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Campaign launched to promote Ha Long Bay as world’s natural wonder

The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has asked the Ministry of Education and Training to urge schools nationwide to call upon students to vote for Ha Long Bay as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism distributed 100,000 leaflets with instructions on how to vote for Ha Long Bay as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A promotional campaign has been launched in cities and provinces throughout the country with activities that highlight the spectacular beauty of Ha Long Bay.

According to information on the website, the Seven Natural Wonders of the World will be announced on November 11 this year.

Ha Long Bay is the only heritage site in Vietnam to be ranked twelfth among 28 other wonders listed from across the world, for recommendation as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.

Vietnamese citizens as well as foreign visitors can go to to vote for Ha Long Bay. For further information call phone number 033.3847481 or visit

40 years of German video art on display

The Hanoi Goethe Institute opens ‘40 years of German video art’ exhibition on Saturday.

There are 43 selected pieces, screened digitally to protect the valuable originals, which give an exemplary insight into the last forty years of video art from Germany, on show. Among them are works by famous artists such as Joseph Beuys, Wolf Kahler, Lutz Dammbeck and Nam June Paik.

Video art emerged in the 60s in the U.S. and Germany and has become one of the most influential genres of art of the 20th century. Technical systems have rapidly developed, changed or even disappeared: the TV screen has given way to the computer monitor; video cassettes have been replaced by software programs and hard drives.

The biggest challenge of video art is its own mortality as it is due to the short life of electronic resources. Therefore, the survival of video art is dependent on an endless process of adaptation to new technological standards.

The project, an initiative of the Federal Cultural Foundation, has been conducted by five German museums under the direction of Karlsruhe ZKM (Center for Art and Media Technology). Here video art works are professionally archived, digitized and protected.

The exhibition runs until October 2.

Vietnam joins cultural fair in Netherlands

The Vietnamese Embassy and students in the Netherlands have attended the International Community Fair 2011 themed, ‘Feel at Home in the Hague” hosted by The HagueOnline organisation.

Through many photos, handicrafts and books, the Vietnamese Embassy staff and students introduced international friends to the land and people of Vietnam as well as the country’s socio-economic development and its policies to overcome the adverse impacts of the global financial crisis.

At the fair, traditional dance performances staged by Vietnamese students received enthusiastic applause from the audience.

On the occasion, The HagueOnline, an organisation offering support to activities of overseas communities in the Hague, worked with the Vietnamese Embassy to publish 15,000 pamphlets themed, ‘The Fair Magazine 2011’, which devotes one page to promote Vietnam’s image.

With over 90 booths, the fair drew some 150 domestic and international cultural and sports organisations and about 3,000 visitors, mainly from the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, the Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht.

Apart from Vietnam, overseas communities from Thailand, Malaysia and Ireland also came here to introduce their special cultures, sports and cuisine.

Hanoi to spend $37 mln on museum displays

Hanoi City's government has agreed to invest VND 775 billion (US$37.2 million) in the content design of Hanoi Museum, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Sunday.

According to the report, the investment will be spent for the museum’s four floors and an outdoor exhibition area.

At the first floor’s hall, the museum will feature images of the legendary dragon which is considered a symbol of the capital’s 1000-year history and culture.

Whereas, the second floor will be home of Hanoi’s nature during pre-Thang Long period, and the third will display artifacts representing the capital’s history from the 11th to 20th century.

The highest place will depict Hanoi during French colonism period and the Vietnam war, as well as the pursuit and building of socialism until doi moi period.

The content design will be carried out by Story INC from New Zealand and invested by the capital’s Department of Construction.

The project is expected to finish by December 2014.

Hanoi plans huge entertainment park complex

Hanoi is planning on constructing an entertainment park complex estimated to cost VND2,600 billion (US$123 million) in the near future.

The planned Nhan Chinh Equable Lake Park will cover an area of approximately 132,400 square meters. The complex will include areas for entertainment, trade, services and gardens.

Hanoi authorities held a working session to discuss the project with the main investor, Vina Megastar on September 20.

Vietnam picking contestants for Malaysia TV show

Vietnamese multimedia company Latsata and cable channel VTC9 --Let’s Viet have launched a nationwide search for contestants to participate in a Malaysian TV game show next month.

Held by Hongkong-based Ice-TV, France’s Mistral Production, VTC9 – Let’s Viet, and other national broadcasters, The Biggest Game Show in the World will feature teams from Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, and Vietnam.

The nationwide selection of three teams comprised of 30 contestants to represent Vietnam will be held in Ho Chi Minh on September 26, Hanoi on September 29, and Da Nang on October 1.

Candidates need to demonstrate physical strength and have a minimum height of 170 centimeter for men and 160 centimeter for women.

Actors Binh Minh, Nhan Phuc Vinh and Hoang Map will lead the three teams at the show to be held in Kuala Lumpur from October 27 to November 4.

The event will be broadcast at 7pm30 every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday on VTC9 – Let’s Viet from November 7.

Originally produced by Mistral almost 50 years ago, The Biggest Game Show in the World sees contestants take part in outrageous games.

It has been acquired by broadcasters in many countries like China, Russia, Vietnam, Ukraine, France, and the UK.

Music stalwarts strike right notes amid scandals

Even as upstarts on the pop music scene seek a shortcut to fame through scandals rather than talent, many stalwart artists continue to come out with quality offerings.

Dam Vinh Hung begins the monthly “Mr Dam’s Show” at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House tomorrow.

Each show will have a particular theme, with the maiden one being “Vietnamese songs in the 1980s.”

He will also invite other famous singers of all ages to connect with both older audiences and young ones.

My Tam wowed fans earlier this month with a show where she not only sang brilliantly as usual but also showed off her new dancing skills.

Tung Duong is challenging himself by trying new styles instead of sticking to pop music.

The 28-year-old is exploring jazz, alternative rock, and electronic as well as a mix of contemporary and folk music like in his latest album “Li ti.”

Duc Tuan Tuan is working with a team of experts from the UK for his show “Paradise” in November.

The team includes conductor Paul Bateman, who will wield the baton for the 2012 Olympic Games concerts in London, stage and costume designer Christopher de Wilde, sound engineer Colin Boland, and choreographers Anthoula Papakadis, Ryan Jennis, and Jessica Knight Jennis.

Director Viet Tu’s “Music Space” is a monthly event in Hanoi in which each show features a pair of artists.

The opening show in April featured talented singer-songwriter Le Cat Trong Ly and singer Tung Duong.

They were followed by young singer Nguyen Thao and veteran Tuan Ngoc and Thanh Lam and Quoc Trung, drawing excited audiences and turning the show into one of the most anticipated on the Hanoi music scene.

Ethnic costumes to be showcased in Hanoi

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will host its first ever national ethnic costume show this November in Hanoi, Lao Dong Newspaper reported.

Chu Tuan Thanh, a senior official at the ministry said the event was aimed to keep track of the traditional costumes of the 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam and promote the preservation of these cultural heritages, some of which have been endangered by modern urbanization.

According to Tuan, ethnic groups with a population under 1,000 such as the Ma, Ruc, Cong, Pa Then and Sila minorities who live within others’ communities are most vulnerable to losing their own costumes.

Expected to draw 250 – 300 representatives from these ethnic groups, the event will include performances and competitions.

Contestants will be required to strut in their daily, wedding and festival dresses, donned with traditional accessories such as necklaces, bracelets and ear rings.

Tuan said the ministry planned to organize this event every two to three years.

Vietnam’s First National Ethnic Costume Show will be held from November 28 to 30 at the Cultural and Tourism Village of Vietnam’s Ethnic Minorities in Dong Mo, Hanoi.

Hanoi, HCMC to host wildlife exhibitions

Non-governmental organization Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) will host two exhibitions in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi this week to raise awareness about illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam.

The events will feature a number of interactive activities from video screening, quizzes and discussions on the country’s endangered species and life practices that have threatened them such as eating bush meat, wildlife farming and using animals to make traditional medicine.

The exhibition will also encourage attendees to join the 3,000-member National Wildlife Protection Volunteer Network which assist in efforts to monitor and report on wildlife crimes countrywide.

Supported by the US-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking Program, the exhibitions will be held from 5 to 8 pm at HCMC’s Gia Dinh Park on September 23 and Hanoi’s Hoa Binh Park on September 24.

Students seek world record with picture puzzle

1,500 students from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics will gather this Saturday to make a 660-square-meter mind-map puzzle to win a Guinness World Record.

The students will meet at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in District 11 to put together 551,232 puzzle pieces for the mind map, which will be shaped like a lotus. In 2010, China won a Guinness World Record for a 600 square-meter mind map.

Created and developed by Professor of Psychology Tony Buzan for over 30 years, a mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea.

The HCMC students plan to use the six petals of the lotus-shaped map to introduce Vietnamese country and people to the world.

Local diva named Malta’s culture aide

Vietnamese pop star Hong Nhung was appointed Honorary Aide for the Republic of Malta’s culture and tourism at a ceremony to inaugurate the Maltese Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City on the occasion of Malta’s 47th Independence Day Anniversary on Wednesday.

As Malta’s culture aide this year, Hong Nhung will be in charge of organizing cultural exchanges between Vietnam and Malta. She will also visit Malta at the end of this year to learn more about the country.

Malta, located 93 km south of Italy’s Sicily Island, is renowned for its historical monuments, including the UNESCO Heritage Site Megalithic Temples which house some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

Malta became an EU member in 2004 and has had diplomatic relations with Vietnam since 1974.


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