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Asian-European cultural activities to welcome ASEM-5

A host of activities featuring the rich and diverse cultures of Asian and European countries are taking place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to herald the fifth Asia-Europe Summit Meeting (ASEM-5) scheduled for Hanoi on October 8-10.

The activities, covering a wide range of areas, including fashion shows, music festivals, installation performances, and dances, began with the Asian-European Film festival which opened in Hanoi on September 10.

These activities, which will run through Oct. 20, include an outdoor concert to be organised at Hanoi's Ho Tay Water Park on Oct. 2.

Four bands, namely Faze Action from the UK, Fution from Thailand, and Formation: The Art of Urban Dance and Dong Doi (Team) from Viet Nam, will perform at the event, featuring pop, rock, and hip-hop music.

The night will also offer a performance by Niels Storm Robizky, a German hip-hop dancer, and eight other colleagues in Niels' latest creations of "Solo for two" and "Men at work".

Another event is a fashion show that will gather 15 designers from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Under the theme "A meeting between tradition and future", the show will exhibit 450 costumes of these designers' latest collections at the Hanoi Goethe Institute on Sept. 29-30 and 4 Trang Tien Street from Oct. 1-30.

German choreographer Felix Ruckert in coordination with playwright Isabell Fuchs and designer Daniela Wedhom have arranged a dancing show with the participation of 25 Vietnamese dancers. The performance, said to be a trial mixture of modern dancing and classical ballet, will be staged at the Hanoi Opera House on Oct. 16 and 17 and the Ben Thanh Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City on Oct. 22 and 23.

The Hanoi Goethe Institute will organise a series of cultural activities, including a concert of the Armarcord band at the German Centre in Ho Chi Minh City on Sept. 29, a painting exhibition of Goerg Baselitz at the Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi from Oct. 1-17 and an opera performance of Lauren Francis and Beate von Hahn at Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) in Hanoi on October 15. In addition, an installation performance of painter Matthias Bolz and pianist Volker Jaekel that combines music with art entitled Lichpiano will be held at the institute on Oct. 9-10.

Many other foreign arts troupes from China, Singapore and the Republic of Korea will also join in the programme to welcome ASEM-5.

ND - (22/09/2004)

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