Top model runner-up to compete in Elite contest

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Runner-up of Viet Nam's Next Top Model 2010 Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan will compete in the Elite Model Look contest 2011 in Shanghai, the culture ministry's Performing Arts Department said.

HA NOI — Runner-up of Viet Nam's Next Top Model 2010 Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan will compete in the Elite Model Look contest 2011 in Shanghai, the culture ministry's Performing Arts Department said.

The Elite Model Look, the world's most prestigious international modelling contest, will take place from tomorrow to December 6, attracting 64 contestants.

Lan, 21, was the winner of the Asian Model Search 2011 held in Singapore in April.

According to the contest organiser, super model Cindy Crawford will be part of the jury at the final of the Elite Model Look 2011 that discovered Crawford among other notable models.

HA NOI — Five French specialists were granted awards for services rendered to Viet Nam by the Institute of Social Sciences on Tuesday.

Working as special volunteers and advisors in cultural preservation and museum work, Christine Hermet, Patrick Hoarau, Veronique Dollfus, Nicole Maillard and Francoise Dalex have helped strengthen co-operation between the two countries.

Institute of Social Sciences Director Vo Khanh Vinh praised the French researchers' work in the country.

"They have been enthusiastic and responsible in exchanging experiences and knowledge with local staff, helping museums become popular destinations for cultural activists and the public," he said.

Dalex, from the Quai Branly Museum, has been working with the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology since 2008, helping it digitalise documents and develop a photo database.

Having lived in Ha Noi for a long time, Maillard has helped improve the French skills of staff at the Museum of Ethnology and the Museum of Women as well as at the Dac Lac Museum in the Central Highlands. He has also released several French publications.

As a professional designer, Hoarau, alongside museum architect Dollfus and specialist Hermet from the Asia Office at the Quai Branly Museum, have all devoted considerable efforts to upgrading Vietnamese museums.

HCM CITY — An exhibition displaying a collection of ancient artefacts of southern Viet Nam has opened at the HCM City Museum.

The exhibition features hundreds of wood paintings, decorative objects and prayer objects in bronze, silver, stone and baked clay.

Many photos featuring sculpture and architectural works are also on display.

The exhibition, held to mark the seventh Viet Nam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23) will last until March 23, 2012.

Also to mark Heritage Day, the Southern Viet Nam Women Museum is displaying a collection of Vietnamese traditional dresses.

Admission to the museums is free until November 30.

More than 200 documents written in Chinese and nom (Vietnamese characters transcribed from Chinese ones) scripts are on display for the first time at the city's General Library.

One of these documents, which is considered a national treasure, features activities of kings and queens of the Nguyen dynasty, Viet Nam's last royalty.

The exhibition at the library at 69 Ly Tu Trong Street in District 1 will last until Sunday. — VNS

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