Boat performances help preserve Quan ho singing

Dozens of quan họ (love duets) artistes in Bắc Ninh Province – cradle of the traditional art form – are coming together every Saturday night to entertain audiences in a very special performance. Boat music: Quan Họ performances on the Nguyên Phi Ỷ Lan Lake in Bắc Ninh City every Saturday aim to promote the art form within and outside the northern province. - VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Thương Instead of performing in the yard of a communal house yard, which is the typical venue, the singers perform on boats on the Nguyên Phi Ỷ Lan Lake in Bắc Ninh City. The boat performances are among activities aiming to preserve values of the traditional art form that was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.   Trần Quang Nam, director of the province’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said quan họ has different sub-genres, including hát chúc, hát mừng (literally means greeting singing); hát thờ or ritual singing; hát canh – a kind of singing competition between a village’s quan họ group with another group from another village, which takes place at night during every spring festival; and hát hội or festival singing. “In hát hội, the singers perform on a boat,” he said, explaining why the quan họ boat performance has been a significant part of any traditional festival in Bắc Ninh Province for centuries. “We expect that the…... [read more]

Sitting entirely in Minh An Ward of the central province’s Hoi An City, the town is endowed with picturesque landscapes of land, sea, and rivers. In 1999, the town was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO for being a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries, and for housing buildings which ingeniously fuse local and foreign influences. Since then, the culturally rich place has been voted one of the top tourist destinations in the world by several major tourism magazines. Tuoi Tre News suggests several ways for tourists to indulge themselves in what the retreat has to offer. Formed around the 17th century, Hoi An Ancient Town is home to many alleys, most of which face its signature Hoai River and retain their tranquility. The alleys, which boast weather-beaten, mossy walls, are ideal for tourists to take a leisure stroll. Travelers can also rent a bike and ride it to pagodas and time-honored houses within the town, the city’s famous Cua Dai Beach, Tra Que vegetable village, which is some three kilometers from Hoi An Ancient Town, and the 500-year-old Thanh Ha pottery village. When dusk settles in, the paths leading to the old town sparkle with a myriad of richly-colored lanterns, particularly during the first lunar month, which spans from Tet (Lunar New Year) in mid-February to later this month. Since last month, the provincial People’s Committee has increased the frequency of the “Dem Pho Co” (Ancient Town Night) program from…... [read more]

The 2017 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF 2017) will run for two months from next April, the municipal administration announced at a press conference on Monday. The 2017 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF 2017) will run for two months from next April, the municipal administration announced at a press conference on Monday. The festival is the continuation of the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition held in the city since 2008, said Huynh Van Hung, director of the Da Nang Department of Sports and Culture. Eight teams from the UK, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, China, and Vietnam will take part in the eight-week festival, which will run from April 29 to June 24, 2017, Hung said. Local property developer Sun Group will take over the festival’s organization starting next year, Hung added. According to DIFF 2017 organizers, fireworks displays will be organized every Saturday night during the course of the festival, and there will be complementary events to entertain visitors throughout the week. These events include Cham Culture Festivals (Wednesdays), Street Festivals (Fridays), Beer Festivals (every day), International Cuisine Festivals (every day), and Sculpture Festivals. Last year, the event ran for two days and was competed for by teams from Australia, Poland, South Africa, the U.S., and Vietnam.... [read more]

The Danang International Fireworks Festival 2017 (DIFF 2017) will take place from April 29 to June 24, 2017, according to the organiser. The festival will feature eight international teams including Australia, France, Italy, Switzerland, the UK and hosts Vietnam that will perform every Saturday night during the two months, the schedule was announced at a press conference on December 5. General director of DIFF 2017, Le Quy Duong, said that the best technologies will be used for DIFF 2017 which promises spectacular shows for audiences in front of the Han River. "This will not only be the largest firework festival held so far in Danang but will also the best and the Vietnamese team has very carefully prepared for the event," Duong said. A series of events, including a food festival, paragliding shows and an international music festival, will also be organised during the DIFF 2017. The event promises to attract two million visitors to Danang which has just been awarded Asia’s leading festival and event destination by the World Travel Awards.... [read more]

The Da Nang Department of Tourism made the announcement on December 5 while announcing the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2017 (DIFF 2017). The eight teams come from the U.S., France, China, Austin, Australia, the UK, Switzerland, and Viet Nam. The competition was inspired by Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son), a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son District, south of Da Nang City. The five mountains are named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). Accordingly, five firework shows under the five elements will be held on every Saturday nights from April 29 to June 24, 2017. The last show will take place on June 24, 2017. Under the motto “Sparking Ngu Hanh Son,” the eight teams will have a 25-minute show each. The DIFF 2017 targets to welcome 2 million tourists to Da Nang./. By Kim Loan... [read more]

Peking duck, seafood buffet at Equatorial The Saigon Times The Hotel Equatorial HCMC is running a Peking duck program priced at VND750,000++/ unit (for 3 to 4 diners). Guests will enjoy three dishes such as roasted skin served with traditional pancakes, wok fried meat with black pepper sauce and braised duck bone with Hong Kong ‘Ee Fu’ noodles or other varieties. It is available for daily lunch and dinner until May 26 at Orientica restaurant. Those who love seafood should grasp the chance to enjoy a variety of fresh seafood cooked in different ways at ChitChat every Saturday night until the end of June at just VND840,000++ per person, including a free flow of beer, wine and soft drinks. It is half price for kids from 6-12 years old. For bookings, contact 3839 7777.... [read more]

Danang to hold free art performance programs early next year The Saigon Times Daily Danang City’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced that the city will launch a free regular variety show for citizens and tourists at a location near the Rong (dragon) Bridge from January. The show, scheduled for every Saturday night, will feature music, dance, drama and comedy performances. The first show will be launched on January 2. The city will also organize performances of traditional arts including classical drama, and folk music concert, on the eastern bank of the Han River on the first and third Sunday nights of month and on the western bank of the Dragon Bridge opposite the Cham Museum on the second and fourth Sunday nights of month.... [read more]

Special treats at Windsor Plaza Saigon in August The Saigon Times Daily Malaysian Nights @ Café Central An Dong A selection of culinary favorites of Malaysian culture is available at Central An Dong on level 4 of the hotel during August. During this period, the hotel’s Malaysian Executive Chef will be adding to the Cafe’s international dinner buffet spread authentic Malaysian delicacies including Mango Squid Salad, Banana Flower with dried Shrimp Salad, Beef Satay, Chicken Curry, Bakkut Tae, Sambal Prawns, Beef Rendang, Squid with Spicy Sauce, Tilapia Fish with Assam Sauce, Meegoreng, Char Kwayteow, and Roti Murtabak. Live interactive shows will highlight each stage of the cooking process, where guests can explore the journey from the raw ingredients to the pan and plate of gastronomic delights from this land of gourmet fusion. For further information, call 08 3833 6688, Ext: 2221. Vu Lan Favorites @ Ngan Dinh Restaurant Guests to the Vu Lan Festival will savor a selection of vegetarian favorites at Ngan Dinh Restaurant on the hotel’s level 5. There are Buddha Delight, Steamed Wild Mushroom and Vegetable Roll, Steamed Bean-Curd Sheet with Assorted Vegetables, Braised Taro with Red Pumpkin in Coconut Milk, Steamed Assorted Vegetable stuffed in Tofu Pocket, Steamed Bean-curd with Pickled Vegetable, Pan-fried Vegetable Bun. Prices start from VND68,000++ per portion. For bookings, call 08 3833 6688, Ext: 2263. Chill Out on the Rooftop @ Top of the Town Bar & Restaurant The 25th floor rooftop bar Top of the Town Bar & Restaurant will offer…... [read more]

Viet Nam News By Khánh Linh It's 11pm on Saturday night. When most of the houses have turned off their lights and darkness covers the city, Lê Hà Phương, a second-year student at Hà Nội College of Medicine wears her first aid bag filled with medical supplies and free medicine and gets ready to visit special patients. These patients are elderly homeless people, who can be found taking shelter in dark corners of the streets throughout the night. Phương, together with dozens of volunteers from Ấm (Warmth) Volunteering Club, has been providing medical check-ups and supplies for the homeless free of charge since early January. From 11pm every Saturday night, these young people have prepared food, blankets, and clothing. Sticky rice, bottles of water, packs of instant noodles and blankets are divided into different bags and are delivered to homeless people in the city. Phương and two other medical volunteers will talk to the homeless people, especially the elderly, about their health, and give medical aid and advice right there and then. The most common ailments among elderly homeless people are respiratory disease, high-blood pressure, diabetes and bone-related diseases. For these cases, the volunteers give medical advice on what should be done and what should be avoided, and medicine when needed. For the worst cases, the patients will be taken to hospital for necessary tests and treatment. As she began to work on healing people, she realised there were people with bad wounds, unhealed ulcers and even undiagnosed cancers. "Homeless…... [read more]

Hoi An (VNA) – The Culture and Sports Centre in Hoi An City has launched a training course in Hat Boi or Tuong (classical drama) for 15 children. The move is an attempt to preserve the ancient art form and to entertain tourists. Director of the centre Vo Phung said the course, funded by Hoang Chau Ky Foundation, will last three months, with Tuong artists instructing the children every Saturday night at 39 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. “It’s the first-ever course in Tuong for children in Hoi An after a training course in Bai Choi (a traditional Vietnamese game combining folk songs and picks from a deck of cards) was launched for children two years ago,” Phung said. “The trained children will perform for tourists visiting Hoi An, while the ancient art form will also be preserved,” he said, adding that Bai Choi was being staged on the Hoai River bank for tourists every night. The classical drama from Quang Nam Province was researched and preserved by late professor Hoang Chau Ky (1921-2008). Last year, the Tuong Xu Quang (Quang Nam classical drama region) art performance was recognised as national intangible heritage. Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the most popular destination in the central Quang Nam Province. A survey showed that 27 percent of the international tourists visited the city to learn about its culture and history.-VNA... [read more]

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