Top film ‘quickies' to screen
Award winning films from the 48 Hour Film Project 2011, which were screened in May in Cannes International Film Festival and at the NAB (The National Association for Broadcasters) Show in the US in April, will be screened in Ha Noi on Saturday at the Ha Noi Cinematheque at 22A Hai Ba Trung Street.
During the show, which runs from 3-5pm, fans can enjoy 14 short films, including The Prince's Perfect Party (Atlanta), My Darling, I'm So Sorry (Berlin), One Step Forward (Boston), In Captivity (Hampton Roads), Canh Ba Ba (Tortoise Soup) (HCM City), Cold War (Houston), and Child (Johannesburg).
The 48 Hour Film Project is the world's biggest timed film-making competition. It challenges people worldwide to make an entire film in 48 hours, from writing and casting to shooting and editing.
Since its 2001 launch in Washington DC by film-makers Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, the project has attracted more than 140,000 participants in 100 cities around the world. They have produced nearly 10,000 short films.
Entry fee for Saturday's show is VND60,000.
Exhibition celebrates history's rebels
To mark the publication of French favourite Encyclopaedia of Rebels in Vietnamese (Bach Khoa Thu Ke Noi Loan), L'Espace is opening an exhibition to showcase the spirit of rebellion down the ages. Visitors can learn about the peasants, artists, scientists, slaves, soldiers, idealists, writers and plain old normal people who have stood up for what they believed in. From Marie Curie to Che Guevara, all are featured in the free-entry exhibition, which runs until August 31 at 24 Trang Tien Street.
Japanese drum troup to perform in Ha Noi
Japanese drum troupe Osuwadaiko will stage a one-night show in Ha Noi on Wednesday, August 22, at the Youth Theatre, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street.
Founded in 1951 by Daihachi Oguchi, the troupe in one of the top three taiko (Japanese drum) troupes. It has given performances around the world.
Osuwadaiko features multiple drums used in orchestral style. They take ancient rhythms but break them down and create new arrangements and compositions to accommodate an ensemble of drummers.
Advanced free tickets for the show can be picked up at the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Viet Nam, 27 Quang Trung Street, Tel: 04-39447419, from 2pm, Friday, August 10.
The troupe will later travel to Hoi An for the Hoi An-Japan Festival on August 24.
Cuban band brings rhythms to Caravelle Hotel
Corazon Latino, a six-member Cuban band, is performing at the Caravelle Hotel's Sai Gon Sai Gon Bar every day except Thursdays this month.
The band, led by Oscar Leyva, formerly of Luna Negra group, will present a mix of favourite Latin and English music.
The show begins at 9pm every day. Caravelle is at 19 Lam Son Square, District 1.
Hard Rock Cafe to host three concerts
Hard Rock Cafe will host three concerts titled Summer Over: Old Time Rock and Roll from August 17 to 19. They will feature Curtis King and Friends on Friday, Pitch Black on Saturday, and jazz music by Mariedel on Sunday. The shows begin at 8.30pm. Hard Rock is at 39 Le Duan Street, District 1.
Gala Autumn Melodies at Opera House
The annual Gala Autumn Melodies will be held at the Opera House on August 17, 18, and 19 and feature opera, classical and modern ballet dancing, and orchestral music.
On the first night will be the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, the second night will feature orchestral music, and the last night will have the ballets Carmen and Dream Puzzle.
Cho Hae ryong, Pham Trang and Nguyen Manh Duy Linh will be performing.
The shows begin at 8pm. The Opera House is at 7 Lam Son Square, District 1. Tickets costing VND250,000-500,000, and VND100,000 for student, are available at the venue. — VNS