A delegation of 110 members of an arts troupe from Russia, the “International Children's Creative Camp Nuckids 2011”, will arrive in Vietnam for an opera performance from August 14-18.
They will present a play titled “Bunker of Freedom” which is based on a real live story in Moscow in the 1980’s. An underground bunker built in 1954 near the Taganskaya metro station in Moscow has become a home for many deserted and homeless children. They have a common desire to live peacefully and help each other. The play is based on their story.
The play’s title translates Khong Gian Hanh Phuc in Vietnamese, meaning ‘Happy Space’ aims at conveying a very compassionate message to the Vietnamese children.
The performance will start at 8pm on August 17 at the Au Co Arts Center, 8 Huynh Thuc Khang Street in Hanoi.
The “International Children’s Creative Camp NucKids” is organised annually by the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency for the last three years. This year’s camp brings together 73 talented children from different countries namely Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, India and Vietnam.
Mong people’s panpipes go to festival
The Mong ethnic minority people in the north will hold their first ever panpipe festival in the mountainous province of Ha Giang on August 21-22.
About 300 local people and artists are expected to perform at the event, which is among a series of activities to mark the 120th founding anniversary of Ha Giang province.
The festival will coincide with other cultural and tourist activities to promote landscapes in the province, especially the Dong Van Stone Plateau.
The Dong Van Stone Plateau was recognised as the first geopark in Vietnam and the second in Southeast Asia by the Global Network of National Geoparks (GGN) in October last year. It covers a total area of nearly 2,400 sq.m. and houses 34 percent of the province’s population.
Vu Lan’ Buddhist festival in Suoi Tien Park
The ‘Vu Lan’ Buddhist festival held annually on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month will be celebrated at the Suoi Tien Cultural Park on August 13-14.
More than 15,000 Buddhists are expected to take part in prayers and free vegetarian buffets during the two-day festival.
Music performances and cai luong shows honoring Buddhism will be highlights of the festival. All Buddhists will get free entry into the Park.
The main objective of the festival is for people to express their gratitude and love for their mothers.
May represents Vietnam for Miss Supranational
22-year-old student Nguyen Thu May from the Czech Republic who is also Miss Vietnam in Europe 2010 will present Vietnam at this year’s Miss Supranational in Plock, Poland this month, according to website misssupranational.com.
Before the final round on August 26, contestants will gather in Poland from August 10 to take part in several rounds like talent, formal dress traditional costume and sideline events.
Thu May whose foreign name is Daniela Nguyen Nova has become the second representative for Vietnam at Miss Supranational after Chung Thuc Quyen in 2009.
May was born to a Vietnamese father and a Czechoslovakian mother.
In 2010, after wining the Miss Vietnam in Europe pageant, she took part in the Miss Vietnam World and won the prize for the most beautiful face.
The girl said she has come back to Vietnam for 5 times and feel so in love and proud of the place where her father was born.
She is now studying international business at the Prague University of Economics and considers moving to Vietnam to work and learn more about the country after graduation.
Art curator to give free lectures
Taking Paintings For a Walk, a series of two free lectures on art appreciation, will take place at Ho Chi Minh City’s Chic Portrait Cafe August 11 and 13.
The event, co-organized by Chic Portrait Cafe and San Art, will feature talks by Zoe Butt, a young Chinese-Australian art curator and co-Director of San Art.
The first lecture, scheduled for 6.30 p.m. on Thursday Augst 11, will focus on painting and printmaking in contemporary Asia, focusing on how traditions are by nature in a state of constant change, with examples of artists from Pakistan, China, Japan and Thailand.
Saturday night will discuss how painting can inspire three dimensions, with examinations of artists from Vietnam, India, China, Taiwan and Korea.
The event, to be held at Chic Portrait café, 15B, Phan Dang Luu Housing Estate, Binh Thanh District, is free of charge and open to all.
Lectures will be delivered in English and Vietnamese.
For more information, please visit www.san-art.org.
Vietnam’s documentary contest for youth goes regional
"Tree of Life: Seeds of Change" - the first Southeast Asian Student Documentary Awards (SEADocs) has adopted an ecological theme.
Applications from students aged 18-28 in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam will be received until Sept 2.
Participants are required to submit a portfolio of their work and a motivational essay on making a film under the 2011 competition’s theme.
The submissions must feature forests and their profound, multifaceted connections with man and other living creatures on the earth, covering cultural, medicinal, economic, and ecological relationships.
In addition, the films must reflect the diverse and complex relationships between individuals and communities and the forest habitats in Southeast Asian countries.
The competition, a joint-project of the Goethe institutes in Southeast Asia, and an upgrade from last year’s successful completion of the Vietdocs, aims to offer a platform for short films made by young people who are, or hope to become, documentary filmmakers.
A jury of film, television and forestry experts in each country will make a selection of three students based on their submitted works. The national shortlisted students will then receive expert guidance during the eight week production period of their competition film.
During the production period, the film ideas of the students will be explored and developed under guidance of a consultant and the students will receive a budget grant of US$300 to produce a short documentary film (maximum 10 min. in length) in relation to the theme, which must be submitted by November 11, 2011.
The three regional winners are selected by an international jury and will receive a cash prize of US$ 500 each. The first prize winner will receive a grant of up to US$5,000 to produce a feature length documentary.
For more information and application, please visit: http://www.goethe.de/ins/th/prj/wif/sdc/deindex.htm
Phu Yen to host Vietnam Film Festival
The 17th Vietnam Film Festival will take place in Tuy Hoa city, Phu Yen province from December 15-18.
Le Ngoc Minh, Deputy Head of the Department of Cinematography, said the event aims to honour Vietnam’s directors and their work in movie industry over the past few years, further highlighting their films to the public.
Apart from selecting the award winners in the four categories of movies, videos, documentaries and animations, there will be other activities including a seminar, galas and exchanges between film makers and audiences.
During the festival, part of the National Tourism Year 2011, artists will take part in charity activities, an exhibition on the film festival and meet with students from local universities and colleges.
Lap Dong Gallery is coastal art venue
Since its inception five months ago, Lap Dong gallery in Phan Thiet City has rapidly become a popular rendezvous for local and foreign art lovers alike.
The gallery displays mostly oil on canvas paintings depicting splendid landscapes of Vietnam and from around the world. Visitors can easily recognize the attractions of Phan Thiet in paintings such as Mui Ne sand dunes, Ca Ty River, Cham people’s Posah Inu Towers and of course the stunning beaches.
Dong Anh, owner of the gallery who has 10 years painting experience, will paint on demand. The gallery also sells lacquer, silk, gem or sand and embroidery paintings.
Paintings at Lap Dong are priced from VND600,000 to VND2 million. The gallery is located at 57 Thu Khoa Huan Street, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province. Tel: 0623 830 091.
Fahasa award for reader’s favorite books
Book distribution company Fahasa is kicking off a Fahasa award for readers’ favorite books, reports Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.
The bi-annual event will honor books voted for by readers throughout the country.
Fahasa now has a chain of 56 bookstores operating in 27 provinces and cities and the prestigious contest is expecting the participation of a large army of readers.
Readers can vote for the books they love from now until the end of January 2012. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at the same time as the city Book Road Festival in HCMC.
Wedding Fair at Rex this weekend
Following the success of last year’s ‘Wedding fashion week’, the Rex Hotel Saigon will organize wedding fair ‘Fly up your rank’ at its Lotus Ballroom from Friday to Sunday.
Couples will be consulted on their special day by professional consultants as well as being able to gain access to local and foreign wedding products. The highlight of the fair will be a nightly fashion show from 7-9 p.m.
During the event the hotel will offer special promotions including a 15% discount on a wedding party and free accommodation for honeymooners in Phan Thiet, Dalat and Danang.
For more information, contact Mr. Vuong on 0907 585 686. The Rex Hotel Saigon is at 141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC, tel: 3829 2185.
Cat Tuong kids’ autumn colors on display
A children’s painting exhibition displaying works of the Cat Tuong drawing class will open on Thursday at the Exhibition House, 93 Dinh Tien Hoang Street in Hanoi.
The ‘Cat Tuong’s autumn color’ exhibition will display 80 pieces by 40 students made of a huge variety of materials and in diverse themes.
Works will express the innocent mind and creativeness of the clever children. There are many works by kids from the U.K., the U.S., Japan, Canada and China.
The well-known drawing class, organized by artist Nguyen Thi Nhan, has existed for a long time and is popular with parents and children.
In 2007, the class opened an exhibition ‘The colors of Children in Spring’ with the participation of 22 young artists in the capital and attracted a lot of attention from visitors. The exhibition will run until Monday.