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Russian cities host Vietnamese Culture Days

Update: September, 20/2011 - 09:13

HA NOI — The Russian cities of Moscow and St Petersburg will host Viet Nam Culture Days for one week beginning tomorrow, with many Vietnamese artists scheduled to perform.

"On the occasion, we'll try to introduce Vietnamese culture to international visitors in Russia," said Nguyen Van Tinh, director of the International Co-operation Department of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which is co-sponsoring the event with its Russian counterpart.

Vietnamese culture and physical environment will also be introduced through films, a photo exhibition, and seminars on both Vietnamese literature and the impact of Russian literature in Viet Nam. A campaign will also be conducted by the Viet Nam National Tourism Administration to promote Vietnamese tourism and get people to vote online for Ha Long Bay as a Wonder of Nature.

Workshops will be held in each of the hosts cities with the expected participation of 150 travel agents.

"We believe that, through these activities, international tourists will get to know Viet Nam better as an attractive destination," Tinh said.

The opening ceremony will be held in Moscow tomorrow.

More than 120,000 tourists participate in festival

HAI DUONG — More than 120,000 tourists took part in Con Son-Kiep Bac Autumn Festival last week in the northern province of Hai Duong.

This year, the festival provided visitors an opportunity to see traditional rituals, such as a thurification ceremony to commemorate the 711th anniversary of the death of national hero Tran Hung Dao and a ceremony to pray for a prosperous nation and successful harvest.

There were also various cultural and sporting activities, including wrestling, cock fighting and water puppetry.

Eight-year-old boy wins television singing competition

HA NOI — Eight-year-old Nguyen Tri Dung from the northern province of Yen Bai became the champion of Do Re Mi singing contest in the final round held on Sunday in Ha Noi.

He won an award of VND20 million (US$960) and a one-week trip to Australia to exchange music with children of the Hello Music Land Club.

Bui Minh Hanh, from the port city of Hai Phong, took first prize in the audience's choice award, while Vong Phi Hung from the southern province of Binh Duong received an award for the most promising contestant.

Five-year-old Nguyen Ngoc Bao An from HCM City grabbed an award for the most impressive competitor and Phan Nguyen Ha Linh, from the central province of Quang Tri, won the best performance award. Nguyen Duc Tuyet Nhi from the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dac Lac received an award for the best performing style.

The annual contest, organised by Viet Nam Television and Multimedia Joint-Stock Company, aims to create an interesting summer playground for children nationwide. — VNS

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