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On a foggy morning in February 2012, winter had dropped a blanket of light rain and mist over a delegation of 80 international and over 100 local poets as we proceeded to Poem Mountain (núi Bài Thơ), [ more... ]
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Vietnam is a country of vivid colour, striking landscapes and intense human hurly-burly. Anyone who has visited her, however fleetingly, has left with a storehouse of her sights and sounds in his/her memory. [ more... ]
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Buddha statues that are said to be made by herdsmen, usually children, are images that often convey a deep sense of subjective individuality - a philosophical term which we shall explain shortly. [ more... ]
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When I first saw the photographs of artist Tran Minh Tam’s exhibition ‘Form’ at Cactus Gallery, I thought I was letting myself in for a ‘sheep in a formaldehyde tank experience’. [ more... ]
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Due to the harsh weather and endless wars, a big part of Vietnamese art heritage has been destroyed. What remains are large architectural and sculptural works made of durable materials such as stone and wood. [ more... ]
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For those with an interest in art and history, behind the iron gates of a beautiful cream-painted villa with boughs of overhanging red bougainvillea and in a quiet alleyway, there lies hidden treasure. [ more... ]
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What follows are snippets from more than a decade of notes made by Vietnamese lacquer painter Nguyen Gia Tri, from his book Words on Creation, Văn Nghệ Publishers, Ho Chi Minh City, 2009 [ more... ]
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Despite having been around for a long time now, abstract art is something not often seen in Vietnam. I am told there is little understanding or appreciation of it among the Vietnamese. Indeed when the artist featured here was at the Ho Chi Minh Art University the subject was not even in the curriculum. [ more... ]
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Twice a month at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House a theatrical troupe from Mekong Artists serves up an extravaganza of a whole colourful kaleidoscope of traditional song, dance, music, street life and legends from Vietnamese culture. [ more... ]
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Vietnam Heritage continues its series on jade items in the National Museum of Vietnamese History, based in the publication Vietnamese Ancient Jade. We have reached the Nguyen Dynasty, in which jade sculpture flourished. This month the topic is boxes. [ more... ]
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Following the tunes (“Spring comes to Muong Hum hamlet high up the mountains with heart-rocking distant singing…” ) of talented composer Nguyen Tai ...
In the heart of the darkness of Saigon's backpacker land,ambling along down raucous Bui Vien Street and wishing I had not come out without my ear ...
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