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Italian Consulate General to celebrate Italy’s Culture Days in HCMC



Consul General of Italy in HCMC Dante Brandi speaks at the press conference – PHOTO: MINH TUAN

HCMC – The Consulate General of Italy in HCMC will organize Italy’s Culture Days in Saigon 2020 with a series of events such as film screenings, a design talk and a music performance to celebrate the holiday season with an Italian twist.

The Italian Film Festival will take place at Galaxy Cinema Nguyen Du in District 1 from December 18 to 27, offering a glimpse into the production of contemporary Italian movies.

“Italy will be seen through the lens of six beautiful movies that deal with some of the most relevant themes in today’s Italian society, such as immigration, urban living conditions, family relationships and resilience in the face of difficulties,” Consul General of Italy Dante Brandi said at a press conference on December 16.

“Additionally, each film promises to be an Italian cultural feast, depicting Italian architecture, Italian fashion, Italian art and Italian history clearly,” he added.

The six movies to be screened consist of Perfect Strangers (2016) by Paolo Genovese, Magari-If Only (2019) by Ginevra Elkann, Sole (2019) by Carlo Sironi, Ginger and Fred (1986) by Federico Fellini, Bangla (2019) by Phaim Bhuiyan and Dafne (2019) by Federico Bondi.

On the occasion of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, the Consulate General of Italy will present the Short Film Day 2020 on December 21.

Six contemporary Italian short films will be screened at the Consulate General of Italy, depicting the most interesting national production of this genre.

The event is being held in cooperation with the Italian Short Film Center and will be open to an audience of Vietnamese students of Italian language, the Vietnamese-Italian alumni community and to lovers of short films.

Six short movies to be screened are Il Nostro Tempo (2019) by Veronica Spedicati, Lunedì (2019) by Massimo Fallai, Mezze Stagioni (2019) by Bruno Ugioli and Riccardo Menicatti, Passaggi (2019) by Beppe Leonetti, 14 (2019) by Aldo Surricchio and Jiaozi (2019) by Luca Canale Brucculeri.

A design talk themed “Design: Reconnecting” aimed at stimulating a discussion on the dynamics between brand and design and the way in which design has evolved in the context of current challenges will be held at the Residence of the Consul General of Italy in HCMC on December 22.

The conversation, which will be in English, will be livestreamed on the Consulate General of Italy’s Facebook page. It will be moderated by Consul General of Italy Dante Brandi and will feature award-winning designer Toan Nguyen, District Eight’s founder and creative director Darren Chew, District Eight’s brand director Roberto Archetti and managing editor of Elle Decoration Vietnam Duong Nguyen.

A tribute concert to Ennio Morricone, one of the most prolific and greatest film composers of all time, will take place at the Saigon Opera House on December 27.

The tribute concert will be performed by the Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra and by Jumpforjazz, featuring Nguyen Tuan Loc as a conductor, Le Minh Hien playing a violin solo, Pham Khanh Ngoc as the vocalist and Lan Anh playing a piano solo.

The concert features music from motion picture Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in America, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Legend of 1900, The Mission and La Califfa.

Born in Rome in 1928, Ennio Morricone became famous worldwide for writing more than 400 scores for cinema and television. His filmography includes more than 70 award-winning films.



Tourism workers discuss promoting domestic market



Ninh Bình hosts many spectacular landscapes. The province this year has been chosen as the main destination for the National Tourism Year 2021 in the second consecutive year. Photo

NINH BÌNH Thousands of representatives from tourism management agencies and enterprises gathered in the northern province of Ninh Bình on Thursday and Friday to discuss ways to promote domestic tourism.

At the national domestic tourism forum with the theme ‘Domestic Tourism – Power Force for Recovering Việt Nam’s Tourism in New Normal Situation’, the participants heard various speeches.

Vũ Thế Bình, Vice Permanent Chairman of the Việt Nam Tourism Association, said promoting domestic tourism is the lifebuoy for the whole sector.

“However, domestic tourism has never been considered a main power force of the sector; as a result, it has not been properly cared for,” he said. “Tourism enterprises have not defined clearly the demands, interests and favourite products and services that Vietnamese people like, which is a weak point of the sector.”

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyễn Văn Hùng said domestic tourism plays a key role in tourism at present.

“It is high time for the whole sector to review the way, find new approaches, change the methods as well as thinking among tourism workers to revive the tourism market,” he said.

The Vietnamese tourism sector should focus on the market of nearly 100 million Vietnamese people, who like to go on holidays as the pandemic is under control, he said.

The minister suggested tourism companies introduce more products suitable for domestic customers.

Phùng Quang Thắng, chairman of the Hà Nội Travel Agents Association and director of Hanoitourist, said the trend of relaxing tourism, sport tourism and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism is among the most popular ways of travelling.

Tourists tend to go in small groups, book online and use their own means of transportation, he said.

Nguyễn Quang Trung, head of Vietnam Airlines’ Department of Planning and Development, said customers now pay the most attention to pandemic prevention. They tend to book flights closer to the departure day, he said.

Representatives shared lots of solutions to enhance the efficiency of tourism promotion activities.

Lại Minh Duy, vice chairman of HCM City Tourism Association and general director of TST Tourism Company, said localities and travel agents should focus on exploiting the strength of golf tourism, MICE tourism, driving tours and upgrade their services so customers can book services online instead of buying tours directly as before.

Cao Trí Dũng, chairman of the Đà Nẵng Tourism Association, said localities with sea tourism should work together to offer diverse products.

Many participants proposed connecting localities and products.

Deputy director of Vietravel company Nguyễn Lê Hương suggested localities offer special products connecting regions, with the countryside a strong point to exploit. 

Bình suggested further exploiting local cuisine. 

Minister Hùng said localities and companies should promote co-ordination to offer more fresh products and develop sustainable tourism.

The event hosted various signing ceremonies between Ninh Bình Province’s authorities, the Ninh Bình Tourism Department, Ninh Bình Tourism Association and Xuân Trường Construction Enterprise and various agencies and localities including Vietnam Airlines, the Việt Nam Tourism Association, the HCM City Tourism Association, authorities of Đà Nẵng City and Cần Thơ City and the Việt Nam MICE Tourism Club.

The forum is the opening activity of the annual Vietnam Travel Mart (VITM) 2021, which will take place in Hà Nội on May 5-8. 


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Vietnam voices concerns over escalating violence in Yemen



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese Mission to the UN, joined speakers in voicing concerns about military escalations and cross-border fighting in Yemen, while attending a videoconference of the UN Security Council on April 15.

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Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese Mission to the UN (Photo: VNA)

As reported at the meeting, COVID-19 has unleashed itselfagain on Yemeni people, while fighting in Marib, Taizz and Houdaydah is showingdangerous signs of escalating, with the local population and internallydisplaced persons both in the line of fire. Nearly 21 million people in Yemen,including 11.3 million children, are facing the risk of hunger and pandemic.

Participating UN member states called upon the internationalcommunity to tackle hunger and COVID-19 impacts in Yemen and make commitmentsto providing financial assistance to the nation.

They also called on the relevant sides in Yemen not tohamper oil tankers from entering the Houdaydah port, to protect civilians, andto implement the Stockholm Agreement and the Riyadh Agreement on Yemen.

For his part, the Vietnamese ambassador said all concernedparties should immediately cease hostilities and resume the political process,and the conflict parties must stop attacking civilian infrastructure andneighbourhoods and protect the most vulnerable.

The diplomat urged the international community to furthersupport the Middle East country and called on the sides involved to step up theimplementation of the Stockholm and Riyadh Agreements.

In the council’s discussion over the humanitarian situationin the Tigray region of Ethiopia under “any other business”, Quy acknowledgedthe Ethiopian Government’s efforts in facilitating the operation of the UNOffice for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

He stressed ensuring humanitarian aid is yet to meet currenturgent needs, particularly in West and South Tigray.

Concerning over a report on murders, violence, anddestruction of civilian infrastructure, the ambassador urged the Ethiopian Governmentto make greater efforts in protecting civilians and speeding up investigationson crime targeting the group. He said the top priorities now are to end fightingand start dialogues and a political process./.



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Japan – Việt Nam Fest to open in HCM City at weekend




The Japanese four-member girl group Elfin’ will perform to open the seventh Japan – Việt Nam Festival on April 17 and 18 at September 23 Park in District 1. Their performances will be broadcast from Japan. Photo courtesy of the organiser

​HCM CITY — The seventh Japan – Việt Nam Festival will be held on April 17 and 18 at the September 23 Park in HCM City’s District 1.

The event will offer a wide series of cultural and sports activities introduced by artists from the both countries.

The festival will open with performances of the famous Japanese four-member girl group Elfin’, which will be broadcast from Japan at 10am on April 17 and 18.

The featured events will be two music shows featuring Japanese singer Exile Atsushi, boy bands Da Pump and Amatou Dansi.

Takayuki Nakanishi, leader of Wadaiko Syo, a group of performers of Japanese drums, or taiko, will also perform at the event.

All performances of Japanese artists will be streamed from Japan.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese singers Đông Nhi, Ông Cao Thắng and Minh Hằng, boy group UNI5, and girl group SG048, will provide live performances on the festival’s main stage.

The festival will offer a Bon Odori dance to honour the spirits of the ancestors, and a Yosakoi dance performed at festivals and events.

In addition, the Awa Odori Vietnam Dance Association will provide dance performances from Japan, which will be broadcast at the festival.

The event will introduce visitors a workshop on the history of áo dài (Vietnamese traditional dress) and quan họ (love duet singing) performances.

The HCM City flower artist Shimaken will give a presentation on Japanese flower arrangement.

Japanese martial arts of Kendo, Alsok and Karate will also be sowcased at the event.

The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) Việt Nam will organise the TOUCH Cosplay Cup HCM City to find a winner in the national contest.

The organiser will also host exchange meetings between students from HCM City and Kitami City in Hokkaido.

The festival will include stalls showcasing Japanese cuisine, healthcare products, appliances and cultural products such as manga and dolls.



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