HÀ NỘI – Three Vietnamese artists won prizes at the Buddy Bear Art Competition 2020, hosted by the German Embassy in Hà Nội and the Việt Nam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS) to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Việt Nam – Germany diplomatic relations.
Out of 14 applications, a jury picked the designs of the artists Chu Thúy Quỳnh, Nguyễn Xuân Lam and Phùng Văn Tuệ as winners.
During the COVID-19 contact restrictions, the three artists designed the Buddy Bears in their homes.
The three winners of the art competition were each awarded a prize of VNĐ15,000,000 for their works.
The three Buddy Bears can be viewed from November 16 in the exhibition hall of the VICAS Art Studio, 32 Hào Nam, Đống Đa District, Hà Nội.
The Buddy Bears originated from an art project in 2001. They have become a landmark of Berlin and are considered unofficial ambassadors of Germany. The outstretched arms of the standing Buddy Bear symbolise friendliness and optimism.
The “United Buddy Bears” were created in 2002. The exhibition of around 140 Buddy Bears designed by artists from member states of the United Nations promotes peaceful coexistence between people of all races, cultures and religions. Since their first exhibition in Berlin, over 40 million visitors have already admired the Buddy Bears.
Boat race festival recognised as national intangible cultural heritage
HCM CITY The boat race festival in Quảng Ngãi Province’s Lý Sơn Island, first held in 1826, has been designated a national intangible cultural heritage.
The Tứ Linh boat race is held to pay homage to the island’s ancestral inhabitants and soldiers who fought for national sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) and Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
The event is also an opportunity for local fishermen to pray for prosperity, peace and a smooth voyage at sea.
Eight boats in the race are decorated with the images of four holy creatures, including dragon, unicorn, turtle and phoenix. Before the festival opens, teams typically worship their specific gods.
Lý Sơn islanders believe the winning team will enjoy the most peace and prosperity during the year.
Participants should be healthy, skilled men. In the past, the boats could carry only 14 people but in recent years, they have been designed to carry 24.
Exhibition showcases the development of National Assembly
HCM CITY — Photos and documents that reflect the innovation and development of Việt Nam’s National Assembly over the years are on display at an exhibition in HCM City.
The exhibition, entitled Việt Nam’s National Assembly — Paths of Innovation and Development, is part of activities in anticipation of the upcoming May 23 election of the 15th National Assembly and People’s Councils for 2021-2026.
It is being held at the Military Zone 7 Museum located at 247 Hoàng Văn Thụ Street, Tân Bình District.
The more than 200 exhibits are divided into three themes — ‘President Hồ with the First General Election’, ‘Historic Paths of Việt Nam’s National Assembly’ and ‘The Armed Forces of Military Zone 7 Live and Follow the Constitution and Laws’.
All the items are related to the establishment of the National Assembly, the first general election on January 6, 1946, and the 75th anniversary of the National Assembly’s establishment this year as the highest Government organisation and the highest-level representative body of the people.
They also reflect the leadership of President Hồ Chí Minh in the establishment and development of the National Assembly.
The exhibition also introduces documents related to constitutional regulations, laws for the National Assembly, People’s Councils and regulations on the election of National Assembly deputies and People’s Councils representatives.
Another part of Việt Nam’s National Assembly — Paths of Innovation and Development is dedicated to the contribution of the armed forces of Military Zone 7 to the preparation and organisation of elections for National Assembly deputies and People’s Councils representatives within the Military Zone.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Colonel Thái Thành Đức, deputy chairman of the Political Department of Military Region 7, said the exhibition is a practical activity with profound political education significance.
“It is a campaign and a widespread democracy activity that enables generations of Vietnamese people, particularly the youth of the armed forces in Military Region 7, to understand and feel proud of the National Assembly in the journey of building and developing the country of the people, by the people and for the people,” he added.
The exhibition will last until the end of this month. Entrance is free.
Explore array of Chinese snacks at Phùng Hưng Market
HCM CITY Chive cakes, willow leaf cakes and radish cakes are among the dozens of Chinese dishes you can find at Phùng Hưng Market in HCM City’s District 5, known as a Chinese food heaven.
Chinese chive cakes are made from rice flour and served either flat, round or square. Traditionally, rice flour is mixed with warm water, then hand-kneaded until the dough reaches a soft, supple and smooth texture. Chives are cut, then added to the dough, which is steamed.
The final step involves deep-frying the cakes until crispy.
Willow leaf cakes are a snack popular in China’s Chaozhou city. The dumpling powder crust is typically filled with sticky rice, dried shrimp, pork, pickled radish and spring onions, very similar to a steamed, salty sticky rice dish.
The cake has a purple pink colour and is considered a symbol of luck and longevity. Chaozhou people often include willow leaf cakes in their ceremonies.
Radish cakes are considered a lucky new year dish in Chaozhou. The cake is made from sticky rice flour and white radish, shredded into fibres, drained of liquid, then stir-fried before mixing. Dried shrimp, shiitake mushrooms, five-flavour seasoning, or sausages can be added before steaming.
Most dishes cost only VNĐ5,000 to VNĐ35,000 (US$0.22-1.50).
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