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Australian wine, food whet city’s appetite

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The Australian Wine and Food Show will come to Ho Chi Minh City this month, with a variety of wines and speciality foods being showcased, it was announced May 22.

One-hundred and fifty types of wines and various Australian specialties like beef, lamb, cheeses, oyster and other sea food will be served up between May 25 and 29.

Pre-shows will be held at various restaurants and hotels before the big event on May 29, including New World, Qing, Jaspa’s, ZanZBar, Hoa Tuc, Cepage, Xu, The Boat House and Sandals.

A set-lunch, including wine, will be available for VND250,000 (US$14) per person.

On May 26 and 27, the Parkview restaurant, New World Hotel, will serve four-course dinners at US$65 per person.

The highlight of the food show will take place from noon to 4pm on May 29 for businesspeople and noon to 4pm on May 30 for the public.

Tickets cost VND180,000 (US$10).

The show also features a gala dinner on May 29 at the New World hotel, prepared by guest chef Paul McMahon from Catalina Rose Bay restaurant in Sydney. He will prepare a menu with Tasmania salmon, moonfish caught from south of Australia, Blackmores Wagyu beef from Victoria state, and Chlamys Nobilis from Queensland.

During the gala dinner, the guests will be served with the winning wine from the Australian Wine Contest, which will be held on May 28 at the hotel also.

Tickets for the gala dinner are US$120 per person, or US$1,100 for a table of 10.

The second annual Australian Wine and Food Show is sponsored by the Australian Consulate, the Australian financial institution ANZ Bank, budget air carrier Jetstar, The Word magazine and the Australian marketing agency Red.

Source: VietnamNet

Beauty queens visit Vietnam

Ksenia Sukhinova is pictured in Vietnam. Photo: VNA

Ksenia Sukhinova is pictured in Vietnam. Photo: VNA

Beauty queens from throughout the world will have a fortnight of social engagements and charity work in Vietnam.

From May 28 until June 8, Miss World 2004 Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia, Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova and the reigning Miss Universe Philippines Pamela Bianca Manalo are on a project launched by US-based Rare Antibody Antigen Supply (RASS) with the theme of a Footprint of Charity.

The beauty queens will learn about Vietnamese people and do charity work in cities and provinces such as Ha Nam, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Hue, Quang Tri, Khanh Hoa, Hau Giang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City.

The first of two charity shows they will attend is at 8pm on June 2 in the Can Tho City’s Sport Centre. It promote Vong Tay Nhan Ai (Philanthropic Circle), a fund which supports medical aids for the poor in 13 cities and provinces of the Mekong Delta.

The other show, at 8pm on June 7 at 2-4 Square, Nha Trang City, will raise money for the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund which encourages ethnic students.

RASS is sponsoring the trip, expected to cost 8 billion VND (500,000 USD)

Beauty queens will be back in October next year when the Miss World contest is held in Nha Trang City.

Source: VNA

Visitors love entertainment activities on Brisbane streets

A music band performs in Queen Street Mall

A music band performs in Queen Street Mall. Photo: Minh Nguyen

Various entertainment activities on Queen Street Mall have become one of main factors attracting visitors in Brisbane city.

Every weekend, artists from different places gather in the street where is considered as one of the most crowed in the city centre.

“I usually go here with my friends at the weekend,” said Than, an international student at the Griffith University’s Nathan campus. He likes the atmosphere of this place which are always exciting.

The Queen Street Mall, which is parallel with Adelaide Street, a main street of the city, is the place for both artists and visitors.

“My daughter shows me to go here, it is every interesting,” said Lee, an old Chinese woman, who came Australia to visit her daughter.

At the weekend, the streets are full of entertainment activities including singing, dancing, playing music instrument, circus and magician performances.

“Playing my guitar in a such crowed place makes me happy,” said an old man named Dun. The artist plays the guitar very well. Every weekend, he goes the street to play music not only for earning some money but also for his love of music.

These entertainment activities are launched in both day and night create more joys for local people and visitors.

By Minh Nguyen

Traditional cultures promoted

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The 7th cultural, sports and tourism festival of the Khmer ethnic group opened in Tri Ton district of the southern province of An Giang on April 11 to celebrate their traditional New Year – Chol Chnam Thmay.

The festival attracted a large number of artisans, artists and athletes from Khmer-inhabited districts such as Tri Ton, Tinh Bien and Thoai Son.

“I am happy to see that many Buddhist followers from the Kinh, Cham and Khmer ethnic groups are attending the event,” said monk Chau Son Hy, who presides over Sro-Ton pagoda. “I hope that the State will continue to maintain and develop the festival so that it is really significant to local people.”

Thousands of local people in the Bay Nui area came to support Khmer farmers playing football and volleyball. An exhibition featuring the Khmer’s daily life and traditional customs, culinary arts, dances and folk games were also held during the festival.

Compiled by Minh Nguyen from VOV( Voice of Vietnam)

Australian group to entertain Hanoi audiences

These guys are believed to give an excellent performance to Hanoian audiences

These guys are believed to give an excellent performance to Hanoian audiences

Australia’s hottest young percussion group Tetrafide will start its debut tour of Vietnam from May 29-31, with a gala performance at the Hanoi Opera House.

The four-member group is renowned for combining traditional music, high-impact dance and percussion and electrifying electronic beats to create an eclectic and thrilling sound.

The band’s Hanoi appearances will feature a gala performance, “In Rhythm with Nature”, at the Hanoi Opera House on May 30 to celebrate World Environment Day, which falls on June 5.

Opera House guests will also have the opportunity to get a sneak preview of a special photographic exhibition of Vietnamese flora and fauna, sponsored by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

While in Vietnam, Tetrafide will also give performances at the Vietnam National University, the Museum of Ethnology and the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

According to the Australian Embassy, Tetrafide are one of Australia’s leading cultural exports and have previously performed at the World Expo (Japan), the Rhythmsticks Festival (London), Cork’s Midsummer Festival (Ireland), the Harrogate International Arts Festival (England), the National Folk Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival both in Australia.

They have also toured the UK and Ireland twice, the Philippines and Singapore, as well as playing in virtually every state and territory in Australia.

Tetrafide has released two successful albums (Tetrafide Percussion and Tetralive) and a live DVD called ‘Stick It’.

Source: VNA

(TBM-4)Chinese culture and tradition promoted in Australia (100 word story)

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Buddha Birthday Festival is a really important event for Chinese people in Brisbane. Photo: Minh Nguyen

The Buddha Birthday Festival is a good chance for Chinese people living in Brisbane to promote their national culture.

During the three-day event, various Chinese cultural and traditional activities were launched.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to introduce and promote our culture in Australia,” said Yuen Ly, one of the organisers of the event.

Tai Chi , a kind of Chinese material arts, drew the participation of many audiences at the event.

“I am so interested in the performance, I wish I could perform like that,” said Helen, a local girl.

Other cultural activities such as art items and dancing performances were also held in the event.

To see the performance, click clip

By Minh Nguyen