The recent hand over of four bears from Hanoi’s Central Circus to a sanctuary is a big step towards helping bears in Việt Nam, said a representative of animal welfare organisation Animals Asia.
On the streets, artworks have brought more fun to quiet street corners.
Animated film director Nguyễn Thị Phương Hoa’s latest film Khúc Gỗ Mục (Rotten Wood) won a Dế Mèn Award. The annual awards encourage compositions, art performances and entertainment shows by children or for children. Hoa is a prolific filmmaker and has won top prizes from the Việt Nam National Film Festival and the Việt Nam Cinematography Association. Thể Thao Văn Hóa (Culture & Sport) newspaper interviews Hoa about the Vietnamese animation industry.
Vietnamese publishing houses are promoting new programmes and books this summer to encourage children to read.
Meritorious Artist and cải lương star Vũ Linh and young talent Võ Minh Lâm will perform in a TV programme about Vietnamese theatre on Vĩnh Long Television’s THLV1 channel next week.
Pufferfish is a luxury winter delicacy in Japan, but a licence is required to prepare and serve "fugu", as the fish is known, with any bite potentially containing a lethal toxic surprise.