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ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 11/1

A concert themed “The Windy Days”, organised by the French embassy, will be held at the French Cultural Centre, L’Espace in Hanoi on January 15.

The event expects to draw participation of artists from France and Spain, including artistic director Pierre Diaz, violinist Marion Diaques, singer Delphine Chomel and cellist Claire Menguy.

Also, Vietnamese artists, including Nguyen Thu Thuy, Nguyen The Dan and singer Huong Thanh, will take part in the concert.

Vietnam tourism promoted at Travex’s 2011

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism will attend Travex’s Expo 2011 to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from January 18-21.

Vietnam will highlight the historic meaning and cultural value of Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha – Ke Bang, and Ancient Hoi An city recogised as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

Posters of Vietnam’s beautiful beaches and landscapes, as well as other tourism products will also put on view for the public to see.

Chinese painting, calligraphic, and photographic exhibition in Hanoi

An exhibition of artistic works by artists from Guangxi, China, opened in the Temple of Literature in Hanoi on January 5.

On display are 32 paintings, 40 calligraphic works, and 60 photographs.

Artists participating in the event include well-known artists from Guangxi such as Zhao Rufeng, Wei Keyi and Xie Lin.

The exhibition is being held by the Hanoi Library, the Vietnam-China Club for Cultural Exchange, and the Guangxi Autonomous Region Union of Literature and Arts.

Vietnam-RoK traditional embroidery honoured

Forty hand-made embroidery works made by Vietnamese artisans using designs and materials from the Republic of Korea are on display in Hanoi.

The exhibition, entitled “Charm of the RoK’s embroidery fabric material and thread” aims to honour Vietnamese embroiderers and highlight the traditional embroidery of Vietnam and the RoK, Keum Gi Hyung, Director of the RoK Cultural Centre in Vietnam, said at the opening ceremony on January 5.

He said he hoped the exhibition will help Hanoians better understand the RoK’s embroidery and similarities of the two countries’ traditional handicraft.

The exhibition will last till January 15 at the RoK Cultural Centre.

Vietnamese comedy first performed in Berlin

More than 1,700 foreigners and Vietnamese in Germany attended a comedy programme by Vietnamese artists to welcome the New Year 2011 at the famous Admiralspalast Theatre in Berlin.

The exclusive, one-time event gathered popular comedians such as Chi Trung and his wife, Ngoc Huyen, Xuan Bac, Tu Long, Cong Ly, Van Dung, Quoc Khanh and Quang Thang and other singers, including Thanh Thanh Hien, My Dung and Hoang Hai.

This comedy programme excited the overseas Vietnamese and showed the comedians’ creativity to foreign friends.

Along with funny stories displayed during the night, the audience was also moved with songs praising the country.

The programme raised EUR3,200 for the fund for children with heart disease in Vietnam and was held by the KH Musikschule Berlin, iFriend and Vietnam Television.