British culture splashes down

October 3, 2006


(02-10-2006)

Mimesis: The UK has a rich tradition of street entertainment. Live statues are among the vibrant popular culture. — Courtesy Photo British Council

UK Splash! is infusing Brit-ish culture into major cit-ies throughout this month with a range of cultural shows designed to raise appreciation for British film, food and music.

“Cultural and educational links between the UK and Viet Nam are stronger than ever,” said Keith Davies, director of the British Council in Viet Nam.

“In education we are really pleased that the number of joint programmes is beginning to grow, and Viet Nam has also been identified as a priority country for strategic partnership in vocational education.”

The cultural month promises to bring young people and professionals who are keen on experiencing UK creativity a world of opportunities in Ha Noi, HCM City and Da Nang.

Apart from annual education exhibitions and UK alumni galas there will be film weeks, live concerts by Akala, the British award-winning hip-hop artist and professional seminars.

Akala will perform with a Vietnamese DJ and drummer at the concerts on October 27 at Ha Noi’s Quan Ngua Stadium and on the 29th at HCM City’s Lan Anh Stadium. Tickets will be available at the British Council 10 days before each concert.

Akala is part of the new wave of talented hip-hop artists emerging from the London-based scene, including Kano, Sway and Plan B. Akala (meaning ‘immovable’) adds a rock edge to his hip-hop, creating a genuine crossover style which is as musically aggressive as it is insightful.

The film week kicked off yesterday in Ha Noi with six films dubbed in Vietnamese playing at the Megastar at Vincom City Tower, 191 Ba Trieu; the Cinematheque at 22a Hai Ba Trung is showing the films in their original English. In HCM City the film week won’t start until Sunday. At Galaxy Cinema, 116 Nguyen Du Street, all the films will be shown with Vietnamese voice-over and in original language. The detailed schedule is available at http://www.britishcouncil.org/vietnam.

Street Culture Day, set for October 15 in the capital, showcases the infamous UK street art alongside samples of British food.

The day will include four hours of street culture with live statues, music, street-side portrait painting, acrobats, jugglers, stilt performers, graffitists, a speaker’s corner, souvenirs and British food stall. Visitors will also have a chance to see the excitement of this year’s Edinburgh Festival through photographs of Xuan Binh, who has returned from the UK.

UK Alumni Galas will be held on October 20 and 23 in Ha Noi and HCM City, respectively.

A two-day education exhibition gathering representatives of more than 60 UK universities and colleges will be on October 21-22 in Ha Noi and on October 24-25 in HCM City. Da Nang will for the first time host a one-day education exhibition on October 27.

“We see a growing number of Da Nang students applying for study in the UK, so we decided to hold an education exhibition in the city this year,” explained Davies.

UK Splash! also embraces a training session for Vietnamese journalists as part of a three-year capacity building project funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council, in partnership with the Vietnam News Agency.

Throughout this month the council will re-launch two global education brands: Education UK and IELTS (International English-Language Test System).

In addition, the British Council plans to host a conference on education reform and job market skills. The organising body will also donate books and learning materials to schools. — VNS

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