Hanoi gets new venue for concerts and art shows

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The Au Co Art Center under the Hanoi-based Theater of Vietnam Music Dances and Songs was officially inaugurated on Monday with a week-long art performance.

With VND160 billion (US$8.21 million) drawn from the state budget, the 800-seat center, equipped with a modern sound and light system, has become an ideal venue for art performances and meetings in Hanoi, the theater's director Nguyen Quang Vinh told Thanh Nien Weekly.

The theater will organize its art performance programs at the center. In the initial stages, it may still subsidize the center, but it will also be leased out to recoup its investment, Vinh said.

The theater will boost the quality of art performances and improve their marketing, he said, adding: "Improving the capacity of the theater's staff is most important. We are prepared to invite highly qualified foreign experts to help us do it."

In the inaugural week, the theater is organizing traditional music and comedy performances with the participation of famous singers including Bui Le Man, Ngoc Anh, My Dung and Hoai Thu, as well as comedians Xuan Bac and Tu Long. More than 30 Chinese singers, actors and actresses are also participating in the program.

Coming to town

The Vietnam Circus Federation will soon build Asia's biggest circus theater in the central city of Da Nang.

Meritorious Artist Pham Van Xuyen, deputy director of the federation, made the statement at a press conference last Thursday as he introduced a circus performance that will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Da Nang's liberation day on March 3, running till May 1 this year.

Xuyen said Da Nang authorities had offered a 10,000-square-meter piece of land for the project in Hai Chau District.

The new theater is expected to open in 2013.

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