Art exhibition celebrates Viet Nam – RoK ties

Seoul, August 17 (VNA) – Vietnamese and Korean artists are showing their works at an art exhibition which opened in downtown Seoul on August 16, under support from the Vietnam Embassy in the Republic of Korea and the Korea Foundation.  More than 20 paintings, video tapes and installation art works on display depict social changes in both nations over the past 30 years through the eyes of young artists.  The exhibition is part of activities marking the 25th founding anniversary of Vietnam – RoK diplomatic relations. It is taking place at the Korea Foundation (KF) Cultural Centre until October 18, before moving to the ASEAN Cultural House in Busan.  Speaking at the opening ceremony, KF Executive Vice President Yoon Keum-Jin said the event is the biggest display of Vietnam’s contemporary art in her country to date.  She noted that young Vietnamese and Korean artists shared a common concern over fading traditional culture amid rapid industrialisation and urbanisation.         Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tu said in just 25 years, the ties between the two countries have obtained significant progress in various aspects, particularly people-to-people exchanges.  Stressing that further achievements for both sides lay ahead, the diplomat said he expects cultural activities like the art exhibition will help enhance Korean understanding about Vietnam and stimulate bilateral engagements. VNA/VNP ... [read more]

NDO – An art exhibition, showcasing over 20 paintings, videography pieces and installation art works, commenced at the Korea Foundation (KF) Cultural Centre in Seoul on August 16, under the support of the Vietnam Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Korea Foundation. The works, created by Vietnamese and RoK’s artists, depict social changes in both nations over the past 30 years. The exhibition is part of activities marking the 25th founding anniversary of Vietnam – RoK diplomatic relations. Speaking at the opening ceremony, KF Executive Vice President Yoon Keum-Jin stated that the event is the biggest display of Vietnam’s contemporary art in her country to date. She expressed that young Vietnamese and Korean artists share a common concern over fading traditional culture amid rapid industrialisation and urbanisation. Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tu stated that in just 25 years, the ties between the two countries have obtained significant progress in various aspects, especially in the area of personal interaction. Stressing that further achievements for both sides lay ahead, the diplomat expressed that he expects cultural activities, such as this art exhibition, to help enhance Korean understanding about Vietnam and stimulate bilateral engagements. The event runs until October 18, before moving to the ASEAN Cultural House in Busan.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese sculptor Nguyen Lap Phuong is one of 13 international artists showcasing their artwork at the Kohler Bold. Art. exhibition opening this week in Ha Noi. Octupus shape: Sculptor Nguyen Lap Phuong (left) and noted Vietnamese sculptor Le Cong Thanh pose next to the art piece "Peaceful Birth" by Phuong. – Photo courtesy of the organizer The exhibition, "Multiculturalism", displays sculptures of 13 artists from the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. Phuong’s minimalist-style steel art piece Me Tron Con Vuong (Safe Child Birth) was inspired by the relationship between the ocean and the octopus. “In my concept, the octopus symbolises modern artists, who are required to be smart, flexible, adaptable to any cultural and social change and able to work in any multicultural environment. Its long arms are an important organ to absorb information from the ‘multicultural ocean’,” the 28-year-old sculptor explained.    Consisting of a round and dark-coloured base and a metal round-shaped octopus above, the piece also explores the traditional concept of “Round Sky, Square Earth”, reflecting Vietnamese respect for the heaven and earth. The female artist also applied silver sheet inlaid, a traditional Vietnamese technique used in making lacquer and ritual items, onto her gilded piece. A layer of natural lacquer (sap of the Rhus succedanea tree), is also used in the work to enhance its gilding inlay. The Hai Phong-born artist explained that contrasting elements - steel and silver sheet - represent hard-to-harmonize conflicts in a multicultural context: old–new, traditional–modern, positive–negative, and national…... [read more]

The poster of the “Multiculturalism” exhibition (Photo: thethaovanhoa.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – A Bold. Art exhibition themed “Multiculturalism” opened in Hanoi on August 11, featuring a number of unique artworks created by artists from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Thirteen young artists from Australia, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates tell stories about the multicultural trend in their countries through sculptures. Female artist Lap Phuong with the art piece “Peaceful Birth” represents Vietnam at the event. The artworks were made from production materials used by Kohler, a US kitchen and bath products manufacturer. Angel Yang, President of Kohler Kitchen and Bath Asia Pacific, said Kohler always honours cultural and artistic values along with the combination of arts with designs so as to create unique, attractive and outstanding products. The Bold. Art exhibition aims to provide a playground for artists to freely show their talents. Aside from the “Multiculturalism” exhibition, Kohler is also showcasing three patterns that won prizes at the Kohler Design Challenge – Art Inspired by Architecture. The exhibition will last through August 17 at the Hanoi Information and Exposition Centre at No 93 Dinh Tien Hoang street.-VNA... [read more]

The tourists come in droves, aboard buses, bicycles and camper vans. They stand at the water's edge in awe of the icebergs floating before them - some as white as snow, others radiating a deep blue. They gasp when a chunk breaks off and topples into the chilly turquoise water. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in southeast Iceland is one of the country's top attractions. It is also a vivid warning of the glacier's predicted disappearance, a devastating consequence of climate change in a nation where these slow-moving rivers of ice are a cultural and social touchstone. It looks centuries old, but the lagoon only appeared in the mid-1930s when the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier started to retreat. Declared a nature reserve in July, it is now the country's deepest lake and growing bigger every day. Vatnajökull, Europe's largest ice cap and the source of Breiðamerkurjökull, is thinning rapidly due to rising global temperatures and could be completely gone in 200 years, scientists say. Other glaciers may vanish much earlier. "All glaciers in Iceland are retreating at an unprecedented pace," said Oddur Sigurðsson, a geologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) who has studied them for 30 years. Close to 10 glaciers with names, as well as many unnamed ones, have already disappeared, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Their demise heralds profound shifts in Iceland's weather patterns, water flows, flora and fauna, volcanic activity and land mass, according to the IMO. Iceland is becoming greener and some of its land mass is…... [read more]

1. Calligraphy Street The Street of Calligraphers has been a treasured Tet tradition for HCM City residents since 2007. It can be accessed at the corner of Pham Ngoc Thach Road, in front of the HCM City Youth Cultural House, and opens from January 19–30. Families gather to request traditional decorative scrolls from artisans as the young savour the spring atmosphere of apricot blossom branches and lanterns. The street is open from 8AM to 10PM. 2. Nguyen Hue Flower Road Nguyen Hue Flower Road is open from January 28 to February 3. Themed “HCM City—My Beloved City”, the road is beautifully decorated with floral, fruit, and vegetable displays. The street’s pedestrian space is adorned with horse graphics. 3. Book Street Festival Adjacent to Nguyen Hue Flower Road, the book street’s display areas are open to business from January 28 to February 3. Subject matter covers culture, history, national sovereignty, children’s literature, and e-books. Visitors can also learn more about the revolutionary cause and life of the late revered General Vo Nguyen Giap. 4. Spring Flower Festival Tao Dan Park is hosting the 2014 Spring Flower Festival from January 25 to February 5. The festival is a celebration of flowers, birds, ornamental fish, bonsai, fruit trays, and floral art. Visitors will be treated to acrobatics, traditional dragon dance performances, puppetry shows, Don ca tai tu (amateur singing), and calligraphy. 5. Dam Sen Cultural Park 6. Zoological and Botanical Gardens The gardens are open from 8AM to 6PM. The rare plants and…... [read more]

The event was an opportunity for the Vietnamese community in Mississauga to enjoy traditional Vietnamese music and cuisine and were able to take part in cooking programmes, art exhibitions and fashion shows, especially a performance by famous monochord artist Pham Duc Thanh. The organiser, Julie Luong said that she wants to attract people from different cultures to the festival, and this is a good opportunity for Vietnamese nationals to introduce their culture to international friends. The festival’s sponsor, Richard Nguyen confirmed that the Viet Summer Fest has helped local people in Mississauga to learn more about Vietnamese culture. The festival, which was held in Civic Square for the first time will now be an annual event.... [read more]

Seven sculptural works and more than 40 paintings and graphic works in lacquer, oil-paint and silk depict the revolutionary ardour and working spirit of people of all social strata during the resistance wars against the French and US invaders. These fine art works also highlight the tremendous achievements in the cause of national defence and construction. The exhibition is part of activities marking the 120th birthday of late President Ho Chi Minh and responds to the “Study and follow late President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example” campaign. Meanwhile, an exhibition of traditional musical instruments of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups will take place from January 29- February 3 at the Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre to mark the CPV’s establishment in the lead up to the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.... [read more]

These activities include a conference on the Party’s newspapers in central and highland provinces, with the theme “Local Party’s newspapers promote the campaign of following late president Ho Chi Minh’s moral example”, an art exhibition and a week long film festival on the late president. The Provincial People’s Committee has worked with its Department of Culture to prepare for the national Sen Village Festival (the place where late president Ho Chi Minh was born). It will also hold a meeting to mark the 120th anniversary of late president Ho Chi Minh’s birthday. The Deputy Head of the Provincial People’s Committee, Ho Duc Phuoc, said that Nghe An is a province with age-old cultural and historical traditions and the province is very proud to be the birth place of late president Ho Chi Minh. The province is poised to preserve and develop its traditional values, and translate Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts into action.... [read more]

Vietnam to join crime prevention efforts Preventing human trafficking in Mekong Delta Vietnamese women rescued from Malaysian trafficking ring Titled “Human Trafficking Art Exhibition,” the event showcased 16 photos taken by Na Son of 16 people who had escaped from kidnapping. Part of the event was an installation area of crystal bottles containing hair. Artist Doan Hoang Kien said he had gathered the hair of 120 volunteer students from universities and colleges around the capital city. Like the photos, all bottles are labeled with codes for sale as goods. Artists Phan Y Ly and Ho Ngoc Bao Khiem gave young spectators a 40-minute interactive theatre performance on human trafficking. “The interaction is not only a game. Through the role plays, I understand more about how the human trafficking victims feel,” Nguyen Thi Lan Huong, a student from Hanoi Water Resources University said after the visit. The exhibition will run until May 26 at the Workers Theatre at 42 Trang Tien Street in Hoan Kiem District, but it only opened to the public on May 24. People who could not come to the event can find more information about MTV EXIT’s anti- human trafficking campaign at mtvexit.org/Vietnam. In addition to art exhibitions, the music channel will also hold a free concert “MTV EXIT Live in Hanoi” on May 26 featuring human trafficking. The show will gather world’s famous singers including Canadian rock band Simple Plan, the 4-member girl group Brown Eye Girls from the Republic of Korea, and Australian singer Kate…... [read more]




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