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* November 26-December 4 (Friday-Saturday): The European Music Festival 2010 will be held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with performances by 22 leading European artists from Belgium, Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain. The event begins with a jazz concert by 10- person German jazz band Tharichens Tentett at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street, on November 26 starting at 8 p.m. In HCMC, the festival will start at 8 p.m. on November 28 with a performance by Spanish musician Pablo Díaz-Reixa at the HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1.

Tickets are free and available at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi at 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, and in HCMC at 18, Road 1, Do Thanh apartment blocks, Ward 4, District 3.

* November 29 (Monday): Professor Michael Porter, the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor based at the Harvard Business School, will chair an international conference on Competitiveness and Company Strategy in Hanoi at the invitation of the PACE Institute of Directors. Professor Porter is the author of 18 books and numerous articles on the subject.

* November 30 (Tuesday): American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) will host Business Networking Night: Enabling a Resilient Business from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at New World Hotel Saigon, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1, HCMC. Fee: VND400,000 for members and VND600,000 for non-members. Speakers: Josh Soh, executive leader, Global Technology Services, IBM Vietnam and Alan Lee, BCRS offering leader, IBM ASEAN.

* December 1 (Wednesday): AmCham will organize a conference on Human Resource Factors Influencing Investment in Vietnam from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at New World Hotel Saigon, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1, HCMC. Fee: VND500,000 for members and VND600,000 for non-members. Guest speaker: Paul O'Malley, regional business leader, Asia Pacific Information Product Solutions, Mercer.

* December 2 (Thursday): An electronic music night with DJ Erik M will be held at the French Cultural Center, or L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi. Ticket: VND50,000/2 people.

* Through December 4 (Saturday): An exhibition of handmade crafts by 21 Korean artisans is being held at the South Korean Cultural Center, 49 Nguyen Du Street, Hanoi. On display are 60 items including necklaces, baby statues, and lamps made with ceramic, fabric, wood, metal and stone.

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