welcomes new year in capital
HA NOI — The Thang Long
Citadel in Ha Noi heralded the onset of the Lunar New Year on Wednesday with
an array of activities and art performances.
The event, titled Sac
Xuan Thanh Co (Spring’s Beauty in the Ancient Citadel), included
exhibitions of handicrafts, wooden furniture, pottery and calligraphy. Also on
the programme list were puppetry performances, ca tru (ceremonial
singing) and a show of typical food from the capital.
Artist Nguyen The Long
read the King Ly Thai To’s royal proclamation on the city, rewritten by
calligrapher Nguyen Van Bach.
airs Viet Nam documentary
HA NOI — South Korea’s
KBS Television co-operated with Viet Nam Television to showcase a 4-episode
documentary film entitled of Viet Nam-Su Phi Thuong (An extraordinary
Viet Nam) in South Korea.
The first 55-minute
episode with title of Gioi Tre Viet Nam Bay Bong Nhung Giac Mo (Viet Nam’s
youths with dreams fly up high) was presented last Tuesday.
The rest will impress
audiences with many subjects such as Viet Nam’s ao dai (long dress),
cuisine and economics.
City TV plans comedy relief
HCM City — Lunar New
Year Tet is traditionally a time for comedians to come together on HCM City
Television for Ong Tao (Kitchen God), a slapstick that has audiences who have
just completed a year of hard work in stitches.
As usual, the Tet show on
New Year’s Eve (February 6), will feature more than 40 comedians like Bao
Quoc, Hong To, and Tan Beo. Well-known designer Vo Viet Chung and makeup artist
Le Dung are also set to make an appearance.
Directed by The Ngu and
Nguyen Van Sau, Lien Hoan Tao Quan (Kitchen God Party) will also focus on
the year’s top social, economic, and cultural events.
airs gameshow for Tet
HA NOI — VTV1 are
celebrating the onset of Tet (Lunar New Year) with a special gameshow, the Key
To Success, to be aired on February 5.
The 45-minute show is made
in collaboration with Viet Nam Television and Hoang Gia Media and sponsored by
Kim Boi Mineral Water and Dong A Pharmaceutical companies.
Those taking part will
compete in three multiple-choice rounds. All the questions will be related to
Tet and other new year traditions in Viet Nam and the world. The final round
will be broadcast in May.
begins at home, right?
HCM City — Poor and
elderly artists usually have little to cheer about during Tet.
But, to bring some
sunshine into their lives this year, the HCM City Theatre Artists Association
called on some 400 of them and gave them gifts and food. Many of them are
backstage workers who have sacrificed their lives for art.
"Our artists are like
mayflies," says People’s Artist Phung Ha, who has worked hard to raise
money for charity, referring to the fragile winged insects that live in the
adult stage for no more than a few days.
The charity programme is
part of the association’s community activities which attract many young
scholars show off for Tet
HCM City — More than 50
students, most of them members of calligraphy clubs in HCM City, are showing off
their skills at a Tet celebration (January 28 to February 5) at the Youth
Cultural House, Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1.
The young scholars as they
are reverentially known, write parallel sentences in Chinese and
Vietnamese characters on red paper using India ink. Hanging vertically in the
living room of most families, the red papers are inscribed with Tet wishes –
like happiness, prosperity, or longevity.
Scholar Ung Tu Do
says he loves writing parallel sentences during Tet because "it is the
country’s spirit." — VNS