VN’s festival in waiting list for intangible cultural heritage
Vietnamese classical pianist Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh performed in Washington on November 10 as a gift to celebrate the 1,000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.
The programme was jointly held by the Vietnamese Embassy, the Smithsonian Institute, 28 large museums and research institutes worldwide and the US National Zoo.
After her Washington performance, the Vietnamese pianist will perform in New York with violinist Tang Thanh Nam on November 19.
Born in Hanoi in 1976, Thuy Quynh, who is currently a faculty member of Hunter College, began studying piano at the age of four and entered the Hanoi Conservatory of Music at the age of six. She made her recital debut when she was nine years old. At age thirteen, she studied piano performance at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow as a scholarship student.
As a classical pianist, she was selected as one of the “Nineteen young stars of tomorrow” by Musical America and won various domestic and international piano competitions, such as the Artist International Presentation Competition and the Bellflower Orchestra Competition.
In 2007, Thuy Quynh made a charity performance in Vietnam to raise funds for disabled children.
Pageant for Vietnamese HIV Beauties
A contest entitled “Beauty Plus” will be held on November 14 at the Vietnam Youth Theater, Hanoi, to honor the beauty, talent and spirit of women living with HIV.
The event is financed and organised by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and in collaboration with the Centre for Supporting Community Development Initiatives, Vietnam Television’s youth-focused channel VTV6, and the Bright Futures Network (BFN).
15 finalists will participate in the final round which will be broadcast live on channel VTV6. First, second, third and other prizes will be given to the best contestants.
Jury members include fashion designer Xuan Thu, TV journalist Ta Bich Loan, artist Le Khanh, and Miss Vietnam 2006, Mai Phuong Thuy. The US ambassador to Vietnam, Michael W. Michalak, will crown the Beauty Plus winner at the finale.
Books help Vietnam, Italy come closer
The publications of two Italian books in the Vietnamese language has helped Italian and Vietnamese people get closer to each other and gain a complete image of Italy, through much information and many lifestyles, said Italian Ambassador Andrea Perugini.
The Italian Ambassador made the remark at a ceremony to present the newly published books in Hanoi on Nov. 12.
“Italy Guidebook” published by the Gioi publishing house and “Head of the Italians”, by the Nha Nam publishing house were practical evidence of the agreement of cooperation in tourism, which was signed during State President Nguyen Minh Triet’s visit to Italy in December 2009.
“Italy Guidebook’ not only aims to show to the Vietnamese public the travel destinations that have made Italy one of the most visited countries in the world, but it also recommends special itineraries linked to fashion and shopping, sport, food and wines, in order to give Vietnamese people a better insight into the lifestyle of Italians and products labelled “Made in Italy”.
“Head of the Italians” introduces Vietnamese people to the Italian country and its homes, squares, shops, churches, stadiums and beaches. Ten days and thirty places give an overview of the culture and values of the Italian people.
The Ambassador said that in order to promote the image of the Vietnamese people and land in Italy, the Italian Embassy in Vietnam issued the book “Vietnam, the third millennium” in the Italian language in Rome in October.
With great contributions to boosting friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Italy during his term of office, Ambassador Andrea Perugini was presented with Vietnam ’s Friendship Order on Nov. 10.
Austria to host Vienna charity ball in Hanoi
A Vienna charity ball will be held in Hanoi on November 11, the Austrian embassy in Vietnam announced at a press briefing on November 10.
The gala is to celebrate the friendship between Austria and Vietnam and strengthen the cultural exchange between the two countries, said the Austrian Ambassador to Vietnam Georg Heindl.
It will include Polka and Polonasie dances performed by dancers from the ‘Olympic Dance Club’, and be attended by the famous Austrian designer of Vietnamese descent La Nhat Hong, who designed costumes for the Austrian sport delegation to Beijing Olympics 2008.
The ball will also be attended by Vietnamese singing stars such as Thanh Lam and Duc Tuan, and world renowned opera artist Marcela Cerno from Austria.
The organizers will auction off some artistic works; all proceeds will be donated to the Hanoi-based Huu Nghi village for disadvantaged children.
Int’l workshop on Hanoi takes place in France
A two-day workshop themed, “Thousand year history of Hanoi ” was held in the French capital of Paris from November 8-9.
Attending the workshop were scholars, scientists and Vietnam ’s history researchers from many universities in Asia, Europe and the United States .
Through scientific reports, images and historical documentary films on Hanoi, Vietnamese and foreign scientists have highlighted Hanoi’s specific characteristics through time as well as depicted Vietnam’s strength and efforts in fighting foreign invaders.
Professor of Paris University 7 Emmanuel Poisson, an expert in researching Vietnam ’s history from the 15 th – 17 th centuries, said this event was a good opportunity for scholars and scientists to acknowledge and precisely assess Hanoi ’s importance in developing socio-economic, cooperation relations in many areas of life.
In the framework of the workshop, a round-table conference with the theme, “French insights into Hanoi , from war city to peace city”.