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Veteran theatre artists nominated for 2020 Mai Vang Awards



For the first time, veteran theatre artists are on a par with young actors at the 2020 Mai Vang (Golden Apricot) Awards, one of the country’s most prestigious art awards presented by Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer) newspaper in HCM City.

This year, four veteran artists have been nominated for the awards, signalling a break with tradition. Previously, it was an unwritten rule that only young performers were highlighted at the awards show.

Veteran theatre artists nominated for 2020 Mai Vang Awards

Meritorious Artist Thanh Loc (first from the right) of the IDECAF Drama Troupe has worked on a series of dramatic plays for children. Photo courtesy of the producer

The annual awards, first organised in 1995, have become popular among millions of people and Nguoi Lao Dong readers, including many farmers, workers and students who have voted via mail or internet for their favourite singers, composers, fashion designers, and movie and theatre artists and directors.

While the organisers are still working hard to count the votes, which began last month, audiences are predicting wins for one of four theatre actors, Thanh Dien and Huu Chau of cai luong (reformed opera), and Thanh Loc and Thanh Hoi in drama.

Meritorious Artist Thanh Dien played a leading role in the blockbuster production Dien Vien Hang Ba (Amateur Actor), staged by the HCM City-based private drama troupe Hong Hac last year. His performance left a strong impression on audiences, though the 73-year-old has worked primarily as a theatre producer in recent years.

The long-term project began in 2016 after 15 years of writing, recording and filming by Dien and his young staff. It has received support from the HCM City Television and HCM City Theatre Association, as well as from many young and veteran performers from the city and southern provinces.

Famous extracts from historical plays performed by veteran artists in the 1950s and 1970s are featured through the project. Original traditional tunes of cai luong are highlighted.

“Through Dien’s art and his career, theatre audiences, especially young people, can learn more about cai luong, a 100-year-old traditional art of the South,” said theatre director and critic Thanh Hiệp of the HCM City Theatre’s Association.

“I was interested in the way Dien performs and uses his art to send messages to audiences through the stage. He mixed Vietnamese theatre with modern drama into his show. Dien has a good chance to capture the top award for the year’s Best Theatre Male Actor,” he added.

Other ‘Golden Apricot’ nominee for Best Male Theatre Actor goes to Meritorious Thành Loc of the IDECAF Drama Troupe.

Loc has worked as an actor, director and producer for a series of drama plays for children.

His latest production, Tam Cam (Tam and Cam), made its debut in June and was a new version 20 years after its first release by IDECAF.

The 120-minute musical work’s theme centres on love, honesty, betrayal and justice. It is based on the fairy tale of the same name, considered to be the Vietnamese version of Cinderella.

In the play, Loc, one of the region’s few professional comic actors, once again showed his acting skills.

“I was very happy to see that parents and their kids are captivated by our musical, which is still new for Vietnamese kids. I cried in joy while my audiences screamed and laughed at the show,” said the play’s producer Loc, who also plays a lead role.

Loc, 58, spent several hundred million dong on restaging the play, and urged his staff “not to make mistakes”.

A series of new songs and colourful images are used. Costume designers and specialists in sound and light added a realistic element to the play through beautiful clothes, accessories and interior design.

Loc’s fans expect that Tam Cam will help the actor win at the 2020 Mai Vang Awards.

Actors Chau and Hpi have had successful changes in their career, and have also worked to train young talents.

The 2020 Golden Apricot Awards’ vote count will close in December and the presentation show will take place early next year.




Da Nang museums attracting domestic visitors with free entry policy



Due to COVID-19, museums around the country have welcomed substantially fewer visitors.

Da Nang, however, has introduced a policy of free entry to museums during all of 2021, which has encouraged a number of domestic travellers to visit the central coastal city and improved the local tourism sector.

After a period of not welcoming any visitors due to the pandemic and then widespread flooding, the Cham Museum in Da Nang has hosted many domestic travellers keen to learn more about the Champa people’s architectural marvels.

The Cham Museum is not alone in posting an increase in visitors, with other museums in the city also welcoming more people due at least in part to the free entry policy introduced by local authorities for all of this year.

Museums around Da Nang welcomed an average of 1,000 to 1,500 visitors during the first week of the new year. While entry is free, services and programs remain top quality.

Museums around Da Nang are considered valuable in helping people discover and explore the local land and people. With the free entry policy, visitors from all walks of life can understand more about the central city./. VNA


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New national team jerseys unveiled



Việt Nam football team players pose with new jersey designs in 2021. Photo courtesy of VFF


HÀ NỘI – The Thailand-based Grand Sport Group and the Việt Nam Football Federation on Monday introduced the new jerseys for the national football team in Hà Nội.

There are two uniforms, one red and one white for competitions and green for goalkeepers, with light blue for other activities, for teams including the men’s and women’s national squads. This year the VFF’s long-term partner will also provide jerseys for junior sides from U16 to U23.

Grand Sport uses modern technology in producing light, breathable and sweat-absorbent jerseys to aid players in training and competing.

Speaking at the ceremony, VFF General Secretary Lê Hoài Anh said Grand Sport’s sponsorship since 2015 has played a big role in the national teams’ performance. He believed the new uniform would help players be more comfortable and confident ahead of important competitions in 2021.

Grand Sport representative Trần Thành Trung said the group hopes Vietnamese teams perform well in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, AFF Cup and the SEA Games. —


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New national football team jerseys for 2021 unveiled



The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) held a ceremony on January 18 to unveil new jerseys of national football teams for 2021, produced by Grand Sport.

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The Vietnam Football Federation unveils new jerseys of national football teams for 2021. (Photo: VNA)

According to the Thailand-based Grand Sport, the new uniforms feature a large red star in an echo effect design at the centre, which represents the resilience and unity of the Vietnamese people, the players, and the millions of football fans around the country.

The jerseys are made from high-quality, light, and moisture-absorbing fabric using advanced technology, the company said.

Speaking at the unveiling, VFF Secretary General Le Hoai Anh said the partnership between the VFF and Grand Sport will open the best conditions possible for Vietnamese national players during both training and competition, particularly at a time they are preparing for major matches this year and beyond.

He expects that all national football teams will play better and post the best results.

This is the sixth year Grand Sport has cooperated with the VFF to introduce new uniforms.

The group inked a sponsorship deal with the VFF in 2019 to provide sportswear and training gear for the national men and women’s football teams, along with the U16, U19, and fulsal teams. The deal is in place until 2023./.VNA


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