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Australian art group to perform circus in city

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm

The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City announced June 8 it organises a circus performance here on June 15, featuring renowned Australian fire performance art group, the Carnival of the Divine Imagination.

Australian circus performers will join together with Vietnamese performers, according to the Australian Consulate General. This show will take place at 7.00pm at the September 23 Park Circus Centre, District 1.

The Carnival of the Divine Imagination preform at the Hue Festival 2010 in Hue City last week. (Photo: Le Toan)

Tickets for the event are available at the venue.

Performances combine circus, fire performance and body movement reflected in UV light.During this event the group will introduce their newest work titled “Elixia”. The performance is a fable that tells the tale of two companions’ depravation, separation, escape and reunion.

Australian Consul General Graeme Swift said in the statement, “We are proud to bring the artists to Ho Chi Minh and introduce Australian’s creativity to the local people.”

“The performance will feature a large Australian presence, furthering strengthening people-to-people links between Australia and Vietnam and enhancing an understanding of Australian contemporary art,” he added.

The Carnival of the Divine Imagination will also participate in workshops with the Ho Chi Minh City Circus Group.

Last week the troupe performed at the Hue Festival 2010 in central Vietnam.

The Carnival of the Divine Imagination has been captivating audiences around the world, with their striking and energetic displays of fire and luminescence.

Source: SGGP

Additional website opens for Hue festival 2010

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Apart from the official website, another site about Hue Festival 2010 has opened to provide visitors with all the information they need about the weeklong party.

The site,, about Hue Festival 2010 has just been launched on June 7.

The site,, commenced running on June 7.

According to the site’s administrators of the Hue University of Science, the webpage provides the locations, dates and times of more than 70 performances and 100 cultural activities associated with the festival, while also directing visitors to ticket offices, hotels, ATMs and more.

Visitors can also access the website for information about popular tourist attractions in Hue.

Source: SGGP

Argentina bestows artistic gift on Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm

A lively and colorful mural depicting the cultural treasures of Argentina has been unveiled in Hanoi to welcome the capital city’s 1,000th anniversary celebrations.

Artists Maria Teresa Bobbio, Christina Diaz and Sonja Vitulic worked with Vietnamese artists for three weeks to complete the 25-meter ceramic mural.

Located along the embankment under the Long Bien Bridge Pier, the 65 ceramic tiles illustrate idyllic Argentinean landscapes as well as the country’s famous Tango dancers.

The ceramic tiles used in the mural came from Bat Trang, Vietnam’s most famous handicraft village where some of Vietnam’s most talented artisans ply their trade.

While the mural was under construction in Vietnam, Vietnamese artists also traveled to Rawson, the capital city of the southern province of Chubut, Argentina, where they made a mural for the city as a gift in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Argentina’s May Revolution (May 25, 1810).

The picture, titled “New Era” and located at the Rawson capital city center in the city’s administrative district, has historical and cultural themes, featuring images of Vietnam and Argentina including Vietnam’s peach blossoms and Khue Van Cac (Pavilion of Literature), Ceibo flowers of Argentina, the Rawson City Church and a battleship.

Three Argentinean artists and one Vietnamese work together on the ceramic mural in Hanoi (Photo:Mai An)

Source: SGGP

Japanese artists give their impression of brave new world

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm

The Japan Foundation’s exhibition featuring 42 artworks by 11 Japanese contemporary artists from June 12 to 21 at HCMC District 1’s Labor Culture Palace portrays the drastic changes in world economics and politics over the past 20 years. 

“Japanese little kitchen” will appear at the exhibition from June 12-21 (Photo: Consulate General of Japan)

The exhibition, entitled “Passage to future,” features the work of Japanese artists such as Atsushi Fukui, Satoshi Hirose, Maywa Denki and Tomoyasu Murata and aims to introduce many new ideas and artistic creations born in Japan to Vietnamese art lovers.

The exhibits come from variety of fields, including painting, sculpture, arrangement, photography and video.

The collaborating artists all met during the 1990’s and were inspired to document their impressions from that era in which many drastic changes took place and influenced the way people viewed the world. The world changed and contemporary art morphed along with it, as did the artists themselves.
The exhibition has been organized by the Japan Foundation and will be co-hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City and HCMC Labor Culture Palace.

The exhibition opens from 9 am to 6pm daily, from June 12 to 21 (free entrance).

Source: SGGP

Luxury cruise ship comes back to city

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

After taking a one-year hiatus, the five-star cruise ship SuperStar Virgo returned to Vietnam on June 8.

Swimming pool on the SuperStar Virgo cruise ship

The cruise ship, transporting more than 3,000 visitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and other homelands, landed Ho Chi Minh City’s Lotus Port, scheduled to stay for one day.

The travelers visited the city’s destinations, taking traditional Vietnamese food.

The cruise ship will be back to Vietnam June 22.

Saigontourist, the leading travel company in the country, has received more than 37,000 visitors in the first six months of the year.

Source: SGGP

Five-star cruiser liner calls at Ho Chi Minh City

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Five-star cruiser liner calls at Ho Chi Minh City

QĐND – Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:25 (GMT+7)

Saigontourist Travel Service Company on June 8th welcomed the five-star cruise liner SuperStar Virgo with 3,188 passengers and crew member on board, mostly from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia at Navi Oil Port in Ho Chi Minh City.

It is the first visit of a five-star ship to Vietnam since early this year. As scheduled, the foreign visitors were guided to famous landscapes and historical sites in Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi, and treated with some entertainment activities.

Particularly, the delegation joined a course on traditional Vietnamese cuisine and went shopping at Ben Thanh Market.

The cruiser liner left the city in the afternoon and will return to Vietnam on June 22nd.

Source: HNM – Photo: tinmoi

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Luxury hotel room prices see a sharp fall

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Luxury hotel room prices see a sharp fall

QĐND – Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:26 (GMT+7)

Average prices of high-class hotel rooms in Vietnam fell by 31.9 per cent in 2009, according to figures released on June 8th by Grant Thornton Vietnam.

The firm believes that the global economic crisis had a long term and considerable impact on tourism and hotel sectors in Vietnam and across the world.

Especially, five-star hotels were hit hard as tourists tended to cut down their spending during their tours and rich people seemed to travel less.

However, the survey shows that proceeds from other tourist services like restaurants, spa, banquets and conferences rose 8.2 per cent. As a result, hotels still maintained their incomes in 2009.

Figures also points out that, while the number of international visitors to Vietnam fell, the number of domestic tourists sharply increased.  

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Lao Airlines to open new route to HCM City

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Lao Airlines to open new route to HCM City

QĐND – Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:27 (GMT+7)

Lao Airlines plans to open a new air-route from Pakse International Airport in the southern province of Champassack to HCMC this October, said Lao Airlines’ marketing manager.

The new route will meet the growing development of Vietnam-Lao trade relations.

The Pakse International Airport currently has a 1,700 metre-runway, which is able to receive the 72-seat-ATR turboprop and the 60-seat-MA turboprop. Apart from its domestic routes, Laos Airlines also operates flights from Pakse to Bangkok.

After being upgraded in September 2010, the airport will have a new 2,400 metre long-runway, large enough to take Boeing 737’s and Airbus 320’s.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

CapitaLand increases investment in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

CapitaLand increases investment in Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:25 (GMT+7)

“CapitaLand considers Vietnam as its fourth strategic market after China, Singapore and Australia and decides to invest an additional US$299 million to expand trade in Vietnam”, said Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of the Singaporean Group in Vietnam on June 7th.

The same day, CapitaLand also announced its plan to boost cooperation and capacity building in Vietnam and signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with the Academy of Management of Construction and Cities under the Ministry of Construction to hold meetings, forums and training courses.

The Group has also planned to support the construction of the first CapitaLand Hope School in Vietnam later this year through the CapitaLand Hope Foundation and finance Nang Yen Primary School in Phu Tho Province to build new classrooms.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

US$ 4.5 billion to build economic zone in Tra Vinh

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

US$ 4.5 billion to build economic zone in Tra Vinh

QĐND – Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:25 (GMT+7)

The Tra Vinh People’s Committee officially agreed on a project invested in by Le Hai Construction and Trade Ltd. to build Dinh Anh Economic Zone and a refinery in the province.

The project to build the economic zone, which was earlier approved by the Prime Minister, covers and area of 30,020 ha in the two districts of Tra Cu and Duyen Hai and costs some US$ 4.5 billion.

The economic zone is organised into two main sections: duty payable and duty free.

The first stage of the project will focus on the construction of a deep-water port and related sub-projects, Tra Cu tourist resort, residential areas, a power center, infrastructure in the duty free section and industrial section.

Under the approved plan, the economic zone will become one of key cultural and economic hubs in Mekong Delta and the two key subprojects are the deep-water port and the refinery.

Source: TPO

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND