One-hundred artists under 40 years old will participate in the biennial Youth Fine Arts Festival, which will open at the HCM City University of Fine Arts tomorrow.
HCM CITY —
The artists, all from HCM City, will display 129 works in various genres, including painting, sculpture, graphic and installations. The organising board will award prizes to the 11 best works in different categories.
The two-week festival is organised by the city's Fine Arts Association, in co-operation with Viet Nam Fine Arts Association. It will take place at 5 Phan Dang Luu Street in Binh Thanh District.
HA NOI — Viet Nam's hat xoan ancestral worship singing, with its origins in Phu Tho Province, will be considered for recognition as a cultural heritage tradition by UNESCO.
The decision will be taken during the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage from November 22-29 in Indonesia.
The UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Department's Director Cecelie Duvelle said that hat xoan stood an excellent chance of receiving due recognition as an intangible part of national heritage. She added that Viet Nam was a dynamic country, full of awareness in preserving and developing its historic identity.
The singing tradition is one of 23 activities in need of urgent preservation and protection awaiting UNESCO recognition.
QUANG NAM — Experts from the Archaeological Survey of India are conducting a preliminary study of in the central province of Quang Nam in the belief that the site was a centre of Hinduism in Southeast Asia region and in an urgent effort to rehabilitate crumbling temples and towers.
This is part of a US$3 million restoration project funded by the Indian government that will begin in earnest next year to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and India.
DA ØLAT – One of the main sites for the Da Lat Flower Festival will be Doi Cu (Cu Hill), where the Da Lat Golf Course is located.
Doi Cu will open to the public from December 31 until January 29. The festival takes place from December 31 to January 3.
"A flower space covering 2.7 ha on the hill will display 100 kinds of Da Lat flowers," a press release from the organiser, the Da Lat Flowers Association, said. Visitors must buy tickets to enter the area.
The festival will also include 21 programmes, including a huge flower market, international flower exhibitions at the city's Flower Garden, a flower parade on the streets of Da Lat, music shows and a food festival.
The city organised three flower festivals in 2005, 2007 and 2010, attracting many foreign and local visitors.
HCM CITY — Cultural journalists have picked the Top 10 Artists of the Year for the Zing Music Awards 2011.
Nominees include top singers such as Ho Ngoc Ha, Dam Vinh Hung, Phuong Thanh, Thu Minh and My Tam. Ha currently tops the list with 33 votes while Hung and Tam share second place with 31 votes each.
Based on votes, experts and musicians will reveal the Artist of the Year at an awards ceremony on January 8, 2012, at the Hoa Binh Theatre in HCM City. — VNS