More than 150 photographic works by artists from Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City are being displayed at an artistic photography festival that kicked off in Hanoi in May 4.
The photographs, including winners of numerous national and international prizes, feature new perspectives on politics, economics, culture, society, security and defence in Vietnam during its process of international integration.
They also highlight the beauty of the cultures, people and landscapes in the country's Northern, Central and Southern regions.
Vice President of the Hanoi Artistic Photographers Association Nguyen Duc Chinh said the photographs on show were carefully selected and the quality of this year's festival is better than in previous years.
The exhibition will last until May 10.
Artist honors 300 renowned faces by photos
Well-known photographer Nguyen A on Wednesday displayed to the public his latest photo shoot featuring 300 local renowned people in a curiosity-provoking exhibition titled ‘Heart and Talent: Who are They?’
Each of the three hundred figures, who are believed by Nguyen A, and recognized by the whole society, as having a good heart and talent has on average ten photos portraying their life and work.
The photographer has been shooting them since 2009, right after his “That’s How They Live” exhibition.
So who are they? They are General Vo Nguyen Giap, writer To Hoai, researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau, composer Trinh Cong Son, mathematician Ngo Bao Chau, and professor Tran Van Khe, to name a few.
While the aforementioned figures have long been receiving love and respect from members of the public, their portraits are now again reflected lively through Nguyen A’s lens.
Yet his lens has not merely captured well-known people, but “those young people who are on the way,” as well.
These include 13-year-old student Ho Thi Hieu Hien, who won first prize of the 2010 UPU International letter-writing competition, or Tran Lap -- the leader of Buc Tuong (The Wall) rock band, amongst others.
The photos also portrayed those who have silently devoted to science such as Nguyen Ba My Nhi, a leading Vietnamese endoscopist, or Luong Dinh Chieu, the country’s top blood donor.
Spending more than three years traveling to and fro across the country for the photos, yet all what Nguyen An wants to say about this exhibition is just one simple word -- happy.
Some of the figures whose portraits captured by Nguyen A attended the open ceremony. Many stood for a while to watch their own faces.
The exhibition runs until May 10 at Youth Culture House on Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 3.
‘Eye of the Sky’ satellite exhibition targets environmental issues
A satellite photograph exhibition entitled ‘Eye of the Sky’ is being held in Hanoi with the aim of raising public awareness of environmental issues.
The exhibition gathers 30 high-resolution photos highlighting cooperation between the European Union and ASEAN countries in sustainable environmental planning, and rational exploitation of natural resources, said Tran Viet Thanh, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology.
These photos also introduce the ecological systems of some regions in Europe and Southeast Asia, including the Danube River, the land near the Mediterranean Sea, Ha Long Bay, the Mekong River, and jungles in Southeast Asia.
It focused on ecological problems faced by the earth and the role of international cooperation in handling them to improve the quality of people’s life.
The exhibition is open to visitors until May 20 at 24 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi and the Viet Duc (Vietnam-Germany) Information Centre inside the Polytechnic University near Thong Nhat Park.
Film depicts daily lives of ethnic group
An acclaimed French documentary was screened in Ha Noi for the first time last night, featuring the daily life of the Black Lo Lo ethnic group in Viet Nam's Cao Bang Province.
The film Rendez-vous in an Unknown Region with Black Lo Lo People features the famous French rugby player Frederic Michalak, who lives with the Black Lo Lo people and discovers that they are "unique people who are fantastic and sentimental". He also learns about their tradition of planting rice that has been passed on for centuries.
The film was shown on the France 2 channel in November last year and won praise from the public.
There are more than 4,000 Lo Lo people of both Black and White groups living in northeastern Viet Nam, about 30km away from the Chinese border. They are among the smallest ethnic groups in Viet Nam.
German musicians to quench the thirst for classical music
German musicians from Frankfurt promise to treat the capital to a feast of classical works by Notos Quartett will perform next week at Hanoi Opera House. - Photo coutersy of Notos Ensemble Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joaquin Turina and Johannes Brahms.
Notos Quartett comprises violinist Sindri Lederer, pianist Antonia Koster, violist Liisa Randalu and cellist Florian Streich.
The quartet will perform for two nights at the Ha Noi Opera House next week, May 9 and 10 starting at 8pm.
The concert was organised by the Goethe-Institut Ha Noi and the EU-Delegation, to celebrate Europe Days in Viet Nam.
In the first half of the programme, audiences will enjoy Mozart's G-moll KV 478 and Turina's A-Moll Op 67 for piano, violin, viola and cello.
The second half of the concert will continue with G-Moll Op 25 by Brahms.
Founded in 2007, the Notos ensemble have earned recognition on the international stage and won over audiences at festivals all over Europe. They received the Parkhouse Award in London and first prize at the Charles-Hennen-Concours in the Netherlands, both in 2011.
The Notos musicians studied in different cities - Berlin, Frankfurt, Aachen and London - which has an enriching effect on their music.
By conveying their own fascination with music to their listeners, the members of Notos Quartett make their concerts especially enjoyable musical experiences.
Free tickets for the ensemble concerts are available starting today at the Goethe-Institut Ha Noi, at 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. Telephone: 37342251/52/53 (ext 9).
‘From Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City: Same-Same’ exhibition to open
An exhibition of visual artworks titled ‘From Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City: Same-Same’ will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University on 5 Phan Dang Luu Street in Binh Thanh District from May 11-20.
The Australian Consulate-General and the City of Melbourne will officially open the exhibition.
Emerging artists from Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City will present a broad range of artworks illustrating various approaches to the visual arts.
While each artist expresses an individual language to tackle different issues and aspirations, the use of similar concepts and aesthetic methods by artists from both cities highlights visual art’s ability to transcend cultural and geographic boundaries.
Australian Consul-General, John McAnulty said: “Targeting youth and the artistic community, this exhibition builds on the already strong people-to-people link between Australia and Vietnam and promotes a shared understanding of each other’s culture.”
The HCMC Young Artists’ Grant Programme is an initiative of the City of Melbourne in cooperation with the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City. The project is aimed at supporting young emerging visual artists living and working in Ho Chi Minh City.
Since 2005, the grant has awarded 31 artists.