Aussie Jazz Trio Elixir to perform in Danang - Free Tickets Available!
Sunday 19th May from 7.30pm
As part of the program to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia-Vietnam Diplomatic Relations the Australian Embassy will be hosting a concert by award winning jazz trip Elixir in Danang next week.
Elixir is a Australian trio of friends and musicians - multi-platinum selling singer Katie Noonan, outstanding saxophonist Zac Hurren and the highly-regarded jazz guitarist Stephen Magnusson, who joined the group in 2005. Each artist brings to the project an individual style and potency. The result is a sublime blend of lyrical, improvised folk and jazz-inspired music.
Date: Sunday, 19 May 2013
Venue: Trung Vuong Theatre – 35 Phan Chau Trinh, Da Nang
Admission to Elixir’s concert is free of charge. Free tickets available on first come first served basis (limit of two per person) at the Trung Vuong Theatre (#35 Phan Chau Trinh St) from 10 May 2013
Please join us this event and feel free to circulate this message among your networks or friends.
For further information please contact Ms Angela Pickett
If interested contact Live Hoi An and we can help arrange return transport to the event from Hoi An.
The hose of all holies
NOTICE: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE A) CURRENTLY CONSUMING FOOD B) CANNOT REFER TO YOUR ‘DOWN THERE’ PARTS BY THEIR RIGHTFUL NAMES C) ARE GENERALLY CONSERVATIVE ABOUT ‘TOILET HUMOUR’.
A long time ago in a far away land, where people eat raw fish, produce Hello Kitty and utter the words “ah-so so so” when in intelligible agreement, a young foreigner experienced an epiphany. She was on the toilet at the time. The most remarkable toilet you could ever imagine.
Funny side up: Cross cultural faux pas
Integrating into to a new culture with an unfathomable language generally calls for at least a few misunderstandings, frustrations and more often than not a bloody good laugh along the way.
The best examples of cultural and language foibles and misquips are often encountered when interacting with vina-bilinguists, AKA those individuals who are native Vietnamese speakers, besmirched with a smattering of random English.
Fortunately for us foreigners the vast majority of Vietnamese have an excellent sense of humour, and differences or mispronounced words are almost always forgiven. Below, however, are some cringe worthy but true examples of cultural and language misinterpretations.
Get a route: DIY Bikin’ in Hoi An
The best way to see Hoi An is undoubtedly by bike. Head off into the countryside, meet the locals and have an adventure. I have provided four different routes for you to consider … however it’s definitely not necessary to follow them. I would recommend taking some random turns and getting lost good and proper. As this is where you will find the “real” Hoi An.
As long as you can say “Hoi An” with a suitably bewildered expression, you are fully equipped to find your way home. So grab some sunscreen, your camera, the free Live Hoi An map (you can also use this article with the map as a guide – we have marked our suggested routes for your easy understanding) and go explore.
Community-based tourism: An Ethnic Minority Experience with the Catu
We sat mesmerized as a group of young adults danced before us – a menagerie of people dressed in brightly woven dresses and beaded headwear – all in sync to the two-toned melody of traditional flutes.
We were witnessing a tung tung ya ya show; a traditional Catu performance, usually reserved for special occasions such as harvest time or the annual village buffalo festival.
On this particular day however – we, a select group foreigners invited to the community for the day – were the special occasion and it was both a privilege and honour to see this unique performance up close.
Danang: The City of Bridges
The sky gleams with its last sunrays, ready to recede into darkness. But without delay hundreds of electric bulbs light up one bridge after another on the great Han River of Danang. If you look from one of the mountaintops surrounding this city, it is quite a scene. With nearly ten bridges along its passage, some of which are merely within a kilometer from the next, the river is aglow.
At twilight hours like this, the riverside sidewalks of Bach Dang Street are densely peppered with people, old and young, in pairs, groups or alone. Actually the riverfront street is generally vibrant around the clock.
The Golden Turtle Swim Club
The Golden Turtle Swim Club immediate focus was to introduce water safety & survival skills to young children who are at the most risk in and around Hoi an & providing the local Vietnamese women with the skills and confidence to teach these small children. They conducted swimming session in Red Bridge, Hoi an pacific Resort swimming pools & a private pool in Danang
For more info on The Golden Turtle Swim Club and founders Kerre and Peter click Read More.
IT’S A SIGN (YOU’RE IN VIETNAM)
It’s hardly uncommon to come across a t-shirt or a sign in this part of the world that communicates something far from whatever the wearer, or proprietor, has intended in English. I had a housekeeper in Thailand who once came to my apartment in a shirt that read ‘I have a right to masturbate’ in bold letters on the front. I thought of explaining in Thai what this phrase meant, but the entailing loss of face might have caused her to resign. Besides, I quietly thought to myself, ‘Sister should wear a shirt like that with pride’, and grinned benignly as she applied herself to the week’s washing.