Vietnam version of Broadway classic Chicago comes back in mid-August

Illustrative image (Source: organising board) Hanoi (VNA) – Various activities as part of the Connecting Viet Youth 2017 programme will take place in Hanoi from August 6-9.  The event will be hosted by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union chapter of the Hanoi municipal Students Association, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community – Hanoi Hub, the Vietnamese Student Association in the UK, the Volunteer for Education Organisation and Vietnamese students’ associations in the US, Australia, France, the Republic of Korea, Hungary and Singapore. Opening the event will be a charity run at Hang Day stadium with more than 300 young people taking part, a music show with DJs and singers and a flash mob. A charity programme, including blood donation, music performances and gift-giving to more than 300 child patients being treated at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, will be launched on August 7. The forum “Creativity in industrial era 4.0”, scheduled for August 9, will be attended by Bitexco Chairman Vu Quang Hoi, US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, 50 leading start-ups in tech and 1,000 Vietnamese young intellectuals working and studying abroad. All proceeds will be used for charity, including building a house of gratitude in Muong Mun commune, Tuan Giao district, the northern province of Dien Bien and a new school for poor students costing 261 million VND (11,300 USD) in Tenh Phong commune.-VNA ... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Singer Bui Bich Phuong has completed a music project called “Viet Nam – Viet Nam” that praises the beauty of the country and its culture. Traditional culture: Singer Bui Bich Phuong’s Thuong Nhau Thi Dung Lam Trai Tim Em Dau (If You Love Me, Don’t Hurt Me) features images of Vietnamese landscapes and culture. — Still photo taken from video “My team and I want to introduce our country’s landscape and culture to young Vietnamese, especially those overseas,” said the 27-year-old. The project includes three music videos with songs that contain melodies that combine traditional Vietnamese music and pop and dance music. One video, titled Noi Thuong Nhau Thi Dung Lam Trai Tim Em Dau (If You Love Me, Don’t Hurt Me), was released four days ago, earning more than 370,000 views on YouTube. The song was composed by Pham Thanh Ha, who is popular for songs influenced by traditional music. “I know the song’s title looks weird and does not highlight my project, but its melody is great. It’s a harmony between the [ethnic minority] Red Dao’s music and pop music,” Phuong said.   The video is about a love between a Kinh woman and a Red Dao man, and a Red Dao traditional wedding. Directed by Khuong Vu, the video captures landscapes at the Ban Gioc Waterfall in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang. Phuong said that her team loved the music, costumes and traditions of the Red Dao. “I want to make impressive…... [read more]

Quan họ (love duet) singing on boat will be held every Saturday evening in northern Bắc Ninh Province, Nguyễn Tử Quỳnh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said. Quan họ (love duet) performance will be staged every Saturday evening in Bắc Ninh Province. - Photo culturemagazine.com The performances will be staged on two lakes in front of office buildings of the provincial Committee of the Party and People Council at 8pm. The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism takes charge of organising the performances, aimed at popularising quan họ not only among local tourists, but also foreigners. Quan họ is an art form that combines various elements, including music, lyrics and costumes, and features the distinctive culture of people in the region formerly called Kinh Bắc. It was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.  The singing represents different kinds of relationships -- the relationship between male and female singers as romantic lovers, the relationship between two friendly villages and the relationship between performers and the audience. Each element helps define quan họ, give it life and meaning, and the resulting harmony is so much more than just a beautiful song. Source VNA ... [read more]

Selling tours online, according to experts, is a growing trend which all travel firms have to join if they don’t want to lose customers. Lai Viet Anh, deputy director of the E-commerce and Information Technology Agency, said that up to 45% of Vietnamese internet users book hotel services or air tickets, with the figure increasing by 11% per annum.  It is expected that the SE Asian online tourism market would have value of US$90 billion in the next three years. A survey by Nielsen Vietnam found that tourism service ranks third among the products and services that Vietnamese people spend most money on through e-commerce channels, just after fashion and books, music and confectionary. However, the number of travel firms investing the channel remains modest because of many barriers, including capital, marketing and sale techniques. Eleven years ago, Vietravel began thinking of selling tours online when launching https://travel.com.vn. Sources said the travel firm poured a lot of money into the website and the advertisement alone cost US$100,000 in the first year.  Vietravel firm has also developed other channels, including Facebook to support online sales. It now has 30 online marketing staff officers. However, an analyst said the number of travelers booking tours online increased considerably only in the last two years. About 4,000 travelers booked tours online in 2015 and the figure increased by threefold last year (12,000 travelers).  In the first half of 2017, the number of travelers…... [read more]

NDO – A wide variety of unique cultural activities targeting children are being held throughout this August at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, in the Dong Mo tourism area of Son Tay town, Hanoi. Under the programme, children visiting the village will be provided with an opportunity to learn about the daily life, traditional crafts, cultural practices and signature dishes of Vietnam’s ethnic groups across the country, including the Tay, Muong, Dao, Ta Oi, Co Tu, E De, Khmer and Thai groups. They will also be invited to take part in folk games, such as Con (cloth ball) throwing, stick pushing, walking on stilts and sack races; or enjoy thrilling circus programmes, as well as competing at a children’s painting contest themed ‘I Love My Village’, which is scheduled on August 5 and 6. Folk songs and dances, gong performances and concerts of traditional musical instruments will also be staged, to the delight of visitors, during the event. Popular traditional festivals of the Ta Oi and Co Tu ethnic groups in Thua Thien – Hue province and the Thai ethnic group in Moc Chau district, Son La province will be introduced to visitors on August 13, 19, and 20, respectively. Notably, children aged between 8 and 15 can register for a free training course on experiencing Buddhist monastic life. During the two-day course, participants will learn about meditation, Buddhist rituals and Buddha’s teachings on humanism and being a well behaved child.... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – Various activities as part of the Connecting Viet Youth 2017 programme will take place in Hanoi from August 6-9. The event will be hosted by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union chapter of the Hanoi municipal Students Association, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community – Hanoi Hub, the Vietnamese Student Association in the UK, the Volunteer for Education Organisation and the Vietnamese students’ associations in the US, Australia, France, the Republic of Korea, Hungary and Singapore. Opening the event will be a charity run at Hang Day stadium with over 300 young people taking part, a music show with DJs and singers and a flash mob. A charity programme, including blood donations, music performances and gift-giving to over 300 child patients who are being treated at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, will be launched on August 7. The forum “Creativity in industrial era 4.0”, scheduled for August 9, will be attended by Bitexco Chairman Vu Quang Hoi, the US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, 50 leading start-ups in the technology sector and 1,000 Vietnamese young intellectuals working and studying abroad. All proceeds will go to charity, including the building of a house of gratitude in Muong Mun commune, Tuan Giao district, in the northern province of Dien Bien and a new school for poor students, costing VND 261 million (US$11,300), in Tenh Phong commune. ... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – Various activities as part of the Connecting Viet Youth 2017 programme will take place in Hanoi from August 6-9. The event will be hosted by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union chapter of the Hanoi municipal Students Association, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community – Hanoi Hub, the Vietnamese Student Association in the UK, the Volunteer for Education Organisation and the Vietnamese students’ associations in the US, Australia, France, the Republic of Korea, Hungary and Singapore. Opening the event will be a charity run at Hang Day stadium with over 300 young people taking part, a music show with DJs and singers and a flash mob. A charity programme, including blood donations, music performances and gift-giving to over 300 child patients who are being treated at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, will be launched on August 7. The forum “Creativity in industrial era 4.0”, scheduled for August 9, will be attended by Bitexco Chairman Vu Quang Hoi, the US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, 50 leading start-ups in the technology sector and 1,000 Vietnamese young intellectuals working and studying abroad. All proceeds will go to charity, including the building of a house of gratitude in Muong Mun commune, Tuan Giao district, in the northern province of Dien Bien and a new school for poor students, costing VND 261 million (US$11,300), in Tenh Phong commune. ... [read more]

At the event (Source: Internet) Vinh Phuc (VNA) – ASEAN Cultural Day took place in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on August 1 to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the bloc with the participation of representatives from the embassies of the ASEAN member countries in Vietnam. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Vu Viet Van said the event offers participants a chance to learn more about special cultural values of the ASEAN member states, and hoped that it will also foster friendship and economic and cultural exchanges between Vinh Phuc and the ASEAN nations as well as build the ASEAN Community of peace, prosperity and sustainability. Speaking at the event, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Vietnam Ibnu Hadi said in recent years, Vinh Phuc has become an attractive destination for foreign investors from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Indonesia is now among top 20 investors in Vietnam, with Japfa Comfeed Vietnam being one of the 500 largest enterprises in the country. The province currently records 27 projects by ASEAN investors with a total registered capital of over 500 million USD. In education - training, Vinh Phuc has assisted Laos in training hundreds of tertiary and post-tertiary students. Meanwhile, Singapore and the Philippines have helped Vinh Phuc train hundreds of English teachers under the government’s project on teaching and studying foreign languages in the national education system for the 2008-2020 period. During the event, a music…... [read more]

Young pop star Son Tung M-TP won the award for Best Solo Release at SBS PopAsia 2017 in Australia. (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - Young pop star Son Tung M-TP has won the SBS Pop Asia 2017’s Best Solo Release presented by SBS PopAsia, an Australian music radio programme that broadcasts recent Asian pop hits online and on radio. The singer was chosen as the representative of Vietnam to compete against G-Dragon of Big Bang and Taeyeon, both from the Republic of Korea (RoK).  The pop start brought home the prize thanks to his latest MV, Noi Nay Co Anh (I’m Here), released in February, which attracted more than 100 million viewers on YouTube after 59 days of its release. He was also nominated for Best Album. The nominees of SBS Pop Asia were chosen based on their professional activities, including record sales, frequency of appearances on radio and television, online viewing and listening, popularity on social media, and ticket sales. Votes for the awards were taken through SBS networks, including websites and Facebook. Born in 1994 in Thai Binh province, Son Tung M-TP began his professional career in Ho Chi Minh City in 2011. He quickly became a phenomenon in the industry. His major hits include Em Cua Ngay Hom Qua (Be the girl of yesterday), Con Mua Ngang Qua (The Rain) and Khong Phai Vua Dau (I’m really quite something). He won the award for Young Promising Actor for his first role, a leading part, in the…... [read more]

Young pop star Son Tung M-TP has won the SBS Pop Asia 2017’s Best Solo Release presented by SBS PopAsia, an Australian music radio programme that broadcasts recent Asian pop hits online and on radio. Young pop star Son Tung M-TP won the award for Best Solo Release at SBS PopAsia 2017 in Australia. The singer was chosen as the representative of Viet Nam to compete against G-Dragon of Big Bang and Taeyeon, both from South Korea.  The pop start brought home the prize thanks to his latest MV, Nơi Này Có Anh (I’m Here), released in February, which attracted more than 100 viewers on YouTube after 59 days of its release.   He was also nominated for Best Album. The nominees of SBS Pop Asia were chosen based on their professional activities, including record sales, frequency of appearances on radio and television, online viewing and listening, popularity on social media, and ticket sales. Votes for the awards were taken through SBS networks, including websites and Facebook. Born in 1994 in Thai Binh Province, Son Tung M-TP began his professional career in HCM City in 2011. He quickly became a phenomenon in the industry. His major hits include Em Của Ngày Hôm Qua (Be the girl of yesterday), Cơn Mưa Ngang Qua (The Rain) and Không Phải Vừa Đâu (I’m really quite something). He won the award for Young Promising Actor for his first role, a leading part, in the film Chàng Trai Năm Ấy (Dandelion), a production by Wepro…... [read more]




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