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Ao Dai Festival III – A bold new vision celebrating Vietnamese Art and Culture

Get ready for this amazing enslaught of beauty, color, sounds and stories. On Sunday, May 4, 2014, the Ao Dai Festival III will re-create time-honored traditions of Vietnam in a bold, new vision. Showcasing the ao dai costumes of internationally acclaimed ao dai designers, Vo Viet Chung, Diep Quoc Thanh, Khanh Shyna, Duc Hung, Debbie Nghiem, Ella Viet and Daniella Do, meshed with the mesmerizing compositions of emmy-award winner, Vanessa Van-Anh Vo, this show-stopping extravaganza celebrates Vietnamese Art and Culture like no other.

Festivities commence at 5pm in the Circle of Palms, Fairmont Plaza with the re-enactment of “Vinh Quy Bai To“, a festival wedding ceremony complete with horse and carriage, ao dai models, zither performers, drummers, stilt walkers and a dragon dance.

A cocktail reception and Designer’s Promenade kicks off the evening gala with jazz chanteuse Thuy Linh and her quartet. The Fairmont‘s Imperial Ballroom opens the formal dinner program with the premier of “Yearning Mountain“, a musical storytelling of ancient Vietnam, followed by an exciting live auction. For dessert… guests will be treated to a dazzling show of never-before-seen ao dai designs from traditional styles to modern interpretations. This cross-cultural journey with roots in both Vietnam and America brings an evolving high-art to new mainstream audiences.

Tickets for the show are available at Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ao-dai-festival-iii-tickets-10599933687?aff=es2&rank=1&sid=08171254b9db11e3a48222000a9f38e9

All proceeds benefit the Friends of Hue Foundation.

For more information, visit: http://aodaifestival.com


International superstars in the world of fashion and music arriving from Vietnam to perform at the The Second Annual Ao Dai Festival in San Jose September 15, 2012.

San Jose, CA  September 13, 2012 – Two internationally acclaimed superstars in the world of fashion, Minh Hanh and Si Hoang will be arriving in San Jose for the upcoming Ao Dai Festival to be held this Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts.

Dang Thi Minh Hanh, the award winning fashion designer from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is considered one of the pioneers in the new fashion revolution, blending traditional ao dai fashion designs with modern styles.

Designer Si Hoang grabbed the attention of the fashion world when he designed the first ao dai for the Mis Ao Dai Ho Chi Minh City pageant in 1989. Since then he has been in demand worldwide has is coming to San Jose via the prestigious Paris Fashion Week.

They will be joined by an additional five equally well-known designers residing in California: Duc Hung, Quang Chanh, Debbie Nghiem, Ella Vietnam and Daniella Do.

Also arriving from Vietnam will be the supermodel turned actress and pop singer, Ho Ngoc Ha. Known for her wide range of musical offerings from traditional folk, to classical and pop music, Ha’s love songs have captivated a loyal following worldwide.

Together, these stars will be presenting a unique theatrical presentation of the history and mythology of ancient Vietnam told through music and fashion. The evening program hosted by MC Vicky Nguyen of NBC Bay Area, will start at 6pm and is part of the overall Vietnamese Art and Culture festival which starts at 3pm in the outdoor plaza. This festival is truly a landmark, international event, that reinforces San Jose’s connection to the global communities.

Hosted by the Friends of Hue Foundation and the GreenRice Foundation, Inc. with the support of GGConnections, Miss Vietnam of Northern California, Miss Vietnam Northern California Intercollegiate, and the Miss Asian America Pageant, the event will raise monies for the FHF Children Shelter located in Hue, Vietnam.

Tickets for the evening performance are available at sjtix.com or at the Ao Dai Festival website: http://aodaifestival.com. For more information contact Jenny Do at info@aodaifestival.com or call 408-915-9299.

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   Press release

The Second Annual Ao Dai Festival to attract thousands to Downtown San Jose for a celebration of Vietnamese Art and Culture, September 15, 2012.

San Jose, CA  Aug. 24, 2012 – The 2012 Ao Dai Festival: A Celebration of Vietnamese Art and Culture will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 1pm to 8pm. The event is hosted by the Friends of Hue Foundation and the GreenRice Foundation, Inc. with the support of GGConnections, Miss Vietnam of Northern California, Miss Vietnam Northern California Intercollegiate, Miss Asian America Pageant, and Far East Lion Dance Association. All festival proceeds will benefit the FHF Children Shelter located in Hue, Vietnam.

The “Ao Dai”, the elegant gown worn by Vietnamese women, has become the symbol of feminine beauty, and the pride of the Vietnamese people.

The all day festival, held at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts plaza will feature music, art, food, and fashion and is free to the public. A special opening ceremony with 100 models in Ao Dai and 25 drummers and 25 zither players will take place at 3pm along with the symbolic lion dance.

In addition to the outdoor festivities, there will be an Art Symposium and Exhibit presented by DVAN, Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network. Featured artists include Trinh Mai, Trinh Ponce, Ann Phong, Thai Bui, Cao Ba Minh, Anhvu Buchanan, Truong Tran, and Isabelle Thuy Pelaud. (tickets: $10).

A special evening concert/theatrical fashion show will be held in the theater starting at 6pm. and will feature internationally renowned designers: Minh Hanh, Si Hoang, Duc Hung, Quang Chanh, Nguyen Dan, Debbie Nghiem, and Ella Vietnam, showcasing their modern interpretations of the Ao Dai fashions. An original script developed by Dan Do tells the story of the history and mythology of the Ao Dai will feature dancers, singer Ngoc Ha and the music of Emmy Award winner Van Anh Vanessa Vo and ensemble.

An awards ceremony, hosted by MC Vicky Nguyen, news reporter for NBC Bay Area will recognize this year’s humanitarian award recipient as well as the best Ao Dai worn to the event by the attendees. The show will culminate in a special finale performance of “Vietnam, Vietnam” arranged by Tran Quang Nam and choir.

Tickets for the evening performance are available at sjtix.com or at the Ao Dai Festival website: http://aodaifestival.com. For more information contact Jenny Do at info@aodaifestival.com or call 408-915-9299.

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Vietnamese    American    Art  Colloquium,    Exhibition  and  Workshop  

The  Diasporic  Vietnamese  Artist  Network  (DVAN)  presents  a    Vietnamese    American  Art  Symposium,    Exhibition  and    Workshop  as  part  of  the  Second  Áo    Dài  Festival.

A  premiere  showcase  for  Vietnamese  American  writers  and  artists,    the  colloquium  is  scheduled  to  open  the  festival    on  Saturday,  September  15,  2012    from  1:00    pm  –  3:00    pm  at  the    San  Jose    Center  for  Performing  Arts.    Hosted    by    theatre  producer  Duy  Nguyen,    the  colloquium  features  artist’s  presentation,  poetry  reading  and    a  panel    discussion    of  Vietnamese  American    artists  and    poets.  They  include  acclaimed  visual  artist  and  poet  Truong  Tran,    visual  artists  Trinh  Mai  and  Ann    Phong,  as  well  as  poet  Anh    Vu    Buchanan.  The  colloquium  will  be  followed    by  an    art  and    poetry  workshop  facilitated  by  Bay  Area  artist  Truong  Tran.

The  exhibition  titled  Trùng    Dương:  The  Convergence  of  Rivers  will  accompany  the  colloquium  and  workshop.  Curated    by    DVAN  Staff  Member  and    artist  Trinh    Mai,  Trùng    Dương  showcases    the  works    of  five  Vietnamese  American  artists    and  can  be    accessed  throughout  the    festival  from  1:00pm  –  8:00pm.

Cost:    $10
Date:    Saturday,    September  15th
Time:    Symposium  and   Workshop:   1:00pm  –    3:00pm   Exhibition:  1:00pm  –  8:00pm

Location:    San  Jose  Center  for  Performing   Arts
255    Almaden  Boulevard,    San  Jose,  CA  95113
cpa.sanjose.org    (408)    295-­‐9600

DVAN,    an  epicenter  of  professional  Vietnamese    American  artists,  writers,  and    academics,  aims  to  promote  artists    from  the  Vietnamese  Diaspora  whose  work  in  literature,  visual  art,  film  and  performance  art  enriches  our    communities    and  strengthens    ties    between  Vietnamese  across    the  globe.  We  support  this    body  of  work  through    cultural  events,  exhibits    and  publications    that  explore  connections    between  art  and  society.  

For  additional  details  and  information  please    contact  the    symposium  organizers  Isabelle  Thuy  Pelaud    (ipelaud@sfsu.edu)    and  Anh    Thang  Dao  (thangdao@usc.edu).

 

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