VietNamNet Bridge – It was a roundabout route that took Aline Rebeaud to Viet Nam 25 years ago. Sleep tight: Tim with some of the poor children at the "Lucky House" she built to take care of them. Courtesy Photo of Maison Chance After selling some paintings by a Mongolian artist in Switzerland, she went to the country to pay him, but was unable to find him. Then she went on to China and entered Viet Nam by the northern border. A Vietnamese musician who’d lived in Switzerland for a long time had told her many stories about his country and invited her to taste Vietnamese food. She was curious and wanted to see the country for herself. Moved by the plight of poor people here, she decided to stay on for sometime. To do this she wanted to learn the language, but her first attempt in a college in Hue City did not work out … [Read more...] about When Lady Luck smiles on you
What brings luck
One day in late 2010, I was treating my kids to ice cream at a shop in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District. We were new to Vietnam and, as usual, I liked the posted price: 10,000 dong per scoop, or less than 50 U.S. cents. Vietnam: such a deal! When the woman behind the counter charged us 15,000 dong per scoop, I pointed to the sign behind her – and she, in turn, pointed to the little handmade sign in front of the cash register with the new price. Her colleague spoke serviceable English: “The price of everything is going up.” That, in retrospect, proved to be an understatement. Vietnam’s inflation rate soared to higher than 20 per cent in the middle of 2011, and remained in double digits through the first few months of 2012, the highest cost-of-living increase in Asia. Since then, Vietnam’s authorities have won praise for policies that helped bring inflation back to single digits. Keeping it under control, authorities say, remains a top priority for 2013. But … [Read more...] about What kind of luck will the Snake bring?
Brown Flower Ceramic exhibition by Trinh Vu Hieu Exhibition: 22 – 31 Jan 2016 Module 7 83 Xuan Dieu Str, Tay Ho, Hanoi Brown flower ceramic is showcased with strong engravings and soaring coat with Ly-Tran styled brown bone, showing a new line of decorative pottery, attractive and contemporary. As an interior designer and abstract painter, and then becoming an ceramic artist, Trinh Vu Hieu appeared to have a simple career path, no force or constrain, like a funny journey. His debut exhibition on brown ceramics inspired by ancient pottery artifacts from Ly-Tran dynasties is a strong evidence for that. Film Screening “Turn Left, Turn Right” Fri 29 Jan 2016, 7.30 pm Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents 51 Tran Hung Dao Str (4th floor), Hanoi Dear film lovers, in the last week before Tet holiday, you are invited to the film screening “Turn Left, Turn Right” directed by Johnnie To, with the participation of Takeshi Kaneshiro and Gigi … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON JANUARY 15-30 (DAILY UPDATE)
Many cultural activities will take place nationwide, especially in major cities, on the occasion of the Lunar New Year 2015, promising to attract a large number of local people and tourists. In Ho Chi Minh city, “Ong do” ‘Calligrapher’ street has been underway since February 8th at the Ho Chi Minh city Labour Cultural Palace and Youth Cultural House, 116 Nguyen Du, district 1. Buying and hanging folk paintings and calligraphy works have long been an indispensable Vietnamese tradition during Tet and it is believed to bring the buyers good luck and prosperity. Calligraphy works are those featuring stylized words in Vietnamese, Chinese and even English or any other language that one’s heart desires. The words, which hold mostly philosophical and literary meanings, are written with a special brush and ink. Those trained to write the words are called “ong do” (calligrapher,) and are usually elder males who wear the traditional “ao dai” … [Read more...] about Cultural activities over Tet – Where to go and what to do?
NDO – Following more than one year of revivification this type of folk paintings has received the attention of the people, especially enthusiasts of traditional cultural values. Recently, Kim Hoang paintings and a number of wood-blocks of Kim Hoang paintings have been on display at a festival and an international workshop on woodcut paintings, as well as an exhibition on folk paintings printed from woodblocks, in the Republic of Korea (RoK). On the occasion, Director of the Hanoi Ceramics Museum Nguyen Thi Thu Hoa, who has invested many years on a project to revitalise Kim Hoang paintings, granted Thoi Nay (Today) publication of Nhan Dan (The People) Newspaper an interview to share this information. Q: Can you tell us more about the Kim Hoang paintings that have been introduced in the RoK? A: Every year, the RoK’s folk painting museum always organises a number of festivals and international workshops on woodcut paintings, as well as exhibitions on folk paintings … [Read more...] about Bringing Kim Hoang painting to the world Most Recent News