By Mai An – Translated by Kim Khanh
|Visitors to the photo exhibition.|
A number of programs will be organised to celebrate the 86 th anniversary of Vietnam’s Revolutionary Press Day, June 21 st .
The Television Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City Television, on June 20 th , will host an art exchange, entitled “Pen-point and Heart”, in which invited guests, including journalist Nguyen Quy Hoa, General Director of Ho Chi Minh City Television, journalist Pham Hong Ky, Deputy Commander in Chief of the Labourers Newspaper and journalist Doan Mai Huong from Saigon Liberation Newspaper, will share their experience in their chosen career.
The exchange will also see musical performances by singers, namely People’s Artist Thu Hien, Eminent Artist Quynh Lien, My Tam, Quang Dung and Trang Nhung.
The event will be broadcast live on HTV9,
Meanwhile, from June 18 th to 21 st , Dam Sen Cultural Park will hold a drive of musical exchange with journalists who have received awards in the contest, “Singing of Journalists”.
Earlier, on June 17 th , photographer Hoang Minh Quoc introduced his book, “The Charm of Vietnam” and exhibited his photos to raise money for the “Fund for Agent Orange Pain” launched by Vietnam News Agency, in Ho Chi Minh City.
Another book, “Editing Eye”, translated by Tran Duc Tai, will be released on this occasion and an exchange between the translator, journalists Tran Trong Thuc, Le Xuan Trung and Dang Tam Chanh, with students will take place on June 22 nd at the University of Social Science and Humanity, Ho Chi Minh City.
Translated by Mai Huong
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Festival of Creativity & Design (VFCD) 2021 kicked off on June 14, offering a venue for sharing diverse creative experiences, promoting connection among those interested in and passionate about creativity and design.
The event, which lasts until July 18, is organised by RMIT University in Vietnam, in collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Vietnam National Institute of Culture & Arts Studies (VICAS) and COLAB Vietnam.
As part of the festival, VFCD Graphic Design Contest 2021 themed “Key visual & creative merchandise” hasbeen launched for the first time, running from June 14 to August 3.
The contest challenges young participants to define and express a strong presence for VFCD 2021 under the theme “Creative future: how the cultural and creative industries enhance the social and economic development of Vietnam and promote the smart development of Vietnam’s major cities”.
The contest is open to students, creative practitioners and those who express their interests in Vietnamese culture and creativity aged 18 to 30.
It allows participants to submit their designs as individuals or groups of maximum three members.
The assessment is based on five criteria including creativity, innovation, symbolic thinking, branding orientation and inspiration./.
Hanoi (VNA) – Three paintings of late Vietnamese painter Bui Xuan Phai will go under the hammer at the “Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art” session of Singaporean auctioneer Larasati on June 17.
They are oil on cardboard paintings entitled “Bien” (Sea), “Hai Dien Vien Cheo Cam Quat” (Two Cheo Actors With Fans), and “Pho Voi Nguoi Di Xe dap Va Xe Bo” (Street Scene With Cyclist And Bull-cart).
Their respective estimated values are up to 13,500 USD, 12,750 USD, and 11,250 USD.
One of Vietnam’s best-known artists, Phai (1920-88) was born and lived all his life in Hanoi. He was a graduate of Indochina Fine Arts College.
For most of his life he worked in his studio at 87 Thuoc Bac street. He left a huge art heritage, among which pictures of the ancient streets of Hanoi , are the most famous.
He also drew cheo (traditional opera) and countryside. Phai had only one solo exhibition in his lifetime./.
Vu Quang Lan, head of the Northern Geological Mapping Division under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, has devoted 32 years of his life to geology.
|Vu Quang Lan, head of the Northern Geological Mapping Division under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.|
“The life of a geologist is always associated with many dangerous field trips but also unforgettable memories,” Lan said.
He recalled when he and his colleagues had to take long field trips deeply into forests and high mountains to build geological maps and make mineral investigations in Cao Bang Province, living far from their families.
It was the winter of 2007 and Lan and his colleagues had to walk about 35km from the People’s Committee of Xuan Truong Commune to Lung Pu Village to build geological maps and make mineral investigations.
“It took us 10 hours to walk,” he added.
The village is located near the border. When the team was on the way, they had to carry out essential tools for the survey. They also had to carry rice, dried fish, pots and pans to make meals during the field trip and heavy blankets to keep warm when they slept overnight in the village.
“Due to the prolonged rain, the mountainous road was very difficult to walk on, so all of the team members had to keep their feet firmly on the slippery road,” he said.
However, when the team reached the village, the local residents did not allow the geologists to bring blankets into the village, he said.
“It is a traditional custom there. The custom does not allow people from other places to bring blankets into the village,” he said.
Therefore, the team faced a cold night without their blankets in the village, he said.
“We felt chilled to the bone and couldn’t sleep,” he said.
The following day, they asked the head of the village for help and borrowed blankets from local residents.
On other field trips, some colleagues of Lan suffered from malaria after being bitten by mosquitoes, others were bitten by snakes and the team even had to carry the snake-bitten person on a stretcher, crossing dozens of kilometres to medical facilities for treatment.
Such a field trip could take several weeks to several months, Lan said.
Whenever geologists returned to the office, it was time to work silently and meticulously with rock samples to make geological discoveries, he said.
Tran Van Thanh, a colleague of Lan, said he remembered the field trip to Mu Ca Commune, Muong Te District, Lai Chau Province in the summer of 2018 very well.
His team of 23 went to a primary school in the commune’s Phin Kho Village. The school’s management board had allowed the team to stay there to conduct geological investigations in surrounding areas.
On the first night of the field trip, it rained very hard and flash floods were forecast, he said.
Immediately, the team had to move to the inter-sectoral station in the commune, he added.
The next morning, the entire school collapsed and was buried in soil and rocks, he said.
The commune was isolated due to heavy rains and landslides for several days, causing difficulties for their work, he said.
Several days later, when the national highway was re-opened after being blocked due to landslides, the team returned to Hanoi, he said.
When the team were on the way to Hanoi, they got a message notifying them that the station they had stayed in a few days ago had been buried by a landslide, he said.
“It’s an unforgettable memory,” he said.
The efforts to overcome difficulties and the willingness to accept unexpected situations have brought great achievements for the geology sector, contributing to clarifying many regional geological issues and identifying many promising mineral areas for further evaluation.
Over the past decade, the mapping division has implemented many scientific and technological research projects, making important contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.
These contributions include the discoveries of lead and zinc in Ach Pass, Yen Bai Province; fine art stone in Suoi Giang Commune, Yen Bai Province; wolfram in Vi Xuyen Town, Ha Giang Province; gold in Hua Cuoi Village, Lai Chau Province; graphite in Chang Village, Lao Cai Province; as well as copper and gold in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province.
Lan and his colleagues have finished one national-level science and technology project, one basic research project, eight research projects at the ministerial and provincial level and published 75 articles in international scientific journals as well as four monographs on geology and minerals.
He is also the core member of one international co-operation project.
Lan was awarded the certificates of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry; the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Party Committee of the Central Agencies’ Bloc for his contribution to the geological sector.
This shared value partnership aims to close the digital gap and promote digital literacy opportunities for millions of children and adolescents in Vietnam, aligning with the government’s strategy for the next five years.
Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative in Vietnam, said that STEAM for Vietnam has mobilized some of the best minds to create a specific set of relevant, entertaining, open source, learning materials on areas where girls in particular have traditionally been left behind.
These relate to science, technology, engineering, arts and math and the learning approach used drives creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and much more. Improving science, technology, arts and math outcomes for girls and boys is a core focus of UNICEF’s Reimagine Education approach in Vietnam, and thus the partnership will seek to extend the reach of these stimulating resources to every child everywhere, especially girls, she said.
In joining hands to drive digital literacy and skills for children at every age, STEAM for Vietnam and UNICEF will partner on the broader Reimagine Education goals that include connectivity and a digital device for every child to learn and thrive, Flowers said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tran Viet Hung, CEO of STEAM for Vietnam Foundation, said, “We believe that a strong foundation of STEAM education will play a critical role in the success of the next generation of Vietnam in the global marketplace. STEAM for Vietnam would like to bring state-of-the-art STEAM education to children in Vietnam aged 6 to 18 through advanced technologies, innovative education models, and teacher expertise. We are honored and excited to begin our journey with UNICEF with the aim of providing every child with equal opportunities in accessing world-class STEAM education for free.”
This joint partnership program will contribute to nationally recognized online learning solutions and digital transformation of the education system in Vietnam.
STEAM for Vietnam Foundation was founded in May 2020, with a mission to bring world-class STEAM education to millions of young Vietnamese for free. In only twelve months, the foundation has been successfully developing the technology ecosystem, creating innovative educational content, and implementing novel education models to provide 20 thousand students across Vietnam with courses in computational thinking, computer science, and robotics and receiving great feedback from schools, families, and students.
The partnership aims to provide every child in Vietnam with an equal opportunity to access world-class STEAM education for free including a variety of programmes from fundamental courses to advanced courses. This summer, students can register for two courses – Introduction to Computational Thinking and Programming with Scratch and Introduction to Computer Science with Python for children from 8 to 16 years old. The classes will be on Sunday mornings from June 27 to August 15, 2021, and taught by software engineers who work in tech giants. Students interested in the courses can register at www.steamforvietnam.org.