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Enduring love to Hanoi’s sketching

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Sketching images of Hanoi is both love and responsibility that members of the Urban Sketchers Hanoi devote to their homeland.

One day at the weekend, you may catch a group of people sitting on the sidewalk in Hanoi, in front of an ancient house, or a small street corner, focusing on easels. They are members of the Urban Sketchers Hanoi (USK Hanoi) who tell the story of the city in their own language of sketching paintings.

A member of Urban Sketchers Hanoi is capturing the beauty of Hanoi’s street. Photo: Le Ngoc Quang

In 2016, the USK Hanoi was founded by a group of architects including Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, Dinh Hai, Chu Quoc Binh, and Nguyen Hoang Lam. They aim to preserve Hanoi’s beauty and spread their love for it to the community through sketches to raise the awareness of protecting and promoting Hanoi’s heritage and cultural values.

The group’s founders depict the culture, history, art, and architecture of the city in their paintings, especially the valuable ancient works in the process of urbanization. 

Sketching is a form of drawing that is the first step of painting helping record images on all materials in a short time with the artist’s emotions, according to architect Thuy. “Nowadays many sketches have become artworks and have been appreciated by the public.”

Since the early days after the group was established, Thuy said that the sketching on the street has attracted many people to come and join. The group has about 5,000 members all over the country and abroad. They come from different ages and occupations like architects, painters, officers, students, retired people as well as children. 

“Sketching is suitable for both people experienced in painting and new beginners,” Thuy said, “everyone in the group can freely feel and draw on various materials to express their different perspectives. Therefore, the sketches of our group are very diverse and have their own identity.”

Memories and shares

Young Hanoian sketchers. Photo: Hoang Quach

Through the sketches, members of USK Hanoi can recall and share memories of Hanoi with friends and future generations.

They have organized events like exhibitions, the most outstanding of those was the Asia – Hanoi Sketch Journey 2019, which attracted many international artists to participate.

In addition, USK Hanoi has launched books of their works like “Hanoi’s old apartment building”, “Hanoi Old Quarter – Sketches and Memories”, and “Hanoi’s impression from sketches of French buildings”. The books also tell readers stories that inspired them to overcome the difficulties of life.

“Those sketches are only a few among tens of thousands of pictures of USK members. Many of them “save” the last image of a place that has been gone later,” Thuy said.

Different from other kinds of paintings, sketching has its own distinctive features and uniqueness, which help spread the painter’s love for Hanoi, making them more attractive like journey diary pages.

Under the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, USK Hanoi has changed its activities. In the time of social distancing, it launched a sketching challenge for everyone.

“In the serious situation of the pandemic when movement was limited, painting is the spiritual remedy for people to overcome the tough time more easily because it is an interesting activity, helping people relax and refresh,” another founder, architect Binh said.

The challenge attracted many people of all ages to participate, contributing hundreds of interesting pictures with diverse perspectives. Particularly, besides the fine art, these sketches also showed the atmosphere of Hanoi in the battle against the pandemic, such as family spending time together, physical exercises, and measures to prevent and control the Covid-19, among others.

Through their activities, the USK Hanoi shows not only their deep love for Hanoi but also their attitude to the city’s culture and life. It opens a new way to approach cultural heritage through sketching which is a different language from pictures taken by cameras, bringing a new aesthetic experience to the contemporary public. “Let’s live slowly and observe a little more to fall in love with Hanoi more,” said Thuy.

Hang Be Street. Sketcher: Vuong Long
Hang Bun Street. Sketcher: Vuong Long
Hang Chieu Street. Sketcher: Dong Thinh
                                                   Lien Tri Street. Sketcher: Dang Viet Loc
Ta Hien Street. Sketcher: Binh Chu
Bang Lang (Lagerstroemia) Flowers in Hanoi Street. Sketcher: Pham Thanh Son 
Muong Hoang Yen (Osaka) Flowers on the bank of the West Lake. Sketcher: Pham Thanh Son
Flamboyant Flower. Sketcher: Pham Thanh Son
The season of Pomelo Flowers. Sketcher: Xuan Hien

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National team players to face draining 2021 run

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National team players to face draining 2021 run

Vietnam (R) play the UAE at the World Cup qualifiers on June 15, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


Multiple domestic and international tournaments will exhaust national team players in the last months of 2021.

After passing the second round of World Cup qualifiers for the first time in history, the national team will have nearly three months to prepare before the third round begins in September. However, during that time gap, the players will continue to partake in domestic and international club tournaments. Many key players of the national team representing Viettel FC and Hanoi FC will go overseas to play the group stage of AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, set to complete by mid-July.

When the players return to Vietnam, they will continue the second phase of V. League from late July to late August. Then, without any rest, they will gather with the national team to prepare for the third World Cup qualifying round that will start on Sept. 2. But that’s not all. After six games of World Cup qualifiers, the players will begin their journey to defend their AFF Cup title, which is set to take place from Dec. 5 to 31.

Therefore, by calculation, national team players might have to play around 18 to 23 matches from late July until this year ends, which will squeeze their stamina to the last drop.

With such a tight schedule, the players can get injured and exhausted, which will directly affect tournament results as well as the goals of Vietnamese football this year. This is a make-or-break situation for the national team, so to ensure the best conditions for players, medical and nutritional care is crucial in keeping the players healthy and charged for the long run. To do that, coordination between clubs and the national team is key.

The pressure on head coach Park Hang-seo will be huge as well. Because aside from the World Cup qualifiers and AFF Cup, he will also have to coach the U22 team at SEA Games 31 to defend their 2019 gold medal.

One suggestion would be sending the national team to compete in the World Cup qualifiers, while the U23 team plus two experienced players play AFF Cup and SEA Games 31. That way, the workload will be reduced for the national team and young players will have the opportunity to gain more international experience.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/national-team-players-to-face-draining-2021-run-4298610.html

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Coach Park writes encouraging letter to players

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Coach Park writes encouraging letter to players

Coach Park Hang-seo in a training session of the national football team on May 28, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


After the historic advance to the final World Cup qualifying round, coach Park Hang-seo has sent players a letter of appreciation and encouragement.

“In the last three games of the second round, we have worked together and advanced to the final round of World Cup qualifiers. This has always been our goal and I’m so delighted about it. I want to thank all the players for believing in me, for giving their best effort with the highest spirit and the assistants who have devoted themselves selflessly day and night to support the team, as well as other members that have tried their best to complete the job,” he wrote.

“Let’s always give our best and be proud that you are a part of the team that have written a new chapter in the history of Vietnamese football.”

He asked the players to enjoy the time with their families during this short break, before going back to their World Cup campaign.

They will have much to do in the road ahead, Park said, promising he will try his best to complete his job.

“We will have to prepare for the final round of World Cup qualifiers in September, to face the top teams in Asia. We need to be more focused, physically, mentally and tactically. If we can stay united and keep giving our best, I believe we can achieve our goal.”

In the second round of World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam went unbeaten in seven games before losing to the UAE in the last match. They advanced to the third round as one of the five best second-placed teams.

The Golden Dragons are set to return to training in August to prepare for the third round, which will take place between Sept. 2, 2021 and March 29, 2022.

Park hang-seo: the spark that keeps Vietnam’s football fire burning

 
 

Coach Park writes encouraging letter to players

Park hang-seo: the spark that keeps Vietnam’s football fire burning

Park Hang-seo and his four-year journey with Vietnam’s football. Video by VnExpress/Tuan Viet.

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Concert on 20th century’s musical pieces to be held online

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The fourth concert of the “Music of the 20th Century” series will be broadcast live via Facebook page of the Goethe Institut Vietnam on June 28, in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the institute has announced.

Concert on 20th century’s musical pieces to be held online
The banner of the event. (Photo: www.goethe.de)

The concert series introduces compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries by important living or deceased world-famous composers.

The performers are soloists and lecturers from the Vietnam National Academy of Music and the Inspirito School of Music, notably trumpeter Urushihara Yuki, percussionist Kyle Acuncius, violist Patcharaphan Khumprakob, oboeist Hoang Manh Lam, and pianists Luu Duc Anh and Hoang Ho Thu, among others.

The whole programme promises to be a colourful picture with different styles from many different countries. Starting with Medtners musical style which is strongly influenced by the Romantic tradition, and expanding to very special creations and languages written for the piano by Barber, Ligeti, Ornstein or Japanese composer Hosokawa Toshio.

The soloists of this concerts will in addition explore how modern composers exploit different technique of composing and performing on other instruments such as oboe, trumpet, viola, and percussion or even on a toy piano with works by Goldmann, Vizutti, Hindemith, David Lang and Cangelosi.

Source: VNA

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