HCM City park to celebrate Hung Kings anniversary

HCM CITY — Dam Sen Cultural Park in HCM City will organise several activities for pilgrims coming to pay homage at the altar of the Hung kings, the country’s legendary founders tomorrow.

Artisans in District 11 will take part in a banh chung (square sticky rice cake) wrapping contest titled Huong Ve Dat To (Towards the Ancestral Land) starting tomorrow morning.

Each 10-person-team will wrap and boil 50 cakes measuring 8cm x 8cm x 5cm and weighing 300g each. The most delicious and best-looking cakes from among those made by the 16 contesting teams will be chosen as an altar offering.

The Hung kings death anniversary rituals will be held at 5pm and will include art performances and martial art displays.

City troupe’s new ballet to mark opening of Can Tho Bridge

CAN THO — A ballet featuring a wartime love story will premiere today at Tay Do Theatre in Can Tho to mark the opening of the Can Tho Bridge and the 35th anniversary of the liberation of South Viet Nam.

Nguoi Giu Con (The Islet Guard), based on a short story of the same name by Nguyen The Hung, will be performed by 150 artists from the HCM City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra.

It narrates an islet guard’s love for a young guerrilla who fought in the war for national liberation and how their marriage, planned to be held when peace is restored to the country, cannot take place because the guerrilla is killed a few days before the war ends.

The man volunteers to live on the islet in the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong, to tend the tombs of his sweetheart and other soldiers who died in the war.

Its music is composed by celebrated musician Ca Le Thuan.

The Islet Guard won the first prize in the 2005 Literature Competition for writers based in Mekong Delta provinces.

The ballet will be performed again at 8pm tomorrow also at Tay Do Theatre, 105 Tran Hung Dao Street.

The Can Tho Bridge, spanning the Hau River and connecting Vinh Long Province with Can Tho, will open on Saturday.

Studios release classic Vietnamese flicks on DVD

HCMCITY — Phuong Nam Film Studio, in collaboration with the Ha Noi-based Viet Nam Film Studio, has released 50 award-winning and popular films made before and after South Viet Nam liberation in 1975 in DVD to mark the film industry’s 50th anniversary.

They include Chi Nhung (Ms Nhung), Moi Tinh Dau (The First Love) and Vi Tuyen 17 Ngay va Dem (Days and Nightson the 17th Parallel), which won top awards at local and international film festivals.

The DVDs will be available in bookshops around the country.

Malaysian chef promotes cooking with Heinz sauces

HCM City — Chefs from restaurants and hotels in HCM City and Ha Noi came together to taste culinary concoctions by Malaysian chef Amir Gan Abdullah using US food company Heinz sauces.

Amir – who represents Meat&Livestock Australia in Viet Nam, Cambodia and Thailand – owns the Nordsee Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur.

Heinz – which manufactures packaged foods for individual consumers and food service channels such as restaurants and hotels – now sells tomato sauce, condiments and sauces and babyfoods in Viet Nam. — VNS

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