Saturday, 23/04/2011 08:31

Singing contest for middle-aged amateurs kicks off

HCM CITY — The final round of Tieng Hat Mai Xanh (Evergreen Singing), the first ever singing contest for people aged 35 and above in the country, will kick off today.

The contest is held by HCM City Television (HTV).

Ten finalists, including five contestants each from two groups – between 35 and 50 and above 50 – will perform romantic, folk and revolutionary songs, as well as songs of their own choice at the HTV Theatre today, on April 27 and on May 2.

The jury will select three best performers in each group for the grand finale on May 11.

BBC news channel to promote Viet Nam's beaches in May

HA NOI — Over 260 15-second spots advertising Viet Nam's beaches will be broadcast on the 24-hour BBC News Channel in late May.

They will be shown in prime time in European countries over a three-month period.

Vietnamese artist exhibits silk paintings in Thailand

BANGKOK — An exhibition of silk paintings by artist Nguyen Thi Chau Giang titled Hidden Flowers is being held at Bangkok's Thavibu Gallery from April 23 to May 14.

Sixteen images feature the beauty and life of Viet Nam women. Ha Noi-born painter Giang took up the art of silk painting in 2006, and this is her first solo exhibition in this medium.

Vietnamese-American's short film wins prize at US festival

NEW YORK — A short film entitled Yes, Yesterday, made by young Vietnamese-American Vu Tich Van, has been honoured as Best Short Film at the New York United Film Festival 2010.

Van, who works as a financial expert, completed the film in the autumn of 2009, and it has also been screened at the Slamdance Film Festival.

South Korean research group debuts in Viet Nam

HA NOI — The South Korean Research Association of Viet Nam (KRAV) will debut in a ceremony in Ha Noi on Sunday. The organisation will gather scientific and educational experts in the field of Korean studies.

One of the most important functions of the organisation will be to create an environment for scientists to share their languages and cultures, said a KRAV representative, Dr Mai Ngoc Chu.

KRAV will initially focus on organising national and international conferences on Korean studies, introducing publications about Korea and organising Korean cultural events. The association will also co-operate with other organisations to boost the effectiveness of Korean language teaching in Viet Nam. — VNS

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