Published: 24/03/2011 05:00



Exhibition on daily life in HCM City

An exhibition titled “Inside the City”, showing
everyday life in Ho Chi Minh City through photographs and videos, is now open at
the HCM City Exhibition House in Le Thanh Ton Street in District 1.

The exhibition is being held by
the HCM City British Council and shows 17 videos on HCM City at the turn of the
21st century as seen by three teams of writers and photographers.

Visitors at the exhibition. (Photo:SGGP)

The stories are grouped into six
topics of Coffee, Bach Dang Port, the Apartment, an Acting Career, Upstream and
He and She.

The exhibition will remain open
until March 24.

Ukraine folklore artists perform in Ha Noi

A group of artists from the Ukraine Grygorii Veryovka National
Academic Folk Chorus will perform in Ha Noi on March 24, on the occasion
of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s official visit.

Six soloists will sing folk songs praising the beauty of the
country and love of young people.

The invitation only show will kick off at 8pm at Au Co Art
Centre, No 8 Huynh Thuc Khang Street.

Rare Han-Nom documents exhibited

An exhibition featuring
thousands of original and digitised versions of Han Chinese - Nom documents
issued during the Le (1428-1788), Tay Son (1778-1802) and Nguyen (1802-1945)
dynasties has opened at the provincial library of Thua Thien Hue city.

A workshop on Han Chinese - Nom heritage
was also organised on Tuesday with the participation of researchers from HCM
City and Hue, as well as representatives from villages in the province, where
Han - Nom documents have been found. The workshop discussed the preservation,
exchange, digitalisation and development of the values of the documents.

Binh Dinh to host music festival

A music festival to celebrate the
achievements of composers and singers will take place on March 26 – 27 in Quy
Nhon in the central province of Binh Dinh.

The festival, organised by the Viet Nam
Musicians’ Association, will feature over 300 artists, performing works chosen
by the association.

A conference on the ethnic cultural aspects
of music will also take place on the sidelines.

Sculptors display abstract works

The Viet Art Centre in Ha Noi is
hosting a joint exhibition by sculptors Dao Chau Hai from Ha Noi, Van Ngoc from
the southern city of Vung Tau, and Phan Phuong Dong from HCM City, displaying
their abstract sculptures that use graphics and visual effects to make a new
impact on viewers.

The sculptors will hold a talk at the
exhibition on March 30, which runs through the end of the month at 42 Yet Kieu

HCM City TV station goes grey

HCM City Television (HTV) and
May Quynh Media Company have launched the first ever reality music show for
middle-aged and elderly people that will begin next month.

Huynh Van Nam, HTV general director, said
the station has organised many TV shows for young contestants in recent years
while older audiences have never had a chance to show off their talents.

Tieng Hat Mai Xanh (Evergreen Singing) is
aimed at people aged 35 and above,he added.

Contestants, divided into two groups of
between 35 and 50 and above 51, will perform folk, revolutionary, pre-war, and
romantic music.

Three best performers in each group will
enter the final to be held at the HTV Theatre in May.

Entries can be sent until March 31 to HTV,
9 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1.

Nation-wide children’s drawing contest launched

A drawing contest has been launched by the Department of Fine
Art, Photography and Exhibitions under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and
Tourism for 2011.

Mediums can include wax, water colours, acrylics, felt pens and
coloured pencils (not black). Each entry must be sized between 30×40cm and
38×55cm and each contestant is only allowed to enter a maximum of two.

Drawings should be sent to 38 Cao Ba Quat Street, Ba Dinh
District, Ha Noi by May 1.

Jazz gig lauds Trinh Cong Son

A jazz concert will be held on
April 2 in Ha Noi to celebrate the tenth anniversary of musician Trinh Cong Son.

The concert will be performed by a group of
amateur singers, and will feature 20 of Son’s most popular songs.

Lead singers Khoi Minh and Nguyet Ca along
with pianist Khang Nhi said they hoped the concert would be a chance for Son’s
fans to enjoying his love ballads with a jazz twist.

Khoi Minh is a reporter for Tien Phong
(Vanguard) newspaper. He released an album in 2009 featuring two songs by Son.
Nguyet Ca is an English teacher. She is the founder of Trinh’s Music Box, an
online music facility that has been running for nine years.

The two singers recently performed some of
Son’s songs at a show to raise funds for flood victims in the central provinces.

Trinh Cong Son (1939 – 2001) was a
Vietnamese composer, musician, painter and songwriter. He was widely considered
as one of the most salient figures of modern Vietnamese music.

Son wrote over 600 songs during the 1960s
and 1970s, and American singer Joan Baez dubbed him the Bob Dylan of Viet Nam
for his moving antiwar songs. His music remains very popular among both old and
young Vietnamese.


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