Tuesday, 19/04/2011 09:24

Natural disaster movies mark environment day

HCM CITY — A programme of natural disaster movies is being held at the BHD Star Cinema in HCM City to mark the World Environment Day on June 5.

Part of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Japanese people hit by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, a spokesman for the theatre said.

The movies include South Korea's Tidal Wave; The Host, a monster movie that set a Korean box-office record; and Aftershock, a story of a family separated by the Tangshan, China, earthquake in 1976.

Japan Sinks, a nominee for the 2007 Asia-Pacific Screen visual effects award, and the US's 2012 are also on the programme.

The programme will run until Friday.

Netherlands group funds ancient house restoration

QUANG NAM — An historic house in danger of collapse in Hoi An City will be restored with VND1.5 billion (US$71,428) donated by the Netherlands-based Prince Claus Fund.

Restoration of the house at 14 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, built hundreds of years ago, is expected to be completed by June.

Meanwhile, the Old Quarter in Hoi An will undergo maintenance with VND5 billion ($238,000) provided from the Government and city budgets and VND1 billion ($47,600) from Quang Nam Province's preferential loans.

Archipelago photos go on show, then tour province

QUANG NGAI — A photo exhibition themed Hoang Sa [Paracel], a view from Ly Son opened in Quang Ngai City on Saturday.

Photo-journalist Nguyen Van Minh of the e-newspaper Vnexpress, has put on display 58 silk-screens of the landscape and people of Ly Son District, especially of the Vietnamese troops on the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes where they affirm Viet Nam's sovereignty.

Minh will donate his photos to the Ly Son District People's Committee which will put them on show at a museum in Quang Ngai City. The exhibition will run until Friday and then tour schools in the province.

Entries sought for Quang Ngai legends photo competition

QUANG NGAI — A photo competition involving legends of Quang Ngai Province and its main attractions, the An Mountain and Tra River, has just been launched.

The aim of the competition, run by the Quang Ngai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in co-operation with the Viet Nam Photographers Association, is to promote tourism in the region.

Entrants are invited to submit their black- and-white or colour photos of landscape, historical places, people and cultural activities taken since January 1, 2010.

Entries close on June 15.

Memorial service held for Paracel Island troops

QUANG NGAI — An annual memorial service to soldiers who died protecting the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago over the centuries took place at a communal house on Ly Son Island yesterday.

The ceremony expressed gratitude to soldiers who lost their lives while serving on the islands. Residents created images of brave young troops crossing the East Sea in small bamboo boats.

Meanwhile, Quang Ngai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a festival on the mainland for people from mountainous areas in the province and from Ly Son. — VNS

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