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Ancient martial arts school under renovation

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:09 am

Ancient martial arts school under renovation

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

A 1-billion VND (50,000 USD) renovation project on the Xien Vo Temple in the ancient capital of Hue has been launched by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre.

The project, which deals with the temple’s main compartment and two wings, is expected to be completed by October.

The building, also called Vo Ban Temple, was used as a martial arts teaching facility for children of high-ranking mandarins under King Minh Mang (1820-40).

Recognised as a provincial historical and architectural vestige in 2006, the temple presents features of a ruong house – a typical wooden house that once dominated the city.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Japanese martial arts performed in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

The Japanese Embassy in coordination with the Aikido Yukishudokan and Kendo Hanoi Clubs held a performance of Aikido and Kendo in Hanoi on December 4.

Speaking at the event, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yasuaki Tanizaki said that Aikido and Kendo are Japan ’s two traditional martial arts that represent the unique cultural identity of the people in the country of cherry blossoms.

He expressed his wish that the performance would help Vietnamese people, especially young people, understand more about the Japanese culture, and strengthen the friendship and mutual understanding between the two nations.

Aikido was formed in Japan and developed throughout the world in the middle of the 20 th century. Aikido practitioners do not use attacking movements but take advantage of their rivals’ strength to master them.

Formed 1,200 years ago, Kendo uses bamboo-made sticks to attack the rival with the aim of strengthening physical and spiritual health as well as improving concentration on study and work.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese contemporary fine arts to be introduced in the UK

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Martial arts festival marks Hanoi’s millennium anniversary

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

The third International Festival of Traditional Vietnamese Martial Arts opened in the central province of Binh Dinh on August 1, marking the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi becoming the nation’s capital.

A martial arts performance at the opening ceremony of International Festival of Traditional Vietnamese Martial Arts on August 1. (Photo:SGGP)

The event attracted 820 Vietnamese and foreign martial artists and coaches, 30 teams from across the nation and 50 international groups.

The event was attended by National Assembly Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Kien and representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Binh Dinh Province People’s Committee and other provinces and cities.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of National Assembly Kien said that the event creates opportunities for artists to share their experiences and bring attention to Vietnamese martial arts, as well as help promote them beyond national borders and enhance the cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and other nations around the world.

The festival runs through August 4.

On the same day, an exhibition displaying traditional Vietnamese martial art weaponry and clothes opened at Quang Trung Museum, in Binh Dinh Province’s Tay Son District.

During the event, participants and tourists will have the opportunity to visit Binh Dinh’s popular martial arts schools, said organizers.

Binh Dinh is widely known for its great martial arts masters.

Source: SGGP

Stephen Hawking honored at NYC science, arts gala

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

Luminaries from the fields of physics, opera, poetry, theater, music and dance gathered to pay tribute to British physicist Stephen Hawking on Wednesday, with performances and speeches at a gala in his honor.

After outliving his predicted death from his degenerative disease by more than 40 years, Hawking told the audience filling Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall that he is thinking about what he will leave behind.

“As scientists, we step on the shoulders of science, building on the work that has come before us — aiming to inspire a new generation of young scientists to continue once we are gone,” Hawking told the crowd with the help of an electronic speech synthesizer. “I am proud to have played a small role in this great story.”

British physicist Stephen Hawking attends the 2010 World Science Festival opening night gala performance at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 in New York

The gala merging the arts and science was the kickoff event for this year’s World Science Festival, a five-day gathering meant to bring some of the universe’s most complex topics to the masses.

“It really seems strange to me, that with all that’s known about science, with all that’s known by science about the universe, so little of it reaches us in the general public,” actor and science buff Alan Alda said in his welcome speech, calling the resulting ignorance a “dangerous darkness.”

In introducing Hawking, friend and fellow physicist James B. Hartle told the audience that the public’s image of the nearly paralyzed Hawking as a lone figure trapped by physical limitations is false. Instead, he said, Hawking, who is best known for his work explaining the physics of black holes, has been surrounded by former students and built collaborative relationships with colleagues.

Above all, Hartle said, Hawking is able to see past mental clutter, discard assumptions and catch hold of undiscovered truths.

Even Hartle’s brief discussion of the nature of time before the Big Bang seemed to appeal to an audience with enough geek power that they applauded for a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” clip that featured Hawking and laughed with recognition as Broadway singers launched into a song about a calculus equation.

The evening also featured the premiere of “Icarus at the Edge of Time,” an orchestral work composed by Philip Glass and based on the children’s book by celebrity physicist and festival co-founder Brian Greene.

The cautionary tale about the dangers and wonders of reaching out for new knowledge follows a spacefaring teenager as he journeys to the edge of a black hole, only to find that thousands of years have passed when he returns.

The piece, illustrated by video artists and narrated live by actor John Lithgow, was adapted by Greene and famed playwright David Henry Hwang.

Other performances featured Broadway star Danny Burstein, who sang an upbeat tune about the nature of the galaxy, and his wife, Rebecca Luker, who sang a darkly comic piece about what New York City might look like underwater.

Source: SGGP

Fine arts and music program to raise money for AO child victims

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

A fine arts and music program for Agent Orange child victims featuring French and Vietnamese artists will take place at the Art House, 31A Van Mieu in Hanoi, on May 7.

                         Painter Tran Nhat Thang

Group of artists performing on the stage include French jazz guitarist Marc Behin and percussionist Veronique Carlier from Paris; Vietnamese French guitarist and singer Ho Hai Quang from the Reunion Island.

Marc Behin is the founder of the Jazz Bond Association, Paris, a non-governmental organization that provides musical training and workshops for children in France and Viet Nam. Veronique Carlier is a member of the Jazz Bond Association.

Ho Hai Quang is the president of Orange-Dioxine Association La Reunion, a non-governmental musical organization that helps Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange.

Vietnamese artists including abstract painter Tran Nhat Thang, sculptor Bui Thi Thanh Hang, oil painter Le Thi Minh Tam and body painter Phuong Vu Manh will also participate in the event.

As a special treatment, AO children victims also join in the art show.

All of the proceeds from the sales of the paintings will be donated to the Agent Orange Victims’ Fund, in order to give musical and artistic training courses to the children.

The show aims to calm the sufferings of AO children victims and mark the Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7.

Source: SGGP

Australian contemporary arts on show in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Australian contemporary arts on show in Hanoi

QĐND – Sunday, April 18, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

An exhibition of contemporary Australian arts by Jeremy Donovan and a group of aboriginal artists is being held at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi from April 17-May 12.  

This is part of the Australian Embassy’s programme entitled “Australian gifts for the 1000th Anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi”.



Visitors to the museum will be inspired by the dance called Didgeridoo performed by Donovan and a group of Australian aboriginals from the State of Queensland. 

Also on show are 26 paintings by 18 aboriginal artists from the far reaches of Balgo in the west of Australia whose livelihood comes mainly from hunting in the fierce weather conditions of the western desert.

The 26 acrylic paintings reflect the strong links between the Balgo aboriginals and their traditional customs.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND