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Vietnam-Philippine friendship concert in Hanoi

A Vietnam-Philippine friendship concert will be held at the Hanoi Opera House on March 19 by the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Philippine Department of Tourism and Cebu Pacific.

The concert is organized on the occasion of the three sisters of President Aquino’s visit to Vietnam and Cebu Pacific’s opening of a direct air route between Manila and Hanoi.

It will attract famous artists from the two countries, including pianist Raul Sunico, singers Joanna Ampil and Rachelle Gerodias, violist Bui Cong Duy, singer Duc Tuan, other artists from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, and also Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji.

A similar concert will also be held in Ho Chi Minh City on March 21.

World’s top dancesport duos to perform in Vietnam

Dancesport duos from Denmark, Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova, will perform at a “Dance with stars” show held at Quan Ngua Sports Palace in Hanoi on March 18.

The duos currently rank third at the UK Open Dance Championship 2012 known as one of the world prestigious dancesport events.

They have won many awards and champion titles at world dancesport tournaments, including the recent Backpool Festival in the Latin American dance style.

Their show in Hanoi will start with “Cha cha cha” and end with “Jive”.

“Dance with stars” will be broadcast live on VTV3 at 9.20pm on March 18 with participants of 10 duos who are 10 Vietnamese famous actors, actresses and singers and 10 foreign partners as well as other famous Vietnamese artists.

Exhibition on Tran Dang Khoa to take place in France

37 paintings by French painter Dominique De Miscault, depicting popular poems by Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa, will be exhibited at the Vietnamese Cultural Centre in France from March 17-Arpil 4.

Miscault, inspired by these poems which were translated into French by Michele Sullivan and Hoang Thi Phuong, focused on painting the northern Vietnamese villages.

Singer Alain Vu Hoang Mi will join the opening ceremony to recite Khoa’s poems both in Vietnamese and French.

Born in Vietnam in 1957 he has been living in France since 1978. Alian Vu, who can sing in soprano and baritone, has participated in organizing many beauty pageants and music festivals in France and Europe.

He returns to Vietnam every year to perform and offer scholarships to outstanding pupils.

Boats, bands for Da Nang party

Water skiing, boat races and street music performances will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang on the occasion of the city's 37th Liberation Day on March 29.

The annual boat race will also be held on the Han River in the morning, while water skiers will demonstrate their moves on the river in the afternoon.

Amateur and professional musicians are scheduled to play the best of classical music during a three hour open-air concert on Bach Dang Road, near the Han market.

The event is being held as a warm up to the 5th Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, which will take place on April 29-30.

Around 400,000 tourists are expected to visit the city during the fireworks competition.

Performance artist Dao Anh Khanh presents latest work in HCM City

Vietnamese contemporary artist Dao Anh Khanh will give a live performance art demonstration in HCM City from today.

Born in 1959 in Ha Noi, Khanh is among Asian artists who are breaking away from traditional and stylistic constraints.

Khanh will perform every day at the three-day event.

Paintings by Vietnamese contemporary artists Nguyen Than, Nguyen Tan Cuong and Nguyen Minh Phuong will also be exhibited.

The show is being organised for the first time by painter Uy Phuong (Nguyen Than's daughter) who lived and worked in Switzerland. It is expected to be held every three months.

The event will be held in Phuong's house, at 3153/36 Pham The Hien road, Ward 7, District 8 in HCM City. Entrance is free.-

Vietnamese celebrities attend ‘Chronicle’ debut

Some Vietnamese celebrities have gathered at the debut of ‘Chronicle’, a sci-fi film to be screened in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on March 16.

They include singers Ngo Thanh Van, Dai Nhan, Ha Okio, and the 365 Band, models Trang Tran, hot girls Chi Pu, Linh Sunny, and Ha Min, dancer Cuong Seven, Miss Teen Thu Ha and Miss Tourism 2008 Phan Thi Ngoc Diem.

The film, directed by Josh Trank, tells a story of three teenagers Andrew (Dane DeHaan), Matt (Alex Russell) and Steve (Michael B.Jordan), who unexpectedly discover a mystery on a trip to the woods near their school.

They find that they now have superpowers, such as teleporting objects using their thoughts and flying. However, their lives then change dramatically and their relations face huge challenges as they all have to come to terms with their dark sides.

Nation’s youngest translator to meet fans

Do Nhat Nam, 11, will meet fans as he sets a record as the ‘youngest autobiographical published writer’ by Vietnam Record Books (Vietking) at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at the HCMC Book Fair at Le Van Tam Park in District 1.

Nam is the nation’s youngest translator and the program aims to inform parents on how to teach their children English using Nam’s experience as an inspiration.

Nam started English at five and after two years he achieved Starter, Mover and Flyer certificates of the University of Cambridge with the highest score of 15/15. Additionally, he also received TOEIC with a score of 940, TOEFL ITP with 617 and TOEFL iBT with 99.

Thaihabooks invited Nam to translate and publish two books called Nap dien (regenerating) and Mat troi lan, mat troi moc – Cau chuyen ve ngay va dem (sunset and sunrise – a story of day and night). At seven, Nam set his first record as the youngest translator in Vietnam. He won prizes at an essay contest at St. Andrews University in Scotland and at Wordstorm public speaking. Nam is an MC for several TV children programs.

Former sex- turned social-worker releases life story

Truong Thi Hong Tam, a tireless social worker who is known for her work with adults and children living with HIV/AIDS, released her autobiography Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City.

Called “Tam Sida” (Tam AIDS), for the disease she is carrying, Tam writes about her abandoned childhood, her family, and the dark years of her life when she lived on the streets and became a drug addict at the age of 14. Not long after that, she started working as a prostitute to support herself and her sister.

Tam may look pale and thin, but for years she has dedicated her life to the fight against HIV/AIDS and has adopted and taken care of AIDS patients in their last days of life. She is currently taking care of four adopted children, three of whom have AIDS.

Tam said the book was a struggle with her painful memories and difficult youth. “On many sleepless nights, I woke up and turned on the old computer. I kept writing what I could remember and what I was thinking without stopping, even for a hyphen, a full stop or capitalizing the letters. I wrote from my memory.”

The strong woman and social worker said that she stopped going to school after grade 10, thus she does not know how to use a computer well. She didn’t write much before starting to tell her story, therefore “it took me eight years, from 2004 till now to finish the book.”

Tam started writing about her life then when she met Petra, a German social worker who used to work for the Ho Chi Minh AIDS Prevention Committee and encouraged her to share her experiences.

Called “Autobiography of Tam Sida – beyond the death”, the 300-page plus publication paints Tam’s life through six parts, starting with “A lost childhood”, “An unsteady life”, “Turning over a new page” and “The children”.

Tran Cong Binh, Child Protection Officer of Unicef Vietnam, said he had a chance to work with Tam and was thrilled with her steady progress. “She has overcome many difficulties in work and life and contributed a lot to our community. In this fast changing life, we need to open our hearts to these people to create a better and friendlier society.”

At the book launch, a number of individuals and organizations supported Tam financially, gave her books and a laptop and promised to finance a heart operation for one of her children, and another’s school fees and food.

Tam said the more she received from these generous people, the more she felt she owed this life. “I have to try much harder to be a better person. I have the disease myself and worry who will take care of my children when I die.

“I am planning to write another book about my life, about what I have done. The book may be called ‘The light at the end of the tunnel’,” Tam said.

Hong Tam will have a signing session at the upcoming 7th Ho Chi Minh Book Festival from March 18-24 at Le Van Tam Park, Ho Chi Minh City.

Gala circus at September 23 Park

HCMC Circus Theater on Tuesday announced it will host its first gala circus at the circus theater in September 23 Park in District 1 from March 30 to April 8, reports Tuoi Tre.

There will 25 artists from HCMC Circus Troupe, Vietnam Circus Federation and Hanoi Circus performing.

The show will feature numerous award-winning acts at international contests in Cuba, Italy and China, including Suc manh doi tay (Power of the arm) by artists Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep, juggling by the Meritorious Artist Ngoc Bao and a python performance from Vietnam Circus Federation.

According to the Meritorious Artist Ngoc Anh, vice director of HCMC Circus Troupe, the gala is set to be an annual event.

ADB launches photo contest on theme of inclusive growth

The Asian Development Bank (ABD) in collaboration with the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation and Civil Society Center has launched a contest for best photographs on the theme of the world’s inclusive growth.

Titled “Click: Capturing Images of Inclusive Growth,” the competition calls for entries featuring themes of climate change, gender equal, the effects of disasters and food security.

It is open to both amateur and professional photographers living in ABD’s 67 member countries who can send in up to three photos by April 15 to the email address

The prizes are US$600 for the best photo in the professional category and US$500 for the best photo in the amateur category. The winner of the Popularity prize, which will be determined through Facebook and on-site voting, will receive $200.

The participating photographs will be exhibited in various locations as well as published on the ADB website, other relevant sites, for non-profit use by ADB and ADB’s not-for-profit partners to promote awareness on the contest’s theme as well as educate, alert, and inspire people to act.

The awarding ceremony will be held in May.

More information can be found at

African artists to perform world music in Hanoi

Hanoian audience will enjoy a unique world music show by two famous African artists Kareyce Fotso and Aly Keita on March 22.

The event is part of a wide range of activities to mark International Francophone Day (March 20).

Fotso, winner of Visas pour la creation 2009 and runner-up at the 2009 International Francophone Festival, will play blues, jazz and soul on a mix of traditional instruments and the guitar.

Aly Keita, a skillful balafon player (a wooden instrument of West Africa), was born in Bamileke region, Cameroon, and lived with the Beti tribes.

He has brought this instrument to all over the world and performed with many renowned artists such as Omar Sosa, Joe Zawinul, and Magid Bekkas.

Head of Writers Association fired for plagiarism

Truong Thanh Liem, head of Can Tho Writers Association, has been removed from his position after he was found to have committed plagiarism, Phan Huy, head of the Can Tho Union of Literature and Arts Associations told Tuoi Tre Wednesday.

Huy said Liem had submitted the article “Can Tho woman performing lion dance on the poles” by Dang Duy Khoi, published on October 1, 2011 in Can Tho Newspaper, to Ao Trang, a Tuoi Tre Newspaper’s monthly publication, under his pen name of Phuong Anh.

The article’s title was slightly changed to “Woman performing lion dance on poles 7 meters high” and put out in the 2012 New Year issue of Ao Trang.

“Besides losing his position, Liem will have to face official condemnation from the Union,” Huy said, adding that at first Liem had claimed he did not send the article to Ao Trang.

“He said someone had used his e-mail account to send the article to taint his reputation ahead of a new election at the Union,” Huy told Tuoi Tre.

However, Thanh Liem later admitted to plagiarism and explained that he did it to help his family, who were facing a difficult economic situation.

Liem started working for the Can Tho Writers Association in September, 2011 and was voted to be its chairman two months ago. Previously he worked at the Propaganda Department of Phong Dien District, Can Tho city.

The writer Nguyen Dong Thuc, editor-in-chief of Ao Trang, said he had no more comment on the case as all had been reported in the news.

“Many ‘writers’ seem to think Ao Trang is not a popular publication and does not get much attention; therefore, many have sent us their plagiarized works. Although most of the cases involve young students who want to brag to their friends about their writing talent, we still have to open a special column to expose the wrongful practice.

"No matter how small our publication is, a plagiarist will always be exposed by our readers. In this digitalized world, it can’t be safe for anyone who wants to steal other people’ works,” the writer and editor said.

Francophone Film Festival to be held in Vietnam

Two Vietnamese films, ‘Mui Co Chay’ (The Smell of Burned Grass) and ‘Tam Hon Me’ (Mother's Soul) will be screened at the Francophonce Film Festival 2012 taking place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from March 16-April 10.

The Festival will present 12 films from nine countries: Belgium-Wallonie-Bruxelles, Canada, Chad, France, Ivory Coast, Greece, Morocco, Switzerland and Vietnam, as part of cultural activities on the occasion of International Francophone Day.

In the addition to Mui Co Chay and Tam Hon Me, other films due to be screened during the Festival include ‘On the Sly’ from Belgium-Wallonie-Bruxelles, ‘A Screaming Man’ from Chad, ‘The Illusionist’, ‘In the Beginning’ and ‘The Silence Voices’ from France, ‘Ideal Guy’ from Ivory Coast, ‘Under the Stars’ from Greece, ‘The Big Villa’ from Morocco and ‘Mommy's at the Hairdresser’ from Switzerland.

The screenings will be shown in Hanoi from March 16 - 28 at the L’Espace French Cultural Centre and Hanoi Cinematheque, and from March 16 - April 10 in Ho Chi Minh City.

All films will be shown in French with Vietnamese subtitles. Free tickets are now available from L’Espace on 24 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi or from representative of participants.

Vietnam-Thai students display visual arts in Hue

The Hue University of Arts in cooperation with Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts of Thailand’s Mahasarakham University on Wednesday opened an exhibition on visual arts at New Space Arts Foundation at 15 Le Loi Street in Hue City.

The exhibition, themed ‘Characters in visual arts’, features over 53 pieces by local lecturers and Vietnamese and Thai students, comprising oil of canvas, lacquer, silk, statues and art installations.In 2009, Hue University clinched an agreement with its Thai partner to exchange students. Since then, 43 Vietnamese students and four Thai people have earned master degrees of visual art majors thanks to the cooperation program, which includes contributing works to the exhibition.

*‘Lost Moment’ by Pham Thai Binh, which reflects the simple and peaceful moments of daily life, is on show at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc in Hanoi from March 11-18.

The show features 30 sculpture works depicting daily life of ethnic groups with vivid, loud and peaceful moments like spring dances, full-moon nights and wedding parties.

With materials of bronze and lacquer, Binh will make visitors feel that the world is more beautiful and give them a new lease of life. “I tried to leave my childhood behind when I moved from Lang Son to Hanoi for study in order to become another person. However, I recognize those innocent memories are still deep in my soul as I now live in a busy city,” said Binh. The life of ethnic groups in the highlands has inspired Binh’s art during the last decade.

Earth Song gala at L’Espace

‘Earth Song’, a music gala in response to the Earth Hour campaign, will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street in Hanoi.

Joining the event will be singer Dinh Manh Ninh, street art group ‘Sign in’ and ‘So Good Fusion Band’ along with hundreds of students from Hanoi’s universities.

Earth Hour came into being in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and falls on the last Saturday in March annually. It attracts the support of millions of people globally to turn off all lights for one hour.

The campaign has been welcomed by Vietnamese people since it was first launched here in 2009.

Viewers can register for free invites at before 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Stradivaria Ensemble brings baroque concert to Hanoi

Audiences have a rare chance to witness a baroque concert by the Stradivaria Ensemble, under the baton of Daniel Cuiller, at L’Espace at 8 p.m. on April 10 in Hanoi.

Stradivaria Ensemble consists of soprano Anne Magouet, contra-tenor Jean-Michel Fumas, violinist Francois Costa, viola artist Sophie Cerf, cellist Annabelle Luis, positive organist Jocelyne Cuiller and flutist Marie Noelle Visse.

Tickets priced at VND100,000 each are available at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street.

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