“I have no idea about art, but I was attracted by flamboyant colours, which, in my opinion, express the strong vitality and the youth of the young artist couple,” a Japanese-language student said.
The murals also impressed older visitors.
“It can be said there are two words describing Japanese culture: refined and sophisticated. Although the artists draw murals with modern symmetric motifs, I still able to see those features in their artworks,” Kim Anh, a middle-age woman, said.
Before their Viet Nam debut, the couple had unveiled their murals in Praha in 2008, Berlin in 2009, Melbourne in 2010, and Los Angeles in 2011.
Alongside the Hitotzuki exhibitions, each artist also has a solo exhibition.
The Abilight exhibition will continue until February 16, 2014 at 27 Quang Trung Street.
Tenor wins annual TV singing contest
Pham Trung Kien of Binh Thuan Province has won HCM City Television’s Tieng Hat Truyen Hinh annual singing contest, which wrapped up on Friday.
The skilled and confident 22-year-old tenor got 19.73 points from the judges.
In the final at HTV Theatre, Kien, who won HTV’s 2010 Tieng Ca Hoc Duong (Singing School) contest, performed a solo and duets with Duc Tuan and another finalist.
Receiving the cash prize of VND100 million (US$4,760), he said tearfully: “I want to devote this victory to my parents who always encourage me during a competition.”
Pham Khanh Ngoc of HCM City was the runner-up with 19.63 points. The 25-year-old from the Military Zone 7 arts troupe was also voted “Favourite Singer” by viewers.
Tieng Hat Truyen Hinh was first held 22 years ago, and has unearthed several talented singers like Duc Tuan, Thanh Thuy, and Nam Khanh.
Argentina Week boosts cultural links
Hanoi officially launched its “Argentina Culture Week” on December 14, beginning a range of artistic and cultural celebrations to honour the 40th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.
Argentina hosted its own “Vietnam Culture Week” earlier in September.
As part of the week-long event, the Hanoi Opera House will host the Argentine Tango and Folklore Concert on the night of December 16, featuring the renowned Seleccion Nacional de Tango and Compadia Nuevo Arte Nativo.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has worked with the Argentine Ministry of Culture on the Eva Peron, Ambassador of Peace photo exhibition at Hanoi’s National Library. Dedicated to Peron, the late First Lady of Argentina (1919–1952), the exhibition includes a seminar on her life and career and marks the Vietnamese language debut of her book “La Razon de Mi Vida (The Reason of My Life).
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