VN seeks UNESCO help in heritage preservation

Vietnamese Ambassador Duong Van Quang, Head of Vietnam’s Mission to UNESCO, made the request at his presentation of credentials to Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO. The diplomat said that Vietnam also seeks UNESCO’s assistance in preparing and submitting new dossiers. Quang underlined UNESCO’s role in the context where nations are trying to link culture with sustainable development.

Biennial drama festival kicks off

To encourage talented youths, only artists under the age of 40 are allowed to take part in the festival this year. "The regulation is set to give young artists an opportunity to perform on the stage, as well as to ensure that youths have enough opportunities to take main roles," said Vuong Duy Bien, director of the Art Performances Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Poland gives $25,000 to restore Hue Temple of Literature gate

The project, expected to kick off in June for completion in early 2012, will involve restoring four downgraded decorative columns made of mortar, at a total cost of VND1.6 billion (US$80,000).

Readers celebrate Viet Nam Book Day

The day, entitled Reading Books for Tomorrow, was supported by publishing houses, companies and bookstores, who agreed to discount one book by 20-30 per cent. Activities were held to connect readers with writers and instruct students how to choose books. There was a cover illustration contest, a talk on reading culture and speed reading, performance poetry, a favourite books competition and other activities.

Carrying on an epic tradition

"I have visited maybe thousands of villages, but I haven't been anywhere that had better epic singers than Dac Lac and Dac Nong," said Dieu Thi Mai. "I'm so sad because they are getting older and older, and passing away." Mai was named the best epic singer in the Central Highlands at the age of 18. "At that time, many people couldn't understand why she followed her father to recite epics while she was so young," said head of the Dac N'Rung Women's Association. "At some village festivals, she recited so passionately that everyone was moved to tears."

PM calls for better management of festivals

The management and organization of festivals have changed positively during the past years in Việt Nam, considerably contributing to the preservation and promotion of the country’s values of cultural heritages, improvement in people’s spiritual life, and advancement of services and tourism.

State President launches tree planting festival

Addressing the launching ceremony, State President Triết called upon relevant ministries, agencies and sectors to raise people’s awareness of climate change, environment pollution, and strictly punish those violating regulations on environment protection. The Head of State also called upon the entire Party, people and army to positively take part in planting trees and forest in an effort to protect the environment.

Hương Pagoda festival opens

The festival, the longest in Việt Nam, will last to the end of March this year. The Perfume Pagoda is in fact a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Hương Tích mountains.

Protecting the workforce

Minimum salaries are set to ensure that employers at least do not underpay their labourers. In fact, a number of businesses, particularly private and foreign invested ones pay a bit higher than the minimum requirements. In this regard, it is important for labourers to negotiate wages directly with their employers.

Viet Kieu bring money, but also knowledge and technology

According to Tuoi tre newspaper, it is estimated that tens of millions of dollars are sent by Viet Kieu to their relatives in Vietnam every day. part of the money is waiting to be funneled into investments.

Women to rise in political ranks

At the "Orientation and Training of female National Assembly deputies and People's Council candidates during 2011-16" conference, participants heard information about a project to provide additional trainning to future female leaders. At the forum, which is being held in Ha Noi from January 22nd to 24th, Fatherland Front's Democracy Legislation Department Head Nguyen Ngoc Dinh said women should be more dynamic and confident as they take on high-ranking positions.

Plan to preserve UNESCO heritage launched in Hanoi

At the ceremony, UNESCO Chief Representative in Hanoi Katherine Muller-Marin stressed that the Giong festival has been deeply impressed in the life of residents in the Red river delta as a part of their characteristics, passing from generations to generations. The recognition of the festival as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity is expected to accelerate humans’ creativeness and dialogues between cultures.

Oriental medical books reveal secrets

The man, who is well-known for his antique collecting is Nguyen Khac Bao, head of a trade union branch in the northern city of Bac Ninh.

Hanoians hold New Year gala in Berlin

The association’s chairman Nguyen Xuan Hung said since its establishment in June 2010, the association successfully organised four major cultural events and worthy of note was a celebration for the 1,000 th founding anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

“Xuan Que Huong” welcomes OVs returning home for Tet

According to Pham Hai Bang, Head of the Culture-Information Department of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese (SCOV), the event, entitled “Xuan Que Huong” (Homeland Spring), will see the presence of 700-800 overseas Vietnamese together with high-ranking Party and State leaders and representatives of foreign diplomats.

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