NDO – Martin Rama, former Lead Economist of the World Bank in Vietnam, has recently been appointed as the Project Director of the Sustainable Urban Development Centre under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, a position usually taken over by a Vietnamese person but is now held by a foreigner. It’s worth noting that he serves as an honourary director, working without pay and even using his own money for the project.
NDO/VNA - The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra (HBSO) is due to stage the operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II at the Opera House on December 29 evening.
NDO – A cannon dated back 200 years ago was recently discovered in mid December during the implementation of a water supply project on Long Dinh lake, Son Hao hamlet, Quan Lan commune, Van Don district in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
NDO/VNA – The painting “Nguyet Uoc” (Promise under Moonlight) depicting the love between Thuy Kieu and Kim Trong in Kieu’s Tale by Nguyen Du, has been auctioned at Chon’s Auction House in Hanoi for US$83,000.
NDO – A total of 30 artworks by four lecturers from the Vietnam University of Industrial Fine Arts are being displayed at an exhibition that opened at the Korean Cultural Centre in Hanoi on December 26.
NDO – ‘Cap sac’ ritual is a rite of passage to mark the coming-of-age of the Dao ethnic men, affirming the recognition of the community and gods to them. With the Dao ethnic minority people in Hoanh Bo district, Quang Ninh province, ‘cap sac’ is the most important ritual.
NDO – Although he has returned to Vietnam many times, when he put his step back into Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi, the American anti-war prisoner sergeant Robert P. Chenoweth can’t hold back his feeling. He had to stop at times to hold back his tears while addressing the opening ceremony of the ‘Finding Memories’ exhibition, which was held in late November in Hanoi.
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NDO – An art programme entitled ‘Vietnam – Beauty and Fragrance of Spring’ was held in Sydney, Australia on December 20, attracting the participation of Overseas Vietnamese students and officers of Vietnamese representative offices in Sydney.
NDO/ VNA – Exhibitions marking 50 years of the Spring 1968 uprising and Vietnam’s economic, cultural, social and national defence achievements opened in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, on December 19.