Tuong street performances, other arts events to make comeback
A weekly Tuong (classical drama) street show will make its comeback to the Da Nang public for free on Sunday, April 4, at a public park located on a section of riverside Tran Hung Dao Street, near the eastern end of the Tran Thi Ly Bridge. Apart from enjoying impressive Tuong performances by seasoned artists from the Nguyen Hien Dinh Tuong Theatre, both locals and visitors will be introduced to the arts of Tuong mask drawing and its dress codes. Also, the audience will enjoy interesting moments whilst having their photos taken in colorful Tuong costumes available for rent at reasonable prices. That classical drama takes to the street is a new way Da Nang has initiated to make this form of time-honored stage performing arts more accessible to the public, thus ensuring its revival.
Performances consist of highly stylized singing, dancing, and music that are filled with symbolism. In a similar vein, the evenings of Saturday and Sunday every week will see the bustling ambiance created by a series of other unique cultural and entertainment events taking place on the eastern bank of the ionic Han River. Notable amongst them are numerous exciting performances on traditional Vietnamese music, folk songs, and ‘bai choi’ (singing while acting as playing cards) on a section of Tran Hung Dao Street. Likewise, a street carnival of live music and dancing will take place on the last Saturday of every month between 8:00pm and 9.30pm along with a section of Tran Hung Dao between its intersections with Ly Nam De and Trieu Viet Vuong in Son Tra District.
Da Nang set to become socio-economic center of Southeast Asia
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued Decision No. 359/QD-TTg approving adjustments to the master plan of central Da Nang city by 2030 with a vision to 2045.
Under the scheme, Da Nang expects to become a big socio-economic center of the country and Southeast Asia in general, and a center of startups, innovations, creations, tourism, trade, finance, logistics, high-tech industries, IT and support industries.
It is set to be a modern, smart ecological urban area and a worth-living city where national defense and security, and the country’s sovereignty over seas and islands are ensured.
By 2045, Da Nang would be a major, smart, creative and sustainable urban area, according to the scheme.
Tourism will drive the city’s development with different forms like maritime, ecological, community-based, cultural, historical and spiritual tourism, along with entertainment and shopping activities.
To that end, it will invest in big projects such as the VinaCapital golf course project, a complex in service of the Da Nang international fireworks festival, the Ba Na-Suoi Mo tourism complex, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula resort, and national and international commercial centers, among others.
Notably, Da Nang will focus on high-tech development with a total area of about 1,710ha, and forming the industrial clusters of Cam Le, Hoa Nhon, Hoa Khanh Nam and Hoa Hiep Bac, covering some 83ha.
At the same time, it will roll out major transport projects, including one on upgrading and expanding Da Nang International Airport towards an annual capacity of serving 30 million passengers, and another on building Lien Chieu Port that can handle 50 million tonnes of cargo a year.
Google Arts & Culture showcases ‘Wonders of Vietnam’
The ‘Wonders of Vietnam’ offers nearly 1,400 images and videos, divided into different topics such as ‘The World’s Largest Cave’, ‘Landmark Bridges’, ‘Deep Green Lagoons’, ‘Ancient History’, and ‘Handmade Heritage’.
Head of the Việt Nam Administration of Tourism Nguyễn Trùng Khánh highly appreciated the support of Google in promoting Vietnamese tourism.
“This [Google Arts & Culture] will help to promote Vietnamese beauty widely to people and tourists all over the world. Once the coronavirus will be controlled completely, tourists can come to Việt Nam to have their own firsthand experience. For Vietnamese people, the project helps them to cherish the country’s heritage,” he said.
The project, which aims to show the beauty of Viet Nam to the world, has been implemented by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism of Quảng Nam, Thừa Thiên Huế and Quảng Bình provinces, and Đà Nẵng City.
Browsing the ‘Wonders of Vietnam’, people can explore the beauty of Sơn Đoòng Cave – the world’s largest cave, the splendid Hội An Lantern Festival, unique Huế court music as well as many other famous tourist attractions in Việt Nam.
People can also explore highlights of the exhibit by color, watch videos of traditional Vietnamese music or have a bird’s-eye view of famous sites through panoramic pictures.
Vietjet re-operates some international flights
As the Covid 19 vaccines have been widely injected around the world, ensuring the dual goal of economic development and pandemic prevention, meeting the basic and essential travel needs of the people, from April 1, 2021, Vietjet re-operate regular international flight routes to Bangkok (Thailand), Tokyo (Narita, Japan), Seoul (Incheon, South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan), etc.
Specifically, flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok (Thailand) are scheduled to depart every Friday. Flight from Hanoi to Seoul (Incheon, South Korea) is scheduled to depart on April 15, 2021. Flights from Hanoi to Tokyo (Narita, Japan) are scheduled to depart on 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 23, 26, 29, 30 April 2021. Flights from Hanoi to Taipei (Taiwan) are scheduled to depart on April 11, 2021
As a member of IATA, Vietjet has cooperated with Vietnamese and international authorities to implement the IATA Travel Pass solution – “vaccine passport” earlier to ensure safety for passenger transportation, effective control, simple procedures, ready to welcome visitors, for a peaceful life soon return.