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Hanoi to host night of Korean opera

A grand night of opera and classical music featuring leading artists from South Korea and Vietnam will take place at the Hanoi Opera House on December 17.

Korean conductor Lim Jun Oh will lead his compatriots, including violin soloist Jae Jin Park, tenor Chang Jin Gyu and soprano Chang Eun Yong.

They will be accompanied by Vietnamese artists Tam Ngoc on the piano and Minh Chinh on the violin as they perform international and Korean masterpieces.

The concert will feature Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV1043 by J. Bach; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F minor, Op. 2 by F. Chopin; The Rivers of My Mind by Lee Su In; Nessun Dorma from Opera ‘Turandot’ by Puccini; New Arirang by Kim Dong Jin; and Italian Street Song by V. Herbert.

Tickets, priced from VND200,000 to VND400,000, are available at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street; or can be booked at,

Int’l workshop on culture management

An international workshop on cultural policy and management in the context of globalization will take place in Hanoi on December 15-16.

The event draws the participation of cultural managers from France, the UK, Germany and Vietnam.

At the event, they will discuss forms of state assistance to cultural activities, how to build cultural infrastructure and improve the quality of life in big cities, and how to encourage the private sector to invest in culture in the long term.

In particular, international speakers will compare cultural management models of Vietnam and some European countries, and introduce some culture cooperation assistance programmes of the European Union (EU).

Besides, Vietnamese and European experts will exchange with each other successful factors in cultural policy that is likely to support Vietnam’s dynamic development in the future.

Student to represent Vietnam at Chinese pageant

20- year old Le Huynh Thuy Ngan has been named as Vietnam’s representative on the Miss Tourism Queen International 2011 pageant’s official website.

Ngan stands 1.72m tall and possesses the vital statistics of 90-60-89. She is pursuing an English Major at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages - Information Technology.

In 2009, she was the first runner-up at the Vietnam Jewelry Beauty Queen 2009 pageant.

One year later, she attended Miss Vietnam 2010 and finished in the Top 20.

Ngan has also been featured in several TV movies, including “Nguoi mau” (Models) and “Theo dau huong xua” (follow the fragrant of the past).

She says she is practicing skills for the pageant and is waiting for approval from the Department of Performing Arts under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport to attend the contest.

Formed in 2004, the pageant is an annual China-based event which attracts around 90 beauties from all over the world each year.

It was not held in 2010 due to the Megi typhoon.

According to the pageant’s website, Miss Tourism Queen International 2011 will take place in Xian, a central Chinese city, from December 13 to 29.

Vietnam previously sent contestants to the pageant in 2004, when Nguyen Ngan Ha participated; and in 2009, when competed. Ngan Ha finished in the Top 10.

1700-year-old UNESCO heritage nears collapse

My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam, which was recognized as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 1999 is falling apart at a rapid speed, Phap Luat Newspaper reported Thursday.

The 1700-year-old site which boasts a total of 20 Hindu temples and monuments used for religious activities during the ruling Champa Dynasty now has only 3 buildings that remain in good condition.

“Time, nature and people have all taken their toll on the site. My Son was under 2 meters of water in the last season, which only speeded up its dilapidation,” Nguyen Cong Khiet, deputy head of My Son Management Board said.

He added that most of the temples were nearing collapse as the massive influx of tourists they receive had seriously affected My Son. The site got more than 247,000 visits from international and domestic tourists since the beginning of 2011.

Weeds, as insignificant as it appears, are another threat to the ancient religious site. However, managers said their staff did not dare to manually clear the wild plants for fear of “pulling up the ancient bricks of the site with it” while using herbicide would pose health risks to visitors.

My Son was first reinforced and restored in 1982 by a team of Polish and Vietnamese preservationists whose effort hardly helped it resist the ravages of time and the elements.

In 2008, Quang Nam’s local government drafted a 12-year preservation and development plan until 2020 for My Son, which was passed by the central government. The implementation of the plan, unfortunately, fails to keep pace with the site’s current dilapidating condition.

“The general plan was passed but detailed planning has not been done while the site is getting worse and worse,” said Huynh Tan Lap, another deputy head of the board.

Local government has recently had to spend VND 9 billion (US$ 428,500) to temporarily preserve the E and E7 temples.”

The board also spent another VND 3 billion out of the VND 6 billion ticket revenue for preservation work, but the money was like a drop in the bucket, Lap said.

Dinh Hai, head of the Quang Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said the greatest challenge was to figure out an architectural solution to give the site a facelift, such as which material to use to reinforce and protect the constructions.

“Cement is out of the question as it will totally change the site. Some researchers have tried to reproduce the original bricks that had been used to build My Son but have all failed,” Hai said, adding that a group of international experts from UNESCO were now conducting another similar research to produce these bricks.

He commented that preservation is a time-consuming process as preservationists had to be extra-careful not to rebuild the site.

As of 2012, My Son’s management board will use electric cars to carry tourists around the site to reduce human’s effect and hike its tickets to VND 100,000 for foreigners and VND 50,000 for domestic visitors.

The Italian government also promised to sponsor EUR 420,000 (US$ 562,000) to preserve My Son in 2012.

Comic drawing art workshop in town

A comic drawing art workshop will be held at Phan Thi Company in District 1 from 9 a.m. tomorrow with the theme ‘Arts Attack’, attracting famous Filipino artist Rommel Pastrana Celespara and a group of artists from Phan Thi entertainment, education and communications JSC.

The exhibition is held for the first time with the cooperation of Wacom and Do Hoa Viet Company. Visitors have a chance to learn more about comic drawing and they can also see artists in action drawing directly with modern Wacom products, a range of intuitive tools used by those working in the media, entertainment or game development sectors, graphic design and image editing.

Artists will guide visitors to help them use drawing software and the organizers will host discussions and exchanges with artists.

The program is free for those who love drawing comic books. This event will take place at Phan Thi Company, 53 Huynh Khuong Ninh, Da Kao Ward, District 1. For registration, please send an email to or pick up invitations at the company’s office today.

Tet flower festival will be massive

Nearly 6,000 plants and products will be on display at the flower festivals at Quoc te Square in District 3 and Tao Dan Park in District 1 during the Tet holidays from January 18-28, reports Sai Gon Giai Phong.

The festival also hosts art activities such as don ca tai tu (Southern opera), human chess, children’s games and Vietnamese calligraphy along with information on the city’s achievements. The opening ceremony will be organized under the theme of the East Sea, the nation’s islands and the lotus.

Meanwhile, the city’s districts will hold 56 Tet flower markets, with District 8 arranging its flower market along the embankment of Binh Dong and Phu Dinh ports.

The Tet flower markets last from January 16 (the 23rd day of the 12th Lunar Month) to January 22 next year.

Ha to have debut live concert

Twenty-seven-year-old pop star Ho Ngoc Ha is famous for her successful singing career since she quit the catwalk.

Ho Ngoc Ha, Vietnamese pop sensation, will have her first live show on December 15 at Lan Anh stadium in Ho Chi Minh CIty to mark her 10-year career as a top model turned singer.

Ha’s concert, named Ho Ngoc Ha Live Concert 2011, will be divided into two parts. The first section will feature her co-performance with some guest singers. The second part will center on her solo singing her hits, including some ballad and dance songs.

The show will be highlighted with the sideline activities like watching dancing, drawing T-shirts and posing with the jubilant background outside the main stage.

The highest price paid for Ha’s show is VND 2,5 million.

The pop star also will give 10 free tickets to her online fans on the social network Zing Me.

To celebrate the first live show, Ha has released an album called, “The best of Ho Ngoc Ha,” which is a collection of her hits.

Photo contest highlights beauty of Vietnam contemporary architecture

A collection of 32 works that made the finals of this year’s Masterpiece Photo Contest 2011, which focuses on Vietnam’s contemporary architectural works, will be displayed in Ho Chi Minh City from December 9-17.

According to Martell XO, which organizes the contest, the finalists were chosen based on four criteria, uniqueness, artistry, technique, and identity of Vietnamese architecture.

They were selected from 2,800 entries submitted nationwide.

The contest winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be held on December 18 at the Vincom Center, where the exhibition takes place.

Besides the first prize of VND100 million and 30 consolation prizes, the organizer will also award a special prize for the photo which receives most votes from netizens on website

The Masterpiece Photo Contest 2011, following on the success of the event last year, opened in October.

Hanoi screens select national film fest entries

Feature films competing at the 17th Vietnam National Film Festival in the central coastal province of Phu Yen in mid-December are being screened in Hanoi this week.

The December 2-8 film week, jointly organized by the Department of Cinematography and National Cinema Center, will include 17 features film produced by both state-owned and private studios, the Vietnamplus newswire reported Saturday.

Mui co chay (the smell of the burning grass) by director Nguyen Huu Muoi kicked off the event last Friday night.

The film is based on famous diaries of martyred army medic Dang Thuy Tram (1943-1970), Nguyen Van Thac and Hoang Thuong Lan, part of Mai mai tuoi 20 (Forever 20) book collection.

Other films screened during the event include local comedy blockbusters Long ruoi (Big Boss), De mai tinh (Fool for love), and Co dau dai chien (war of the brides).

Invitation tickets can be collected at the National Cinema Center in Hanoi.

This year’s film festival, to be held from December 14 to 18, has received a total of 108 entries in the categories of feature films, videos, documentaries, scientific films, and animation films.

The National Cinema Center is located at 87 Lang Ha Street.

Deputy PM approves project to improve cultural life of workers

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has approved a project that will help in developing and improving the cultural and social lives of workers in industrial parks by 2015.

The project targets four areas of culture. Almost 70 percent of the workers and employers in industrial parks will be taught ways to improve their cultural and social lives.

Cities and provinces will be asked to construct entertainment parks where workers can enjoy cultural and sports activities.

Almost 50 percent of the workers in industrial zones will be asked to participate in cultural and sports activities and at least 50 percent of the enterprises will be asked to maintain cultural standards as per regulations set by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Source Vietnamnet

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