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Pianist Trần Gia Quang (right) practises with pianist Lương Tố Như in France. They will perform together at Encounter Concert. Photo courtesy of the artist

HCM CITY — A concert featuring performances by young Vietnamese pianist Trần Giang Quang and renowned pianist Lương Tố Như will take place in the HCM City Opera House on June 27.

On the stage of the Encounter Concert, the two artists, together with the Hanoi Saigon Chamber Orchestra and under the direction of the master conductor Honna Tetsuji, will perform great classic masterpieces include Franz Schubert’s Fantaisie F – Moll op. 103, Frederic Chopin’s Ballade No 4 and Heroic Polonaise Op.53, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto No 2 BWV 1053 and Concerto No 4 BWV 1055.

The concert is sponsored by Tân Việt Securities Joint Stock Company (TVSI), FLC Biscom, Military Bank (MB Bank) and The Odys Boutique Hotel.

According to the organisers, the unexpected encounter of two artists with two different personalities will enable the audience to feel life’s diversities and therefore will bring different exciting colours to the concert.

Trần Gia Quang is seen practising prior to Encounter Concert. Photo courtesy of the artist

Trần Gia Quang was born in 2007 and began playing the piano at the age of seven under the guidance of his mother, Đào Thị Bích Thuận.

In 2019, after passing the exam and receiving a scholarship at the Juilliard School of Music, Quang studied piano under the Finnish pianist Matti Raekallio and took the chamber music class of artist Yi-Heng Yang. He used to perform at the Paul Hall concert hall, the Presbyterian Church in New Jersey with CME – an organisation that sponsors talented young musicians.

After completing two years of pre-college at Juilliard with flying colours, under the guidance of pianist Như, he passed the entrance exam to the Paris Conservatory of Music, where he is currently studying.

The 14-year-old pianist has won many international awards including the first prize in the fourth Hà Nội International Piano Competition in 2018, first prize in Group A at Steinway Vietnam competition and first prize in Group C in IMCAS competition in Singapore.

Speaking of his performances in Encounter, Quang said: “The upcoming concert when I can perform on the same stage with pianist Lương Tố Như and other leading musicians in Việt Nam such as conductor Honna Tetsuji, violinist Nguyễn Thiện Minh, violinist Đào Mai Anh or violist Phạm Vũ Thiên Bảo will help me mature on my musical path. I hope to be able to contribute more to the national classical music scene.”

Pianist Lương Tố Như, born in Hà Nội in 1987 and raised in Paris, has both Vietnamese and French culture and represents the new generation of young global citizens living to the fullest, with a desire to explore the wider world.

Như started taking piano lessons with Professor Trương Thị Tuệ at Hanoi College of Art. While studying here, she continuously achieved top prizes in young talent contests in Việt Nam and participated in an international music festival in China. Under the guidance of pianist Nguyễn Hữu Tuấn, she received a full scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London at the age of 14, before moving to France at the age of 15 to study at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory.

A concert featuring performances by young Vietnamese pianist Trần Giang Quang and renowned pianist Lương Tố Như will take place in the HCM City Opera House on June 27.

During more than 15 years in France, Như studied piano performance and chamber ensemble with many world-class artists such as Marie-Josèphe Jude, Jean-François Heisser and Xavier Gagnepain. She has won several top prizes in international piano competitions such as UFAM and Claude Kahn. The pianist has participated in more than one hundred concerts, music festivals, as well as recording projects of international music producers and labels.

Since her return to Việt Nam in 2015, Như has been devoting herself to music education. Together with maestro Honna Tetsuji, she founded the Hanoi Saigon Baroque Orchestra with talented and enthusiastic artists, to bring a bright and positive classical music breeze to the audience all over the country. —

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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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