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Vietnamese cinemas seek approval for midnight showings

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Four major cinema chains in Vietnam have petitioned the government to amend regulations that prohibit moving screenings after midnight.

The petition was made by CGV, BHD Star, Galaxy, and Lotte as current regulations forbid movie showings past midnight.

Authorities claim that revisions and supplementation to the prohibition will be approved by November.

The regulation, which was issued in 2021 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, regulates an administrative penalty of VND5-10 million (US$213-427) on cinemas that show movies past midnight.

According to cinema operators, this regulation is incompatible with the ‘new normal’ strategy of dealing with COVID-19.

Nguyen Hoang Hai, digital content manager at CJ CGV Vietnam, the regulation limits customers’ opportunity to enjoy movies and contradicts the government’s objective of encouraging the growth of cultural services and healthy entertainment for the nighttime economy.

“We are having difficulty running screenings after midnight because the regulation is out of step with current development trends and reality,” Hai said.

“With this regulation, a portion of the audience is excluded from watching movies in theaters if they run past midnight.”

Hai also stated that a typical film lasts roughly two hours, though some run longer than two and a half hours.

As a result, theaters that want to avoid sanctions must start the last screenings of the day by 9:00 pm, which is relatively early in cities with bustling nightlife, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang.

The Anh, a resident of Ho Chi Minh City, said that he and his family often hang out at night and watch movies after dinner. These dinners often last until 9:00 pm, so getting to the theater in time for a show can be challenging.

“I believe that in order to promote the night economy that Vietnam desires, we should also make it possible for cinema companies to remain open after midnight,” Anh said.

“People in big cities like Ho Chi Minh City have a need for nighttime entertainment, and theatres are a good, safe, and healthy option.”

On major holidays, such as National Day, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and the Lunar New Year festival, the demand for nighttime movie viewing skyrockets.

In addition, cinemas were severely impacted by COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021. By the end of 2022, theaters anticipate their revenues to return to what they were prior to 2019.

“If the government changes the regulations to allow nighttime activities beyond midnight, we believe it will be a step in the right direction toward encouraging the expansion of the night economy and creating more jobs, hence increasing the state’s income,” Hai said.

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Vietnamese families spend big on Christmas decorations

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Vietnamese families are spending hundreds of millions of dong to decorate their houses for Christmas.

Nguyen Thu Hang, the owner of a company on Tran Binh Trong Street in District 5 which specializes in designing and decorating high-end events, shared that customers have already began placing orders to have their houses decorated for Christmas, which is still several weeks away.

“Families typically begin decorating for Christmas shortly after Halloween ends,” Hang said.

“We get many orders this time of year, but we can only work on two or three houses a day.”

Hang’s team offers a wide range of Christmas packages for its customers, with each costing anywhere from VND40-100 million.

Premium packages, fetching from VND70-100 million, include decorating the garden, main door, living room, banquet table, and Christmas tree.

Less expensive options, fetching VND40-50 million, only include the Christmas tree, staircase, and main door.

It takes two to three days to decorate each house.

For big contracts, pine trees are often imported from Denmark and are decorated with unique handcrafted items.

“Customers want a warm and joyful Christmas atmosphere to spend with their family, children, and friends,” Hang said.

“Christmas is a common time for students who are studying abroad to return home for winter vacation, so many families want to decorate their house to welcome them.”

One such company on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street in Thu Duc City offers Christmas decoration packages for VND8-45 million.  

All customers need to do is send a picture of the space they want to be decorated and the company sends back decoration suggestions.

“It takes us only one day to decorate because we have a professional and experienced team,” said P., an employee of the decoration company.

“We can do several projects a day, so customers don’t have to wait long.”

(US$1 = VND24,390)

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Ho Chi Minh City reveals big plans for New Year, Tet celebrations

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports announced earlier this week a plan including 19 cultural and entertainment events to welcome 2023 and celebrate Vietnam’s Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

The first event is the ‘Ho Chi Minh City – Our Home’ festival, which will take place in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone, on Le Loi Boulevard and at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1 from Friday to Sunday.

This fest is expected to attract participants from 23 cities around the world that have established relationships with Ho Chi Minh City.

It will also feature the first trumpet music festival in the city.

The southern metropolis will also host the Ho Chi Minh City International Music Festival and the second hot air balloon festive day in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone and Thu Thiem 2 Bridge Park in Thu Duc City from December 8 to 11.

The city will welcome the 2023 New Year with a countdown event on the night of December 31 in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone and on Le Duan Boulevard.

At 0:00 on January 1, 2023, there will be a 15-minute high-altitude fireworks show near the entrance of the Saigon River Tunnel.

Ho Chi Minh City’s first hot air balloon festive day is organized to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day, September 2, 2022. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City’s first hot air balloon festive day is organized to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day, September 2, 2022. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Another major event celebrating Tet holiday, which will begin in the latter half of January, is the decoration of downtown streets and Nguyen Hue Flower Street, which is scheduled to open from 7:00 pm on January 19 to 9:00 pm on January 26 in the Nguyen Hue pedestrian zone.

The 2023 Lunar New Year’s book street festival will open at the same time on Mac Thi Buoi Street, Nguyen Hue Street, and Ngo Duc Ke Street.

Another 15-minute high-altitude fireworks show near the entrance of the Saigon River Tunnel is planned for 0:00 January 22, the first day of the 2023 Lunar New Year.

Other annual events such as the Spring Flower Festival and Tet flower markets are also scheduled.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports pledges to ensure public safety and vehicle parking convenience for visitors to these events.

Its plan is pending the approval of the municipal People’s Committee.

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Hanoians flock to Red River dyke for photos with white reeds

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The embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi has turned poetic recently when the reed flowers bloomed all at once, attracting many people to come and take pictures.

Located near Co Linh Street, just on the opposite side of Gia Lam Heliport, the dyke slope is easy to recognize as the white reed flowers, which are about knee high, stand out on a green background of grass and stretch across a large space.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

The scenery is poetic, idyllic like in the countryside and quickly emerges as an Instagrammable spot.

On weekends and even weekdays, the place is crowded as people flock to take pictures.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I saw many friends taking pictures at this beautiful reed field on Facebook, so I wanted to stop by to take some, too,” said Mai Anh, a girl who traveled for ten kilometers from Cau Giay District to the dyke on Monday afternoon.

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

People take pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Bach / Tuoi Tre

“I was quite surprised because today is the first day of the week, but the place is so crowded.”

The best time to take pictures with reeds is early morning and late afternoon, according to the visitors.

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses for pictures at a white reed field on the embankment along the Red River section in Long Bien District, Hanoi, November 28, 2022. Photo: Huong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre

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