French animated shorts to screen
A collection of 11 short animated films will be screened at L'Espace, the French cultural centre, on Friday, February 10. The centre is located at 24 Trang Tien Street in the capital city. The admission cost is VND20,000.
Photo exhibition explores Ha Noi urban space
Photos by Jamie Maxtone-Graham, an American photographer based in Ha Noi, will be showcased at the Bui Gallery at 23 Ngo Van So Street from February 10 to March 12. Produced within the intensity of urban Ha Noi, the photos record a space between the projected and the perceived, says Maxtone-Graham.
Japanese maestro to conduct symphony programmes
Under the baton of Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji, the Viet Nam Symphony Orchestra, with French pianist Michael Bourdoncle, will perform music by Johannes Brahms at the Ha Noi Opera House on February 15 and 16. The programme will include Brahms' First Sympnony and his Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor.
Later in the month, on February 25 and 26, Honna will lead the orchestra in the Yamashita Yosuke 70th Borthday Concert, with the lauded pianist himself taking the stage. The concert will features Yamashita Yosuke's Senbayama and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
Tickets are available at the Opera House box office at 1 Trang Tien Street, or can be booked online at www.ticketvn.com or by phone at 0913489858 or 0983067996.
Toying with art
The Japanese art unit Paramodel will have a two-week residency in Ha Noi from February 17, during which time they will cover the interior space of the art gallery at the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange with Japanese and Vietnamese toys.
Paramodel was formed in 2001 by artists Hayashi Yasuhiko and Nakamo Yusuke. Their work is fun and eye-catching, inviting viewers to remember their childhoods. Through elaborate combinations of plastic toys and other everyday objects, they attempt to create blueprints of paradise while underscoring life's paradoxes. Paramodel's expansive artworks range from massive, room-scale installations, to mini-sculptures, with videos, drawing and photography and other media in between.
The Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange is located at 27 Quang Trung Street,
French DJ to mix atmosphere at L'Espace
French DJ and producer Alex Millan will return to Ha Noi for the third consecutive year for a night of electronica at L'Espace next Saturday, February 18. Influenced by groups such as Depeche Mode, The Sisters of Mercy, Rage Against the Machine and Noir Desir, the turntablist will create a diverse and unique selection of electronic sounds. The show will take place at 8pm at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. Tickets admitting two persons cost VND60,000 and will be available at the door.
Enjoy winter dinner with special friends
The first annual FTA Winter Dinner for the hospitality industry will be held today at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon in HCM City.
The event, organised by Fred Tibbitts&Associates, a Bangkok and New York-based social entrepreneurship consulting company, will be attended by the media, educators and, hospitality industry executives.
The winners of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence will be announced, while the presentations, along with a scholarship in each recipient's name, will be made at the FTA Fall Dinners at Hong Kong on October 9 and New York City on November 13.
FTA develops beer, wine, and spirits programmes for chain hotels and restaurants, and hold relationship building dinners at Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, HCM City, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Mumbai, and New York.
Concert to help set up Ben Tre clinic
The Heart Reach Australia fund will hold a charity concert called Trai Tim Yeu Thuong (Kind Heart) at the New World Saigon Hotel in District 1 on Saturday, February 11.
All profits will be used to build a new medical clinic in Tan Thanh District in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ben Tre and provide healthcare services to needy people and children.
The event will feature young pianist Van Anh, singer-song-writer Thanh Bui, and singers Ho Ngoc Ha, Van Mai Huong and Anna Truong.
Festival fetes traditional Vietnamese cuisine
Ngay Hoi Que Toi (Festival in My Homeland), held at the Van Thanh Tourism Area in Binh Thanh District from February 10-12, will offer a feast of cultural events and traditional cuisine from all parts of the country.
Traditional art performances, games and countryside market activities will also be presented at the festival.
City gallery displays ‘Drops of Spring'
Giot Xuan (Drops of Spring), a collection of the latest works of Ha Noi-based artist Nguyen Quoc Dung, is on display at the Tu Do Gallery in HCM City.
The exhibition features 20 oil paintings that reflect the beauty and charm of Vietnamese women wearing the traditional ao dai.
Dung, 53, graduated from the Viet Nam Industrial Fine Arts University in 1984. Since then he has held several solo and group exhibitions in Viet Nam and abroad.
The exhibition closes on March 5 at 53 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1. — VNS