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Lao-Vietnamese-Thai cultural village built in Laos

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm

The ground-breaking ceremony for building a Lao-Vietnamese-Thai cultural village has been held in Laos ’ central province of Borikhamsay.

Eight border provinces of the three countries along Road 8B, namely Bolikhamsay and Khammouane provinces of Laos, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces of Vietnam and Noong Khai, Xacon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom provinces of Thailand, will build their traditional houses, clubs, parks and exhibitions halls in the 197ha village.

The village, which is being built under the agreement reached between the three countries in 2006, will depict the three countries’ housing architectures.

Source: SGGP

Youth House to host Australian cultural exchange night

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

The Ho Chi Minh City Youth Culture House will host an evening of Australian culture and entertainment on April 19 as part of its annual The gioi trong tam tay (The world within reach) program.

A man plays a didgeridoo (a traditional Australian wind pipe.) Performances on the instrument are one of several activities lined up for an Australian cultural exchange event on April 19 in HCMC.

During the event, titled “Australia – A cultural voyage,” visitors will be treated to a host of interesting and educational Australian activities including performances on the Didgeridoo (a traditional wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia); karaoke contests; quizzes; and hip-hop dance presentations.

The cultural exchange will also feature unique Australian food specialties for visitors to sample such as barbequed kangaroo, ostrich and sheep dishes.

In addition, guest Vietnamese speakers who have either studied or worked in Australia will discuss their experiences and give helpful information about studying and working in the country. 

The upcoming Australian cultural exchange event will be the third of the program, after two similar events were held in 2009.

Entrance is free and tickets can be obtained from the HCMC Youth Culture House from 9-11am on April 16 and 17.

“Australia – A cultural voyage,” will take place from 7-9:30pm on April 19. The event is organized by the city’s Youth Culture House and Australian Consulate-General with support from the Vietnam Graduates from Australia Club, Huu Nghi II Restaurant and Study Link International.

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Vietnamese group to visit Japan for cultural exchange

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 6:03 am

A delegation of 11 renowned Vietnamese writers, performers and artists will visit Japan on March 27 at the invitation of the Japan-Vietnam Culture Exchange Centre and the Japanese International Exchange Foundation.

Stage director and actor Thanh Loc (File photo)

The group includes writer Nguyen Ngoc Thuan, translator Cao Viet Dung, literary critic Tran Huyen Sam, stage director and actor Thanh Loc, musician Duc Tri, singer Khanh Linh, directors Huynh Vinh Son and Nguyen Quang Dung, poet Nguyen Vinh Tien, journalist Do Thu Ha and artist Nguyen Nhu Huy.

They will meet with Japanese experts to exchange ideas and experiences over 10 days in fields such as stage, cinematography, painting and music.

The program aims to mark the 2nd anniversary of the establishment of the Japan-Vietnam Culture Exchange Centre in Vietnam.

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More cultural performances coming to Hue Festival

In Vietnam Culture on January 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

This year’s Hue Festival, titled “Cultural Heritage During Integration and Development,” will see a host of new and innovative cultural performances in Hue City and districts in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from June 5-13.

A floating stage will be set up on Tinh Tam Lake in Hue City for performances of traditional and court music during Hue Festival 2010.

The festival’s organization board made the announcement at a press conference in Hanoi on January 21.

More than 40 art troupes from 31 countries including France, Argentina, the US, UK, Poland, Australia, India, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Senegal and more will take part in the nation’s largest cultural event.

Hue Festival 2010 will feature hundreds of tourism and cultural activities honoring Vietnamese and Hue ancient capital cultural values. The event will also bring together representatives of ancient capital cities and cities with world cultural heritage sites and traditions, said head of the festival’s organization board and Vice Chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue provincial People’s Committee Ngo Hoa.

The festival will offer diverse attractions including royal banquets in Dai noi (Hue Imperial Citadel), food fairs, court music performances, and time-honored royal folk games.

Activities such as the Nam Giao Offering Ritual, Royal Palace by Night, and Legend of the Huong River will also be revived with participation of many local artists and dancers.

To celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and Nguyen Phuc Lan Lord’s selection of Kim Long (a village 10km from Hue City) to be the capital city of the Southern Kingdom, a performance of the “Land Reclamation Itinerary” and the “Navy Maneuver Under the Dynasty of Nguyen Phuc Lan Lord” will be re-enacted onstage.

Hue City has a current total of around 6,000 hotel rooms. Local authorities will strictly control room-rental rates during the festival, said Mr. Nguyen Quoc Thanh, deputy director of the Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Hue Festival 2010 will kick off at Ngo Mon Square on June 5 and will wrap up at the Huong River on June 13.  

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France battles theft of cultural treasures

In World on January 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm

French police colonel Stephane Gauffeny started the year with a heavy caseload.

Louvre Museum that has lost a lot of treasures

His job: investigating the theft of art and treasures in France, one of the best-endowed and most stolen-from countries in the world, which was struck by two major crimes in the week after Christmas alone.

In the first, a picture by Edgar Degas worth 800,000 euros (1.14 billion dollars) was unscrewed from the walls of a museum in Marseille.

The colourful pastel of performing singers, titled “The Chorus”, was on loan from the Musee d’Orsay, Paris’s eminent museum of Impressionist art.

Three days later, police discovered the theft of some 30 paintings valued at around a million euros, including works by Picasso and Rousseau, from a private villa in the south.

Both cases crossed Gauffeny’s desk at the government’s cultural theft investigations squad, where he oversees national efforts to “identify stolen objects and beat the traffickers.”

“It’s an enormous job — a fascinating job,” the stocky gendarme told AFP, sipping milky coffee at a Paris cafe after a morning of meetings.

Local and foreign thieves have for years been targeting the collections in French museums, churches and private homes, exploiting a rich cultural heritage that draws millions of foreign visitors a year.

In last year’s highest profile case, thieves broke into a museum devoted to Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in central Paris and stole a book of his pencil drawings valued by the government at three million euros.

Gauffeny says thefts have declined by a factor of four in the past decade as thieves look for loot that is easier to sell and France has stiffened penalties for those convicted of stealing objects classed as cultural assets.

But this still left 2,000 thefts across the country in 2008, according to his figures.

“We concentrate our energy on the biggest thefts or the biggest criminal rings,” Gauffeny said, citing an ongoing investigation of auctioneers at the renowned Drouot auction house in Paris.

Two Drouot brokers were charged last month after police recovered more than 100 artworks, including a painting by the 19th-century artist Gustave Courbet, “Seascape Under Stormy Skies”, worth 900,000 euros.

Gauffeny said it was a huge case and “extremely rare”, possibly involving scores of insiders — a different class of crime from the armed robberies or opportunistic thefts that his unit has dealt with in the past.

“We have put all our investigative resources into it,” he said.

The cross-border police agency Interpol, based in Lyon, cites France and Italy as the two nations worst affected by the theft of precious artworks and antiques.

In August it launched an online catalogue of missing artefacts, which lists hundreds of paintings stolen in France as well as crucifixes, chalices and other treasures burgled from its churches over the decades.

“France has a relatively large national heritage,” says Aline Le Visage, the representative in France for the Art Loss Register, a private firm that logs and identifies stolen objects for victims, dealers and other clients.

This abundance makes it “a country of choice” for art thieves — and many great works are held not by museums but by private individuals, she said.

“There has been a slight fall in thefts over the past 10 years or so on a world level, but we have noticed a rise in thefts from private owners and also in galleries.”

Robbers have struck at museums in Paris and other cities, sometimes in broad daylight, Gauffeny says, recalling various sting operations and cross-border hand-offs of stolen artworks, many of which quickly vanish abroad.

Police say major artworks are usually trafficked abroad, sometimes within days of being stolen — most to neighbouring European countries, but sometimes as far as the United States and Japan, from where they are rarely recovered.

Demand follows the same general trends as the legal art market, and much art crime is carried out by insiders. “Most of the people fencing the items are art dealers,” Gauffeny said.

Objects of lesser value often stay in France, sometimes held in reserve by the traffickers who quietly leak them back onto the market years later.

In one operation in 2008 in Marseille, Gauffeney said, police infiltrated a ring of thieves and seized paintings by Monet and Sisley after posing as buyers who wanted to take the works to the United States.

In another, near Lyon, an investigation into antique-dealing circles led police to a vast haul of stolen goods in a storage space spanning hundreds of square metres.

Outside the big city museum cases, Gauffeny and other experts say most of the crimes hit softer targets: unsecured provincial venues, churches and homes.

Didier Rykner, a fine art specialist who monitors thefts on his online journal La Tribune de l’Art, said many works are at risk in run-down, unguarded museums on which authorities are unwilling to spend money.

“In my opinion the problem of theft is more serious in churches than in museums. There are major works in churches and they are less well guarded,” he said.

“Yet the more valuable a work is, the harder it is to sell, because everyone knows the object.”

Some of the biggest cases, such as last year’s stolen Picasso, nevertheless remain unsolved, leaving plenty of work for Gauffeny’s department and its huge database of stolen items.

“We are always particularly on the look-out for national treasures,” said Gauffeny, while for minor or privately-owned artefacts, “the rate of recovery is low.”

The fight to recover cultural relics is “a really fascinating job, full of emotion,” he added.

“When you return objects stolen from a church, the whole village comes out to see you.”


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Danish Embassy to celebrate cultural ties

In Vietnam Culture on October 1, 2009 at 10:00 am

A cultural program, “Dan Mach vui” (Joyful Denmark), which is targeted at Vietnamese youth to use innovative web and mobile technology, will be officially launched by the Danish Embassy on the occasion of a State visit to Vietnam by the Danish queen, it was announced September 30

The official website of the program (Photo: Courtesy of Danish Embassy)
Cultural exchange is a key factor of development, said the Danish Ambassador, Peter Lysholt Hansen, adding that the State visit will be a great occasion for young Vietnamese people to participate in Danish –Vietnamese cultural events and to explore the diversity of  art.
For the first time ever, the cultural events will be done through alternative modern forms of communication to attract Vietnamese youth.
The Denmark embassy has teamed up with FPT Visky to provide the newest and most innovative technologies available. The program will include social networks using web and mobile technology.
The program, found on, will provide details about the upcoming State visit, facts about Denmark, Denmark–Vietnam relations and all the cultural events open to the public.
There will also be a competition where visitors can win tickets to rock concerts in Hanoi, Hue and HCMC to watch Danish band “The Blue Van,” with shows also featuring Vietnamese bands “Pentatonic,” “Silent” and “UnlimiteD.”
The first ever joint State visit by Queen Margrethe II, her husband, and the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark to Vietnam in November provides a unique opportunity for Danish and Vietnamese culture to be brought together.
The Denmark embassy and The Danish Arts Agency, together with Vietnamese partners, have planned many of the cultural events.

Source: SGGP