Viet Nam News An artist called Quang Thành grew up poor in the central province of Hà Tĩnh. He had to work after finishing school but always had a passion for art. Eventually he went on to study art. He made a name for himself painting pictures on rocks of many different shapes. by Minh Thu Đậu Quang Thành’s skill of painting on rocks has earned him the nickname, Thành The Rock. Once a poor student who used to sketch portraits for tourists to earn a living and afford his studies, 31-year-old Thành has today become a famous artist in Nha Trang, in the coastal province of Khánh Hòa. Thành was born to a poor family in the central province of Hà Tĩnh. After finishing high school, his parents could not afford for him to study further, and Thành had to work to make ends meet. He had a passion for painting since he was young. He interrupted his studies for two years and got admission into … [Read more...] about Artist makes a name for himself painting on rocks
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Viet Nam News By Thu Hằng Have you ever seen a garbage bag sitting (and stinking) in front of your house, even though you hung a sign saying, “Please do not leave trash here”? It doesn’t take much looking around to see the effects of indiscriminate litter in the countryside and in big cities. Piles of trash make the streets look bad and seriously affect the environment and human health. Unfortunately, littering occurs daily and is very difficult to control. Some claim the reason is that rubbish bins have not been arranged properly on the streets and in public spaces. Others simply follow others’ behaviour because they think their awareness alone won’t solve the problem. An image depicting the indiscriminate discharge of waste has been shared on social networks in recent days. It has attracted a great deal of concern, and many people have hailed it as one solution to the social evil of littering. The photograph shows a banner on the wall … [Read more...] about Do litterbugs deserve public naming and shaming?
Great: Cosy and homey atmosphere inside the restaurant, with professional and attentive staff. VNS Photo The Nomad Quynh Viet Nam News Newcomer Cugini has managed to make its mark quickly in a city already full of Italian restaurants. What are their secrets? The Nomad Quynh went to find out. In Italian, Cugini means “Cousins”, and if you are familiar with the Hà Nội food scene, this name might ring a bell. Yes, Cugini is a popular Western restaurant with a few branches already established in the city. Following this success, their owners have teamed up with Chef Nico Ceccomoro to open Cugini, with the intention of bringing a fresh take of Italian bistronomy—casual fine dining—to Hà Nội food lovers. Tucked away in a small quiet lane on Tô Ngọc Vân Street in the expat area of Tây Hồ, the restaurant was hard for us to find at first as the street numbers around here are not exactly organized. In the … [Read more...] about A taste of authentic Italian cuisine in Hà Nội
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Quang Sáng On the 100th birth anniversary of the painter Foujita of Japan, his works become the most sought after by art fans worldwide. Based on his adventures, art connoisseurs came to the conclusion that a few of them were left in Việt Nam. From the USA, France, Australia, Canada and so many other countries, they contacted Vietnamese galleries in Hà Nội and Sài Gòn, by phone, email and letter, trying to secure the paintings at any cost, especially the one portraying a cat. Every artist has a typical work bearing the stamp of his or her talent for posterity. For Foujita, it is none other than the oil-painting of a cat. I was lucky enough to witness one of those chases. From Sài Gòn a few men took express trains while others flew to Hà Nội. In the southern megacity a lot of art hunters searched high and low for Foujita’s works in many galleries along Đồng Khởi Avenue, or in a … [Read more...] about Painter Foujita’s Cat
Recognition: Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyễn Ngọc Thiện (right) hands over the certificate of National Special Relic for the Điện Hải Citadel in Đà Nẵng. — VNS Photo Lê Lâm Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG — The Điện Hải Citadel in the central city was officially recognised as a National Special Relic, under the Prime Minister’s decision signed last year, marking the 160th anniversary of the victory in fighting against French-Spanish coalition forces in 1858-60. It’s also the first national special relic recognised among 50 historical sites and 18 national historical monuments in the city. Coming back: A plan for the restoration of the Điện Hải Citadel. — VNS Photo Công Thành The Điện Hải citadel, which was listed as a national historical monument in 1988, was first constructed as a military … [Read more...] about Citadel named Nat’l Special Relic