HA NOI — Vietnamese pop singer My Linh has just been invited to act as honorary tourism ambassador for South Korea in Viet Nam.
The move was announced by the South Korean Embassy in Viet Nam.
Linh, 36, is one of the most influential female singers in the north, producing many popular numbers in the pop, funk and R&B genres. She has been involved in activities to promote South Korean cultural values in both countries.
The title will be conferred at a ceremony in Ha Noi tomorrow in conjunction with a ceremony to encourage votes for Viet Nam's Ha Long Bay and South Korea's Jeju Island among the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The two natural heritage sites have been selected among 28 finalists of the vote, which will be wrapped up on November 11 this year.
Opportunity for two young artists to perform in Asia
HA NOI — Two students of the Viet Nam National Academy of Music will perform with the Asian Youth Orchestra in various venues throughout Asia next month.
Nguyen Hoang Tung (oboe) and Nguyen Thanh Tu (cello) will tour with the orchestra to Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Japan.
The orchestra will perform two shows in Ha Noi's Opera House on August 15-16.
The orchestra, under the conductors Richard Pontzious and James Judd, will entertain Asian audience with various works by Sergei Prokofiev, Camille Saint-Saens, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonin Leopold Dvorak and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Haiku poetry contest kicks off, seeks brief entries
HA NOI — Haiku, the traditional form of Japanese poetry, is the subject of a contest kicked off for Vietnamese and Japanese people living in Viet Nam. The third of its kind, the contest runs until October 14 of this year.
The entries can be sent in both Japanese and Vietnamese. Vietnamese people can send works in either or both languages while Japanese people can send only poems in Vietnamese. With an open range of topics, competitors can send up to three poems for each language.
Details and forms can be downloaded from http://www.hcmcgj.vn.emb-japan.go.jp/vn/haiku_contest.doc.
Entries can be sent to Japan Consulate in HCM City, 13-17 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, HCM City or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contest is co-organised biennially by the consulate, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, and the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities since 2007.
End of era: Last royal opera artist dies
HUE — The last tuong (classical opera) artist who served in Nguyen royal dynasty died on Saturday at 99.
Known as Meritorious Artist La Chau, the Thua Thien Hue-born artist started studying opera at 10 in a training school for royal singing and dancing artists under the reign of King Khai Dinh (1885-1925). He then served in palaces as a professional artist.
Most of his children also have taken up the art: Meritorious Artist La Cam Van, La Nguyen, director La Hung and three of his grand children, namely La Tuan, La Phuoc Cuong and La Thanh Hai.
Artisan La Chau received a gold medal for his performance at the Hue Tuong Festival in 1993 and a merit certification for his contribution in preserving costumes of tuong art in 2005. — VNS