Gifts exhibition marks Hanoiâ€™s 1000th birthday A
ten-day exhibition of gifts, which were presented to the 1000th
anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, opened on October 6 in Cultural
Friendship Palace, in Hanoi.
More than 200 presents made by 84 individuals and organisations across the nation and around the world were placed ondisplay.
All the gifts were sent to Hanoi through a
programme called â€œHearts for Thang Long-Hanoiâ€ to mark the capitalâ€™s
Remarkbly at the event are the art works
â€œHanoiâ€™s encyclopediaâ€ by the Vietnam Association of Craft Villages,
which set the nationâ€™s artwork record, a Vietnamese map made by 1.000
golden dragons and a ceramic turtle by artist Tran Do from Bat Trang
Other gifts such as Kim Dong Theatre,
Statue of Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton, and art programmes by international
friends are introduced in their pictures.
The presents will be preserved in the
Hanoi Museum, Hanoi Temple of Literature and Thang Long Imperial Citadel
after the exhibition.
Vietnamâ€™s only ice-skating rink opens in HCMC
TreS. Iceskate, a 425 square-meter ice-skating rink on the third floor
of the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Culture House at 4 Pham Ngoc Thach Street
in District 1 opened last Sunday.
The countryâ€™s only ice-skating facility is kept at a temperature of 180C.
Structural components and rental
equipment conforming to international standards, and worth around US$
300.000, were imported from the US, according to centerâ€™s director Hoang
HCMCâ€™s first ice rink opened in Ho Ky Hoa Park, in district 10 in 1997, but was closed shortly thereafter.
Use of the facilities costs VND50,000 (US$2.5) per person, per 90 minutes and it includes ice-skates rental.
Japanese film week promises exciting fare
Akira Kurosawaâ€™s â€œRashomonâ€ will be among
eight films to be screened at a Japan film week to be held in Ho Chi
Minh City and Nha Trang this month.
The movie, which has become a cult
classic since being released in 1951, is about the rape of a woman
(Machiko Kyo) and the murder of a man (Masayuki Mori), possibly by a
bandit (Toshiro Mifune).
At Kyoto's crumbling Rashomon gate, several people shelter from a storm and discuss the crime which has shocked the region.
It won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1951 and the won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1952.
The other films to be screened are â€œHappy
Flightâ€, â€œTony Takitaniâ€, â€œKamikaze Girlsâ€, â€œSansho the Bailiffâ€, the
cartoon â€œ5 Centimeters Per Secondâ€, â€œYunagi City, Sakura Countryâ€ and
â€œMemories of Tomorrowâ€.
The program is sponsored by the Japanese consulate in HCMC and the Japan Foundation.
â€œIt will provide an opportunity for
people to further understand the Japanese land, people, culture and
society, from traditional to modern, through films,â€ the consulate said
in a release.
The films will be shown from October 8 to
14 at BHD Star Cinema in HCMCâ€™s district 10 and from 22nd to 24th at
Hoang Hoa Tham cinema in Nha Trang.
Free tickets are available at the consulate in Nguyen Hue Street, HCMC, and the venue in Nha Trang.
Vietnam TV all set for 1st travel channel
Vietnam Television will launch its first
travel channel on VCTV-TH, its cable network this week in cooperation
with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
VCTV-TH, to be broadcast from 6am to
midnight, hopes to educate the public about the nationâ€™s history and
culture, conservation of nature, and tourism development, and attract
investments in these fields.
It will have local and international content.
A 30-minute travel news capsule will initially be broadcast thrice a week before becoming a daily feature.
There will be only seven other shows daily, introducing various tourist destinations in Vietnam.
â€œVietnam in Meâ€ (Vietnam trong toi) will focus on the culture, history, geography, and characteristics of various regions.
â€œBamboo Sticksâ€ (Dua tre) will feature journeys to discover the cuisines of various lands.
â€œWeekend Destinationâ€ (Diem den cuoi tuan) will take viewers to the countryâ€™s most beautiful landscapes.
The channel has plans to broadcast
overseas to foreign audiences in future, Nguyen Manh Cuong, deputy
director of the General Department of Tourism, said.
Phuong Nam Cultural Corporation book fair opens in HCMC
More than 4,000 foreign publications,
mostly of medicine and economics, are on display at selected city
locations as part of Phuong Nam Cultural (PNC) Corporationâ€™s book fair
that opened in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday.
McGraw-Hill publishing houseâ€™s selection
include marketing, finance-credit, business administration, foreign
trade, and accounting publications with popular titles such as
â€œStrategic Bond Investor: Strategies and Tools to Unlock the Power of
the Bond Marketâ€, â€œAppreciative Leadershipâ€, â€œBond Portfolio Investing
and Risk Managementâ€, â€œCarrots and Sticks Don't Workâ€, â€œCompetitive
Selling: Out-Plan, Out-Think, and Out-Sell to Win Every Timeâ€, and
â€œEverything I Know about Marketing I Learned From Googleâ€.
They are on shelf on the second floor of Saigon Center, 65 Le Loi Street, District 1.
The event also showcases 2,000 new
medical reference publications from various publishing houses like
Elsevier, Lippincott and McGraw Hill including Harrison's â€œNephrology
and Acid-Base Disordersâ€, Rutherford's â€œVascular Surgeryâ€, Williamsâ€™s
â€œHematologyâ€ and, Ferri's â€œFast Facts in Dermatologyâ€.
Medical titles are on display at the bookstore of the HCMC Medicine and Pharmacy University.
The book fair, which PNC hopes to organize twice every quarter, offers discounts of 10-50 percent.
The fair ends on October 15.
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 â€“ 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.
Festival events bring young people to Hanoi
ASEAN+3 youth festival and â€œPeaceful melodyâ€ art festival opened on in
Hanoi on the evening of October 6 with the participation of 65 youths
from 13 countries and 3,000 youths from the capital city.
The event aims to popularise the ASEAN+3
countriesâ€™ national images, people and longstanding cultures and
introduce Vietnamâ€™s images, people and the capital city to the world.
The festival is a bridge between the
youths of Vietnam and those of ASEAN+3 countries to share experiences in
many areas, creativity and solidarity for the benefit of an
internationally integrated ASEAN.
At the ceremony, the exhibition on
ASEAN+3 cultural ties with Thang Long-Hanoi opened, introducing the
unique cultures of ASEAN+3 to visitors. The event will last till October
Hanoi Museum makes debut
An inauguration ceremony for Hanoi Museum was held in Hanoi on October 6 to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long â€“ Hanoi.
The event was attended by Vietnamese
leaders and representatives from UNESCO, international organizations,
embassies of some countries in Hanoi and the capital cityâ€™s citizens.
On display at the museum were thousands
of objects from different stages of Vietnamâ€™s history and photos
introducing the images of Hanoi in the past and at present. A bonsai
exhibition was also held during the event.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony,
Pham Quang Nghi, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee emphasized Hanoi
Museum is an outstanding cultural work reflecting the images of Hanoi
in the integration and renewal process.
This is a beautiful museum with modern
and unique architecture and a cultural wonder of the capital city and
the nation, he said.
At the ceremony, the National Assembly
Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong said the museumâ€™s managers should classify
antiques quickly, tap the museumâ€™s potential in research activities and
introduce local and international visitors to Vietnamâ€™s history, and
Thang Long â€“ Hanoi. Mr Trong also urged the museumâ€™s managers to
preserve antiques to help future generations learn more about Vietnamâ€™s
The museum is located near the My Dinh
National Stadium on an area of nearly 54,000 m2 with a total investment
capital of VND2,300 billion.
Russia hosts seminar on Thang Long-Hanoi
seminar themed â€œthe traditional and modern features of Vietnamâ€™s urban
cultureâ€ was held in Russia on October 5 to commemorate the 1,000th
anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.
The event was organised by the Eastern Museum in Moscow in coordination with the Vietnamese embassy.
Political counsellor Le Thanh Van
reviewed the development of modern Vietnamese culture and emphasised the
significance of the event, mentioning the key activities during the
capitalâ€™s 1,000th birthday celebrations.
He also highlighted Vietnam-Russia cooperation in recent times.
The delegates discussed events in Hanoi
during the ten days of anniversary celebrations and said they hoped the
capital will continue to develop well.
Mr. Socolov, a researcher from the
Eastern Institute, in Vietnamese said, â€œI have been very impressed by
Hanoiâ€™s old architecture which reminds me of a black-and-white film,
Hanoi today has achieved a lot of in architecture, industry and culture,
Iâ€™m very glad to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi
and wish Hanoians and the Vietnamese people good health and happiness.â€
Vietnamese urban culture interests Russia
State Museum of Oriental Arts of Russia on October 5 held a seminar
focusing on traditional and modern features in Vietnamese urban culture
on the occasion of the 1,000 anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.
At the seminar, Le Thanh Van, political
counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy, delivered a speech on several
aspects of cultural cooperation between Vietnam and Russia, underlining
the significance of the cooperation between the two countries and their
The seminar was well oriented, matching
benefits of the two nationsâ€™ people in expanding and boosting
traditional friendship and strategic partnership between the two
countries, Van said.
He pointed out three measures to
strengthen bilateral ties in culture: increasing the exchange of
delegations and cultural experts; organising art, cultural exhibitions
and seminars; and encouraging students to research culture in each
Ten speeches were presented by Russian
experts from the State Museum of Oriental Arts, the Institute of
Oriental Studies, and the Institute of Asian-African Studies , focused
on the development of Vietnamese contemporary culture, Dong Son
civilisation, Vietnam â€™s city architecture and Southeast Asian culture.
Notably, first proofs on the construction
of the One-Pillar Pagoda, languages in advertising boards in Hanoi and
the capital cityâ€™s culture during 1964-1965 were discussed at the
Advertising is a strong element of
culture, said Irina Samarina, a lecturer of the Russian State University
for the Humanities and an expert of the Language Institute under the
Russian Academy of Science, who showed images and advertising language
she collected in Hanoi to express her love for the city.
VME hosts exhibition on Southeast Asia
exhibition A Glimpse into Southeast Asia will be held at the Vietnam
Museum of Ethnology (VME) from October 4, 2010-November 5, 2011.
On display are 42 items on three different themes including Indonesian costumes, glass and lacquer paintings.
The glass paintings depict the ancient
Indian epics the Mahabhrata and the Ramayana as well as Islamic and
Indonesian peopleâ€™s daily life.
The exhibition aims to introduce and
promote a complete image of Southeast Asian people at the museumâ€™s new
Kite Building, which will open to the public soon.
The new building show visitors the
cultural diversity and unification of the region and explore the
differences and similarities of each ethnic group.
The Kite Building reflects Vietnamâ€™s
efforts to preserve and introduce regional cultures for mutual
understanding and will serve as a venue for traveling exhibitions from
the museums in the region.
Displays at the Kite Building will be
divided into five main themes including textiles and costumes, daily
life, social life, performance arts and religions and beliefs.
The current exhibition is greatly
indebted to the help of French museology expert from Quai Branly Museum
Christine Hemmet, graphic designer Patrick Hoarau, and materials master
Dr. Vi Van An, Head of the Museumâ€™s
Southeast Asian Department, said that most of the exhibited items focus
on unique weaving skills and products that are popular both in Southeast
Asia and Europe such as the clothing of the Gaâ€™dang, an ethnic minority
group from the Philippines.
There are also nine lacquered artifacts from Myanmar, some of which are hundreds of years old.
Since 2006, the VME has collected more
than 2,000 items, 8,000 documentary photos and 30 video tapes from 9
countries in the region including Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, the
Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Laos and Myanmar; other are
obtained from some individual foreign collectors.
Ha Long Bay to become new World Wonder of Nature
Director of New7Wonders Foundation, Jean-Paul de la Fuente discussed
the possibility of Ha Long Bay becoming a new World Wonder of Nature
with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism during his visit to
Hanoi for the capital cityâ€™s 1000th anniversary on October 4.
He highly valued how the Vietnamese people have voted saying that Ha Long Bay has great chance of winning the competition.
Ha Long Bay is still high in the foundationâ€™s final rankings.
African music to be performed in Vietnam
The youth troupe Soweto from South Africa will organise music shows in Hanoi and Thai Nguyen on October 6 and 8.
Their unique music features drums, xylophones and bronze trumpets to go with hip-hop and folk dance performances.
Vietnamese audiences will also have the chance to enjoy favorite South African songs.
Southeast Asian cultures on show
many as 42 objects related to Southeast Asian cultures are being
displayed at an exhibition that opened in Hanoi on October 4 in the
presence of the Swiss, French, Swedish and Indonesian diplomatic corps
The exhibition, â€œA glimpse of South East
Asiaâ€, which presents costumes, lacquer art and Indonesian tribal art
paintings on glass, is part of a Southeast Asia Corner project - a
virtual museum on the regional cultures.
The project aims to enrich public knowledge of the diverse and vibrant Southeast Asian culture.
It is also expected to help visitors
discover the similarity and difference between nations in the region,
said organizers from the Vietnam Ethonology Museum, which will house the
Southeast Asian Corner.
Since 2006, the museum has collected over
2,000 objects, 8,000 documentary pictures and more than 30 video tapes
from the other nine members of the Southeast Asian Nations, namely
Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei,
Singapore, Laos and Myanmar.
Under the project, a building called
â€˜Kiteâ€™ is being built to showcase fabrics and costumes, daily life,
social life, performance art and religion of the regional countries.
Russian reporter emotional about Hanoi
reporter Sergey Aphonin had an article titled â€œHanoi in my heartâ€ in
Octoberâ€™s first edition of the Russian news agency Itar-Tassâ€™s
fortnightly publication, Tassovets, on the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi.
Aphonin wrote about Hanoiâ€™s traditions and customs and reviewed its achievements in the national construction and defence.
He said â€œI used to live in Hanoi when the
capital city was being targeted by bombs and rocketsâ€. Those
heart-breaking scenes made him think of the great struggle waged by the
people of the former Soviet Union against fascism.
He said Vietnam had become his second
home and concluded in his article that 1,000-year-old Hanoi is
hospitable, hardworking and optimistic and has a unique culture. Hanoi,
the heroic city, is