As a signature community event, the fourth annual BigFest music festival is back on January 13 at Hanoi’s Dien Kinh Sport Stadium to continue spreading inspirational messages about equality and social integration with larger scale, an impressive line-up of artists, and diverse activities. Besides the aim of breaking down barriers and connecting people in Vietnam, BrigdeFest 2019 encourages young people to engage in community programmes and contribute to building an equal society, enhancing access to education and healthcare. This meaningful message is conveyed through an awe-inspiring talk show featuring Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 H’Hen Nie, the first Vietnamese woman to make it into the top five of the global Miss Universe competition in 2018. Presenting a new notion of beauty, she portraits a strong, confident, and distinctive person who is full of determination to overcome challenges. Along with her, the attendance of former CEO of FPT Corporation, Nguyen Thanh Nam, … [Read more...] about BridgeFest 2019 – Bridging the Gap
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Inspiring: Vũ Thị Quỳnh Hoa, Head of Campaign & Advocacy of Oxfam delivers a speech at a press conference about BridgeFest 2019 in Hà Nội last Friday. — Photo courtesy of organiser Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese Miss Universe 2017 H’Hen Niê will share her inspiring story at BridgeFest 2019 in Hà Nội on Sunday. Niê’s journey took her from an Ê Đê ethnic girl living in a poor village in Central Highlands province of Đắk Lắk, to the top five in the Miss Universe 2018 competition, Formerly known as SEA Pride 2016 – a music event honouring diversity and equality in society, BridgeFest has been held over past four years by Oxfam and the US Embassy in Hà Nội. Vũ Thị Quỳnh Hoa, Head of Campaign & Advocacy of Oxfam said: “BridgeFest is part of Oxfam’s worldwide campaign ‘Even It Up – Bridging the … [Read more...] about Annual ’Bridging the Gap’ music fest is back
It is generally acknowledged that after the initial steps taken a decade or so ago, contemporary music has developed rapidly and exerted a positive influence on the local entertainment industry. Sound stuff: Artist Dao Anh Khanh carries props for the contemporary music show Bridge of Sound. — File Photo The upcoming Cau Am Thanh (Bridge of Sound) concert, taking place at Dao Anh Khanh's studio, is set to reaffirm this. Hosted by artist Khanh and leading contemporary artists, the programme is in it's second year of a two-year sponsorship by the Danish Cultural Development and Exchange Fund. The Cau Am Thanh concert in Ha Noi follows on from the success of the debut event Hoi Tu Anh Sang (Light Convergence) held last year, under the cultural programme, Dong Chay Ngan Nam (1,000-Year Flow), comprising of three big events which are a mixture of various contemporary arts. Contemporary music will be performed in live acoustic sets. The music will carry both classical and modern … [Read more...] about Bridging the gap with contemporary music
When the going gets tough and it feels like you’ve embarked on something that is never-ending, in Britain we often say “it’s like painting the Forth Rail Bridge”. The bridge in question is located around 14 miles west of Edinburgh and spans the Firth of Forth – an estuary that starts in Sterling and flows out to the North Sea. Completed in 1890, it was the first bridge in Britain to be built out of steel and 125 years later is still the second longest cantilever bridge in the world. But as most school children know, steel is prone to rusting – especially in salt water environments. So, for most of the bridge’s lifespan, there has been a permanent team that spent its entire career dabbing red paint on the superstructure, to keep the rust at bay. Painting and re-painting the Forth Bridge seemed like a never-ending task. By the late 1990s the annual cost of repainting the Forth Bridge had reached GBP 1 million per year and it was decided that … [Read more...] about Bridging the gap: Why are so many education reforms failing?
Hanoi Times - The country’s infrastructure and human resources are two key factors that will help to narrow the gap between registered and disbursed foreign investment capital. Since the beginning of this year, Vietnam has attracted more than US$45 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) capital. This is a positive sign but also poses a number of challenges to the country. In an interview granted to a VOV reporter, Phan Huu Thang, head of the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), said that it is essential to have an overall view of the achievements and shortcomings in FDI attraction and disbursement in recent times. FDI is one of the sources that boosts the country’s socio-economic development, and sometimes in the past, it has even accounted for one third of the total capital in the whole of society. Such a large amount of FDI capital demonstrates that Vietnam’s investment environment is attractive and that many … [Read more...] about Narrowing the gap between registered and disbursed investment