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Top ten events in culture, sports and tourism in 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism officially announced ten outstanding cultural, sports and tourism activities in 2010 in Hanoi on Dec. 30. They are:

One of cultural, sports and tourism activities mark the grand celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi,

1. Cultural and fine arts activities mark major celebrations, including the 80th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the national commemoration of the Hung Kings and the Hung King Temple Festival, the 35th anniversary of the liberation of the south and national reunification, President Ho Chi Minh’s 120th birthday, the 65th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (Sept. 2) and the 80th anniversary of the Vietnam National United Front.

2. Cultural, sports and tourism activities mark the grand celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, including the biggest-ever parade held at Ba Dinh Square on October 10, the opening of the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese ethnic groups, an exhibition on Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and Thang Long-Hanoi, the “Thang Long-Hanoi craft villages and streets” festival, the sport competitions and the Vietnamese film days for 1,000 years of Thang Long-Hanoi.

3. Vietnam’s heritages have been recognised by UNESCO, including the Thang Long Imperial Citadel recognised as a world cultural heritage site, the Saint Giong Festival in Phu Dong and Soc Temples as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the 82 doctoral stone steles at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, recognised as a world documentary heritage.

4. Cultural activities were held to promote Vietnam’s land and people abroad, including the National Day at the 2010 Shanghai EXPO and the Vietnam Culture Week in Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Cambodia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, China and India.

5. International cultural and sport events were held for the first time in Vietnam, including the International Photo Exhibition, International Film Festival, International Piano Contest, Miss Earth and the Thang Long-Hanoi International Football Cup to celebrate the capital city’s millennium birthday.

6. Director and People’s Artist Dang Nhat Minh was honoured by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his contributions to the Vietnam’s cinematography.

7. Sports festivals at all levels and the seventh national sports festival were held.

8. The Vietnamese sport delegation bagged 33 medals including those at five Olympics sport events for the first time at the 16th Asian Games (ASIAD 16); and the Vietnamese disabled athletes secured 17 medals, placing 11th out of 42 delegations at the first Asian Para Games.

9. Vietnam’s tourism sector welcomed five millionth foreign visitor.

10. Tourism promotion campaign in 2010 “Vietnam-Your destination” contributed to attract foreign tourists to Vietnam and promoting domestic tourism. The campaign helped Vietnam welcome over five million foreign arrivals, 28 million local visitors and grossed an estimated revenue of 100 trillion VND.

Source: SGGP

Lam Dong Province promoting tea culture

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:23 am

The central highland province of Lam Dong is regarded as the center of the largest Tea material region in the country. Its weather conditions and soil quality are suitable for tea planting.

A tea farm in Bao Lam District, Lam Dong Province (Photo: SGGP)

Cau Dat, in Truong Tho Hamlet, Xuan Truong Commune, 30 kilometers from the city’s center of Da Lat, was where the French first brought fragrant tea trees in 1927 and officially established the Cau Dat Service of Tea. Cau Dat has been the cradle of the Lam Dong tea region for 80 years.

Then tea growing areas expanded to districts including Bao Loc, Bao Lam, Di Linh and Da Lat City.

The province has increased its tea area from 250 hectares to 300 hectares every year in the 2004-2010 period.

Currently, Lam Dong Province grows about 24,000 hectares of many tea varieties, with more than 30 local and foreign enterprises growing, purchasing and processing tea products.

So far, 20 businesses have been licensed VietGAP (Vietnamese Agriculture Practices) Certificate for their safe and high quality products.

Entrepreneurs have supported growers to apply high technologies in planting and processing tea. The cooperation will create a stable material source for companies, increase the income of farmers and develop the tea industry of the largest tea garden of Vietnam.

Related article:
Lam Dong to charm visitors with tea fest

Source: SGGP

“Thang Long- Hanoi Mark and the Youth with the Vietnam Culture Relics”

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm

New culture show to lure visitors to HCMC

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2010 at 8:14 pm

New culture show to lure visitors to HCMC

QĐND – Saturday, October 23, 2010, 23:12 (GMT+7)

Starting this December, locals and tourists will have a chance to experience a cultural show organized by the Xin Chao Art performance Co. Ltd, featuring cultural traits of Vietnam to attract tourists.

Entitled “Xin Chao” (Hello), the premier with 50 artists will kick off on December 3 and will continue every night at 6.30pm at the Ho Chi Minh City Circus Theater at September 23 Park in District 1. Sunday shows are meant for kids and family with discount fares.

There will be three parts featuring the tale of Lac Long Quan and his wife Au Co, who are believed to be the first ancestors of Vietnam, heroines Trung Sisters and the contemporary life in Vietnam.

“Xin Chao” is the same genre as Cirque du Soleil, a dramatic mix of circus arts and performances originated from Canada that has been widely spread to Japan and Macau.

The script is written by Laura Burke, an American producer and director who have been living, working and researching on Vietnamese culture and history over the last 8 years. She has also participated in different art activities such as her recent staging a traditional musical show called Ho Xuan Huong at HCMC’s Opera House.

For this new project, Laura expects to employ Binh Dinh martial art and Vietnamese traditional and cultural habits into the show to attract international audience.

This is also a chance for young artists in different fields like circus, martial arts, aerobat and dancing to show off their talents in a big stage for long term.

“There are many tourists coming to HCMC every year. However, they are only hanging around bar, cinema or restaurant because there is no entertainment place with Vietnamese culture,” said Augustus Greaves, representative of the show.

“Vietnam is a beautiful country with a rich culture. We need to exploit the cultural traits to attract tourists and they will spend more and have more reasons to stay in Vietnam.”

Source: Tuoitrenews/VNN


Source: QDND

Bringing folklore culture into schools in central Da Nang city

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 12:08 am

Bringing folklore culture into schools in central Da Nang city

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:14 (GMT+7)

The central city’s Da Nang education and training sector has had an initiative to bring folklore culture into schools in the city.

The sector promoted to collect and update folklore games on websites of schools. The model of “folklore culture day” was first held at Phan Chau Trinh high school.

In addition, schools also held folklore cultural activities during camps such as the youth with traditional culture, and festival towards to the capital’s millennium celebration.

Folklore songs were also taught at schools in Hoa Vang districts.

The city’s education and training sector also cooperated with agencies to make films about cultural and historical relics to provide to schools for screening for pupils.

Source: CPV

Source: QDND

Venezuelan Culture Week in Vietnam opened

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 12:07 am

Venezuelan Culture Week in Vietnam opened

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:15 (GMT+7)

The first Venezuelan Culture Week in Vietnam was officially opened at the Vietnam National Library yesterday by Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to mark Venezuela’s 200th Independence Day and the 21st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between two countries.

Over 30 photos taken by photographer Rafael Salvatore, featuring Venezuela’s landscape and people and a number of handicraft articles made by farmers are also on display at the ongoing exhibition at the National Library.

In addition, various activities such as traditional dance performances and talks on revolution and Venezuela’s 200th Independence Day will also be held within the framework of the cultural week.

On this occasion, Venezuela’s Ministry of Culture and Human Development also introduced a book titled “La Cita de la Historia” (Historical rendezvous) on Vietnam’s General Vo Nguyen Giap, by Monte Asvila, from Editorial Latino-americana Publishing House.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

A thousand years of Vietnamese culture to shine in Grand Celebration

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

An art party in honor of the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi will be not only for artists, but will also attract all sorts of people from districts throughout the capital.

One of the must-see places when you visit Hanoi is the Temple of Literature called Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam. It is a farmous historical and cultural site in the capital.

The Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Hanoi and the Vietnam Dancer’s Association have organized more than 30 dances over the past three years. They hope that these dances of simple movements will attract all of people to participate in street festivals during the event.

According to Dr. Luu Tran Tieu, President of the Vietnam Cultural Heritage Association, Giong Saint Festival has been submitted to UNESCO for recognition as a world cultural heritage site; Thang Long Imperial Citadel received the honor last week. 

Director of the city’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Pham Quang Long, said that the department is preparing art programs for the 10-day Great Celebration.

A live television show titled, Dem huyen ao Ho Guom (The fanciful night of Sword Lake), organized in Hanoi and nine other cities and provinces throughout the country, as well 16 foreign cities where many Vietnamese reside, will be broadcast on Vietnam TV on the evening of October 10.

At 6 AM on October 10, all bells and drums in pagodas, churches and schools will sound the beginning of the great day. There will be a solemn ceremony, a national parade and a cultural festival at My Dinh National Stadium that day.

The Grand Celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi will set a record for the greatest number of artists to join any single event in Vietnamese history.

To date, 30 foreign art troupes from Italy, France, the US, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, the UK, Korea, China, Rumania, Russia and more have registered to take part in various activities such as fine arts performances, food fairs, exhibitions, trade promotion activities and others.

Apart from local people, many foreign individuals and organizations have provided material and spiritual support for the Grand Celebration.

Related article:

Capital hurriedly prepares for its millennium anniversary

Source: SGGP

Silk paintings spotlight Vietnamese culture in France

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Nearly 40 Vietnamese silk paintings are on display at an exhibition that opened in the Vietnamese Cultural Centre in Paris , France on July 24.

A visitor contemplates a silk painting at the display. The exhibition, the fist of its kind in France , is being co-organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnamese Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition Department, the Vietnamese Embassy in France and the Vietnamese Cultural Centre in Paris .

As part of activities to celebrate the 1,000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, the exhibition featured daily activities of Vietnamese people, contributing to introducing the country’s traditional culture to international friends.

The event, which will run until August 30, has attracted great participation of both Vietnamese and French artists.

Source: SGGP

Hue to host Buddhist culture week this month

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Hue to host Buddhist culture week this month

QĐND – Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Week of Buddhist Culture 2010 will be held in the ancient capital of Hue from May 16-22 in the lead up to the millennial anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

During the week, that is also aimed at celebrating Buddha’s 2554 birthday, a range of events will take place, including an exhibition showcasing close to 100 antiques dating back to the pre-Thang Long period (Dai La), the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties, the Thua Thien-Hue Buddhist Sangha announced on May 3.

Scholars such as Cao Huy Thuan, Tran Dinh Son, Thai Kim Lai and Ho Tan Phan will deliver speeches related to the royal citadel of Thang Long and the country’s Buddhism.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

NA Chairman calls for traditional culture preservation

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:45 am

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong has ordered all ministries, agencies and authorities nationwide to work hard on improving the sense of responsibility towards preservation and promotion of cultural values, tangible and intangible alike, of the nation.

NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong talks with virtuosos of Bac Ninh’s Quan Ho in the festival 

Mr. Trong made the statement at the Bac Ninh Festival 2010 that opened at the Kinh Bac Cultural Centre of Bac Ninh city on the evening of April 17.

The highlights of the festival included a grand ceremony to receive UNESCO’s certificates recognising Bac Ninh’s Quan Ho (love duets) and Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) as intangible cultural heritage of humanity and a 15-minute fireworks display.

Katherine Muller Marin, Head of the UNESCO office in Hanoi , handed the certificates over to Nguyen Cong Ngo, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the People’s Council.

Addressing the ceremony, Chairman Trong highlighted that surviving through many hundreds years, Quan ho is a cultural activity showing the mind, intelligence and characters of Bac Ninh people.

With UNESCO’s recognition, he added, Quan Ho has become a common asset that needs to be preserved and developed in line with the international conventions.

Chairman Trong also took the occasion to present gifts to 44 Quan ho artists, who were just granted artisan title by the Bac Ninh provincial People’s Committee.

An incense offering ceremony at Den Do Temple, a trade and tourism exhibition displaying the province’s socio-economic achievements and tourism potential, a love duet singing contest, a water puppet show and other cultural events were also held as part of the festival

Source: SGGP