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International seminar on “The art of Đờn ca tài tử”

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:13 am

On January 9 an international seminar on “The art of Đờn ca tài tử and sentimental performance” was held in HCM city by the HCMC People’s Committee, Music Institute.


“Đờn ca tài tử “is a fading genre of folk music which developed and spread mainly in the south of Vietnam during the last century.


120 delegates from Germany, France, Cyprus, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore and Japan attended the seminar held in Ho Chi Minh City from January 9-11.


Performing don ca tai tu in Sep 23 Park in HCM city

Since April 2010, under the guidance of Vice PM Nguyen Thien Nhan, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in cooperation with HCMC People’s Committee and the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of other southern cities and provinces has been conducting research to trace the origins and systemize the theory of this form of music to present to UNESCO for recognition as a world heritage art form. Signature songs of “Đờn ca tài tử “have been compiled to submit to UNESCO by March 2011, for recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.


The seminar is aimed to raise the awareness of the world community on Vietnam’s “đờn ca tài tử”, which has long been one of the most-searched genres of music by foreign travelers, especially by those visiting the Mekong Delta. The seminar also encourages domestic and international preservation and development of the traditional values of “đờn ca tài tử”.


“Đờn ca tài tử” is worthy of representation of the southern region of Vietnam, alongside  “ca trù” and “quan họ” of the north, Hue royal court music of the central region and the gong music of Tay Nguyen, which has already been recognized as a cultural heritage by UNESCO.


Tran Van Khe, professor and master of Vietnamese traditional music claims that this unique art of music subtly combines both folk and scholarly features and also brings out the creativity of players as the genre is not firmly bound to any fixed formula.


Vinh Bao, a master musician stated during a regular music gathering held two weeks ago at the private house of professor Khe, that this art certainly has its rules but these rules are flexible to permit players to express their emotions in different tones, melodies and rhythms. He also believed that even though “đờn ca tài tử” was only 200 years old it should not be an obstruction in its effort to seek recognition as a heritage form.


Nguyen Vinh Bao, a master musician , who can play different don ca tai tu instruments

According to Prof Khe, UNESCO has expressed its interest in the reputation and status of “đờn ca tài tử” since 1960.   In 1963, UNESCO officially invited him and a local female singer Bach Hue to record a “đờn ca tài tử” clip entitled “Vietnam Traditions of the South” comprising of 11 tracks, which were later produced as part of a UNESCO Collection. In 1972 another “đờn ca tài tử” clip played by Professor Tran Van Khe and musician Vinh Bao playing different musical instruments was produced and publicized. In 1994, Ocora Radio France coordinated with the two masters and Hai Phuong, a female artist playing 16-chord zither, to produce two albums which became best-sellers in France during that year.


“Don ca tai tu” has won international acclaim and admiration, especially amongst connoisseurs of traditional music forms. South Korean expert Sheen Dae-Cheol is one such admirer who praises the charm and special characteristics of the genre. He is one of the dozens of experts who will participate in an international conference on “don ca tai tu”. Due to the influx of western and foreign music, Vietnamese traditional music genre of “don ca tai tu” has survived and not lost its unique musical flavor or aesthetics.


Hence it can aptly be concluded that “don ca tai tu” is a very valuable traditional music form which needs to be preserved and enjoyed for posterity. “Don ca tai tu” certainly merits its place on the world stage, notwithstanding being designated as a masterpiece of Oral and Intangible cultural and musical Heritage for all humanity.




Source: SGGP

International seminar on amateur music to be held in city

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

An international seminar on don ca tai tu (southern amateur music) and its impromptu harmony will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 9-11, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

A performance of don ca tai tu (Photo:KK)

The event is part of the project on southern music submitted to UNESCO for recognition as an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.

Local traditional music researchers, administrators, musicians, don ca tai tu artisans, together with music experts from France, Germany, Cyprus, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Singapore will join the seminar.

The Ministry, the Vietnam Music Institute and Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, have jointly organized the event.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam warmly greets the fifth million international visitor

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:18 am

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) on December 24 held a ceremony to welcome the fifth million foreign visitor to Vietnam in 2010, at Noi Bai International Airport.

Zhou Ying, a Chinese auditor, is the fifth million foreign visitor to Vietnam on December 24. (Photo:VOH)

Zhou Ying, a Chinese auditor, who flew into Vietnam on flight VN901, from Beijing to Ha Noi, was the lucky visitor. The VNAT also offered a tour for two people from Hue to Hoi An, to the fifth million foreign visitor – Zhou Ying.

Nguyen Van Tuan, the general director of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) said five million is the highest number they have had in 20 years. It also proven that Vietnam has become one of the top destinations in the ASEAN region. This is because of its image as a safe and friendly destination.

The tourism industry sector also offered gifts and campaign medal to the 4,999,999th foreign visitor – a Chinese visitor and the 5,000,001 – also a Chinese visitor. All the lucky visitors flew into Vietnam on flight VN901, from Beijing to Hanoi.

The number of foreign arrivals to Vietnam is 35 per cent higher than compared with last year. Domestic tourists have also risen – by 13 per cent to 28 million. Chinese people were highest number of travellers to Vietnam, followed by South Korea, Japan, the US, Taiwan and Australia.

By 2015, the tourism industry plans to earn $8.9 billion from 12 million foreign visitors and host 28 million domestic travellers, according to a draft on tourism development. A survey has shown that Vietnam is emerging as one of the top destinations because of its distinctive culture, beautiful natural scenery and affordable attractions.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam reviews international human rights treaties

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:22 am

Vietnam reviews international human rights treaties

QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has successfully defended its national report on the implementation of human rights under the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Councils, which has earned international plaudits.

A seminar on International conventions on human rights and implementation mechanisms was held in Hanoi on December 22 by the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

Representatives and speakers from 40 media agencies, and organisations in charge of human rights in Vietnam attended the seminar.

The seminar was part of a technical cooperation programme concerning human rights between Vietnam and Austria which started in 2006.

In his opening speech, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son affirmed the Vietnamese Party, State and Government’s consistent policy, in which Vietnam attaches great importance to joining international human rights treaties to show its commitments and determination in ensuring and exercising human rights.

So far, Vietnam involved itself in the five key UN conventions on human rights, the International Labour Organization’s conventions and other bilateral agreements to promote and protect human rights.

Vietnam has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is carrying out necessary formalities for the approval of this convention in the near future.

Apart from enhancing cooperation in international treaties, Vietnam is taking into account its participation in other treaties. “The 2009-2010 period has seen Vietnam’s great efforts in international cooperation on human rights, particularly regional and international mechanisms,” Mr. Son said.

As Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights in 2010, Vietnam worked hand in hand with other ASEAN countries to put the commission into operation and fulfilled all tasks set for 2010 by mapping out a five-year plan and devising specific tasks for 2010-2011, which were approved by ASEAN foreign ministers.

Over the past four years, AusAID in Vietnam has organised seminars and training courses to raise Vietnamese agencies and organisations’ awareness of human rights issues and create a link between Vietnamese and Australian agencies in exercising human rights.

Australia has assisted Vietnam in issuing and revising some laws relating to the protection of human rights.

Australian Vice Ambassador to Vietnam Vanessa Wood praised the media’s role in imparting the contents of international treaties to all people while expressing the hope that through cooperation programmes, Vietnam and Australia could share human rights-related experiences.

During the two-day seminar, the participants focused their discussions on democracy, human rights in international relations, the Vietnamese State’s views and policies on human rights and religion, and issues on democracy and human rights in Vietnam’s relations with other countries, including the US, the EU and the Vatican.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

City to host international food festival

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

An international food festival featuring special dishes of more than 20 countries throughout the country will take place at the 23/9 (September 23) Park in Ho chi Minh City at the end of December, said the organizer,  Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of the city.

Visitors will have a chance to taste hundreds of dishes of over 20 countries worldwide in the international food festival. (Photo: KK)

Highlights of the event will include a cooking contest, giving visitors a chance to taste special dishes; a display of Vietnamese and world dishes; a new record of a giant banh xeo (Vietnamese rice pancake); music shows; folk games and more.

The opening ceremony will open with a parade and be broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television’s HTV9 channel on December 26.

The food festival will run until January 2.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam honored at international piano contest

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

Hoang Pham Tra Mi, student of the Vietnam National Academy for Music, won the first prize in the C category at the Singapore International Chopin Piano tournament, which ended on Dec. 5.

Hoang Pham Tra Mi and PhTa Quang Dong.

The 13-year-old student triumphed over 29 competitors to take the first prize for her performance of Ballades No 1 and Etudes No.5. She had previously received a golden medal at the Asian music festival in the Republic of Korea in July.

PhD Ta Quang Dong led the Vietnamese delegation including seven contestants, Professor Tran Thu Ha and piano teachers of the Vietnam National Academy for Music.

The competition attracted 145 candidates from 15 countries, such as China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and the host nation, Singapore.

The contest commemorating the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth was organized for the first time by the Chopin Society (Singapore) and the Nan yang Academy of Fine Arts. Contestants were required to perform Chopin’s works for a fixed period, depending on their age.

Source: SGGP

HCMC’s international food festival attracts 24 countries worldwide

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

Over 24 countries around the world will take part in an international food festival to be held in the end of the year, announced the City’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism on Tuesday.

The international food festival featuring hundreds of dishes of more than 20 countries will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from December 26 to January 2, 2011. (Photo: KK)The fifth “Taste of the world” festival 2010 will include 60 display booths, which will feature special dishes from around the world. In addition, it will offer a 10-50 percent discount at a certain time of the day (deemed the golden time) which is from 7pm to 9pm on December 31.

On this special night, celebrating the New Year’s Eve, a music performance will be held. 

The event also consists of a cooking contest, giving visitors a chance to taste special dishes from around the world; a display of Vietnamese; a new world record for a giant banh xeo (Vietnamese rice pancake); music shows; folk games and much more.

The opening ceremony will start with a parade and be broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television’s HTV9 channel.

Furthermore, a ceremony welcoming the third million visitors to come the city on December 12 will be held. The tourism sector expects to receive around 3.1 million international tourists this year.

In addition, the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism will cooperate with the Department of Trade and Industry to organize the “Special promotion month” program offering 5-10 percent discount for visitors from December 15 to January 15, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Meeting marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Meeting marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities

QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

A meeting to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (December 3) was held in Hanoi on November 27 by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

In response to this year’s theme “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and Beyond”, the MOLISA has worked with relevant organisations to hold many activities, such as issuing guidance for implementing the Law on Persons with Disabilities and organising a “Persons with Disabilities and Jobs” contest and seminar to share experiences in the labour market.

After the meeting, there was a fair to introduce products made by persons with disabilities and to announce the winners of the “persons with disabilities and jobs” contest as well as cultural and sporting activities for disabled people.

A job bazaar was also held to provide opportunities for disabled people to look for employment.

An exchange called “Disabilities and Development” will take place at the Hanoi Children’s Cultural Palace in the evening of November 27 to honour businesses that have helped persons with disabilities overcome difficulties in recent times.

On the occasion, the US based NGO, LDSC presented 15 wheelchairs to Vietnamese disabled people.

There are around 600 million persons with disabilities in the world, including 400 million people in 63 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. Vietnam has around 5.3 million persons with disabilities, accounting for 6.34 percent of its population.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam Airlines opens more international flights

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm

International beauties interested in Vietnamese Ao dai

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm