Vietnamese flag flies at SEA Games 29

A chaotic stampede is seen at a spring festival in Hanoi.  The ministry has requested government directions on its initiative, and will unveil the first draft of the decree before 2018 should the plan be given the green light, said Trinh Thi Thuy, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Elaborating on its decision, the ministry said some local festivals have recently been criticized for their violent and offensive content. Chaotic stampedes, brutal rites, widespread panhandling and price-gouging have been named among the issues yet to be solved of many traditional festivals across Vietnam. Meanwhile, a lack of legal documentation governing the organization of festivals has posed a challenge to authorities in cracking down on them, the ministry pointed out. In its upcoming draft decree, the ministry will look to sort current and future festivals into four categories, which are traditional festivals; festivals celebrating historical and revolutionary events; culture, sports and tourism festivals; and festivals originating from other countries. For traditional festivals, organizers will be required to notify relevant authorities at least 20 days prior to their commencement. Other festivals will require a permit, and only those without brutal rituals or violence will be allowed. Applications for a permit must include historical evidence of the origin of the festival, according to the ministry’s plan. No more than two donation boxes will be allowed at each worshipping site inside any festival ground to avoid commercialization of the traditional activity. Adequate…... [read more]

Vietnamese flag flies at SEA Games 29. Photo: vnexpress.net The ceremony officially marks the presence of Vietnamese competitors at the region’s largest sport events. More than 470 Vietnamese athletes are ready to compete in 32 out of 38 sports events, including four paid games of bowling, hockey, cricket and synchronized swimming. According to Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Tran Duc Phan, who is head of Vietnam’s SEA Games delegation, the Vietnamese athletes will strive to pocket 49-59 gold medals to rank in the top group at the biennial event. Vietnamese delegation at the flag-hoisting ceremony. Photo: vnexpress.net Earlier, Vietnam targeted a goal of at least 65 golds and then adjusted it as Malaysia, the host country, decided to remove events of Vietnam’s strength like wrestling, rowing, canoeing, women’s boxing, women’s fencing and women’s weightlifting. The delegation will also make utmost efforts to effectively perform the role as a goodwill ambassador of Vietnam to the people of Southeast Asian countries, Phan added. In the previous Games in Singapore, Vietnam stood third, with 73 golds, 53 silvers and 60 bronzes. The 29th SEA Games will see the participation of 4,888 athletes from the ten ASEAN member countries. Source: VNA... [read more]

NDO – The 20th Vietnam Film Festival 2017, themed ‘Building a modern and humane cinematic industry’ will take place in Da Nang city from November 24 to 28 of the same month. The information was released by the Vietnam Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at a press conference in Hanoi on August 15. A series of activities will be held during the five-day event, including free outdoor screenings of films, seminars on the ASEAN film industry and afterwards seminars on the development of the Vietnamese movie sector. An exhibition on Vietnamese cinema and exchanges between actors, directors, producers and audiences will also be included. In addition, there will be the acceptance of re-make films which will be featured in this year's film festival. Among them, the ASEAN Film Award will introduce the best movies in the region to the world and strenghten the role of the cinema industry in supporting the culture and friendship among nations of the ASEAN community. The 20th Vietnam Film Festival will feature the participation of 800 delegates, who will all be artist, managers, producers from Vietnam and 50 other international delegates. Under the agenda of the festival, Vietnam film weeks will be held in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. The film festival aims to honor local cinematographic works featuring traditional characteristics of creativity; and pay tribute to movie makers and artists who have made outstanding contributions to the national movie industry. ... [read more]

Can Tho, August 14 (VNA) - The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Can Tho will hold a night festival with flower garlands and coloured lanterns in Ninh Kieu district from August 19 to 21.  The highlight of the festival will be a contest called “Hoa đang Ninh Kieu hoi tu và toa sang” (Ninh Kieu lanterns shine brightly together) which will be held at the Di Bo (Pedestrian) Bridge in Ninh Kieu Harbour.  Participants can submit their floral lanterns by the morning of August 19, and they will be exhibited on the nearby Khai Luong Canal until August 25.  “The event will demonstrate Ninh Kieu’s hospitality and attractiveness for both domestic and foreign tourists, especially international officials attending APEC 2017,” said Nguyen Thi Hoang Oanh, head of the district’s Culture and Information Bureau.  The event is a collaboration between the district People’s Committee and the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.  The festival will also feature other activities including displays of fresh vegetables and Ninh Kieu’s traditional dishes; an exhibition called “Ninh Kieu – Can Tho, old and new” featuring calligraphy, paintings, photographs and portraits; don ca tai tu (Southern folk music) performed on a river; a Vietnamese boat race; and other traditional games. VNA/VNP ... [read more]

The screening was organized by the Vietnam Ministry of Home Affairs and displayed by UNFPA at French Culture Center L’Espace to celebrate International Youth Day 2017. Actress and director Pham Hong Anh (center) receiving the Certificate of Appreciation for her feature film. (Photo: Courtesy of Hong Anh) Director Anh, who received the certificate, expressed her joy, “On behalf of the cast and crew, I sincerely give my deepest gratitude to the Ministry of Home Affair’s Department of Youth Affairs, especially to Mr. Vu Dang Minh, director of the department, and Mrs. Astrid Bant, representative of UNFPA in Vietnam for this extraordinary honor. I also would like to thank honored visitors, international guests who are representatives of embassies in Vietnam, and the young audience who have come and watched The Way Station, as well as discussed and expressed so much affection for it,” said Anh. She also emphasizes that the discussions by young people in the seminar after watching the movie has highlighted some of the themes – only by knowing young people can we understand the challenges we see every day; they have to confront troubles from the past, discrimination, cultural difference, and pressure, prejudice and expectation of their loved ones and society. “Please do treasure and be supportive of the aspirations of young people, their pursuits of freedom and happiness. In the meantime, we also need to assist, give strength, believe and empower them so they have the opportunities to demonstrate…... [read more]

Entitled Fractured, the exhibition explores the fragility of beauty inspired by conflict in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Monaco-based artist Blake Ward showcases sculptures in which he aims to draw attention to the suffering of landmine victims in Vietnam. A painting on "do" (poonah) paper in the Resistance series by George Burchett  He has exhibited across the world including Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, the US and Hong Kong, and has galleries in the US, Canada and Italy. “My language is the figure and I feel the need to comment on the human condition, sometimes distorted by demons, and other times enchanted by all that are pure within us,” he said. Painter George Burchett, who was born in Hanoi, introduces The Resistance series depicting the narratives of heroic resistance. He was influenced strongly by his father, Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett, who worked as a war correspondent in Vietnam. The exhibition also displays paintings by soldier-artist Pham Van Luc, young talent Phan Dinh Khanh and veteran painter Phan Ke An. The exhibition will run until September 3 at the end of the George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia. It’s a part of the George Town Festival, an annual celebration of arts, culture, heritage, and community. Inaugurated in 2010 in honor of George Town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the festival transforms the city into a global stage, showcasing world-class performances, installations and collaborations from international and local artists. “The…... [read more]

To achieve the goal of international visitor growth of at least 30 percent in 2017 set by the Government, Deputy Minister Huynh Vinh Ai of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam suggested the tourism sector mobilise all resources and implement promotion solutions to attract international visitors in the last 5 months. This is the information shared by Mr Ai at the Tourism Promotion Conference in 2017 held by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism recently in Hanoi. Vietnam's tourism industry welcomed more than 10 million international arrivals in 2016 and over 7.2 million international arrivals in the first seven months of 2017. The direct contribution of tourism to GDP in 2016 was approximately 6.9 percent. Mr Ai stressed the role of tourism in the national economy, noting that in many countries, tourism has become a "salvation" for the economy when facing difficulties. In Vietnam, the tourism industry is receiving favourable conditions when the Politburo has identified tourism as the key economic sector of the country. Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Mr Ha Van Sieu said that VNAT annually participates in major international tourism fairs in key markets; In collaboration with the Vietnam Tourism Association and localities to hold two main domestic fairs which are VITM (Hanoi) and ITE (Ho Chi Minh City); Maintain famtrips, press trips and roadshows in key markets; Develop advertising programmes on the media, promote e-marketing, and coordinate with partners such as VNtrip, VTVgo to organise…... [read more]

The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will hold a floral lantern night festival in Ninh Kiều District from August 19 to 21. Ninh Kieu Harbour in Can Tho City’s Ninh Kieu District at night. The city will organise a floral lantern night festival from August 19-21 in Ninh Kieu District.  The highlight of the festival will be a contest called "Ninh Kieu floral lanterns shine brightly together" which will be held at the Pedestrian Bridge in Ninh Kieu Harbour. Participants can submit their floral lanterns by the morning of August 19, and they will be exhibited on the nearby Khai Luong Canal until August 25. “The event will demonstrate Ninh Kieu's hospitality and attractiveness for both domestic and foreign tourists, especially international officials attending APEC 2017,” said Nguyen Thi Hoang Oanh, head of the district’s Culture and Information Bureau. The event is a collaboration between the district’s People’s Committee and the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The festival will also feature other activities including: displays of fresh vegetables and Ninh Kieu’s traditional dishes; an exhibition called “Ninh Kieu – Can Tho, old and new” featuring calligraphy, paintings, photographs and portraits; Southern folk music performed on a river; a Vietnamese boat race; and other traditional games.  VNS... [read more]

Thang made the statement during a press conference on Group B matches at the Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on August 13. It is for the first time during the team’s campaign for the games that the coach has announced his team’s intention to go for the kill — the gold medal — at the men’s football event. Vietnam U22 team seen during a training session to prepare for the SEA Games. Photo: vff.org.vn “Vietnam has trained for 10 days in the Republic of Korea to prepare for the tournament. Like any other teams in the games, we have the belief and the determination to reach the highest podium. I hope that Vietnam will bring its fans quality matches,” Thang said. Earlier, Thang said that Vietnam was targeting to reach the final. On August 13, Thang also announced the names of the 20 players who would take part in the SEA Games. Vietnam, a five-time silver medalist, have never won the coveted SEA Games football gold. They have been drawn in Group B, considered as the "group of death", along with Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, and the Philippines. The team will meet Timor Leste on August 15, Cambodia on August 17, the Philippines on August 20, Indonesia on August 22, and Thailand two days later. The head coach of Timor Leste, Kim Shin-hwan, said the opening match with Vietnam would be difficult for his team, but it would try…... [read more]

NDO - A Nhan Dan Online selection of notable events that made headlines over the past week. National Assembly Standing Committee convenes 13th session The 13th session of the National Assembly Standing Committee (NASC) opened in Hanoi on August 10 and will run for seven days. NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan stated that during this session, the NA Standing Committee will give opinions in regards to controversial issues of the four draft laws. Deputies commented at the NA’s third session in regards to the revised laws on forest protection and development and fisheries. The Standing Committee also discussed public debt management, along with denunciations at the convention. The committee will scrutinize five bills scheduled to be submitted to the NA for consideration at the upcoming fourth session. First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena visits Vietnam Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Nay Pena, Chairman of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Central Committee’s Inspection Commission and First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate (Source: VNA) First Vice-President of the Cambodian Senate, Ney Pena paid a visit to Vietnam from August 8 to 11. The visit was hailed as a significant event which marked 50 years of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967-2017), contributing to strengthening the friendly and neighbourly relations between the two countries. During his stay in Vietnam, First Vice-President Ney Pena was received by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong; Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc;…... [read more]




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