The historic film about President Ho Chi Minh named “Thau Chin o Xiem” (Thau Chin in Siam) will be screened on May 1 at the ongoing ASEAN Film Festival in Bangkok to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN. This is the third-year Thailand is holding the film festival, honouring producers and 22 featured films from ten ASEAN member countries. The Vietnamese movie has been critically acclaimed by audiences and viewers alike, as the film scenes were set in Thailand, depicting Uncle Ho’s uptime as Thau Chin in Thailand from 1927-1929, with his contribution to promote solidarity between Siamese and Vietnamese people.
The Thua Thien-Hue Historical and Revolutionary Museum in collaboration with the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, antique collector Nguyen Huu Hoang and ao dai (Vietnamese long dress) designers hosted the exhibition namely "Vietnamese traditional long dress through historical periods" on April 27. The exhibition features more than 130 images, materials and artifacts related to the ao dai through historical periods from different perspectives, such as ao dai in everyday life, major events and festivals, as well as in times of war and becoming the national pride of today.
Nearly 100 Vietnamese movies and documentaries will be screened from April 25 to May 23 to celebrate Liberation and National Reunification Day (April 30), Labour Day (May 1), Dien Bien Phu Victory Day (May 7), and late President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday (May 19). The opening of the screenings, part of celebrations for the Lao Cai-Northwest National Tourism Year, will be held in Lao Cai province on April 25 by the Cinema Department with the movie Bien Cuong (Border) and documentary Tren Dinh A Mu Sung (In A Mu Sung Peak).
The 24th Vietnam International Medical and Pharmaceutical Exhibition (Vietnam MEDI-PHARM 2017) will be held in Hanoi from May 10-13. This year, it is expected to feature 500 booths operated by 410 firms from 30 countries and territories worldwide, with participants displaying a wide range of health products, equipment, technologies and services. The exhibition has been an annual event in Hanoi since 1994.
The Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union held a ceremony to present certificates of merit to 11 students who gained outstanding achievements at the 11th ASEAN Skills Competition held in September 2016 in Malaysia. On the occasion, 37 outstanding vocational teachers in the City were also awarded certificates of merit.
Twenty tonnes of Cavendish banana that were organically grown in U Minh Ha forest, the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau, have been exported to Dubai city in the United Arab Emirates. This is the fifth shipment of bananas under the brand name Camau Bananas exported to Dubai over the past month priced at VND8,000 per kg.
The Vietbuild Da Nang International Exhibition and Vietnam Architecture Festival 2017 kicked off in the central city of Da Nang on April 19 with the participation of nearly 300 domestic and foreign enterprises, displaying a wide range of products at some 600 booths covering construction materials, property, smart electrical appliances, door and window systems, interior and exterior decorations, solar power machines and water pipeline systems. Within the framework of the five-day event, the 2016 National Architecture Awards ceremony will be held to reward 30 of the most outstanding designs and architects out of 120 entries that have been classified into different categories: housing, public buildings and architectural publications.
A special arts exchange namely "Quang Tri – Memories of the Rivers" will be held at the special relic site of Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River, Quang Tri Province on April 30 under the framework of the National Reunion Festival on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Unification (April 30, 1975-2017) and the 45th anniversary of the liberation of Quang Tri Province (May 1, 1972-2017). With the estimated broadcasting time of 100 minutes, the programme will feature stories in the past linked with the two historic rivers in Quang Tri: Ben Hai and Thach Han, separation between the north and the south during the war and the meaning of national reunification. The programme also consists of a meeting with witnesses, presentations of reports and materials, musical performances and flower-releases on the river.
Approximately 100 reporters have voted for the Devotion Music Awards, held by the Vietnam News Agency’s Culture and Sports daily since 2005, to honour the best artists and musical productions of 2016. The annual awards are divided into nine categories, including best song, best album, best singer, best composer, best new artist, best live music show, and best television music show. For the first time, there will also be a best producer of the year award. The awards ceremony will be held on April 25 at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House with performances given by the nominees.
Hanoi FC will face Ceres Negros of the Philippines at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City in Group G of the 2017 AFC Cup on April 19. Hanoi are currently on top of the group undefeated with two wins and two draws, while Ceres are third with a win, two draws and a loss–tied with Felda United of Malaysia. The other Vietnamese representative in the AFC Cup, Quang Ninh Coal, is currently on the bottom of Group H with only one point after three matches and are almost certainly to be knocked out. Quang Ninh will meet Yadanarbon in their last match on May 2 in Myanmar.
The Hanoi’s West Lake Water Park opened on April 15, bringing about an attractive programme for this summer entitled "Colour Summer 2017" with many incentives and discounts. Accordingly, during April 16-18, the park is offering 50% discount on its Water Park tickets and a 30% discount on its New Sun Park tickets.
Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has announced that in Q1 this year, the group has completed several key power projects, including connecting grid generators No. 1 and 2 of Trung Son Hydropower Plant, operating generator No. 1 at Thai Binh Thermal Power Plant and commencing commercial operations of generator No. 1 of Duyen Hai 3 Thermal Power Plant. EVN has also kicked off 26 projects and completed 25 grid works of 500/220/110 kV. The total value of EVN construction investment in Q1 reached VND22.3 trillion, with disbursement reaching VND19.2 trillion.
The Trang An landscape complex in northern province of Ninh Binh has opened the filming area of the recent blockbuster "Kong: Skull Island" to welcome domestic and international tourists to visit for free. After the film was screened around the world, the Tourism Department of Ninh Binh has assigned relevant local management agencies and businesses to restructure the film studio in Ninh Xuan Commune (Hoa Lu District) in accordance with the original one with natural materials. To attract tourists, Ninh Binh has also added the destination to tourist sites, while coordinating with travel businesses to introduce the filming areas during conferences and seminars.
The 13th International Exhibition on Automobiles, Motorbikes, Electric Bikes and Supporting Industry, will take place from May 25-28 in Ho Chi Minh City, and will see the participation of more than 350 enterprises. The Saigon Autotech & Accessories 2017 will feature about 700 booths on 15,000m2 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, introducing sports automobiles, light commercial vehicles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, electric bikes, and fuel-efficient cars, among others.