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

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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.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/79843/italian-consulate-general-to-celebrate-italy%e2%80%99s-culture-days-in-hcmc.html

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Ho Chi Minh City zoo uses elephant dung to make paper

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The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City recently collaborated with a group of Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HUTECH) students in transforming elephant dung into paper.

After eight months of research, the first elephant dung papers were produced. 

Even though some of them cannot be used, the crew has been continuously developing chemical-free procedures to make paper from elephant excrement in order to raise awareness of wildlife protection.

Zookeepers at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens collect elephant dung at the animal’s enclosure. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Zookeepers at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens collect elephant dung at the animal’s enclosure. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Elephants consume primarily grass and vegetables, therefore their feces are clumpy and high in fiber. In the past, their excrement was either discarded or used as fertilizer.

According to Dang Kieu Anh, a HUTECH major in animal husbandry, the group recycles excrement into paper every weekend.

“The first step in turning elephant dung into paper is washing the waste to remove impurities, leaving only the fiber for recycling,” Anh said.

Mai Khac Trung Truc, director of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, washes the elephant dung. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Mai Khac Trung Truc, director of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, washes the elephant dung. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

“Following this, the fiber will be boiled to eliminate bacteria and odor.

“The boiled fiber will then be sun-dried and blended. 

“The blended fiber will be mixed with water, paper pulp, and tapioca starch.

“The final products will be obtained by pouring the mixture into a mold and exposing it to the sun for drying.”

The blended elephant dung is being mixed with paper pulp and tapioca starch. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The blended elephant dung is being mixed with paper pulp and tapioca starch. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Mai Khac Trung Truc, director of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, stated that some countries have already succeeded in producing paper from elephant dung, which is an excellent idea considering the declining forest area and the decreasing number of elephants in the wild and in captivity.

“With the aim to recycle elephant dung, the product may inspire everyone to work together to protect the environment and elephants,” Truc said.

“Every 100 grams of mixed elephant dung may typically be recycled into seven to eight sheets of paper with the same thickness.

“To make the paper more usable, we are now studying methods to enhance its quality. 

“We have no plans to sell the sheets to the public.

“We will supply paper for children’s educational materials.”

A student pours the mixture of elephant dung into a tray. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

A student pours the mixture of elephant dung into a tray. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Students filter the mixture through a mold, leaving paper paste residue. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Students filter the mixture through a mold, leaving paper paste residues. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The finished products of elephant dung paper. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The finished products of elephant dung paper. Photo: Ngoc Phuong – Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

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Vocational school students present recycled items at environmental protection event in Da Nang

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Hundreds of unique recycled products created by vocational school students were presented at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam on Saturday.

Taking place at the Da Nang Vocational Training College, the event was organized for the first time by the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training under the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs.

Its goal was to promote a green lifestyle and students’ roles in environmental protection, contribute to the establishment of green schools, and limit plastic waste at vocational education institutions.

Students introduce handicrafts made from recyclable material at the event. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Students introduce handicrafts made from recyclable materials at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

The event was joined by nearly 2,000 students of vocational schools in Da Nang and nearby provinces.

The participants presented a variety of recycled products, namely handbags sewn from used tarpaulin, ornaments made from plastic cups and spoons, and tables and chairs made from discarded tires.

Products made from recyclable material are presented at the event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Products made from recyclable materials are displayed at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Using recycled items is no longer a trend, Kieu Loan, 19, stated, adding that it has become a habit of many young people, showing their love for and awareness of the environment.

“This event puts forward a lot of good ideas for recycling discarded items in our daily life,” said Minh Toai, 24.

It also featured a photo exhibition and a game with about 100 players, centered around environmental protection, climate change, and plastic waste.

A student holds a bag made from used tarpaulin at the event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A student holds a bag made from used tarpaulin at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A wall clock made from plastic spoons is presented at the event. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A wall clock made from plastic spoons is presented at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Le Tan Dung (R), Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, attends at event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Le Tan Dung (R), Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, attends an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A photo gallery on environmental protection at the event in Da Nang City, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A photo gallery on environmental protection at an environmental protection event in Da Nang City, central Vietnam, July 2, 2022. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre

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Hue Citadel attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy Hue Festival 2022

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Thousands of tourists flocked to the Hue Citadel in Thua Thien-Hue Province on Wednesday night, the first night of free admission to the Hue Festival 2022, to take part in major art activities.

Within the framework of 2022 Hue Festival, the Hue Monuments Conservation Center is offering free entrance to the Imperial City within the Hue Citadel in the city’s namesake till Thursday.

Visitors gather at the Imperial City to enjoy a performance within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors gather at the Imperial City to enjoy a performance within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

On Wednesday, one of the key programs of Hue Festival 2022, an art performance was staged in front of the yard of Thai Hoa Palace.

In the space of the historic Nguyen Dynasty Royal Palace, this art program has combined tradition and modernity.

Hue Citadel was adorned with more multicolored lights to welcome travelers at night, creating a sparkling scene.

Actors wearing traditional costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Actors wearing costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Tuan Anh, a tourist from the capital city of Hanoi, stated that he was truly astonished by the Imperial City’s breathtaking beauty.

“It’s fantastic to be photographed in the royal palace’s nighttime backdrop with such sparkling illumination,” Anh said.

“After this event, hopefully Hue will keep the citadel open at night so that travelers from all over the country can visit.

Actors wearing traditional costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Actors wearing traditional costumes perform on the stage at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors tour an exhibition of the Nguyen Dynasty’s royal seal at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors tour an exhibition of the Nguyen Dynasty’s royal seal at the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors crowd the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors crowd the Imperial City within the framework of the 2022 Hue Festival in Thua Thien- Hue Province, Vietnam, June 29, 2022. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

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