Building a repertoire

A scene in the Coppelia ballet - Photo: Hoang Son

Bradley Winterton Last week's Coppelia from the HBSO Ballet in Saigon's Opera House was another strong creation of the Norwegian choreographer Johanne Jakelln Constant, previously responsible for both The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Indeed, it appeared from the program that she also designed the scenery and costumes, and had a hand in the lighting as well. … [Read more...]

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Stage collapse injures 3 during live TV show in HCMC, cause unclear


Workers replace a broken glass panel in a television stage of the Vietnamese version of a Dutch reality show "The Voice of Children" in Ho Chi Minh City on August 10, 2014. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre … [Read more...]

Thousands flock to Nha Trang on National Day

(VOV) - Thousands of local and foreign visitors flocked to the coastal city of Nha Trang on August 31 to celebrate the National Day (September 2) holiday and partake in cultural and scenic tours of the Nha Trang Bay area. Nha Trang is expected to welcome some 37,000 visitors, including 10,000 foreign arrivals during the holiday, up 38% compared to last year, according to the central Khanh Hoa province's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.Some of the most favourite destinations in Nha … [Read more...]

Parade to set the scene for Mid-Autumn Festival

HA NOI (VNS) - A parade of 400 artists and children will light up the streets of the capital city on Saturday evening in celebration of the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival . The parade for the full-moon festival of the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which falls on September 7 this year, will begin at the Vietnamese Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre on 2 Hoa Lu Street and march through several neighbouring thoroughfares. A troupe of five circus jugglers performing on unicycles will lead the … [Read more...]

Hue renews efforts to boost tourism

Package deals: The promotion programme aims to lure tourists by offering three-day tour packages to several local destinations. - VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Viet

While Hue is offering discount tour packages in an attempt to lure visitors during the low season, more should be invested in the programme to ensure its success, Phuoc Buu reports. … [Read more...]

The Voice Kids Vietnam stage’s glass panel collapses during 2nd live show


Young contestants and audiences at the 2nd season of the Vietnamese version of Dutch singing reality show "The Voice Kids" were quite stunned as during its second live show in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday night, one of the glass panels gave way, disrupting the show. … [Read more...]

Local folk music festival concludes in Vietnam capital

A music festival introducing a well-known type of Vietnamese folk music closed in the capital city of Hanoi this week. The "Lien hoan ca tru toan quoc 2014" (National Northern Ceremonial Singing Festival 2014) fest took place at the Vietnamese Institute for Musicology at CC2 Me Tri Street, Tu Liem District from August 26 to August 29. The event welcomed some 300 artists from 26 northern ceremonial singing clubs and troupes of 12 provinces and cities, and was meant to raise public awareness … [Read more...]

A coastal village in southern Vietnam reinvents pottery–without the wheel

Artisan Dang Xem, 56, arranges sets of linga and yoni -- symbols of Lord Shiva in Hinduism at his gallery in Bau Truc Pottery Village, Ninh Thuan Province. Photo: Huu Dat

A Cham village creates a wide range of ceramic items without the aid of a potter's wheel. I climbed onto my motorbike on recent a sunny Sunday morning in downtown Phan Rang in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan in search of an ancient Cham tradition. … [Read more...]

International standard sports facility debuts in Nam Dinh province

Nhan Dan Online - A sports palace of international standard was put into operation in the northern province of Nam Dinh on August 30 following an inaugural ceremony held by the provincial People's Committee on the same day. The VND1 trillion (US$47 million) palace - a key sport and physical training facility in the south of the Red River Delta - comprises a multi-functional gymnasium and a domed swimming pool. It will be the venue for 13 sports of the 7th Vietnam National Games, slated for … [Read more...]