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Music schools advance educational model adapts to international standards



HÀ NỘI — Diva Mỹ Linh has proved that she not only has a distinctive voice, but also ability in training young talent.

The singer has co-operated with international artist Thanh Bùi to advance the educational model of The Rock & Pop Academy Hanoi (RPA) – her school specialising in art professional training for young individuals.    

Under the co-operation agreement, all the RPA training programmes will follow the international-standard textbooks by prestigious examination boards which offers graded and diploma qualifications across a range of disciplines in the performing arts learning and teaching.

Supplied by the Vietnam Institute for Arts Education (VIA Education) which is founded and chaired by the Australian-Vietnamese artist Thanh Bùi, the textbooks include ones by Trinity College London, Australian Music Examinations Board, Music Teachers’ Board, Poco Studio, Alfred Music, Charanga, and the International Performing Arts & Theatre.

Diva Mỹ Linh and founder of VIA Education, artist Thanh Bùi at the Cooperation Agreement Signing Ceremony in Hà Nội on Monday. — Photo courtesy of RPA

“With the co-operation with VIA Education, we want to set up a ‘runway’ for young talent to ‘take off. By offering professional training with international-standard textbooks and worldwide-recognised certificates, our wish is to be a trustful educator of art in Việt Nam,” said Linh, who is also the founder of the RPA.

“Bùi and I share the same common desire of devotion for music development, especially among the younger generation. As we are performing artists and parents, we hope to share and hand down all our experience to the young, spreading the love to music and art.”

According to Linh, the new and advanced educational model at the RPA will help to outline a personalised training programme for each student, and at the same time to create a creative environment where every student can express freely through music and art.

Linh added: “At RPA, we not only focus on training the ones who wish to become professional singers, musicians, and composers, but also pay attention to help them to develop other soft skills that are very useful in life such as skills on concentration, listening, and talking.”  

Artist and educator Bùi said: “I strongly believe that creative education through music and art play an important role in comprehensive development of an individual. Whatever the studying purpose of the student is, for hobby or for being a future professional artist, it’s necessary to have a professional training programme that the students can figure out the direction they take.

“I don’t want RPA students to be ‘backward’ compared to others in the world because music now is a global language. I hope as many as students will be together with me and Linh to walk on the road of music and art where they can shine bright and become the best version of themselves.” 

Alongside the co-operation with RPA, the VIA Education also has joined hands with the Inspirito School of Music – a school specialising in classic music teaching in Hà Nội for a similar purpose.

Bùi said it’s the great passion and enthusiasm towards classic music of the Inspirito School’s founder, the international-award winning pianist Lưu Đức Anh, has urged him to work with him.

“Together with all lecturers of the school, who share the same passion and vision, we will offer creative education through art and music, especially the classic music to Vietnamese children,” he said.  


Inspirito School’s founder, the international-award winning pianist Lưu Đức Anh. — Photo courtesy of Inspirito School of Music

Anh said: “At the Inspirito, we, the young artists have been devoting ourselves to music through performances and training programmes.

“We always take responsibility in passing on our knowledge and experience for younger generations, so we all together can discover the quintessence and value of music. We are trying our best to become a professional and inspired music educator, as our motto is ‘Inspired to be your best’.”

At present, despite facing many challenges as classical music is not a popular music genre for most Vietnamese people, Inspirito School of Music has been trying to offer a training programme that helps students have a panoramic view of the music genre, at the same time to understand its important role in the comprehensive development of an individual. —



HCM City student wins at logo contest




Korean ambassador Park Noh-wan awards the prize to winner Ngô Quang Trung in Hà Nội. — Photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Centre 

HÀ NỘI — HCM City-based Ngô Quang Trung, 22, won the top prize at a logo design contest to celebrate the 30th founding anniversary of Việt Nam and South Korea diplomatic relations this year.  

The contest was co-held by the Vietnamese embassy in Korea and the Korean embassy in Việt Nam in October and November last year for Vietnamese and Korean designers. 

Trung, a fourth-year student from the HCM National University, designed the logo using two symbols of Việt Nam and Korea. The Turtle Tower on Hoàn Kiếm Lake in Hà Nội is an icon of the capital city, while Gwanghwamun gate is the largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. 

These structures are placed alongside the national flags of the two countries and the number 30 to represent their three-decade friendship. 

The logo beat 774 others in the contest and will be used in communications and events throughout the diplomatic celebration this year.

“I’m honoured and happy for my design to be selected,” Trung said at the award ceremony on Tuesday. “I hope that it will contribute to fostering bilateral ties in the future.”

The award ceremony is a curtain-raiser for a series of cultural exchanges serving the celebration, said Korean ambassador Park Noh-wan at the ceremony. — 


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HCM City artists honoured at Drama Festival



GOLD PERFORMANCE: Meritorious Artist Ngô Mỹ Uyên (centre) of the HCM City Small Theatre, winner of the Best Actress at the 2021 Southern Drama Festival in HCM City on Monday. The festival attracted 300 artists from 20 State-owned and private theatres and troupes in the region. Photo courtesy of the organiser

HCM CITY — Artists Ngô Mỹ Uyên and Lê Lộc of HCM City have won top prizes at the 2021 Southern Drama Festival launched by the Performing Art Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Meritorious Artist Uyên won gold prize for the Best Actress in Tình Lá Diêu Bông (Woman in Love), a production on family issues staged by the HCM City Small Theatre.  

Uyên’s performance captured the hearts of judges and audiences during the 13-day event. 

“My staff and I have worked to improve both skills and creativity to advance Vietnamese drama in the southern style,” said Uyên, director of HCM City Small Theatre – the city’s first private theatre. 

“Our artists love offering experimental plays using modern techniques. Therefore, we have to improve our stage experience and life skills to bring our art closer to audiences.” 

ON STAGE: Artists perform at the 2021 Southern Drama Festival launched by the Art Performance Department of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The event aimed to discover and encourage new talents in Vietnamese drama. Photo courtesy of the organiser

Uyên has 20 years’ experience in the industry. She works as a director and producer who combines drama, tuồng (classical drama), cải lương (reformed opera), contemporary dance and music. 

Uyên’s chief competitor was young actor Lê Lộc of Phú Nhuận Drama Troupe – one of the city’s leading private theatres. 

Lộc won gold prize for Best Actor in Ngã Rẽ (Turn of Life), a play on urban youth and their conflicts in love, family life and their careers.    

The two were among 40 artists who were honoured at the festival’s award ceremony on Monday at HCM City’s Trần Hữu Trang Cải Lương Theatre. 

The organisers also gave top prizes for Best Play, Best Director and Best Scriptwriter. 

The festival attracted 300 artists from 20 State-owned and private theatres and troupes in the region. 

“Our festival has discovered and encouraged new talents in Vietnamese drama to develop their art,” said People’s Artist and theatre director Trần Minh Ngọc, chairman of the festival’s board. — 


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Culture ministry proposes fully opening to international visitors from April 30




Đà Nẵng is the city with the highest tourism competitiveness in the country. VNA/ Photo Trần Lê Lâm

HÀ NỘI — Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyễn Văn Hùng and economic experts believe that April 30 is an appropriate occasion to welcome foreign tourists back to Việt Nam.

As part of a current pilot project, groups of foreign tourists have been welcomed to selected destinations on closed, package tours. 

Addressing a conference on improving tourism competitiveness on Tuesday, Minister Hùng noted Việt Nam is kick-starting its tourism recovery scheme by reopening the door to domestic tourism, receiving support from localities and travel businesses.

“April 30 will be the right time. We are confident that this is the right step, the right roadmap, as the pilot programme to welcome international visitors is successful for two months, the vaccine coverage is in the top six worldwide and the tourist destinations are ready,” he said.

The minister requested that localities continue implementing the pilot scheme from now until April 30, and if the proposal is approved, Việt Nam will fully reopen its market to international tourism.

“This is determination, not idealism,” said Hùng.

Phạm Văn Thủy, deputy director of the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism, also agreed that the international tourism market should be reopened from the second quarter so that localities and businesses have time to prepare conditions for welcoming guests.

He also proposed to promote tourism, at the same time expand the scope of piloting to welcome guests and synchronise regulations from the central to local level and between localities.

Also at the conference, Đà Nẵng was ranked as the city with the highest tourism competitiveness in the country.

Accordingly, the city is highly appreciated for its road traffic safety, ease of access by air, a qualified tourism workforce, good quality tourism infrastructure, and attractive cultural properties.

Following Đà Nẵng, the localities with high tourism competitiveness are Quảng Ninh, Khánh Hòa, and Quảng Nam.

Hà Nội and HCM City are in 6th and 8th place, respectively. — 


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