I like the warmness, the enthusiasm of Vietnamese people, and I decided to stay in this land,” said female Japanese painter Takeo Akiko, who recently had her first painting exhibition named “Vietnam – The Land I Love” in Hanoi from September 13-16. The exhibition showed the view of a Japanese woman who loves Vietnam to Japanese and the world. Twenty-nine paintings feature beautiful countryside landscapes and friendliness connected with nature in Bao Loc, Can Tho, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, as well as streets filled with vibrant daily life in Hanoi and HCMCity. Before being held in Hanoi, the exhibition was organised at the Green Space Gallery in HCMCity and it will be travelling to Japan. In 2006, she displayed 31 paintings about Vietnam, the homeland of her husband, in Japan and all of the paintings were sold after the exhibition. Takeo Akiko only uses water-colours in her works. Born in Yokohama, Japan, Takeo Akiko loved drawing and wanted to become a painter … [Read more...] about Japanese artist advertises Vietnam through paintings
A special opera written by Vietnamese bloggers is about to be produced, “Dream and Reality”. Blog Opera (/blogviet/blogopera/), sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Swedish Embassy in Vietnam, is a forum for Vietnamese youth, especially bloggers, to share their ideas, feelings and sentiments about the topic “Dream and Reality”. The programme also aims to encourage Vietnamese youth to approach opera through contributing their ideas and initiatives. Based on super-short stories (around 100 words) of bloggers on Blog Opera, a jury will select the best and unique ideas to develop them into an opera entitled “Dream and Reality”. The most special feature of this opera will be the combination of various forms of art, music, dance, visual art, movies but it will be arranged in a new style: pop singing. This contemporary opera will be arranged and performed by reputed cultural and art agencies of Vietnam and Sweden. … [Read more...] about Dream and Reality: opera & blogging converge
Young people in Vietnam are spending their free time playing online games, writing blogs, socialising and shopping – is it a problem that they seem to have no time for traditional arts? Le Thi Ngoc Mai, a final-year student of the HanoiForeignTradeUniversity, admits she has never gone to theatre to watch a drama or a cheo (traditional operetta). Meanwhile, she is a enthusiastic student in more modern entertainment activities at her university. In her free time, Mai surfs internet – a daily habit. Similarly, students say they have never been to theatres to watch traditional arts or don’t pay attention to folk arts, but if their school organises a rock show, they are willing to join. Quynh Le from the HanoiUniversity for Social Sciences and Humanity is a rare case. After joining the Lim Festival in Bac Ninh, she “fell in love” with Bac Ninh love duets and since then she has been keen to learn more about traditional arts. Money or lifestyle? Since … [Read more...] about Do Vietnam’s youth need or want traditional arts?
Two of Germany’s most important contemporary writers, Ingo Schulze and Juli Zeh arrived in the country to meet Vietnamese readers on the occasion of the program “Germany in Vietnam 2010”. Ingo Schulze and Juli Zeh, now in Vietnam, will travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and each will deal in their own unique literary way with the experiences they will gather. While Ingo Schulze plans to approach Vietnam more in the manner of an essayist, Juli Zeh will report her daily travel experiences in a blog on the Goethe Institute’s website Ingo Schulze will read from his novel Adam und Evelyn, a love story set before the background of the summer of 1989, which has been translated into Vietnamese to coincide with his visit in literary evening at the Goethe Institute in Ho Chi Minh City on October 15. Juli Zeh will present her on October 21. Similar evenings were held at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi on October 2. Ingo Schulze was born in 1962 in Dresden, studied … [Read more...] about German writers visit Vietnam
(Cinet) - On the full-moon day of the first lunar month across the country (February 17), the large amount of the people rushes to go to the temple of Literature (Hanoi) to enjoy poetry in the IX Vietnam Poetry Day. At the Temple of Literature, the theme is “2011 spring blog”, the stage of the modern poetry Days is designed as a symbol of the opening laptop with a sky-blue screen and a stage made by a keyboard. Around the stage, there are many works written by well-known poets such as Phan Huyen Thu, Vi Thuy Linh, Lu Thi Mai, Nguyen Vinh Tien and Nguyen Quang Hung, etc. In particular, the audience will have an opportunity to enjoy an exquisite performance by the poet Vi Thuy Linh with the poetry of “Bat tan”. Moreover, the performance association of an artist Dao Duy Khanh and the poetess Vi Thuy Linh contributed to the meaningful Poetry Day. According to the poet Truong Xuan Thien, the decoration of the stage this year is suitable for the youth by creating the … [Read more...] about The Vietnam’s Poetry Day