October, 03 2011 08:51:05

HCM City musicians receive awards

HCM CITY — HCM City's expanded Tai tu (Southern amateur) Music Festival closed yesterday with the organisers honouring eight groups and 20 individual musicians.

The first prize for groups went to District 3, the three second prizes to Tan Binh and Cu Chi districts and the HCM City Cultural Centre, and the four third prizes to Districts 5, Tan Phu, Thu Duc, and Hoc Mon.

Phuong Uyen, Minh Duc, Nguyen Thi Kim Phong, and Le Thi Phuong Thao won individual gold medals.

The organisers also conferred seven silver and nine bronze medals.

The event became a city-wide music festival for the time after being restricted to cultural centres for many years.

Held at the Van Thanh Tourist Park, it attracted 5,000 fans.

There are around don ca tai tu 100 clubs and 1,000 artists in the south.

Canadian jazz star to light up capital

HA NOI — One of Toronto's most in-demand vocalists in Canada, jazz singer Kate Bowen, will swing audiences in Ha Noi when she performs for six nights a week from October 1.

Sultry, alluring and often called an old soul, Bowen's voice never ceases to captivate audiences with its depth and vocal maturity.

Her passion for music and singing was nurtured from a very young age and in her early 20s she was signed to a record label in the US, where she worked on her own album and wrote songs for other singers. In Toronto, she has been a regular act at several of the city's popular live music venues, regularly performing with her band.

With a maturity beyond her years and outstanding poise on stage, Bowen has become a sought-after vocalist in her Canadian hometown, recording with some of the best local musicians and producers and receiving offers from international bands.

Before coming to Ha Noi, Bowen was invited to perform at the iconic luxury Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. She will present her distinctive vocal style every night from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.45pm at the Le Club bar at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Ha Noi, 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Ha Noi.

Festival promotes Indochina tourism

HA NOI — The Indochina Passion festival promoting culture and tourism in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia opened in Paris on Friday.

This is the first time such a big-scale event to promote the three countries held in Europe by Vietnam Airlines. The festival is sponsored by the three countries' embassies in France.

Opening the festival, director general of the Vietnam Airlines Pham Ngoc Minh said the initiative aimed not only to promote the image and tourism potential of the three Indochinese countries but also to create conditions for tourists and researchers to explore the special cultural identities and rich potential of each nation.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung described the festival as the first step to attract French visitors to Indochina, contributing to strengthening economic and investment co-operation between France and the three Indochinese countries.

The Lao and Cambodian ambassadors to France also affirmed that the festival helps to boost the traditional solidarity, co-operation and friendship between the three countries and attract the attention of French investors and businessmen.

Visitors to the festival would have a chance to watch traditional dances performed by artists from the three countries, enjoy culinary specialities and see a photography exhibition on the region's landscapes and lifestyles. — VNS

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