Ao dai to be displayed in New York

These issues were discussed at a seminar to promote the Vietnamese national culture at home and abroad which was recently held in Hanoi by the Research Centre for Preservation of National Culture and Development and the Germany- Asia Culture Centre. Promoting the national culture with love for it Addressing the seminar, Prof. Hoang Chuong, Director of the Research Centre for Preservation and Development of National Culture said activities to promote and introduce the Vietnamese culture abroad have gained momentum in recent years such as artistic performances, fashion shows, cuisine, fine arts exhibitions and cinematography, involving both State and private organisations. In particular, special attention was given to promoting the Vietnamese culture during the 14th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. However, research activities and long-term strategies to promote the Vietnamese culture have not yet been conducted in a professional way. Prof. Tran Van Khe who has traveled a lot to promote the Vietnamese culture said, ”the national culture should be demonstrated through behaviour, cuisine, fashion and then fine arts. The Vietnamese food such as Pho (noodle soup) and Nem (spring-roll) are internationally known, so foreigners can understand the name of these dishes in English or French dictionaries without translation. Similarly, the Ao dai (Vietnamese national dress) is also honoured.” However, Mr Khe expressed his concern over the public transport culture in Vietnam, which he said, should be restored. “We can promote the image of Vietnamese people through their behavior such as smiles, hospitality and warm welcome,”Mr Khe noted. Hero professor Vu Khieu,…... [read more]

Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City should develop industries involving the creative arts and culture, suggested UNESCO experts at a seminar in Hanoi July 18. The seminar, which focused on developing new financial mechanisms and legal frameworks for the cultural industries in Vietnam, came as part of a UNESCO effort to promote and encourage investment in cultural industries, including movies, music, fashion, and the performing arts. Policy makers, researchers, culturists, cultural managers and two UNESCO researchers, William Codjo from Benin and Dr. Tom Fleming from England, participated in the one-day event. "Cultural industries are well-developed in some Asian countries, [but] it entirely stops in Vietnam," said Fleming. "If the situation is maintained, Vietnam would lose the market [to other countries] in five or ten years." The researcher, who is an adviser and strategist on cultural policy, first came to Vietnam in April to research cultural management and implement UNESCO's convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions in the country. Hoi An, for instance, Fleming said, is the most developed locality in Vietnam in terms of the traditional culture trade, but most souvenir shops in the town offer monotonous products that do not meet the various needs of tourists. In addition to suggesting administrative procedures be simplified to encourage investment and financing, the UNESCO experts also recommend that Vietnam establish "creative cities" to stimulate new approaches and business strategies in cultural industries. Like special economic zones, a "creative city" consists of several cultural industrial parks…... [read more]

Some of Vietnam's greatest beauties came together to pose in the traditional ao dai, a symbol of the nation. Famous actress Thu Ha, Miss Ngo Phuong Lan (Miss Vietnam World 2007), Ngoc Oanh (Runner-up Miss Vietnam 2000) and former Model Hoang Xuan posed for the first time together wearing the ao dai. The photo shoot was taken in anticipation of the Ao Dai Festival which will take place on October 1, 2010, the opening day of the upcoming events for the 1,000 Year Anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi. The ao dai is a Vietnamese national dress worn by women. In its current form, it is a tight-fitting silk tunic worn over pantaloons. The Ao Dai Festival of the North, Central and South regions will be held at the well-known sight-seeing Thap But (pen tower) - Ngoc Son Temple, in Hanoi. The festival provides an outstanding art activity as part of the programme "The fanciful night by Hoan Kiem Lake". Based on an idea of bringing the finest of Vietnamese culture and tradition into the design, organisers designed and created 600 of the traditional dresses for the festival. The festival will include two main themes: One shows the city of Hanoi in the past and the other will show special features of the ao dai from Vietnam's three regions. From these two themes, organisers have prepared several Ao dai collections such as "Recalling memories", "Sacred dragon features", "Hanoi's streets" and "Sunny flowers". Vietnamese beauty stars Miss Ngo Phuong Lan, Ngoc…... [read more]

The Performing Arts and Cinema Center under the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has hosted several professional art performances and movie screenings for residents at public venues like the Gia Dinh No.2 Park in Go Vap District, the National Culture and History Park in District 9, the District 12 Cultural Center, and the Ben Duoc Temple in suburban district of Cu Chi. During the first three days of the Lunar New Year, around 100,000 residents from suburban districts and neighboring areas were entertained by events at these venues. Other performance organizers like the Bong Sen Folk Singing and Dancing Theatre, Tran Huu Trang Troupe , and the city's Modern Music Center also sent their artistes for free to entertain residents in remote areas, former army bases, educational centers and rehabilitation centers. Some suburban districts have organized their own Tet activities. Binh Chanh District held a Tet fair with several traditional games like walking on a thin bridge, breaking the bell, and dancing between bamboo poles. The fair also included a fruit arrangement contest featuring five Tet specialties that proved to be hugely popular. Meanwhile, the Cu Chi District's Cultural Center decided to join hands with the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Southern Women Museum to present a photo exhibition with vignettes from the nation's cultural past. One of the highlights of this show was a look back at the history and development of the ao dai, the Vietnamese national dress. In separate counting of the whole exhibition, the…... [read more]

Tet is always a busy time for HCM City's entertainment industry and this year has not been an exception. Hundreds of thousands of residents flocked to all entertainment venues in both urban and suburban areas. The Performing Arts and Cinema Center under the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has hosted several professional art performances and movie screenings for residents at public venues like the Gia Dinh No.2 Park in Go Vap District, the National Culture and History Park in District 9, the District 12 Cultural Center, and the Ben Duoc Temple in suburban district of Cu Chi.  During the first three days of the Lunar New Year, around 100,000 residents from suburban districts and neighboring areas were entertained by events at these venues.  Other performance organizers like the Bong Sen Folk Singing and Dancing Theatre, Tran Huu Trang Troupe , and the city's Modern Music Center also sent their artistes for free to entertain residents in remote areas, former army bases, educational centers and rehabilitation centers.  Some suburban districts have organized their own Tet activities. Binh Chanh District held a Tet fair with several traditional games like walking on a thin bridge, breaking the bell, and dancing between bamboo poles. The fair also included a fruit arrangement contest featuring five Tet specialties that proved to be hugely popular.  Meanwhile, the Cu Chi District's Cultural Center decided to join hands with the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Southern Women Museum to present a photo exhibition with vignettes from the nation's…... [read more]

During the event, Vietnamese delegation introduced more than 10 dresses at an art performance, said Nguyen Hoa Thanh Mai, head of the programme. In particular, foreign students also took tried on the dresses. "I feel that I am very attractive to were the Vietnamese traditional dress", said Katyshali, a Russian student. Various activities including dancing, singing and cooking contests were held by students from many countries including China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. This annual event is launched for both national and international students at the university. Source: TT Translated by Duy Minh... [read more]

The first ever Global Vietnamese beauty pageant will take place from August 18 to September 2 at Vinpearl resort in Nha Trang, said Duong Xuan Nam, Editor in Chief of Tienphong newspaper, head of the organising board on July 12 at a press conference. The event aims to honour beauty of personality and appearance of Vietnamese women. So far, nearly 1,000 candidates worldwide have registered to join the event. The winner will receive a scepter and US $20,000 plus a tour. The runner up will receive US $8,000 and the second runner up will be given US $5,000 USD. Other titles and prizes will be awarded to the photo queen, tourism queen and sea queen. The competitive programme will see the women judged on the ao dai (Vietnamese national dress), bathing suit and a dress or costume of the contestant's choice. Source: NLD Translated by Duy Minh... [read more]

The first ever Global Vietnamese beauty pageant is set to get underway for all ethnic Vietnamese women who either reside inside the country or abroad. Organisers, Thanh Nien and Tien Phong newspapers and Viet Nam Television (VTV) have said that all are welcome to compete in the event as long as the competitors speak Vietnamese, are aged between 18-27, are single and without children and have not had cosmetic surgery. Semi-final rounds for foreign nationality contestants will be held in August in the four regions of: the UK and nearby countries, countries of the former Soviet Union, central Europe, and America. The competitive programme will see the women judged on the ao dai (Vietnamese national dress), bathing suit and a dress or costume of the contestant's choice. In Viet Nam, the semi-final rounds are slated to take place in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City some time in mid August, with the final round scheduled from August 18 to September 2 in Nha Trang city in the central province of Khanh Hoa. The winner will receive a US$20,000 cash prize plus a tour of the country. Other titles and prizes will be awarded to the photo queen, tourism queen and sea queen. Further information on the pageant can be found on http://www.tienphong.vn/hoahau... [read more]

Torrential rains flooded some northern cities and provinces yesterday, affecting people’s lives and causing traffic chaos. Torrential rains destroyed a road in Ba Chẽ District of the north eastern province of Quảng Ninh.- VNA/VNS Photo Văn Đức In Quảng Ninh Province’s Hạ Long City, rains flooded main streets and caused the death of a 12-year-old school girl. The victim was among three school girls of Lý Tự Trọng Junior Highschool who were swept away by floods on their way home. Two others were rescued. Rains also submerged hundreds of households in mountainous district of Ba Chẽ’s Lương Mông, Minh Cầm and Đạp Thanh communes. Hundreds more households in Cẩm Phả City’s Mông Dương Ward were also flooded and covered with dirt and mud. Rain also caused traffic chaos and congestion in Điện Biên Province’s Điện Biên Phủ City. Hundreds of motorbikes and electric bikes were damaged by the floods. Heavy rains are forecast for northern Việt Nam in the next few days, and localities are being urged to prepare for possible floods and landslides. In a notice sent to local authorities, ministries and relevant agencies, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said rainstorms are expected from August 13 to 16, especially in mountainous provinces.  According to the Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre, rainfall is expected to range between 150-250mm in the region with some areas even experiencing rainfall of…... [read more]

Provinces and cities in northern Vietnam have been requested to prepare to deal with flood and landslides in the region. Since the beginning of August, heavy rains and flash floods have claimed at least 34 lives and left 11 others missing and more than 20 injured in the northern region In a notice sent to localities, ministries, Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Vietnam Television (VTV) and Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that rainstorms may occur from August 13-16 in the northern region, especially in mountainous provinces. The steering committee warned Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces of high risks of landslides and flash floods. To minimise human and property losses, it asked local steering boards of natural disaster prevention and control and search and rescue to assign their members to focus on areas at risk of landslides and flash floods and that are easily cut off by floods. Localities were asked to monitor rain and flood developments and spread information to locals, especially those vulnerable to natural disasters, to implement preventive measures.  Search and rescue forces have to be ready around the clock in high-risk areas to take action if disasters occur, the steering committee noted. The VNA, VTV, and VOV, as well as news and media agencies of the localities were requested to increase coverage of disaster-related information and skills to deal with torrential…... [read more]




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