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Celebration to honour artist To Ngoc Van

Update: December, 15/2006 - 00:00

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Celebration to honour artist To Ngoc Van

HA NOI — The Vietnamese Fine Arts Association at 51 Tran Hung Dao Street celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of renowned artist To Ngoc Van on Wednesday.

After graduating from the Indochina Fine Arts College in 1931, Van became a revolutionary fighter and died in 1954 by the end of the war of resistance against the French colonialists.

The Vietnamese Government posthumously awarded Van the Ho Chi Minh Prize for Art and Literature.

Archaeologists excavate Co Bi Palace ruins

HA NOI — Archaeologists excavating Co Bi Palace have unearthed artefacts belonging to Dong Son culture and feudal dynasties such as Tran, Le and Nguyen, said the Viet Nam History Museum and the Steering Committee for the Thang Long-Ha Noi 1000 Anniversary.

According to historical records, Trinh lords, such as Trinh Cuong, ordered the construction of the palace in Co Bi to replace the existing palace in Thang Long, and named it Kim Thanh.

Books on Spanish culture donated to Viet Nam

HA NOI — The Spanish embassy formally donated 700 books about Spain and its culture to the Viet Nam National Library last Tuesday.

The gift is part of an ongoing cultural exchange between the two countries that began seven years ago.

Vietnamese films show in Japan’s Fukuoka

TOKYO — The Japanese Film Library has recently screened 20 Vietnamese films in Fukuoka City.

Among the internationally acclaimed films on show were Chuyen Cua Pao (The Story of Pao) and Song Trong So Hai (Living in Fear).

The annual event is part of a programme of activities designed to promote cultural awareness in the region.

Christmas food promotion presents Canadian flavours

HA NOI — Hanoians can sample some Canadian cuisine this week and next thanks to the northern nation’s embassy and three local eateries. During the Flavours of a Canadian Christmas event, the Sofitel Plaza Hotel, Sofitel Metropole Hotel and Vine Restaurant, will showcase the best of Canada’s cuisine.

Food lovers can savour the rich flavours and textures that make up the Canadian culinary landscape, including beef and seafood. Afficionados can also revel in award-winning Canadian wines and beers. The event will be held in Sofitel Metropole on Sunday, in Vine Wine Boutique Bar&Carf from December 14-31, and in Sofitel Plaza from December 14-22. — VNS

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