Highland Dream: when the nature is portrayed by music and painting



Posted on 04 January 2013  | 
This evening, a special event will be launched in the Museum of Arts in Ho Chi Minh City. The event is organised by a group of individuals from an Australian music school, namely Le Tuyen, Trung Nghia and Salil Sachdev, in response to the WWF/TRAFFIC campaign “Say NO to rhino horn”.

Scientist and Vietnamese people may recall the regretful moment in 2010 when the last Javan rhino in Viet Nam was shot dead and its horn removed. This serves as a sad reminder of Viet Nam’s rhino populations, especially for conservationists and artists who find themselves inspired by the beauty of nature. The reason why WWF and TRAFFIC have waged SAY NO TO RHINO HORN campaign may seem a little strange when the Vietnamese rhino is already extinct.

The false belief in Viet Nam and in other Asian countries that there is a magic medicinal effect from rhino horn has fueled rhino poaching in South Africa for international illegal trade. It is the demand for rhino horns that killed the last Javan rhinos in Viet Nam and has been massacred the African rhinos. Nearly two rhinos are killed daily in South Africa, and in 2012 alone more than 630 rhinos were killed. This is an increase of 4000% compared to 2007. Rhinos continue to be deprived of their lives senselessly for luxurious drinking tables in Viet Nam. WWF and TRAFFIC call for SAY NO TO RHINO HORN to save these remaining iconic creatures so that the global rhino species will not share the same fates as Javan rhino in Viet Nam.


The Illegal Wildlife trade is not only the biggest threat to the survival of wildlife species, but it has become a problem for national security and governance. Recently, organized criminal networks are attracted to wildlife trafficking for its profitability, low risk of detection, and light punishment. Criminals who deliberately cross international borders, violate national laws with impunity, and attempt to corrupt government officials are a serious threat to the economic and political stability of countries like Vietnam. When Vietnamese people SAY NO TO RHINO HORNS and ENDANGERED WILDLIFE PRODUCTS, it contributes practically to stopping the illegal wildlife trade and organized crimes, and to helping Viet Nam realize its commitment to the world community in protecting wildlife from extinction by commercial trade.

HIGHLAND DREAM will no doubt be an unforgettable impression. Love for one’s homeland can be felt from every stroke of brush, pencil and burn on the pictures by our passionate artist Mr. Trung Nghia. His use of pyrography and the soil that he carries all the way from the mountains where he grew up breathes life into his works. From the drawings, we can catch a glimpse of the great past which can now only be reminisced, and the crying soul of the nature seeing her children brutally murdered. On the other hand, the music performed by the duo Le Tuyen Nguyena an Salil Sachdev will guide the attendants through the vast mountains of the highlands in the middle of Viet Nam, where humans live in harmony with nature. Le Tuyen has specifically composed a music piece that bids farewell to the last Javan rhino that died in 2010 and also reminds us the sorrow of Mother Nature at this loss.

The launching ceremony will gather  representatives from General Consulates of US, Australian, Indonesia and India, artists, celebreties, corporates sectors, students and top medias. The exbihition and the musical performance are free and open to the public  from 4 to 6 January 2012 in the Museum of Arts.

No seeing, no hearing, unknowing
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