teach dance for Hue students
A delegation from the New York-based Battery Dance Company taught dance to students at the College of Culture and Arts in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from October 4-7.
The lessons were part of activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Vietnam-US diplomatic ties.
During the four-day programme, 80 students had the chance to learn the basic techniques of contemporary dance, ballet and hip-hop.
They are expected to perform with Battery Dance Company artists at the Duyet Thi Duong royal theatre and the province’s culture and information centre on October 9-10.
The Battery Dance Company was founded in 1976 by Jonathan Hollander and his wife, Noelle Braynard. The group performs on the world’s stages, teaches and is an advocate for the field of dance.
It has represented the US overseas and developed cultural exchange programmes in the realm of dance and the performing arts.
Renowned French author to arrive in Hanoi
The most popular children’s book writer in France, Susie Morgenstern will arrive in Hanoi on October 12 to meet with Vietnamese fans at the French Cultural Centre L’ Espace at the invitation of the French Institute in Vietnam.
‘Lettres d’amour de 0 à 10’ (Secret Letters From 0 To 10) which tells a story of a sweet, kind, and intelligent ten-year-old Ernest is one of her most popular books in Vietnam.
Ernest has a flat, colourless life until he meets Victoria, a free spirit who falls in love with him and bulldozes her way into his life. Much to Ernest’s surprise, he likes it. Bit by bit, color seeps into Ernest’s humdrum existence – and he begins to realize that life can hold adventure, friendship, humor, and love.
Born in 1945 in Newark, New Jersey, but Susie Morgenstern has spent the largest part of her adult life in France. She has written over 40 books in English and French. Many of her writings have been translated into Vietnamese.
Monsoon sponsorship fosters traditional chamber music
Young orchestra Maius Philharmonic won the first-ever sponsorship from the International Monsoon Music Festival 2015 for their album inspired by traditional music.
Revealing the news on October 7, the festival’s Director Nguyen Quoc Trung said after the end of this year’s monsoon music-fest, the organisation board would consult and support the production of Maius-Chapter One, a project initiated by the orchestra’s conductor Luu Quang Minh based on traditional music.
Maius Philharmonic, formally known as Rhapsody Philharmonic, has brought chamber music closer to the youth through contemporary adaptation in the last five years.
They will debut their new name on October 8 in conjunction with the opening day of the Monsoon Music Festival, which gathers 200 artists from Vietnam and abroad until October 11. WhoMadeWho from Denmark, Samaris from Iceland, Catfish from France and From The Airport from the Republic of Korea are among bands who will rock the night.
First taking Vietnam by storm in 2014, the event received major public appraise. It was considered an outstanding cultural festival for 2014 and won the Best Live Show of the Year title at the Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards, organised by The Thao & Van Hoa (Sports and Culture) – a Vietnam News Agency publication.
Soc Temple complex to become cultural tourism site
There is a plan to convert the historical Soc Temple monument complex in Phu Linh Commune in Ha Noi’s Soc Son District into a cultural tourism site.
According to the plan by the Ha Noi Department of Planning and Architecture released on Tuesday, the 31.5ha tourist site will have libraries, showrooms, hotels and resorts.
Located in a vast mountainous area, the Soc Temple relic complex has Soc Temple of Saint Giong, one of four Vietnamese immortals; the Mau (Mother) Temple for worshiping Saint Giong’s mother; and Saint Giong’s Statue.
Tourists can wallow in a peaceful atmosphere of verdant trees and plants, golden bamboos and ancient and sanctuary temples and under the canopies of centuries-old trees there.
The cultural site, along with the Viet Nam Buddhism Institute and Non (Mountain) Pagoda, will also give visitors an exposure to folk culture. It is scheduled to be ready by 2020.
Discover Ha Noi with friendly city walk
The Friends of Vietnam Heritage will host an English-speaking city walk on Sunday.
The walk begins at Bach Ma Temple and travels through some streets in the Old Quarter, highlighting the “36 trade streets”, where each street is named after the product or service available. During the 2 and a half hour walk, from 9.30am-12pm, the group will visit Bach Ma Temple, a communal house, the last remaining city wall gate, Dong Xuan Market, and Huyen Thien Temple.
Cost: VND70,000; Limit: 10 people. Registration: Loan at [email protected]
Organic market to feature art, fashion
On Sunday, Maison de Tet Decor will host its Market Day featuring a variety of high quality art, craft and fashion as well as organic products from organic farms in Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Son La, and Da Lat.
Visitors to the market will be able to chat with the artists and pick up some unique items by brands such as Future Traditions, Kilometre 109, Ba Da, Better Days, and many more.
The market will open from 9am until 4pm at Maison de Tet Decor, Villa 36 Tu Hoa Cong Chua Street, Nghi Tam Village.
Concert to honour music of Red River
As part of Manzi’s Old Sounds of New Days concert series, the Encounter III: From the Delta will introduce the folk melodies from the Song Hong (Red River) Delta – home of Vietnamese culture and civilisation.
The music genres include trong quan, co la, vi, quan ho (love duet) folk tunes, together with pieces of traditional chamber music such as ca tru (ceremonial singing), chau van (ritual singing) and xam (busker’s singing).
Master artists Xuan Hoach, Thanh Hoai, and Thanh Binh will all perform.
The concert starts at 8pm, October 16, at Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street. Charge: VND200,000 (including 1 drink). Due to limited seating capacity (acoustic concert for 30 people only), please email to [email protected] before October 14 to reserve seats.
Old Sounds of New Days is a series of music concerts hosted by Manzi in an effort to support and tell an authentic narrative about the different ancient and traditional musical genres in Viet Nam.
Sample 55 kinds of beer at drinking fest
The exBEERience Fest at SC Vivo City shopping mall will be held from October 11-15. Participants will have a chance to taste 55 kinds of beer with unexpected flavours. It will also offer 55 games, including “I Bet You Will”, and 555 prizes.
The event will take place from 4.30pm on the rooftop of the mall, located at 1058 Nguyen Van Linh Boulevard in District 7. Tickets range from VND155,000 to 695,000.
Saigon Ranger celebrates first anniversary
Saigon Ranger will celebrate its first anniversary with a rock and electronic music show tomorrow.
The event will feature local and expatriate rock bands, including White Noiz, Weed Elephant, RockAsia, CoCC and Mekong Delta Force.
DJs Madame Madame, Selecta Ivy and Benjamin will play soul, funk, disco and reggae, and the young dancers of La Differance will bring their hot and beautiful moves.
The show begins at 6pm at 5/7 Nguyen Sieu Street in District 1. Entrance fee is VND100,000.
Month of UK education and culture on way
To launch a month of cultural and educational activities from the UK, Zara McFarlane and her band will play before thousands of festival-goers on October 9 in Hanoi at the Monsoon Music Festival. Zara won the Best Jazz Act at MOBO (Music of Black Origin) 2014. Fellow winners in differing categories included Sam Smith, Jesse J, and Beyonce.
The month will also include the “UK in my Eyes” writing competition. Launched in September, the competition has received hundreds of entries from people who have studied in or visited the UK and even from those who have never been there. Through their eyes the UK is truly a beautiful and vibrant country where the juxtaposition of old and new permeates every aspect of British life, in a country that thrives on the exchange of goods, ideas and people.
Prizes will be presented to winning entries during the UK Education Fair 2015, which will take place from October 24 to 27 in the three cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang.
The UK Education Fair 2015 will give prospective students the chance to meet with representatives from 70 UK institutions and learn about 80 scholarship opportunities. During the fair there will also be a brief session outlining 20 PhD scholarship opportunities for Vietnamese scholars so they can pursue their studies in the UK as part of the VIED-Newton Fund collaboration.
The Newton Programme Vietnam is an integral component of the Newton Fund, which forms part of the UK’s official collaborative development program. The Newton Fund will invest £75 million ($115 million) each year – having started in 2014 – over five years to develop science and innovation partnerships, promoting the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.
These activities will lead up to the UK Film Week that will open in the first week of November.
This year’s film week, which will hit CGV cinemas in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City from November 4 to 12, will celebrate the music of Great Britain. Award-winning films to be screened during the week include God Helps the Girl (2014), Nowhere Boy (2009), Pulp (2014), Northern Soul (2014), Good Vibrations (2013), Control (2007), and Bugsy Malone (1976).
Balade en France 2015 kicks off in Ho Chi Minh City
The 6th Balade en France, the biggest annual French Food and Wine festival in Ho Chi Minh City, will be hosted by the CCIFV, Sopexa, and Hotel Equatorial with the support of the French Consulate in Vietnam and the French Ministry of Agriculture.
The goal of this event is to promote French culture through food, wine and various animations. After five successful editions, around 2000 people are expected to attend this two-night event. Last year around 1750 participants attended including 70 per cent of Vietnamese. This year’s event will take place from 6pm till 11pm on October 23 & 24, 2015 at the Hotel Equatorial in Ho Chi Minh City.
This year, visitors will buy an entrance ticket that will grant them access to the event, where they are invited to enjoy a rich program of entertainments and activities. They will then be able to buy coupons worth VND20,000 ($0.9) each at one of the numerous points of sales, and exchange these tickets with food/beverage/desserts. Visitors will have the choice to eat and drink whatever they like amongst a prime selection of the finest restaurants and wine of Ho Chi Minh City. They will also have the opportunity to purchase some French products to take back home. The price of each product will vary from VND20.000 to VND80.000 ($0.9 – $3.6).
Especially, the 6th edition of Balade of France aims to create a nice and cheerful atmosphere with the performance of three French bands based in Vietnam: The blues Buddies, Gwenilli, Peche à la mouche. Several magicians will walk through the room and surprise the guests with their tricks. The participants will also be able to bring back souvenirs from the event thanks to the lucky draw and the photo booth customized specially for this event or play game French wine tasting workshop with Sommelier.
Throughout the night, the attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy artistic activities with the presence of several cartoonists and a painter who will propose a live show. Thanks to the renewed participation of Poussière de Vie, an association supporting unprivileged kids in Vietnam, children will also spend a memorable evening discovering new tastes and enjoying plenty of games in the kids’ corner.
Photo exhibition on Vietnam during wartime held in Slovakia
Nearly 80 photos enclosed with lyrics about Vietnam during Vietnam War are on display at an exhibition entitled “To live and remember” which opened in Bratislava, Slovakia on October 6.
The photos, taken by Slovakian war correspondent Miroslav Tuleja, brought authentic stories about the struggle of Vietnamese people and their optimism during the wartime in the 1970s.
Addressing the opening ceremony which drew the participation of about 200 officials and diplomats, Tuleja recalled the moments he witnessed the bravery and sacrifice of Vietnamese people during the war.
“To live and remember”, coorganised by the Vietnamese Embassy in Bratislava, the host country’s Ministry of Culture and the FPT Slovakia company, will run until October 21.
It is part of activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day, and the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Slovakia.
Major int’l woodworking fair set for mid-Oct
The 11th Vietnam International Woodworking Industry Fair will take place at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in HCMC’s District 7 from October 14 to 17.
Organizers told a press conference in HCMC on October 6 that the largest industry fair in Southeast Asia would attract a large number of exhibitors from 21 nations and territories, including Vietnam, China, Taiwan, France, Italy, Germany, the U.S., Japan, India, Thailand, Poland and Indonesia.
The event attracts many exhibitors who are global suppliers of wood processing machinery as Vietnam is the fourth largest country in the world and the second largest in Asia in terms of export turnover.
More than 280 domestic and foreign companies will showcase some 1,200 machines and equipment, accessories, wood materials, adhesives, processing and dust cleaning systems and technologies, among others. Of the 500 booths at the biennial event, Taiwanese companies will occupy nearly 180 and Chinese firms 130.
The number of booths this year is up by 125 compared to the 2013 fair and the total display area is nearly 13,500 square meters, up 20%.
The event will be jointly organized by the Vietnam National Trade Fair and Advertising Company (Vinexad), Taiwan’s Chan Chao International Co. Ltd. and Hong Kong-based Yorkers Trade & Marketing Service Co. Ltd.
The event is also supported by relevant business associations such as the HCMC Handicraft and Wood Industry Association (HAWA), the Forest Products Association of Binh Dinh (FPA), the Binh Duong Furniture Association (BIFA), the European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (Eumabois), the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association, the Spanish Association of Woodworking Machinery, Tools, Equipment and Products Manufacturers (AFEMMA), Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA) and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC).
According to HAWA, Vietnam exported US$6.3 billion worth of wooden products last year, mainly to the U.S., the European Union and Japan. This year’s exports are expected to grow 15%.
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