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Julia Roberts to join Michelle Obama in Vietnam education drive

Julia Roberts to join Michelle Obama in Vietnam education drive

The Obama Foundation confirmed Julia Roberts and Mrs. Obama will travel to Vietnam on December 9 on behalf of the foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance to meet local organizations and beneficiaries of programs helping girls reach their full potential via education. The duo will join an Obama Foundation event, set to gather 200 civic leaders from Asia-Pacific in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 12 to discuss their time in Vietnam and journey to becoming successful women. Julia Roberts (L) and Michelle…

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No curtain call for theatrical paradox

No curtain call for theatrical paradox

For years, local performing artists and media have faced the dilemma of having no big, state-of-the-art theaters, juxtaposed with the difficulty of drawing audiences to existing venues.  With 71 existing theaters and performing arts venues nationwide, most seldom fully booked, it can’t be argued that Vietnam lacks theaters. As of 2018, Hanoi boasted 20 venues under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism management, most in decent conditions and centrally located.    However, many survive on government subsidies, additionally renting…

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No curtain call for Vietnam’s theatrical paradox

No curtain call for Vietnam’s theatrical paradox

For years, local performing artists and media have faced the dilemma of having no big, state-of-the-art theaters, juxtaposed with the difficulty of drawing audiences to existing venues.  With 71 existing theaters and performing arts venues nationwide, most seldom fully booked, it can’t be argued that Vietnam lacks theaters. As of 2018, Hanoi boasted 20 venues under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism management, most in decent conditions and centrally located.    However, many survive on government subsidies, additionally renting…

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Bells toll as Hanoi, Nha Trang named top honeymoon destinations

Bells toll as Hanoi, Nha Trang named top honeymoon destinations

Vietnam’s capital ranked second while Nha Trang in central Khanh Hoa Province rounded off the top 10 list, released by the newspaper on Tuesday. The Travel describes Hanoi as a “great place for a romantic trip, experiencing Vietnamese culture, learning about local history, and savoring delicious food.” The “thousands of years old” city boasts significant historical and cultural values that provide “everything a happy couple on honeymoon could ask for, from ancient temples to museums and shopping centers,” it wrote. St. Joseph’s Cathedral in…

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Vietnamese carriers keen to fly to Thailand amid tourism boom

Vietnamese carriers keen to fly to Thailand amid tourism boom

Thailand was Vietnam’s fastest growing tourist market in the first 11 months of this year, with arrivals increasing by a whopping 47.1 percent to 451,000, according to the General Statistics Office. In comparison, the numbers from Vietnam’s two biggest markets, China and South Korea, grew by 15.3 percent and 22.4 percent. Travel within ASEAN, of which both Thailand and Vietnam are members, is visa-free. Around one million Vietnamese visited Thailand in 2018, taking Vietnam into the kingdom’s top 10 tourism…

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Short movie wins Singapore film fest award

Short movie wins Singapore film fest award

By Long Nguyen  &nbspDecember 3, 2019 | 10:01 am GMT+7 An 18-minute Vietnamese movie “Man, Ngot” (Sweet, Salty) was selected best short film by young jurors at the Singapore International Film Festival 2019. Directed by Duong Dieu Linh, “Sweet, Salty” was screened in the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition at the festival with 17 other movies. It was awarded the Youth Jury Prize award at a ceremony on November 30 in Singapore. “Sweet, Salty” features a 40-year-old pregnant woman who…

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Vietnamese short movie wins Singapore film fest award

Vietnamese short movie wins Singapore film fest award

By Long Nguyen  &nbspDecember 3, 2019 | 10:01 am GMT+7 An 18-minute Vietnamese movie “Man, Ngot” (Sweet, Salty) was selected best short film by young jurors at the Singapore International Film Festival 2019. Directed by Duong Dieu Linh, “Sweet, Salty” was screened in the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition at the festival with 17 other movies. It was awarded the Youth Jury Prize award at a ceremony on November 30 in Singapore. “Sweet, Salty” features a 40-year-old pregnant woman who…

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Vietnamese panoramas create noise at int’l photo contest

Vietnamese panoramas create noise at int’l photo contest

Shot last May, ‘River Flowers’ by Tran Minh Dung, which scooped third in the Open Built Environment and Architecture category, depicts hundreds of boats docked along Van Lam Wharf in northern Ninh Binh Province, 60 kilometers south of Hanoi. The boats were to carry tourists along the Ngo Dong River which were hugged by ripened rice paddies. In its 10th run, organizers announced the winners last Saturday. This year’s contest received 4,913 entries from 1,258 photographers in 72 countries and territories. Dung’s second…

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Mekong Delta tourism charm waning

Mekong Delta tourism charm waning

Nguyen Huu Tho, Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, said the region’s tourism remains undeveloped. The delta, which includes Can Tho City and 12 provinces, attracted 3.4 million foreign visitors in 2018, a modest figure compared to the potential. Less than half stayed overnight, according to the association. Many travel agencies only use the region as an adjunct to their itinerary for international visitors, which centers on Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen Quoc Ky, General Director of Viettravel, a leading travel…

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First Vietnamese actor to get ‘Asian Stars: Up Next’ award

First Vietnamese actor to get ‘Asian Stars: Up Next’ award

By Long Nguyen  &nbspDecember 2, 2019 | 09:59 am GMT+7 Lien Binh Phat is the first Vietnamese actor selected to receive the ‘Asian Stars: Up Next’ award, highlighting growing recognition of national talent. The 29-year-old Vietnamese actor will be presented with the award at the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) on December 10. “A native of Kien Giang province, the actor is an emerging star and TV host in Vietnam and the first Vietnamese…

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