Vietnamese youths won the top prize of the Future Ready ASEAN Competition 2020 for solutions to preserve traditional dances of Southeast Asian nations using data science.
|The final round of the Future Ready ASEAN 2020 contest was held virtually on October 10. — Screenshot photo|
The contest is a playground for young people across the region to come up with data-driven solutions to promote ASEAN’s cultural heritage.
The final round was held virtually with the competitions of nine teams out of a total of 70 teams from eight ASEAN countries. The finalists had to manifest their findings on how to increase awareness and knowledge of ASEAN culture via data science.
Ultimately, the highest prizes of the contest were awarded to the Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia teams.
The Vietnamese team including Nguyen Ngo Hoai Linh, Nguyen Hoang Lam and Dao Tien Minh won the first prize for their impressive presentation on the preservation of ASEAN traditional dances with data science.
The Myanmar team was the runner-up for z topic on how Ramayana epic is rooted in the ASEAN stages.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian team won third place for their presentation on a mobile app for listening to traditional ASEAN music.
The Future Ready ASEAN Competition is one of the key activities of the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme and a joint initiative between the ASEAN Foundation, Microsoft and Empire Code with the goal of providing access to high-quality computer science education for disadvantaged people.
Via the Future Ready ASEAN website, the initiative has trained IT skills to more than 26,998 young disadvantaged youths and 1,187 trainers since March 2019. VNS
Vietnam not to join French football tournament
The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has refused to allow the U22 team to take part in the Toulon Tournament in France.
The tournament is scheduled to be held in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France from December 23 to January 7 next year.
The U22 team
Earlier, VFF agreed to send the U22 team to France to attend the friendly tournament at the invitation of the French Football Federation. Coach Park Hang-seo has the right to lead the team to the tournament or give it to his assistants.
However, to date, the Covid-19 pandemic in many countries in the world has remained complicated, so the cancellation is aimed to ensure safety for the team.
Instead, the squad and Coach Park Hang Seo will gather for domestic training to prepare for coming tournaments, including the qualifying round of the 2021 AFC U23 Championship and 2021 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31).
The Toulon Tournament is considered a miniature World Cup for young teams and the likes of France’s Thierry Henry, Portugal’s Manuel Rui Costa and England’s Alan Shearer have all played there in the past.
The 12 teams will be divided into three groups, competing in a round-robin format to choose three group winners and the best second-placed team to enter the semi-finals.
Previously, the tournament was expected to take place in June but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was delayed until the end of the year. Dtinews
Portraits of Vietnam’s well-known artists on display
A collection of portraits of 51 well-known 20th century Vietnamese artists and intellectuals will be on display at Mai House Saigon on October 28.
|A portrait of late musician Trinh Cong Son by artist Tran The Vinh. — Photo courtesy of the artist|
All the oil paintings were created by artist Tran The Vinh, a graduate of Hue Fine Arts University.
The portraits feature late composers Van Cao and Trinh Cong Son, and late poets Bui Giang and Hoang Cam, and Vinh’s teacher, artist Vinh Phoi.
The collection also highlights Vietnam’s top intellectuals such as philosopher Tran Duc Thao, writer and linguist Nguyen Hien Le, scholar Phan Khoi, and journalist Nguyen Huu Dang.
The 34-year-old artist spent two years (2018-19) completing his collection.
“I admire the artists’ lives and careers. Apart from my teacher, artist Vinh Phoi, I had never met other artists. I learned about them through their works and documents, and used my admiration and feeling to create their portraits,” Vinh said.
|Portraits of late poets Bui Giang (L) and Hoang Cam by artist Tran The Vinh. — Photo courtesy of the artist|
All of the portraits are featured in a photo book titled Vong (Amiration), released on October 22 by the Writers’ Association Publishing House.
The 116-page book includes Vinh’s descriptions of the artists.
Vinh, a native of Quang Tri Province, took part in several group exhibitions in Hue from 2005-2010.
In 2010, he moved to HCM City and his works were presented several times at Tu Do Gallery.
He began creating portraits from 2013 and won the special prize from the 2013 Dogma Prize, an art award for self-portraits, in the same year.
In 2016, Vinh introduced his solo exhibition Bắt Đầu Từ Đâu (Where I Started) featuring portraits of himself.
The exhibition will close on November 1. The venue is at 1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem Street in District 3. VNS
Vietnamese heritage recognised by UNESCO
Preserving heritage is now the top priority of UNESCO and countries having globally-recognised heritage, including Vietnam.
|The Complex of Hue Monuments has been recognised as World Cultural Heritage since December 11, 1993. Photos: VNA|
|Non Nuoc Cao Bang received the global geopark status from the UNESCO in 2018.|
|Ha Long (literally Descending Dragon) Bay, one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Vietnam, is a UNESCO-recognised World Natural Heritage.|
|Don Ca Tai Tu (amateur music) from southern Vietnam was officially recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on December 5, 2013.|
Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam province was recognised as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in December, 1999.
|My Son Towers Relic Site in Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province was recognised as World Cultural Heritage in December 1999.|
|UNESCO recognised Vietnam’s Hung Kings worshiping ritual in Phu Tho province as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity on December 6, 2012.|
|Hue Royal Court Music received UNESCO’s recognition of intangible and oral cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2003 and then became Vietnam’s first-ever UNESCO-recognised Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.|
|Quan ho (love duet) folk singing was recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on September 30, 2009.|
|The cultural space of the gongs in the Central Highlands of Vietnam was recognised by UNESCO as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2005 and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.|
|Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 23, 2014. Photos: VNA|
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