Vietnam’s Youngest Artisan

NDO – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh hosted an intimate meeting with a delegation of 60 exemplary members of the trade unions of the People’s Public Security and People’s Army Forces, who have performed effectively in the “Good Labour” emulation movement during the period of 2012-2017. The aim of the event was to celebrate 72 years of the August Revolution (August 19) and the National Day (September 2), 72 years of the traditional day of the Vietnam People’s Public Security Force, 88 years since the establishment of the Vietnam Trade Union, and all-level trade union congresses. Addressing the meeting, the Vice President briefed the delegates on the national socio-economic situation over the past few years, whilst recognising and praising the significant contributions of the public security and army forces to the country’s general development, including the efforts and sacrifices made by the good labourers who have set outstanding examples. She encouraged all-level trade unions in the armed forces, as well as their members, to continue promoting the good labour emulation movements in their respective sectors, upholding comradeship and building united collectives, towards obtaining further significant achievements and contributing to constructing the revolutionary, formal, elite and modern people’s public security and army forces. Thinh also asked the armed forces’ trade union members to build on their attained achievements, in combination with campaigns, including the campaign of studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts, morality and lifestyle, with the upmost determination and discipline. On behalf…... [read more]

The 60-square meter room, owned by radio enthusiast Hazarin R Junep, showcases 4000 books in 45 languages and more than 1000 souvenirs from radio stations, 100 of them are from VOV.    A group of students were looking for materials at the DX Museum&Library for a study project. “I’m currently studying Southeast Asia. Here I can find books and CDs about Vietnam culture, tourist attractions and music. It’s very interesting,” said Liana, a student from Gadja Mada. All the souvenirs Junep has received over the past 30 years are categorized into regions and countries.  He said, “I have been listening to the radio since I was a little boy. I began collecting radio souvenirs in 1987 to help educate the younger generations. Unfortunately, many materials and items were destroyed during a major earthquake in 2010. I restarted from scratch and the DX Museum&Library opened in 2015.” The VOV corner at  the DX Museum&Library 56 year-old Junep can speak English, French, Russian and Spanish. Junep said he and his brother often tuned in to VOV broadcasts in English, French and Indonesian when they were young. “I visited VOV during my first trip to Vietnam in 2012. I came with my son because I want to show him the beauty of your country. I love Vietnamese history, culture, the land and people and particularly admire President Ho Chi Minh, a friend of…... [read more]

NDO - Réhahn Croquevielle admitted that he had a “crush” on Vietnam after his first visit to the country in 2007. Over the course of six years, the French photographer travelled across Vietnam to explore and capture photos on the unique features of the Vietnamese ethnic groups. A collection of 35 selected photos, which were taken during that trip, are now on display at his solo exhibition, which opened in Hanoi on August 1, under the theme ‘Precious Heritage’. The 35 photos are portraits of the elderly and children representing the ethnic minority groups throughout Vietnam, dressed in their traditional clothes. The exhibition is being held at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and will run from August 1 to October 1. On the occasion, Réhahn Croquevielle granted the Thoi Nay (Today) publication of Nhan Dan (The People) Newspaper an interview to share his journey as well as his view on Vietnamese ethnic groups. Question: How did you come up with the idea of collecting and capturing the traditional costumes of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups? French photographer Réhahn Croquevielle: On my first trip to Sapa district in Lao Cai province in 2008, I was attracted by the costumes of the H’Mong and Dao groups there. Then I discovered that Vietnam is home to 54 ethnic groups with different costumes and languages. These invaluable heritages make Vietnam different from others countries in the world, in my opinion, and I came up with the idea of searching for and meeting…... [read more]

Handicrafts: Coracles covered with colourful paintings of ocean scenes and fishing (Source: internet) Quang Nam (VNS/VNA) - The Tam Thanh art community village in Tam Ky city of Quang Nam province has been awarded the 2017 Asian Townscape Award for its colourful murals. Vice Chairman of the Tam Ky city People’s Committee, Nguyen Minh Nam, told Viet Nam News the award was announced at the 2017 Asian Townscape Awards session in Fukuoka city, Japan, on July 27. Nam said the prize was being awarded by UN-Habitat, Asian Habitat Society, Asian Townscape Design Society and Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Centre, and the ceremony will be held in Yinchuan city on September 28-29. “It’s a great honour for us. Efforts were made by local villagers, the city’s administration and artists nationwide,” Nam said. “We also expressed our thanks to the Korea Foundation Community Art Exchange Programme and Korean artists and volunteers for their decoration of the village with colourful murals on moss-covered walls in 2016,” Nam said. Tam Ky city and Tam Thanh commune launched the fishing village of Tam Thanh as a community-based art space for eco-tourism development. It’s also the first project in Vietnam that weaves art space into community lifestyle. The fishing village, with a population of 6,000, is known nationwide and by foreign tourists for the murals in Trung Thanh hamlet. In March, artists from Singapore Technology and Design University, Vietnam’s Fine Arts Association, colleges in Hanoi and local…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Tam Thanh art community village in Tam Ky City of Quang Nam Province has been awarded the 2017 Asian Townscape Award for its colourful murals. Handicrafts: Coracles covered with colourful paintings of ocean scenes and fishing. Vice Chairman of Tam Ky City’s People’s Committee, Nguyen Minh Nam, told Viet Nam News the award was announced at the 2017 Asian Townscape Awards session in Fukuoka City, Japan, on July 27. Nam said the prize was being awarded by UN-Habitat, Asian Habitat Society, Asian Townscape Design Society and Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Centre, and the ceremony will be held in Yinchuan City on September 28-29. “It’s a great honour for us. Efforts were made by local villagers, the city’s administration and artists nationwide,” Nam said. “We also expressed our thanks to the Korea Foundation Community Art Exchange Programme and Korean artists and volunteers for their decoration of the village with colourful murals on moss-covered walls in 2016,” Nam said. Tam Ky City and Tam Thanh Commune launched the fishing village of Tam Thanh as a community-based art space for eco-tourism development. It’s also the first project in Viet Nam that weaves art space into community lifestyle. The fishing village, with a population of 6,000, is known nationwide and by foreign tourists for the murals in Trung Thanh Hamlet. In March, artists from Singapore Technology and Design University, Việt Nam’s Fine Arts Association, colleges in Hà Nội and local painters started painting a coracle for an exhibition in Tam…... [read more]

A portray of Ro Mam ethnic woman by French photographer Réhahn will be displayed within the Precious Heritage exhibition (Photo courtesy of Réhahn) Hanoi (VNA) - Portraits depicting the beauty of Vietnam’s different ethnic groups by French photographer Réhahn will be part of the Precious Heritage exhibition at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, starting  on August 2. On display in Hanoi will be a selection of 35 photographs through which Réhahn shows the country’s rich and diverse ethnic culture. His famous portraits of young children and old women from across the country represent both large and small ethnic groups, from communities that have hundreds of thousands of members to just a few hundreds like the O Du and Ro Mam. Posing in their traditional costumes, they symbolise their ancestral customs, the ancient knowledge passed down from one generation to another, the challenges in preserving it and the hope of keeping it alive. The renowned photographer believes that the “most efficient way to preserve the culture of the ethnic groups is to promote them outside their community, to create a sense of pride for their heritage and ancient customs. Sometimes, you need someone else’s vision to make you realise what you have.” Associate Professor Vo Quang Trong said the Precious Heritage exhibition showcases the natural beauty of Vietnamese people in their traditional costumes through the lens of the French photographer, and will enrich the viewer, making him/her feel happy and proud. Earlier, the Precious…... [read more]

The 49 photos taken by Jamie Maxtone-Graham portray the women who are all members of clubs set up by the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA). Over three days in January, a group of 24 women from the clubs told stories, sang songs, played theatre games and made masks assigned by a group of young artists. When the masks were complete, photographer Jamie Maxtone Graham then took portrait photos including the masks so that the women made up one chain of experience, solidarity and togetherness. “Like their stories, these women are all unique but they have this thing they share and are united in it – both in their experience of domestic violence and in their admission of it. That admission, that is the really difficult work,” said the photographer.... [read more]

The festival was a venue for more than 3,000 Vietnamese and international volunteers from 100 voluntary organisations in Hanoi to discuss issues of common concern and donate blood as a significant contribution to society and the community which brings happiness and joy to patients. Head of the Central Institute for Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Nguyen Anh Tri said the institute is ready to help young volunteers come up with different ways to mobilise and encourage more young people to donate blood. A variety of events were also held during the festival including an exhibition to introduce voluntary activities, portraits of young volunteers and a release of 1,000 balloons with messages from volunteers.... [read more]

The stamp set was designed by painters Tran The Vinh and Vu Kim Lien with a model of stamps priced at VND2,000. It featured portraits of late President Ho Chi Minh in the Party banner, which reflected the official subject of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The stamp model involves the feelings of all the Information and Communication sector’s staff to honour the party congress, Le Doan Hop, Information and Communication Minister said. He added through domestic and international postal network, the stamp set also affirmed the role of the Party which led the country to its historic victories.... [read more]

This is the message that radio programmes on Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) Traffic Information Channel for the National Highway want to share with audiences driving on the roads linking the two ends of the country. After the success of the VOV Traffic Information Channel in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the strategic unit of the first real radio channel in Vietnam is busy preparing to launch its exclusive version for road users on National Highway1A. This version, called You will never drive alone will be on air at FM 91MHz in 2011. As a version of the VOV Traffic Information Channel, information on the traffic situation will dominate the programme. However, its content is totally different from the programmes for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Vu Minh Tuan, Director of the VOV Traffic Information Channel, said that Rush Hour, a popular programme in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will not be included in this version. Unlike the fast pace of information in the programme for those cities, the National Highway programme will have a slower rhythm and feature brief traffic news and weather forecasts updated every 30 minutes. The news airtime will vary depending on the traffic situation on the highway. Priority will be given to road accidents, risk warnings and traffic problems. There will be a wide range of buffer programmes between the news reports to share driving experiences, information about dangerous roads, portraits of interesting people and survival skills for drivers to deal…... [read more]




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