ASEAN photos on show in Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese martial artist Truong Thi Kim Tuyen, 20, is eyeing a gold medal at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia after pocketing a silver medal at the recently concluded Muju WTF World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea. Truong Thi Kim Tuyen (left) performs in the WTF World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea. — Photo courtesy of Truong Thi Kim Tuyen It is the first world silver medal in Vietnamese taekwondo history. Viet Nam previously only won five bronzes over the past 22 years — two in the world tournament in 1995, and one each in 1999, 2005 and 2011. “I was really happy when I stood on the podium to get the medal as I am the first Vietnamese to do so. It seemed like a dream. Prior to the event, the training board and I only set a target of winning a medal. This is a big tournament so I didn’t think I could bag a silver medal,” Tuyen says. “Hearing the good news, my parents who live in the southern province of Vinh Long also phoned me to celebrate. I am happy, but immediately started training again for the Games. Now I am working towards my new goal of defending the gold medal that I won at the Games in Singapore two years ago,” Tuyen says. “The world silver medal is a great driving force for me to do well at the regional sporting event,” Tuyen adds. At present, Tuyen and her teammates…... [read more]

Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire's latest album debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, the only new entry in the top 10 of the chart this week. Lead vocalist Win Butler (R) and his wife Regine Chassagne of rock band Arcade Fire perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California April 13, 2014. Arcade Fire's "Everything Now," the band's fifth studio album, sold 100,000 album units comprising sales from albums, songs and streaming activity, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Arcade Fire previously debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 in 2013 with "Reflektor" and in 2010 with "The Suburbs," Billboard said. The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album). Rapper Kendrick Lamar's "Damn." climbed three spots to No. 2 while rapper Meek Mills' "Wins & Losses" held steady at No. 3. Last week's chart-topper, Lana Del Rey's "Lust For Life," dropped to No. 10 in its second week. On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's catchy hit "Despacito" featuring Justin Bieber held onto the top spot with 84,000 more copies sold. Source: Reuters... [read more]

Born into a family with a four-generation tradition of martial arts in Lam Dong, seven-time world champion Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat has been called “The loner who seeks defeat” in Muay Thai. Nhat shares with Bui Quynh Hoa his passion for the sport and his strong desire to secure a victory for the country at the upcoming SEA Games 29 in Malaysia. The champ: Seven-time world champion Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat.  Photo tinthethao.com.vn Tell us about your journey in Muay Thai? Born into a family with a great tradition of martial arts, I befriended the sport at a very young age, when I was about six. My parents, who were famous Vietnamese fighters in the 80s, inspired and awoke my passion for martial arts. I moved from the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to HCM City to study at the HCM City University of Sport in 2007 and started getting into Muay Thai in 2008. I became part of the national Muay Thai team one year later. Your parents supported you to take part in Muay Thai, didn’t they? Although I chose Muay Thai, which is a martial art from Thailand, and not from Viet Nam, I received great support from my parents. They allowed me to freely decide which discipline I wanted to follow, at the same time reminding me martial arts is not about fighting, but a lesson in manners and behaviour. What is your medal collection like? Since 2010 I’ve won seven times at the Amateur…... [read more]

From The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre: Muted Conversations by Đạt Vũ 'Muted Conversations' is an ongoing project by Ho Chi Minh City based artist Đạt Vũ, who explores the spirituality and superstitions surrounding rituals in Vietnam today. His photographic series includes both staged and candid images taken during his extensive travels across the country. This exhibition is the first in the series of ‘Materialize’, a program that aims to provide exhibition opportunities for Vietnamese artists who have had little chance to exhibit their art in Vietnam. (For more info about the exhibition, please visit: https://goo.gl/mtTQuf)A Solo Exhibition by Ly Hoàng Ly This is the first solo exhibition, and most comprehensive presentation, of Ly Hoàng Ly - one of the most critically and internationally-acclaimed female artists of her generation. This multimedia, collaged body of work will showcase the artist’s ongoing inquiry into the epic story and continuous struggle of human (im)migration, whilst highlighting the contested nature of the memorisation, documentation and circulation of history. Ly Hoàng Ly’s public sculpture, ‘Boat Home Boat’ - a steel structure of monumental scale, elegantly minimalist in design and poetic in intention - will also be unveiled at the exhibition. For more information, click here. Free entry... [read more]

The HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera performs during the Autumn Melodies Festival in 2015.  (Photo courtesy of HBSO)   HCM City (VNA) - Die Fledermaus (The Bat), an operetta by Johann Strauss II, will open the biennial Autumn Melodies arts festival in HCM City from August 19-27. The festival is organised by the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in 2005 to highlight classical music, opera and dance. More than 200 Vietnamese and international artists will take part in 12 performances at the city’s Opera House. For the opening performance, HBSO and the Goethe Institute in HCM City have prepared for more than a year to stage Die Fledermaus for the first time in Vietnam. The operetta, set in Vienna in the 19th century, features Dr Falke’s plan to embarrass his friend Eisenstein who leaves him at a park after a costume party.   The work’s libretto was written by German dramatist Karl Haffner and author and composer Richard Genée. First staged in 1874 in Vienna, it is regarded as the most celebrated and most frequently performed operetta. The Vietnamese version will be directed by German director David Hermann. German vocal master and conductor Askan Geisler is training HBSO artists to sing in the original language of German. The performance will feature Cho Hae Ryong of the Republic of Korea, Pham Duyen Huyen, Dao Mac, and Phan Huu Trung Kiet, together with HBSO’s vocalists, musicians and dancers. Conductor Geisler…... [read more]

The event is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hanoi City People’s Committee to mark the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. The exhibition displays 230 photos by 230 photographers of ASEAN countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. Best art works were selected from more than 10,000 pictures of 1,200 authors. The event presents to viewers countries, people, cultures, economies and societies of ASEAN nations; cooperation and relationship activities among countries in the region; and promotes understanding among countries as well as contributing to building an united, dynamic and developed ASEAN community, and a peaceful and proper region. The organization board also awarded the “ASEAN-2017” Cup to the 10 best works of 10 authors representing the 10 ASEAN nations. They are the “ASEAN 13 Omar Ali Saifudden Mosque2” by Haji Jumat Bin Haji Taha (Brunei), “Number of tourists from different” by Phat Dara (Cambodia), “Pacu Jawi” by John Hantoro Pudjoko (Indonesia), “That Luang Stupa in Vientiane” by Ikham Khamlasee (Laos), “We love Malaysia” by Tan Ee Long (Malaysia), “Kyite htee yoe: The Golden Rock Pagoda” by Nyaung U Than Htay (Myanmar), “Fluvial Parade Dinagyang Festival” by Raniel Jose Castaneda (the Philippines), “Marina Bay” by Ho Hon Yew (Singapore), “Releasing” by Wannapong Surarochprajak (Thailand) and “Bac Son Valley” by Vu Kim Khoa (Vietnam). The exhibition runs unitl August 11. By MINH TAM – Translated by Kim Khanh... [read more]

The event is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hanoi City People’s Committee to mark the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. The exhibition displays 230 photos by 230 photographers of ASEAN countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. Best art works were selected from more than 10,000 pictures of 1,200 authors. The event presents to viewers countries, people, cultures, economies and societies of ASEAN nations; cooperation and relationship activities among countries in the region; and promotes understanding among countries as well as contributing to building an united, dynamic and developed ASEAN community, and a peaceful and proper region. The organization board also awarded the “ASEAN-2017” Cup to the 10 best works of 10 authors representing the 10 ASEAN nations. They are the “ASEAN 13 Omar Ali Saifudden Mosque2” by Haji Jumat Bin Haji Taha (Brunei), “Number of tourists from different” by Phat Dara (Cambodia), “Pacu Jawi” by John Hantoro Pudjoko (Indonesia), “That Luang Stupa in Vientiane” by Ikham Khamlasee (Laos), “We love Malaysia” by Tan Ee Long (Malaysia), “Kyite htee yoe: The Golden Rock Pagoda” by Nyaung U Than Htay (Myanmar), “Fluvial Parade Dinagyang Festival” by Raniel Jose Castaneda (the Philippines), “Marina Bay” by Ho Hon Yew (Singapore), “Releasing” by Wannapong Surarochprajak (Thailand) and “Bac Son Valley” by Vu Kim Khoa (Vietnam). The exhibition runs unitl August 11. By MINH TAM – Translated by Kim Khanh... [read more]

An art photography project, I Femme, has been launched to help poor girls access education and to fund schools for poor children in Viet Nam, India and Nepal. The photographs that Ha will create for I Femme art photography project will paint the picture of modern, independent, liberal, successful women of the 21st century who are the owners of their own destiny even as they retain their cultural identity.  The project was initiated by Vietnamese photographer Viet Ha Tran and Ukrainian fashion brand Simplifi’s co-founder Tetyana Kretova. The team has raised EUR10,885 (US$12,929) via the GoFundMe website within one month of launching the project. They aim to raise EUR100,000 ($114,338) in the first year. Driven by the passion to change the world, coupled with a strong interest in art and fashion, the initiative, which aims to empower women, is slated to launch in late 2017 in cities such as Madrid, Moscow, London, Paris and Tokyo. The photographs that Hà will create for I Femme will paint the picture of modern, independent, liberal, successful women of the 21st century who are the owners of their own destiny as they strive to retain their cultural identity. These limited edition photographs, to be sold through exhibitions, auctions, and cultural events that will take place around the world, can be acquired by art collectors, galleries, museums and advocates of charity projects. The money from the artwork sales will be donated directly to the non-profit organisation Room to Read, which helps build schools for poor…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Die Fledermaus (The Bat), an operetta by Johann Strauss II, will open the biennial Autumn Melodies arts festival in HCM City, to be held from August 19-27. The HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera performs during the Autumn Melodies Festival in 2015. — Photo courtesy of HBSO The festival was organised by the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) in 2005 to highlight classical music, opera and dance. More than 200 Vietnamese and international artists will take part in 12 performances at the city’s Opera House. For the opening performance, HBSO and the Goethe Institute in HCM City have prepared for more than a year to stage Die Fledermaus for the first time in Viet Nam. The operetta, set in Vienna in the 19th century, features Dr Falke’s plan to embarrass his friend Eisenstein who leaves him at a park after a costume party.   The work’s libretto was written by German dramatist Karl Haffner and author and composer Richard Genée. First staged in 1874 in Vienna, it is regarded as the most celebrated and most frequently performed operetta. The Vietnamese version will be directed by German director David Hermann. German vocal master and conductor Askan Geisler is training HBSO artists to sing in the original language of German. The performance will feature Cho Hae Ryong of South Korea, Pham Duyen Huyen, Dao Mac, and Phan Huu Trung Kiet, together with HBSO’s vocalists, musicians and dancers. Conductor Geisler and HBSO conductor Tran Nhat Minh…... [read more]

NDO – Hanoian authorities have decided to turn Trinh Cong Son street in Tay Ho district into a walking route, starting on August 19, to provide Hanoians with an additional space for walking and enjoying traditional artistic performances and cuisine. According to information from the People's Committee of Tay Ho district, Trinh Cong Son street, named after the famous late composer, will be the core of the walking space, covering Alley 431 on Au Co street and Alley 612 on Lac Long Quan road. Nguyen Dinh Khuyen, Vice Chairman of Tay Ho district People's Committee said that the walking zone is designed to add additional entertainment areas for tourists and the youth and to develop tourism activities associated with the West Lake. The new walking street will offer visitors artistic performances and Trinh Cong Son music at a 2,000 square metre outdoor stage. There will also be other traditional art forms, such as quan ho (love duet) singing and water puppet shows at lotus ponds around the zone. In addition, approximately 50-60 booths simulating the traditional architecture of Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoi An ancient town will be arranged along the walking street, selling souvenirs, food and refreshments for visitors. The walking space will be organised from 7.30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week, starting from August 19. Aimed at offering a new address for entertainment and tourist activities in the West Lake area on the weekend, local authorities have provided cards for…... [read more]




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