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Veteran musicologist Tran Van Khe dies at 94

Veteran musicologist Tran Van Khe dies at 94

Professor Tran Van Khe, known as the master of traditional Vietnamese music, died at the age of 94 early on Wednesday. He fought for his life for nearly a month in a hospital in HCM City. Professor Khe, a veteran musicologist, academician, writer and teacher, as well as performer of …

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Vietnamese films shown in Hawaii

Vietnamese films shown in Hawaii

The Hawaii International Film Festival will screen six Vietnamese movies during its run from July 5 to 10. One selection, Bao Gio Cho Den Thang Muoi (When the Tenth Month Comes) by Dang Nhat Minh, was the first Vietnamese feature film to be shown in a US film festival. It …

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SE Asian art asks viewers to engage

SE Asian art asks viewers to engage

At an exhibition of Southeast Asian artists in Ha Noi, visitors are invited to be part of the performance. Singaporean artist Amanda Heng’s Let’s Chat asks the audience to sit down for a chat with the artist, in effect becoming a performer in the artwork. The exhibition – Concept, Context, …

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Ca Hue singing gains national heritage status

Ca Hue singing gains national heritage status

Ca Hue, a unique form of singing born in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, has been listed as an item of national intangible heritage. The artform was put in the list of the year’s 26 newly recognised items, which was officially announced last week by the Ministry of Culture, …

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Copyright tiff illustrates music ownership issues

Copyright tiff illustrates music ownership issues

A pointless battle over copyright permission to use songs by composer Vu Thanh An seemingly came to a close at a press conference on Monday. Phuong Nam Film Company Director Phan Mong Thuy, relying on support from the artist, announced that Phu Nhuan Service Joint Stock Company (Maseco) has been …

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Pride fest marks 20 year US links

Pride fest marks 20 year US links

Musicians from Viet Nam, the US and the region will gather for a music festival and a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) pride event in Ha Noi on Saturday. ASEAN Pride Music Festival 2015: Celebrating Family will mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and the …

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AP war photos on show in Ha Noi

AP war photos on show in Ha Noi

The American-Viet Nam War meant loss and pain for both civilians and soldiers on all sides. The lens of wartime photojournalists captured war’s effects on US forces, as well as south and north Vietnamese soldiers. For the first time ever, a collection of 50 images from the Associated Press’ (AP) …

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Amateur singers stay evergreen

Amateur singers stay evergreen

Dinh Van Long’s passion for music and singing has never ebbed. “I love singing and will continue singing until I cannot,” said Long, a worker at the HCM City-based Viet Thang Textile Joint Stock Company. Long, who began singing for a church choir at the age of 17, has performed …

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Art troupes seek more funds for theatres

Art troupes seek more funds for theatres

Art troupes in HCM City are asking the HCM City authority to invest in upgrading and building theatres to meet audiences’ demand. Music professor Ca Le Thuan, chairman of the HCM City Union of Literature and Arts Associations, said “the theatre industry has been increasingly prosperous in recent years” and …

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