Art & Entertainment News
German artists to visit Hanoi for mapping light show
The Core, a team of projection experts and lighting designers from Germany, will use video mapping to put the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi in the limelight this weekend, the organizer Goethe-Institut Hanoi said in a statement.
The Core will be put on show mapping light performances on the façade of the museum in the evenings of November 13 and 14 from 8 p.m. based on projects which the group has successfully developed during the past two decades.
The show includes light projections from the Festival of Lights in Berlin or the Urban Art Forms Festival in Graz, Austria.
The Core consists of media experts and light designers Rick Kay, Chris Noelle and Jörg Reinauer, and focuses on visual installations, according to the organizer.
After having worked together on space and club design concepts for Berlin club Tresor for a long time, they decided to concentrate their knowledge and visions in one joint team. Over the past two decades, The Core successfully developed projection and light design concepts with a goal of redefining urban space through individuality and industrial style.
Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum is located at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
US rapper performs at Cargo Event Space
Loud Minority, a premier Saigon live music night bringing international headliners to Viet Nam, will feature Washington DC-based hip hop artist and producer Oddisee at Cargo Event Space on November 17.
The artist will present compositions from his latest album The Good Fight. He will perform along with resident artists including LG Trio, The Unlikely, and Maraphoria vs Starchild.
Oddisee, who has played music since 2002, has released eight albums and several singles. His album People Hear What They See won the iTunes Hip Hop Album of the Year award in 2012.
The show will begin at 8pm at 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in District 4. Tickets are priced at VND300,000 and VND200,000 for students. They are available at www.ticketbox.vn and Asian Kitchen at 185/22 Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1.
Ethnic people showcase handicraft products
Craft Link will host its annual Handicraft Bazaar at the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology on Saturday.
Ethnic people from all over Viet Nam will come to sell products which showcase their traditional skills. Artisans from around Ha Noi and disadvantaged groups will also present products as well.
The bazzar will also offer lottery prizes, craft-making demonstrations and wonderful entertainment staged by ethnic people.
The bazzar will open from 9am until 4.30pm. Admission: VND40,000 (museum entrance fee included).
Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology is on Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District.
KOTO Dream Ride raises funds for youths
KOTO will host it annual cycling event – KOTO Dream Ride – to raise funds to support at-risk and disadvantaged youths through their non-profit vocational programmes on Sunday.
Riders will go out on a loop ride starting at the United Nations International School (UNIS) to Thay Pagoda – about 20km southernwest of central Ha Noi, and back. The 65km fun ride challenge will take cyclists through some beautiful countryside, pagodas and rice fields on the outskirts of Ha Noi.
Entrance is VND2 million per person with bike rentals costing VND200,000. All proceeds go towards KOTO'S training programmes.
Register for the Dream Ride at http://koto.com.au/dreamride2015
FVH film night feature all about love
On Thursday, November 19, the Friends of Viet Nam Heritages (FVH) will present a screening of two short movies, David and Luisa and Summer Rain, both love stories.
David and Luisa, shot in Los Angeles, is about two acting students in Hollywood. It features the psychological development of the characters, the comparison between reality and dreams and between daily life and their life on the stage.
Written and directed by Bui Trung Hai, David and Luisa won the Bronze Remi Award at the 48th Annual WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival in the US.
A purely Vietnamese film with all Vietnamese cast, Summer Rain was shown in different international film festivals. It is about a young Hanoian bride living in HCM City, who discovers her husband's infidelity and decides to return to the city she came from, where she meets her ex-lover.
Films will be screened with Vietnamese with English subtitles at Ha Noi Cinematheque, 22A Hai Ba Trung Street.
Cost: VND150,000. Limit: 90 people. Registration: Hang email@example.com
Festival raises funds for street children
A music and arts festival that will raise funds for street children will be held at Saigon Outcast on November 14.
The event will include all-day music performed by local and expatriate musicians and DJs, including Mekong Delta Force, Red Amity, Cat Pylon and Will Henley. Dance performances will feature American dancer Emily Navarra, Emotion Crew and Anh Pham.
There will be workshops and talks about dance and arts, stalls selling paintings and handicrafts, and games and raffles.
The proceeds from the event will be used to support the Green Bamboo Warm Shelter in District 1 and the Social Professional Integration Project.
The festival will take place from 11am-1 pm at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2.
Residents asked to donate relics
The management of the Oc Eo Cultural Relic site in the southern province of An Giang has just launched an antique donation programme which calls upon residents to donate Oc Eo objects for preservation and promotion of their rich cultural values.
To date, the residents of Thoai Son district, An Giang Province, have donated 449 objects related to Oc Eo culture, including statues of Buddha made of metal or stone, gemstone necklaces, bricks from Oc Eo's architecture and other antiques. The exhibits are being displayed at the province's museum.
The relic locates in the Ba The Mountain, Thoai Son District, An Giang Province. The site, first excavated by French archaeologist Louis Malleret in 1944, is believed to have been a prosperous commercial port of the once-powerful Phu Nam (Punan) Kingdom 2,000 years ago.
There was also a system of canals and various temples and tombs built from bricks and stones in this area, which were typical of Oc Eo culture.
The donation programme will continue until December 2016.
Yoshino cherry comes to Da Lat
President of the Institute of Vietnamese Culture and Education Tran Thang has presented six Yoshino cherry trees to the central highlands city of Da Lat.
In early 2015, Thang visited Da Lat for the first time during the apricot cherry blossom season. He was impressed by its beauty and thought about organising a cherry blossom festival in Da Lat similar to those held in Japan and Washington. However, apricot cherry trees here are scarce and yet to make an impression on visitors.
To rectify this, Thang bought six trees worth US$ 2,000 in North Carolina to give to Da Lat.
"If the flowers bloom, we will raise money to senf 1,000 Yoshino cherry trees to Da Lat to be planted around Xuan Huong Lake," he said.
Yoshino is one of the most beautiful cherry blossoms Japan that Tokyo presented to Washington more than 100 years ago.
"I hope Da Lat will become the third venue in the world to hold a cherry blossom festival and attract millions of visitors," added Thang.
VN chef releases second book
Demi chef Nguyen Manh Hung of the French Grill at JW Marriott Hanoi has released his second book titled Chef – Dau Bep Chuyen Nghiep (Professional Chef), which provides a complete picture about one of the most difficult jobs in the world – a professional chef.
Through the book, the professional kitchen is brought to life and filled with vivid details. In addition, readers will have chance to come across professional terminology.
The book was written about his years of rigorous work in the kitchen, containing memorable life lessons and experiences with his colleagues during their time at the French Grill.
Hung's debut book Trai Tim Cua Chef (The Heart of a Chef) was inspired by his childhood memories of Ha Noi's subsidy period.
Kayak club debuts in Da Nang
The central city's Kayak Club and its 35 members made a recent debut in efforts to boost the sport's popularity and attract more tourists to the coastal destination.
The club's chairman, Nguyen Ba Hung, said the establishment of the club offers a new outlet for locals and tourists to engage in healthy outdoor activities.
He said the city's beautiful coastal line and river system makes it prime for kayaking.
The club's 20 kayaks, three air boats and a machine boat can support regular training sessions for members and tourists.
The team trains near the Han River Bridge on Bach Dang Street from 3-7pm on Sundays.
People can register to take part in trainings at www.facebook.com/KayakDanang.
Beauty via pantomime at Davines Hair Show
The 10th Davines Hair Show 2015 (DHS 2015), themed I Sustain Beauty focused on people whose passion is hair design, reflected in the art of the young pantomime Nguyen Hoang Tung, one of the few Vietnamese artists preserving the country's pantomime art.
Tung, in the role of the presenter, showed viewers a world that "seeks beauty", from the classical Forgotten Beauty hair collection of the 60s to 80s of hair designer Hoang Minh Tam to the striking colour of Legend of Don Hau to the world of wild nature in Reverie from designers of Allilon Education.
About 100 models, singers and beauty queens took part in the show held last week in HCM City. The inspiring venue saw more than 600 hairdressers, industry names, members of the trade press and artists gather for a night of creativity.
Nguyen Anh Tu, Davines Viet Nam's general manager, opened with a warm welcome speech, saying that the show honoured hairdressers who offered "sustainable beauty for people and life".
."Most of them are people of a very few words. They all silently care for the beauty of others," he said.
A short film featured architects and gardeners speaking about the theme of sustainment. The speakers said they were surrounded by beauty, and that beauty was as indispensable as food and love.
Well-known hair designer Hoang Minh Tam was the first to take the stage, with the hairstyle collection Forgotten Beauty, which was about awakening neglected beauty.
"The beauty of each decade is admirable but it's easy to forget other decades," says a press release from the organisers. "Tam chose the most beautiful aspects of each decade to create the collection."
Tam said the collection could be felt through three words Her – Him – Me.
From the 60s to the 80s, hairstyles were not that different between men and women. In the 70s and 80s, males singers had long and curly hair, and women in the 60s pixie short bobs.
The Forgotten Beauty collection was paired with the clothing designs of Kelly Bui, which were described as elegant and free. Organisers predicted that the hairstyle collection would create a new trend.
During hair designer Don Hau's Legend presentation, 17 models sported hairstyles inspired by the rise and fall of the designer's career. Wearing metallic dresses, the models, singers and MCs wore hairstyles without any accessories.
Last on the stage was the internationally acclaimed Allilon Education Art Team.
Inspired by the visuals of artist Emily Tan, the group presented its latest collection, Reverie, showcasing expressive colour and stunning cuts on 17 models.
"Each hair item is an exploration of bright and dark colours mixed together," the organisers said in a press release.
"Allilon uses the colour Mask from Davines to create the hallucination of getting lost in a dreamland, which sends the message of a painter – save and protect creatures of this planet," the organisers said.
Hoang Tung, the presenter of the Allilon show, depicted the theme of sustainable beauty in his own life – "a solitary pantomime" on a modern stage.
"Despite being alone, the artist still preserves and pursues his love of acting, and his desire to revive art in modern life," he said.
Tung appeared alone wearing simple black or white clothing, which he said hid his deep feelings.
Japanese Fest kicks off Nov 14 in HCM City
Festivalgoers in Ho Chi Minh City will have the opportunity to explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan on November 14-15 at a cultural festival at the Park 23/9.
Organizers have announced they expect as many as 120,000 people to show up to experience Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games including Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations.
The event is presented by the Japan Cultural Festival Committee and is free to the public.