Buddhist festival in HCM City to extol motherly love

Celebrity supports anti-violence initiative Actress Ly Nha Ky donned a bright green T-shirt on July 28 and joined a bike tour in My Tho City, Tien Giang province as part of an initiative calling for an end to all forms of violence against children. The programme is part of activities launched by the Vietnam Higher Education Development Fund (HEDF) to help shine a light on the invisible horrors of violence that undermine the lives of children and call for collective action to end it. Educators learn about RoK culture Approximately 80 teachers and education managers from primary and secondary schools in central provinces attended a RoK intercultural training programme in Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh province from July 25-27. RoK envoy to Vietnam and Consul General Park Noh-wan and the Director of the Korean Cultural Exchange Foundation Jee Chang-sun also participated in the event. Participants learned about Korean economics, politics, culture and society and acquired a better understanding of the country's traditional costume and cuisine. This is the 11th time such a programme has been organised by the Institute for Northeast Asian Studies under the sponsorship of the Korean Foundation. New TV show informs viewers about Vietnamese history HCM City Television's HTV9 channel will broadcast a new weekly show on Vietnamese history starting next week. The 45-minute Dat Viet Que Huong Toi (Viet Nam-My Country), to be screened every Tuesday, will feature short reports and documentary films recounting the country's beginning and development during various periods. The documentaries will focus…... [read more]

HCM CITY (VNS) - HCM City cultural centres and art troupes are set to put on a slew of shows to celebrate the annual Buddhist holiday of Vu Lan, an event that eulogises motherly love celebrated through the seventh lunar month which began on Sunday. Culinary parties and theatre shows will open this weekend at Suoi Tien and Dam Sen tourist parks in Districts 9 and 11 and take place every night during the month. The shows will expectedly focus on people's gratitude to and appreciation of their mothers. Some cai luong (reformed theatre - a traditional genre of theatre in south) stars will perform for free on the occasion. The month-long programmes are expected to attract thousands of visitors, including Buddhists, from the city and neighbouring provinces. - VNS... [read more]

Art performance marks National Day Vietnamese people have enjoyed an art performance in praise of the victory of the August Revolution and National Day. The art performance, jointly held by Radio the Voice of Vietnam and Vietnam Television at the National Broadcasting Centre in Hanoi on September 2, showed warm sentiments towards naval officers and soldiers on Truong Sa (Spratly) Island who are defending the country's sovereignty. Songs and dances were presented and illustrated with video clips and a report on the ceramic mural of the national flag, which is located at the top of the conference hall on Truong Sa Lon (Big Spratly) Island. Vietnamese culture in spotlight in RoK A festival promoting Vietnamese culture and history got underway in Seoul , the Republic of Korea , on Sept. 1 as part of activities to mark the 20 th anniversary of the Viet Nam-RoK diplomatic ties (1992-2012). The festival is organised by the Korea-Viet Nam Friendship Association (KOVIFA) with the support of the RoK Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. Addressing the event, KOVIFA President Choi Young-joo stressed similarities in history and culture shared by the two countries, as well as their common goal of peace, friendship and cooperation. He noted that Vietnamese number about 123,000 among the total 1.4 million foreigners living, studying and working in the RoK. The KOVIFA President expressed his hope that the festival will offer an opportunity for RoK people to understand more about the culture and history of Vietnam and help multi-cultural families…... [read more]

HCM CITY ' Cultural centres and art troupes in HCM City have begun a series of events for Vu Lan, an annual Buddhist festival celebrated in the seventh lunar month to eulogise motherly love. Most begin this week and continue until the end of the month. The Suoi Tien Tourist Park in District 9 on Thursday began a programme featuring culinary parties and stage plays that highlights people's gratitude to and appreciation of their mothers. Major cai luong (southern reformed theatre) stars like Vu Luan and Phuong Hang will perform for free on the occasion, saying their art aims to encourage young people to love and respect their mothers. The two-day event is expected to attract 30,000 visitors, including over 1,000 Buddhists, from the city and neighbouring provinces. Hung Dao Theatre will have a full cai luong schedule during the festival season. It will stage extracts from cai luong operas like Me mai Trong Doi Con (Mother is in My Mind Forever) and Duyen Kiep (Predestination) based on the life of heroic mothers. But organisers of the events said they are not looking to make profits from them, merely hope to encourage young people to love and respect their mother. "Vu Lan is a time for people, especially youth, to look back and remember their mother's love and sacrifices," Minh Tri, a young artist at the District 3 Women's Cultural House, said. "For me, performing during these days evokes the feeling how great my mother's merit is," the 23-year-old singer…... [read more]

HA NOI — An arts troupe of the International Children's Creative Camp "Nuckids" 2011 will visit Viet Nam on August 14-18. Included in their five-day stay is an opera performance at 8pm next Wednesday at the Au Co Arts Centre, 8 Huynh Thuc Khang Street. Their play, Bunker of Freedom, is based on a real story in Moscow in the 80s. In the play, dozens of wandering children, living underground next to the Taganskaya metro station, have a common desire: live peacefully and help each other in their community. It is translated into Khong Gian Hanh Phuc (Happy Space) in Viet Nam with the aim of bringing an easily understandable message for Vietnamese children. The camp, held annually since 2008 by Rosatom state corporation, this year gathers 73 gifted children from Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, India, and Viet Nam. Culture groups celebrate Vu Lan festival HCM CITY — HCM City cultural centres and art troupes are set to roll out several shows to celebrate the annual Buddhist holiday of Vu Lan, an event that eulogises motherly love. A culinary party offering vegetarian fare will take place in Suoi Tien Tourist Park in District 9 this weekend. The two-day event is expected to attract 30,000 visitors, including Buddhists, from the city and neighbouring provinces. Suoi Tien will also see dozens of music theatre shows centred on people's gratitude to and appreciation of their mothers. As usual, art troupes and theatres will stage serious plays about mothers. Major stars like Vu Luan and…... [read more]

(TITC) – On 15 August, in Ha Noi, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien had a meeting with Mr. Zamruni Khalid – Malaysian Ambassador to Viet Nam. On the occasion of the 29th SEA Games to take place in Malaysia from 19-31 August, Mr. Zamruni Khalid invited Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien to attend the opening ceremony and wished Vietnamese sport delegation to win high prizes at the biggest sport event in Southeast Asia. He also appreciated the relay in response to the 29th SEA Games held in Ha Noi in April which contributed to promote the event to Vietnamese people. Accepting the invitation of the Ambassador and expressing thankfulness for his wish, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien stressed that Vietnamese sport delegation attending the 29th SEA Games not only strived for best results, but also hoped to learn more about the organization of such events. Aiming to strengthen cooperation on the field of culture, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien suggested the two sides should support each orther to organize art performances, exhibitions, cultural festivals, particularly in the year 2018 celebrating 45th anniversary of Viet Nam - Malaysia diplomatic relation. At the meeting, the two sides also agreed to continue boosting tourism cooperation through promotion activities, connecting tours, human resource training and travel facilitation. In recent years, the number of visitors travelling between Viet Nam and Malaysia has been increasing thanks to visa exemption from September 2001 and convenient air connection.…... [read more]

NDO – The localities in the Mekong Delta region have welcomed over 17 million visitors since the beginning of the year, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Mekong Delta region concludes Can Tho city and 12 provinces of An Giang, Ben Tre, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Long An, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long. Over the past years, the infrastructure of the region has been strongly invested in. Many large bridges, such as My Thuan Bridge, Can Tho, Rach Mieu, Ham Luong and Co Chien, have been completed over all major rivers in the region. A series of important new routes have been completed, such as Can Tho - Ca Mau, Can Tho - Bac Lieu. Many other routes are also being upgraded and expanded. Investing road traffic has brought opportunities to develop the socio-economic status, including in the tourism sector. The area has a large tourism resource system. Most of the tourism resources of the Mekong Delta region associated with waterways, gardens, floating markets, are typical of the region. The region also has three biosphere reserves, five national parks, three nature reserves, three species reserves, seven habitat protected areas and one experimental science forest. These are valuable eco-tourism resources of the region as well as in Vietnam. Aiming to promote the regional tourism potential, The PM has recently approved a master plan for tourism development in the Mekong Delta region until 2020, with a vision towards…... [read more]

With a strong passion for mobility, discovery and experience, modern people can go anywhere at any time. In summer, they prefer going to the sea. In winter, upland tours are well-liked. Vietnam expects to see a 15 per cent growth in upland tours this year. Mr Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, noted that “The top task of the tourism industry in the second half of this year is to exert all the strengths to achieve the growth of least 30 per cent and this cannot be a better time for the Vietnamese tourism industry to take wings to fly.” Therefore, in addition to maintaining the charisma of central and southern coastal tourist attractions, it is also very important to boost the competitiveness of northern upland tours during the autumn-winter season to achieve this growth target. Diversified upland tours woo visitors National Day holidays will start the autumn-winter tourism season. Many have planned their travel for their families, with a majority opting out for short-day tours because they have 2-3 days off for this public holiday. In addition, there are many traditional festivals during this autumn - winter tourism season such as Mid-Autumn Full Moon Festival, Halloween, Christmas and New Year with many stimulus programmes. As a result, these tours catch the fancy of foreign travellers. Weather is very good during this season and tourists can have perfect conditions to explore, experience and contemplate the scenic landscape. To…... [read more]

The troupe, led by theater director Nguyen The Vinh, said they are happy to perform for the Vietnamese expatriate communities in Europe. They will perform in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine from now to September 4. A scene of the comedy Benh Si (Egotism). Photo: cinet.vn Directed by People’s Artist Tuan Hai, the comedy Benh Si (Egotism) is one of the most famous plays written by late playwright Luu Quang Vu. It stars actors Xuan Bac, Phu Don, Viet Thang and actress Ho Lien. Taking place in a rural village in the North, the play is about a commune chairman and his officers, who are ordinary and good-natured people. However, they begin to consider themselves ‘noble’, and start to seek glory. Ridiculousness occurs happen when the officials’ good natures cannot change to adapt to their new lives. Luu Quang Vu wrote more than 50 plays. Most of them criticize the dark side of society, especially focusing on corruption and authoritarian behavior. The play Benh Si was Vu’s last production before he died aged 40 in a traffic accident in 1988. It has been performed throughout the country and received great acclaim from audiences, said director Vinh. “The play reflects the negative problems of society,” said Vinh. “Though it was written 20 years ago, it’s not out-of-date but still has a power to fight against social evils.” The artists want to honor Vu’s…... [read more]

 The expo will be held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 from September 7-9, according the organization board at the press conference in the city on August 15. Journalists come from Thailand, Taiwan (China), Hong Kong (China), Germany, India, New Zealand, Netherland and others. To date, more than 26 countries and territories worldwide featuring 262 display booths, such as Australia, China, Germany, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more have registered to participate in the event. The expo is expected to attract ten thousands of domestic and foreign visitors. The event is an opportunity for travel agents, hotels and representatives from tourism promotion agencies to publicize their brands and offer tourist products to local and international travelers. It also aims to promote potentials, key tourism products and strengthen cooperation among countries in the Mekong River region. The expo also includes many promotional programs, seminar of Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE), seminar about introducing major tourism markets, Vietnam-Italia tourism discussion. Started in 2005, the ITE has become one of the leading travel events in Vietnam and the region with expanded scale and diversified activities, such as exhibition, meeting between Buyer and Seller and others, promotional programs The annual event is co-organized by the HCM City People’s Committee, the ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. By THI HONG – Translated by Kim Khanh... [read more]

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