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Fashion shows to spread quintessence of Vietnamese culture and heritage



HÀ NỘI — Fashion collections inspired by the quintessence of Vietnamese culture and heritage will be presented during a show next month.

Eight Hà Nội-based designers will showcase their latest creations in this special show entitled Bước Chân Di Sản (Footsteps of the Heritage). The event is the first of HC Fashion Show – a project that will be held four times every year in different famous tourist spots across the country.

The show will take place on October 20 at the Centre of Vietnamese Craft Village in the famous ceramic Bát Tràng village in Hà Nội suburban.

The Centre of Vietnamese Craft Village in the famous ceramic Bát Tràng village will host the fashion show Bước Chân Di Sản on October 20. — Photo

The series is the brainchild of former supermodel Hạ Vy and director Hoàng Công Cường, who is the mastermind of several big events in Việt Nam including the opening ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) 31 in Hà Nội in May.

Explaining the reason why he decided to co-operate with model Hạ Vy to organise the show, director Cường said: “Two of us share a common wish – it’s to spread the quintessence and values of Vietnamese culture to the world through fashion. After the SEA Games, I think I’ve gained more confidence to conduct this project.”

According to model Hạ Vy, she and the director have been working with each other for more than 10 years so they both know each other very well.

“Unlike all other previous shows that we have worked together, this show will be completely different as we are initiators, producers and directors. When we decided to collaborate, the commercial benefit isn’t our purpose. We just want our shows can be something that we can do for our Việt Nam,” said the former model, who currently runs a model agency in Hà Nội.

Initiators, producers and organisers of the Bước Chân Di Sản (Footsteps of the Heritage) fashion show, former supermodel Hạ Vy (centre) and director Hoàng Công Cường (right). — Photo courtesy of the organiser

Discussing the financing of the shows, the former model said both she and director Cường have accepted they will have to spend their own saving money.

“It’s will be great and highly appreciated if anyone understands the project’s meaning and purpose and wants to share the burden with us,” Vy said.

“Otherwise, we are ready to spend our own money on this enthusiastic project.”

In their first shown next month in Bát Tràng, 60 models who were selected from casting on September 20 will present collections by Hà Nội-based designers.

Founder and Creative Director of La Pham brand, designer Phạm Ngọc Anh, will showcase her collections that were presented recently in Switzerland and Greece. La Pham is known for her distinctive brocade creations that combine both modern and traditional features, especially the ones inspired by Việt Nam’s ethnic culture.

Designer Hà Duy and a model presenting a creation from his collection Sứ. — Photo courtesy of organiser

Despite designer Hà Duy having a busy schedule working on his own annual show at the beginning of November, he said he couldn’t resist joining this project as he understands the importance of spreading the quintessence of Vietnamese culture through fashion.

Duy will unveil his collection Sứ which he has been designing specially for the show.

He said: “I have named the collection Sứ because in Vietnamese, this word refers to different meanings such as porcelain or mission [sứ mệnh]. All the creations are white, presenting the signature colour of porcelain, and were made from the eco-friendly bamboo fabric.”

Áo dài (traditional dress) designer Hương Queen will introduce a collection of glamorous long-train dresses. The dresses feature sequin-embellished and rich-embroidered patterns that were inspired by the ones painted on Bát Tràng ceramic products.

A model presents an áo dài creation by designer Hương Queen. — Photo courtesy of organiser

Other designers participating in the show are Helene Hoài, Vũ Việt Hà, Kenny Thái, Seven Uomo, and Dez.

After the show in Bát Tràng, the organisers will host other shows in Tam Chúc Pagoda Complex in Hà Nam Province, the Mâm Xôi Hill in Mù Cang Chải terrace rice fields in northern mountainous Yên Bái Province, and the Hải Lý sea-swept collapsed church in Nam Định Province.

Hạ Vy said: “In the next shows, we will invite designers from other regions of the country to participate. Depending on a specific location, we will also seek the support of local artisans, who will take part in the show as models.” — VNS


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Playground by Google equips children with cyber self-protection skills



HÀ NỘI — Children can learn how to protect themselves and embrace cyber civility though diverse interactive activities taking place at the Children’s Palace in Hà Nội.

The activities are among the Online Safety Playground event organised by Google on the occasion of International Children’s Day (June 1), aiming to raise awareness and enhance knowledge on self-protection and courtesy in the online environment for children and parents.

A girl interacts with a game at the ‘Online Safety Playground’ event. — Photo courtesy of Google

As summer comes, children have more time to go online. According to a survey by the Department of Children’s Affairs (Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs) in 2022, Vietnamese children are spending 5-7 hours a day on social networks. Vietnamese children must be equipped with essential skills and knowledge on selecting healthy, age-appropriate information for themselves. Moreover, parents in Viet Nam have become more concerned about their children’s online safety, and 64.1 per cent of parents have sought to improve their technological knowledge in order to teach their children about this topic, according to a survey by Google in 2023.

The ‘Online Safety Playground’ event includes a discussion providing parents with comprehensive information on the topic of online safety for children. — Photo courtesy of Google

Understanding the practical needs of Vietnamese families, a discussion has been organised at the Online Safety Playground event to provide parents with comprehensive information on the topic of online safety for children. Featuring the family of the movie producer Lý Hải – Minh Hà, educational experts, and a Google representative, the discussion focused on improving parents’ skills and equipping them with knowledge about Internet safety, so that they are capable of guiding their children to effectively experience the online environment, especially in the summer when children spend more time on the Internet.

Alongside the discussion targeting parents, at the event, an interactive playground for children has also been introduced with many fun games, providing them with knowledge, while building up their self-protection skills and online courtesy.

Family of the movie producer Lý Hải – Minh Hà are special guests of the ‘Online Safety Playground’ event. — Photo courtesy of Google

This is also the first time educational games from the “Be Internet Awesome – Safer with Google” project have been deployed offline, helping children learn five fundamental rules: Be Smart – Be Alert – Be Strong – Be Kind – Be Brave while playing familiar games online.

At the same time, parents can experience many helpful content management applications such as YouTube Kids, YouTube Family Link, and YouTube SupeX. They will learn how to direct their children toward healthy content, and set restrictions to prevent children from accessing inappropriate content.

“Through the Online Safety Playground playground, Google and YouTube are committed to continuing to expand the programme to more schools, teachers, and students this year, thereby helping more children gain great benefits from the Internet in a safer space,” said Marc Woo, Managing Director for Việt Nam, Google APAC. — VNS


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Sơn La festival promotes local tourism and ethnic culture



SƠN LA — Hundreds of artists staged a stunning performance to open the Sơn La Province’s Tourism and Cultural Festival on Saturday night at the Mộc Châu National Tourism Area in the northern mountainous province.

Standing vice-chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Trần Thanh Mẫn, former standing vice-chairwoman of the NA, Tòng Thị Phóng, Chairman of the NA’s Ethnic Council Y Thanh Hà Niê K’đăm, and Sơn La Provincial Party Secretary Nguyễn Hữu Đông, participated in the event.

Artists stage a stunning art performance to open the Sơn La Province’s Tourism and Cultural Festival on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Đức

Themed “The World’s Leading Regional Nature Destination”, the festival is an opportunity to connect cultural-tourism products, promote tourism development, attract investment in tourism, and simultaneously create distinctive tourism products.

Speaking to open the festival, the Chairman of the Sơn La Provincial People’s Committee, Hoàng Quốc Khánh, said that the festival is not only to create a new development step for Sơn La’s tourism economy but also to strengthen the cooperation between the province and other localities in Việt Nam and other countries.

“This is also an opportunity for businesses in the tourism industry to improve their product quality associated with conserving and promoting cultural identities,” he said. “The distinctive, professional, and attractive tourism products can magnet domestic and international tourists.”

Standing vice-chairman of the National Assembly (NA), Trần Thanh Mẫn and other authority officers participate in the event. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Đức

The festival features an interesting agenda of diversified activities presenting unique local ethnic culture. Those include the plum harvesting festival in Mộc Châu District, home to the best plums in Việt Nam.  

An off-road motor race in Vân Hồ District and a photo contest are also on the festival agenda. Festival-goers can learn about the rich culture of various ethnic groups living in the province through the display presenting traditional costumes and typical architecture or through a fair showcasing ethnic gastronomy and handicraft products made by ethnic people.

“Through their own experience at the festival, visitors will have an impression of special unique tourism products that present the ethnic identity of Sơn La Province as well as the warm hospitality of Sơn La people,” Chairman Khánh said. “They can also realise the transformation and development of the province, being a great place to visit.”

Founder and president of the World Travel Awards, Graham Cooke (centre), poses with leaders of Vân Hồ and Mộc Châu districts, which have been praised as The World’s Leading Regional Natural Destination” in 2022 by the World Travel Awards. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyết

Also at the opening ceremony on Saturday, founder and president of the World Travel Awards, Graham Cooke, has given a trophy to honour Mộc Châu-Vân Hồ in Sơn La as “The World’s Leading Regional Natural Destination” in 2022. — VNS


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A memorable summer with fireworks and fun festivals in Đà Nẵng



ĐÀ NẴNG  Colourful fireworks performances at the Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival (DIFF), together with numerous cultural festivals at Bà Nà Hills, promise to offer tourists an unforgettable summer.

Magic of fireworks

The vibrant summer days in the coastal city of Đà Nẵng will begin with the return of DIFF 2023.

Taking place from June 2 to July 8 by the Hàn River, the event will feature stunning fireworks performances by international teams, including the UK, Italy, Poland, France, Australia, Canada, Finland and the host team Đà Nẵng.

Through five nights with five different themes: “Peace for Humanity”, “Love without Borders”, “Conquering Dreams”, “Dance of Nature”, and “World without Distance”, the fireworks performances will send the audience a special note honouring the recovery of world tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival has returned after three years of interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event takes place from June 2 to July 8 by Hàn River. — Photo courtesy of DIFF

During the festival, the night sky in Đà Nẵng will turn out to be a perfect backdrop for beautiful paintings created by colourful and splendid fireworks performances.

The Polish team will showcase the Firework Dragon, while the British team will stage the Light Up The World presenting the human resilience to overcome the global pandemic.

The host Việt Nam has prepared an extremely elaborate light show with the theme Đà Nẵng – Peaceful Timbre, Canada and France will amaze spectators with Northern Lights and Colours of Hope, while Italy and Australia will offer a feast of light and music.

Festivals at Bà Nà Hills

Alongside DIFF 2023, this summer, at Sun World Bà Nà Hills, tourists can enjoy several festivals, which are among a series of events called Bà Nà WOW Festival – Wonderland without Distance.

The best culture and art of different countries in the world will all be presented at the wonderland of Bà Nà. The bustling atmosphere of the German Oktoberfest will be recreated, offering tourists a chance to enjoy one of the biggest festivals in the world, where festival-goers can sip 20 different kinds of beer while enjoying famous cuisine.

During June, fans of Hallyu or Korean Wave will be able to “live their passion” with the Korean Cultural Festival. Trendy K-pop songs, exciting dances, popular dishes, and several traditional Korean games, will be presented at Bà Nà.

Sun World Bà Nà Hills will host numerous of interesting cultural festivals during summer. — Photo courtesy of Sun Group

On June 3, Vietnamese celebrity singer Hồ Ngọc Hà will have her concert Love Songs – Love Vietnam, which is expected to be a special entertainment event for music lovers.

In July, visiting Bà Nà, any tourist who is in love with French culture and French wine, will be delighted with a series of activities honouring French culture, of which the celebration of “100 Years of Bà Nà Wine Cellar” will be a highlight.

Besides, tourism-magnet hotspots such as Golden Bridge, Moon Castle, and the French Village, promise to enhance the excitement of tourists visiting Bà Nà.

Specialities of ‘kimchi land’

Coming to Đà Nẵng this summer, alongside the DIFF 2023, guests can also enjoy a full agenda of impressive activities at Asia Park.

A hotspot for young people, the ongoing “M-Pack Festival & Carnival Street Food” features a beer and soju [a Korean alcoholic drink made from rice or sweet potatoes] festival, K-pop dance, and food carnival.

DJ parties will be held every Saturday with the performance of popular DJs. In addition, art shows presenting Vietnamese traditional art forms, and K-pop concerts will be taking place monthly until September 20.

If tourists want to fly high into the clouds and enjoy the Đà Nẵng City landscape from a bird’s-eye view, they should take a hot air balloon flight available for the first time at Asia Park.

Especially, Asia Park provides a special offer for pupils and students with all-in-one tickets for only VNĐ120,000. With this ticket, junior visitors can enjoy all the outdoor games and a ride on the Sun Wheel to contemplate the panorama of Đà Nẵng City from above. They can also enjoy puppet shows by guest artists from the Huế Theatre.

A celebration of “100 Years of Bà Nà Wine Cellar” will be the highlight of a festival dedicating to French culture. — Photo courtesy of Sun Group

Shows across the city

The DIFF 2023 will not only light up the Hàn River but also bring the hectic atmosphere to every popular sightseeing spot across the city with numerous art and cultural shows.

During June, the Street Music and Magic programme will take place in Southern Park on the west bank of the Dragon Bridge.

Different kinds of Vietnamese traditional music will be presented every Saturday and Sunday night during June and July on the east bank of the Dragon Bridge, on Trần Hưng Đạo Road.

Exhibitions displaying antique ceramic objects, and traditional Japanese dolls are taking place at the Đà Nẵng Museum and the Đà Nẵng Museum of Fine Arts, respectively.

The photo exhibition The Colourful Conversation of Two Rivers at the APEC Park is another suggestion for visiting tourists.  VNS


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