Art Talk “What To Ask” with Santiago Reyes


Sun 09 Oct 2016, 3.30 – 5.30 pm
Heritage Space – 1st Floor, Dolphin Plaza

From Heritage Space:

Come to the spontaneous art talk “What To Ask” with artist Santiago Reyes from Ecuador and young Vietnamese artists. The art talk is a part of the program Month of Arts Practice 2016 at Heritage Space in order to promote the interactive exchange between the artist and the public.

On Sunday, Santiago Reyes will introduce himself and his work and ask audience to ask him a lot of questions. Like a game, the interactive talk hopes to encourage Vietnamese audience to get closer and get used to the role of art works in life, as well as the role of the art observer in relation to the art works.

Month of Arts Practice is an annual project of Heritage Space and was initiated by artist Tran Trong Vu, aiming to create space for composing, testing, practicing new art ideas, upon cooperation and interaction of international and Vietnamese artists.

In 2015, Month of Arts Practice has been very successful with the theme “Brownian Movement”. This year, the program also will be an opportunity for Vietnam artists with practice and learning experience with reputed international artists during 6 weeks (from 17 September to 31 October 2016) . Moreover, in order to support the development of Vietnam Contemporary Art, the organizer Heritage Space would like to create an open and interactive forum through a series of activities to introduce and dialogue between artists, professionals and the public.

With the theme “Finite and Infinite”, the artists participating in Month for Arts Practice-version 2nd will find ways to change the surface, the limited spaces, and the specific images. They will put on those other factors so that there are no longer limits or borders. For example, the visual game of mirrors, light, or repeated shapes, the idea behind pictures, or the integration of mathematics, geometry, philosophy into art.

LANGUAGE: Vietnamese, English with translation

Free entry

Heritage Space is a combination of an art gallery, a library, a concert hall, co-working office, residency space, artist studios and some open-stages, which has the capacity to host art exhibitions, music events, educational programs, multi-creative forms, artist-in-residency programs and others. Run by a group of curators, artists, researchers, musicians and architects, Heritage Space’s mission is to become a HUB for individuals and groups working on multi-disciplines from both inside and outside of the country to support and develop the creative industries in Vietnam

A Talk about Vu Dan Tan and his Multimedia Works


Sat 08 Oct 2016, 7 – 9 pm
Goethe Institut – 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

From Goethe Institut:

From 7.10. to 28.10.2016, the Goethe-Institut will be presenting an exhibition titled “Vu Dan Tan and Music”. On October 8 at 7 PM, the curator Iola Lenzi will hold a speech about the artist and his creations. She will give interesting insights into the exhibition and her curatorial work. The audience is invited to participate in a discussion afterwards.

The exhibition “Vu Dan Tan and Music” was initiated by Goethe-Institut in order to celebrate the 70th birthday of the artist. It is organized in cooperation with the Vu Dan Tan Foundation, Hanoi and will be accompanied by an illustrated research catalogue. The visitors will be able to explore Vu Dan Tan’s love for music and how he connected music with his avant-garde visual art. The exhibition presents artworks which refer to music and some that use musical elements – most of these pieces have not been exhibited in Vietnam or any other country.

Vu Dan Tan (1946-2009) was a pioneer of contemporary Vietnamese art. He was born in 1946 in Hanoi and started to paint when travelling through Russia and Cuba. In 1990, he opened “Saloon Natasha” in Hanoi together with his wife Ms. Natasha Kraevskaia – the first private gallery in Hanoi at that time. Tan worked in very small as well as very big dimensions and made use of a huge variety of materials.

Iola Lenzi is an art historian as well as a curator with a focus on South East Asian art and a Vu Dan Tan expert. Lenzi has already curated a large number of institutional exhibitions in Europe and Asia and engages with the regional, social, cultural and political systems. She lives in Singapore and teaches “Society and Politics in Asian Art” at the Singaporean Lasalle-Goldsmiths College of Arts”. Lenzi is the distributor and author of various exhibition catalogues within her field of studies.

Free admission

Concert – Silent Film “A Page of Madness”


Sat 29 Oct 2016, 8 pm
L’Espace – 24 Trang Tien – Hanoi

From L’Espace:

“A Page of Madness” is a concert – silent film presented during the week of Sound. It offers an original approach to the relationship between images and sounds. From the early days of silent film existed the need for sound design. It is often seen that the musicians play live, accompanying the projected work. The score was usually left to the interpretation of the musicians engaged for projection.

For this creation, Sylvain Streiff, French guitarist Nguyen Thuy Dung, plucked zither player Nguyen Thuy Dung and pianist Phan Phuc will accompany the live screening of the film “A Page of Madness”.

Improvisers share a deep interest in traditional Vietnamese music, experimental music and the preparation of instruments.

“A Page of Madness” (1926) is a black and white silent film from Japanese director Teinosuke Kinugasa. A masterpiece of world silent cinema, the film is set in an asylum. Mounted in a maddening maelstrom, the film tells the story of asylum superintendent, whose wife is one of the patients. One day their daughter arrives at the asylum to announce her engagement to her mother. The meeting starts intrigues and flashbacks series that reveal the history of the family.


Ticket price 170 000 VND
For member 100 000 VND
For students 80 000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

HCMC – A Capella Concert with German and Vietnamese Folk Songs


Sat 15 Oct 2016, 8 pm
HCMC Conservatory of Music
112 Nguyen Du, Dist 1, HCMC

From Goethe Institut:

Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh welcomes the GewandhausChoir Leipzig, which is directed by Gregor Meyer, in Vietnam. After having held two concerts in Hanoi, they are performing together with the choir of the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra at the Conservatory HCMC on October 15. Two cultures are meeting on the stage: The renowned musicians are singing German and Vietnamese folk songs.

The Gewandhaus Choir Leipzig has been one of the most renowned German concert choirs for over 150 years and is closely related to the traditional Gewandhaus orchestra Leipzig. The choir is covering a huge variety of genres, apart from a capella they are also singing symphonic music, gospel, soul, pop and jazz. They are touring to foreign countries on a regular basis, for instance they were invited to India by the Goethe-Institut and they participated in the birthday concert of Pope Benedict XVI. in Vatican. For the first time, Goethe-Institut Hanoi initiated their concert trip to Vietnam.

HCMC Ballett Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1993 and performs a big repertoire including orchestra, ensemble, solo, opera and ballet pieces. The renowned orchestra aspires to present Vietnamese artists and talents to a global audience as to strengthen the cultural exchange with other countries.


1. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Nunc dimittis – Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace
2. Der 43. Psalm
Judge me, O God, and plead my cause
3. Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
Nearer my God, to thee
4. Józef Swider (1930-2014)
Cantus gloriosus (Hymn of praise)
5. Felix Mendelssohn
New Year’s Day
6. Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
Dancing and leaping
7. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Where e’er I go
8. Jürgen Golle (*1942)
Little Love Song
9. Friedrich Silcher (1789-1860)
Ännchen von Tharau
In a cold ground (farewell from a lover)
If all fountains are flowing (a song for a secret lover)
10. Gregor Meyer (*1979)
You know that I love you
11. Dân ca/Folk song
Vietnamese rice tabor
12. Trần Mạnh Hùng
13. Dân ca/Folk song
Bèo dạt mây trôi – Trèo lên quán dốc
14. Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Evening Song
15. Max Reger
The moon has risen


Price: 250.000 VND; 80.000 VNĐ (reduced admission fee only for students)

Tickets are already available at the HBSO office (opera house) and online starting from 29.09 on, or by calling: 08.3823.7419; Ms. Ly: 0903.604.539

Subscription Concert Vol. 95 – Hanoi Opera House

S.95 IN

26 and 27 Oct 2016, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House – 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

From the organizer:

Come to Subscription Concert Vol. 95 with the performance of:

Conductor: Olivier Ochanine
Piano Soloists: Pham Quynh Trang and Tran Tam Ngoc
and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra


Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 5 Bb major D.485
Francis Poulenc – Concerto for 2 Pianos


Edward Elgar – In the South – Vietnam Premiere
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky – Francesca da Rimini


Ticket prices: 200,000 – 350,000 – 500,000 VND. All tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or can book online at

For free delivery Call: 0913489858, 0983067996.

Concert with Conductor Henri Pompidor


Tue 25 Oct 2016, 8 pm
Vietnam National Academy of Music
77 Hao Nam, Hanoi

From L’Espace:

Henri Pompidor begins a brilliant musical career in Europe, where he mainly holds the position of choir director, then in Thailand where he is director of choral singing department of the Conservatory. His entrance at the Conservatory of Paris where he directs the famous choir Charles Munch allows him to direct masterpieces and be a famous choir conductor. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Vietnam National Academy of Music, Henri Pompidor is invited to give master classes and direct the choir of VNAM for a concert.


Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy”
and other choral compositions by: Fauré, Charbrier, Velaquez, Young Robinson…

Participating Artists:
– Dao To Loan, Soprano
– Phuong Uyen, Mezzo
– Nguyen Vu, Tenor
– Phuc Tiep, Basse
– Tran Thai Linh, Piano
– The choir and orchestra of VNAM
– Ngo Hoang Linh, Concert Master



Ticket price : 100 000 VND, 200 000 VND, 350 000 VND, 500 000 VND
Book tickets at:,
For free delivery, please contact : 0913489858, 0983067996

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

Film Screening “Les Nouvelles Aventures d’Aladin”

Les Nouvelles Aventures d Aladin

Sun 09 Oct 2016, 4 pm
L’Espace – 24 Trang Tien

From L’Espace:

Come to film screening “Les Nouvelles Aventures d’Aladin” at L’Espace.

Director: Arthur Benzaquen
Cast: Kev Adams, Jean-Paul Rouve, Eric Judor, Michel Blanc, Vanessa Guide, Audrey Lamy, William Lebghil et Nader Boussandel

This amusing French blockbuster should please everyone willing to have fun watching fights, danses, songs and a lot of irreverent teasing!

Film synopsis:

On Christmas Eve, Sam and his best friend Khalid dress up as Father Christmas so that they can steal everything they can from Galeries Lafayette. But Sam is rapidly trapped by some children and must tell them a story… the story of Aladdin… well, at least, his version. As Aladdin, Sam then begins a journey to the heart of Bagdad, a city with a thousand and one riches. Alas, folklore masks the reality of a population subjected to the tyranny of a terrible Vizir known for his ferociousness and his dubious breath. Can Aladdin, the young thief aided by his Genie, thwart the Vizir’s diabolical plans, save Khalid and win the heart of Princess Shallia?

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitles


Ticket price: 50,000 VND
Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40,000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.

HCMC – Exhibition “Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese”


Opening: Fri 14 Oct 2016, 9.30 am
Exhibition: 14 – 30 Oct 2016, 8.30 am – 6 pm
Exhibition Hall, Museum of Ho Chi Minh City
92 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, HCMC

From Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam:

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Consulate – General of Japan in HCMC proudly present a travelling exhibition “Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns” from 14 to 30 October, 2016 at the Exhibition Hall of the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City (at No. 92 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, HCMC).

“Japanese Pottery – The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns” introduces the works of a total of 35 artists active in seven major traditional kiln sites in Japan. They differ in orientation, including some who carry on long traditions of pottery production while pursuing ever-richer standards in their craft and others who seek to create individualistic works exploring new forms. All are promising artists who will be leaders of the next generation in the ceramic arts in Japan. The theme of the exhibition this time focuses on “vessels,” endeavoring to show how ceramic artists understand the function of vessels, the better to understand the present situation, and the future, of Japanese pottery.

Free admission

Program of Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FVH) in October 2016

Program of FVH in December 2014

From Friends of Vietnam Heritage:

FVH is pleased to offer a diverse range of events this month:
– City Walk to Bạch Mã Temple and the Old Quarter (in English) on Sunday 9 October
– City Walk to Đền Quán Thánh, stories of Trúc Bạch lake and Ngũ Xã island (in English) on Sunday 16 October
– Lecture on monoprinting with Lê Huy Tiếp (in English) on Sunday 23 October
– Volunteer to assist with activities for Sóc Sơn kids (in English) on Sunday 23 October
– City Walk around Văn Miếu (in Japanese) on Tuesday 25 October
– Traditional activity learning how to play Đá cầu (foot shuttlecock game) (in English) on Saturday 29 October
– Excursion to Phát Diệm Cathedral (in English) on Sunday 30 October

You can also check our calendar at for updates of the program.

HCMC – Art Walk 2.0 HCMC – Exhibition “Where Is the Place of Peace”

01 – 15 Oct 2016
From the organizer:

Art Walk, a program organized by Sao La last year, was held in the purpose of emphasizing the relationship between the community, social context and artists, which entailed connecting art with the public, environmental surveys of local art. Keeping with this spirit, Sao La is elated to invite artists to join hands in the creation of this year’s program. This time, Art Walk will be larger in scale, linking up to 10 artist’s studios in the city. Each studio, with the possession of its particular character, would welcome the arts audience to enjoy and discover the creative practices.

Along with the private space of the aforementioned artists’ studios, the vibrant urban context of Saigon today is also noteworthy. Sao La invites you unto an excursion, stretching from Thanh Da, Binh Thanh, without the exception of District 1, District 3, to District 5, District 10. Aside from these boisterous streets, the city’s urban landscape shall also be contemplated and witnessed through a unique and floating lens, a perspective which could only arise from the abundant rivers and canals, another characteristic feature of Saigon.

The program includes “địa/phương ~ local-liti,” a group exhibition, as a suggestive theme for the Art Walk this year. This exhibition also marks the opening and introduction of a new space of Dia Projects in Thanh Da peninsula.

Sao La will provide a map on which the audience is able to actively set their own itinerary. The program would provide the public with the opportunity to meet and talk with artists during an one-month period from 01 October to 01 November, as well as to attend music nights, film screenings and conversations that are co-organized by Sao La.

To join this walk together, get updated with the information as regards our schedule and program’s details on:

* Facebook Sao La:
* Facebook page of the event:
* Instagram: saola_vietnam_oi
* Email:

Art Walk 2016 is kindly funded by CDE.

”WIND” – Dialogue of Piano & Chèo Opera by pianist Pho An My


Sat 29 Oct 2016, 8 – 10 pm
Labor Theater
43 Trang Tien, Hanoi

From the organizer:

After “Shadow” and “Fire,” both of which are representative of the discursive musical style, have caught the attention of critics, audience and the press, pianist Phó An My and composer Đặng Tuệ Nguyên collaborate again, in 2016, to present “Wind.” Also written in the same discursive style, this work is inspired by a classic Chèo opera, “Guanyin Thị Kính,” although it does not adhere to the opera’s traditional plot. It characterizes two female archetypes, one symbolizing Patience, and the other symbolizing Thirst (for love, for life). Thus, we have the injustice suffered by Thị Kính, and the chaos caused by Thị Màu.

About Chèo opera “Guanyin Thị Kính”

Thị Kính, from the state of Cao Ly, lived her previous life as a religious man, who was near the end of his path to enlightenment, when Siddhartha decided to test his will, and let him be reborn into a poor family, as a girl and destined for sufferings and misfortunes. When the girl, who is named Thị Kính, came of age, she married a student named Sùng Thiện Sĩ. One night, Sùng Thiện Sĩ fell asleep during his study, with Thị Kính sewing beside him. She saw a strand of hair growing backwards on his chin and wanted to cut it off, when Sùng Thiện Sĩ suddenly woke up, and seeing his wife with a knife in her hand, thought she wanted to kill him. He screamed, and his parents came. They accused Thị Kính of attempted murder, and kicked her out of the house, forcing her to go back to her biological parents. With her heart broken and her reputation ruined, Thị Kính went to live as a monk at the temple of Vân Tự, disguised as a man, adopting the name of Kính Tâm.

In the same village, there was a promiscuous woman named Thị Mầu, who was the daughter of a rich man. She saw Kính Tâm at the temple, and became desirous of the young and good looking monk. She tried to seduce Kính Tâm, but to no avail, as the latter was completely oblivious to her flirtation. To quench her lust, Thị Mầu went to bed with a servant, and became pregnant with him. When the village elders interrogated her about the pregnancy, she named Kính Tâm as the father. Consequently, Kính Tâm was forced out of the temple, and had to live at its gate. Thị Mầu then gave birth to a son, whom she left to Kính Tâm to raise. When the child was three years old, Kính Tâm became fatally sick. Before her death, she wrote a letter to her parents and to the child. When people read her letter, they realized she has been unjustly accused of attempted murder, and when they prepared her body for burial, they discovered she was a woman. Thus, she was cleared of any wrongdoing. Siddartha observed what she went through, found her virtuous, and made made her Guanyin bodhisattva.


Ticket prices: 600,000 VND, 800,000 VND, 1,000,000 VND

Hotline: 0169 8969 489/ 0123 9008 284

Percussion Concert with Go Group band


Fri 21 Oct 2016, 8 – 10 pm
Heritage Space – 1st Floor, Dolphin Plaza

From Heritage Space:

A MUSICAL NIGHT FOR AUTUMN is a special Percussion Concert by GO GROUP band at Heritage Space in this October.

Founded in 2010 – Go Group has impressed the audience for a unique style of performance at percussion symphony shows with very diverse percussion instruments such as marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, campana, gran casa, or even beer can, aluminum container, pieces of woods…

Go Group is still following the same direction as set at the inception of the band, which is elevating the role of percussion in performances, to make it not only a beat-holding instrument but also an independent performance and symphony instrument as part of a whole composition. Go Group aims to develop the use of percussion through innovative performance forms so that the audience can enjoy something not new in the world but relatively new to the Vietnamese audience.

– Public: 200,000 VND / person
– Students, Heritage Space Library members: 100,000 VND / person
– Free of charge for children under 12 years old.
(Costs for organizers, performers and operation group; Heritage Space does not benefit from it)

Follow these steps to register:
1. Transfer money to account of Heritage Space
Account holder name: Le Hai Linh
Account number: 0451001328704
Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam – Vietcombank
Vietcombank Thanh Cong
2. Notify us via hotline 090 282 67 69 [name / number of tickets / amount]
Or email us [name / number of tickets / amount] at
3. After checking, we’ll contact again to confirm and send your e-ticket.

– Seat: 300.
Because of our limited number of seats, please register before October 18th

Heritage Space is a combination of an art gallery, a library, a concert hall, co-working office, residency space, artist studios and some open-stages, which has the capacity to host art exhibitions, music events, educational programs, multi-creative forms, artist-in-residency programs and others. Run by a group of curators, artists, researchers, musicians and architects, Heritage Space’s mission is to become a HUB for individuals and groups working on multi-disciplines from both inside and outside of the country to support and develop the creative industries in Vietnam

Exhibition “Paintings of Trinh” Launching Art Show “Atum Atum” The Fourth Hanoi Open Exhibition Hanoi

"Suy tư" (Thinking), water colour on Do paper, 40cm x 60cm, 2010

“Suy tư” (Thinking), water colour on Do paper, 40cm x 60cm, 2010

Opening: Mon 03 Oct 2016, 5.30 pm
Exhibition: 04 – 08 Oct 2016
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi

From the organizer:

You are invited to the solo exhibition of Le Mai Trinh with over 30 watercolor paintings on Do paper. They have all been created in recent years.

“Paintings of Trinh” express true, simple and gentle feelings like a fresh autumn breeze.

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

Exhibition “Vu Dan Tan and Music”


Opening: Fri 07 Oct 2016, 6 pm
Exhibition: 08 – 28 Oct 2016, 9 am – 7 pm
Goethe Institut – 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

From Goethe Institut:

Hanoi artist Vu Dan Tan (1946-2009) is a pioneer of Vietnamese contemporary art. His rich oeuvre, which spanned the mid-1970s until his death in 2009, is arthistorically significant in Southeast Asian and global art history for its original creative methodology and its sophisticated array of transcultural references that made sense of the evolving context of Vietnam in the world, post–doi moi. Vu Dan Tan’s art was innovative in its mixing of media and reference to multiple modes of cultural expression, including performance and music, both of which have deep roots in Vietnamese culture.

This new exhibition “Vu Dan Tan and Music”, commissioned by Goethe Institut, Hanoi to commemorate Vu Dan Tan’s seventieth birthday, explores Vu Dan Tan’s persistent interest in music and the ways in which the artist integrated music into his avantgarde visual practice. The exhibition presents music-themed artworks, pieces borrowing various aspects of music, pieces produced from objects associated with music, and a performative work with hands and improvised sound, filmed by Hanoi artist Nguyen Quang Huy. Many of the exhibition works have never yet been shown publicly in Vietnam or elsewhere.

These artworks span a wide spectrum of media. In addition, the exhibition features a curated selection of documents relating to Vu Dan Tan’s music-related practice, including musical scores and written statements where Vu Dan Tan offers ideas about the creation of an innovative Vietnamese classical music. Some scores are reproduced in facsimile form such that the Hanoi public may examine Tan’s compositions at leisure in the gallery space. Vu Dan Tan and Music also includes rare filmed documentation from the noughties of Vu Dan Tan playing piano and Hanoi intellectual Duong Tuong reciting poetry and giving an interview, that attests to the collaborative and innovative spirit of Hanoi’s contemporary art world emerging after 1990.

Through the exhibition, it will be argued that Vu Dan Tan’s work was closely connected with traditional Vietnamese culture as well as inserting itself into the wider current of Southeast Asian contemporary art that emerged in regional centres such as Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta and Manila from the 1970s onwards.

The exhibition comprises paintings, borrowed and transformed objects, video of musical performance, and a sound-installation. The exhibition is curated by Iola Lenzi, a Singapore-based art historian of Southeast Asian art, and a specialist of Vu Dan Tan.

Vu Dan Tan and Music is organised in collaboration with Vu Dan Tan Foundation, Hanoi, and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated multi-essay research catalogue.

Iola Lenzi is a Singapore art historian and curator of contemporary Southeast Asian art. Also trained in law, she has curated numerous institutional exhibitions in Asia and Europe examining Southeast Asia’s social, cultural, and political landscape of recent decades through art. She teaches in the Asian Art Histories MA Programme of Singapore’s Lasalle-Goldsmiths College of the Arts, is the author of two books, and the editor/author of several research anthologies centering on themes of Southeast
Asian art history. Lenzi is currently pursuing doctoral research on early contemporary art in 1990s Hanoi at NTU, Singapore.

Free admission

Music Story of the Old Quarter in October

Music Story of the Old Quarter-poster

Fri 14 Oct 2016, 8 pm
Center of the Old Quarter’s Culture Exchange
50 Dao Duy Tu, Hanoi

From the organizer:

Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam has its proud 1000-year-old history and tradition. The music born here shares the richness as the city’s history itself: diversified and original.

“Music Story of the Old Quarter” is a monthly music shows which is objected to introduce generally to the world the evolution of the city of Hanoi’s music, from past to present.

The shows portrait the city’s music history through traditional vocal techniques, rhythms and beats combined with contemporary installation arts. The performances are delivered by the top class singers and musicians.

Through the shows, we hope to successfully communicate the core values of Hanoi’s culture, history and humans to the audiences, both Vietnamese natives and foreign friends.

This month special guest: Traditional Japanese group Kodo

This time there’ll be a special collaboration with a traditional Japanese group Kodo. They’re specialized in the Taiko art: a traditional Japanese drum with limitless rhythmic possibilities. Kodo’s mission is to explore these possibilities, and in the process forge new directions for a vibrant living art-form. In Japanese, the word “Kodo” holds a double meaning. It can be translated as “heartbeat,” the primal source of all rhythm. Indeed, the great taiko is thought to be reminiscent of a mother’s heartbeat as felt from the womb, and babies are often lulled to sleep by its thunderous vibrations. If read in a different context however, Kodo can also mean “children of the drum,” which reflects the group’s desire to play the drums with the simple heart of a child.

Watch one of Kodo’s performances here:

– Donation at the door
– Buying bamboo sticks (50k/stick) and give the stick to organisers after any performance that you find amusing.
– Short term/ Long term sponsorship for the project (contact details are below)

THE ANCIENT MUSIC OF TONKIN, the group of artists, traditional singers, musicians and Vietnamese culture lovers who embrace the passion for the conservation of Vietnamese traditional music. We are working to share the values of our beautiful Vietnamese cultural heritages.

CONTACT DETAILS (for information, tour dates, cooperation and sponsorship)
Vũ Nhật Tân
Tel: 0124 912 5212

Concert “A German Requiem” in Hanoi opera house


Thu 13 Oct 2016, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House – 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

From Goethe Institut:

Goethe-Institut Hanoi welcomes the Gewandhaus Choir Leipzig for several concerts in Vietnam. On October 13, 2016 the traditional choir will perform “Ein Deutsches Requiem” (A German Requiem) together with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO), directed by Tetsuji Honna.

The idea of this Requiem has kept Brahms (1833-1897) busy for over a decade. In 1856, his friend and supporter Robert Schumann passed away, ten years later he had to cope with the loss of his mother. What is exceptional about this requiem is, that Brahms did not use the common Latin mass texts but selected specific parts of the bible himself which deal with mortality of mankind and such which evolve around the hope for a life after death, which is supposed to comfort the surviving dependants.

Gewandhaus Choir Leipzig has been one of the most renowned German concert choirs for over 150 years and is closely linked to the traditional Gewandhaus orchestra. The Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1959 and performs about 60 concerts each year in Vietnam and other South East Asian countries.

Listen to the first movement of the requiem here:


Steven Klose Steven Klose, bass-baritone, received musical impulses from an early stage on at the Kreuz choir Dresden. In 2008, he started vocal studies at the conservatory in Leipzig and was taught by Prof. Roland Schubert. Soon, Klose got active within the frame of choir and ensemble work as well as with solos. Due to travelling and singing with professional choirs, directed by e.g. Sir Simon Rattle, Howard Arman, Riccardo Chailly and Helmuth Rilling, Klose is able to sing a huge repertoire, ranging from old to contemporary music.

Ha Pham Thang Long is a famous soprano opera singer from Vietnam. She studied singing at the National Academy of Music in Vietnam. Currently she is a vocal teacher at the University of Military Culture and Arts and has taken many roles in performances by the National Opera and Ballet. She regularly participates as a solo artist in the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra. Her performing experiences vary, including work by Handel, Mozart and Haydn.


Price: S-700.000 VND, A-500.000VND, B-300.000 VND, Students: 100.000 VND

Tickets available at:
– Opera House Hanoi, 1 Trang Tien
– Sketch Travel Hanoi, 3. Floor, Lancaster, 20 Núi Trúc (04 3944 9510)
– Star Lotus – 58 Ho Hien Thanh (04 3974 9710)

Free delivery: 0913489858 & 0983067996

Film Screening “La Glace et le Ciel” in Hanoi

ice and the sky

Screening film with Vietnamese subtitles: Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8 pm
Screening film with English subtitles: Sun 09 Oct 2016, 6 pm

From L’Espace:

Come to the film screening “Ice and the Sky” (La Glace et le Ciel) (France, 2013, 113’).

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Casting: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup

The film, selected to close the 2015 Cannes Film Fest, tells a story about the French glaciologist Claude Lorius, which is like a paean to youth, passion and idealism.

Film synopsis:

“Ice and The Sky” tells the story of a man who encountered his destiny, aged 23, in the Antarctic. The film will retrace his life’s journey, from his first steps as a young glaciologist to the crowning moment of his glittering career – winning the Blue Planet Prize, the Nobel of environmental sciences. “Ice and The Sky” is an epic tale, in which science and adventure meet. “I have loved the great rivers of ice, the lagoons, the villages at the edge of the desert. I have loved the primordial forests of the Americas. But I believe what I have loved most is man and his ability to surpass himself in extreme climates. My name is Claude Lorius and I am 82 years old. I have devoted my life to the search for knowledge. It has been an extraordinary story of science and devoted men who have changed the course of the history of Mankind.”


On 07 Oct: French with Vietnamese subtitles
On 09 Oct: French with English subtitles


Ticket price: 50,000 VND
Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40,000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.

HCMC – Book Launch and Expert Talk: “TP. Ho Chi Minh: MEGA City” (2017 Edition)


Sun 09 Oct 2016, 10 am
Salon Van Hoa Ca Phe Thu Bay – 1st floor (upstairs), Trung Nguyen Café, 19B Pham Ngoc Thach, District 3, HCMC

From Goethe Institut:

Ho Chi Minh City, the economic hub and biggest urban agglomeration of Vietnam has recently emerged as the country’s first mega city. The vibrant metropolis is rapidly changing against the backdrop of globalization, but has preserved an almost rural character in many of its small alleys. For many people, the mega city is a place of hope for a better future. Can these dreams be fulfilled if the number of inhabitants continues to rise by millions and climate change is flooding entire city districts? This photo book takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the familiar and lesser-known aspects of this bustling city to witness its vibrancy and dynamic changes of the past years.

More than 20 people have contributed to this publication, among them several innovative Vietnamese architecture firms, which have recently erected aesthetically pleasing buildings following the principles of green architecture. Those buildings are a specific contribution to sustainable urban development and hopefully serve as inspirations for others.

The large format publication with more than 450 photos is published in two languages (Vietnamese and English) and targeting a wide audience. Through various chapters (views from above, change over time, architecture and housing, people of the city, urban transport, soul of the city, miniatures) it tries a holistic approach and to grasp the mega city in its whole spatial and social bandwidth.

The editor Dr Michael Waibel is researching, teaching and leading projects about urban development at the Department of Geography of Hamburg University. For 20 years, he has been doing research about Vietnam.

A more academic input will be provided by the Dean of the Faculty of Urban Planning of Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture, Dr. Hung Do Phu, who will give a talk about challenges of sustainable urban development in Vietnam.

A specific highlight of the event will be the disbursement of two complimentary copies to the lucky winners of a draw by a representative of the main sponsor, AUDI Vietnam. With some luck you may take you complimentary copy back home.

Event Agenda

· PR-Video trailer briefly introducing about the photo book
· Introduction & Greeting by Henning Hilbert, Director of the Goethe Institute Ho Chi Minh City
· Challenges of sustainable urban development in Vietnam, Talk by Dr. Hung Do Phu, Dean of the Faculty of Urban Planning, Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture
· The Rationale behind the photo book, the editor: Dr. Michael Waibel, Department of Geography, Hamburg University
· PR-Video trailer AUDI Vietnam
· Lottery drawing of two complimentary copies of the photo book
Representative of AUDI Vietnam
· Reception / Books sales

Total duration: about 90 minutes

Language: English / Vietnamese

Free entry

Contemporary Concert with Hanoi New Music Ensemble


Sun 23 Oct 2016, 8 pm
L’Espace – 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

From L’Espace:

Hanoi New Music Ensemble (HNME) was founded in 2015 on the initiative of the composers Vu Nhat Tan and Tran Kim Ngoc, violist Pham Truong Son and conductor Jeff Von Der Smith. HNME is a new music group founded to bring the international and local contemporary music to Vietnam, and to become an ambassador of Vietnamese contemporary music. By introducing the contemporary musical works by Vietnamese and international composers, HNME hopes to change the music taste of the Vietnamese audience.


Claude Debussy: Syrinx (Solo flute)
Nguyễn Thiện Đạo : Tuyến lửa (flute and percussion)
Olivier Messiaen : Con sáo đen (flute and piano)
Didier Latroupe : Bia đá (solo flute)
Trần Kim Ngọc : Phục hồn
Tôn Thất Tiết : Voyage & Thu Phong
Pierre Boulez: Chơi vơi 1
Vũ Nhật Tân : Ký ức

Nguyễn Trọng Bằng, flute
Nguyễn Quốc Bảo, clarinet
Phạm Trường Sơn, violon
Vũ Thị Khánh Linh, violon
Đào Tuyết Trinh, cello
Dương Thu Giang, cello
Phạm Quỳnh Trang, piano
Trần Thị Tâm Ngọc, piano
Lữ Mạnh Cường, percussion
Vũ Đình Phương, percussion


Ticket price: 100,000 VND
Special price for students: 80,000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

Film Screening “Human” at L’Espace


27 Sep – 03 Oct 2016

From L’Espace:

From September 27th, come and take a look at the human experience through splendid and breathtaking shoots!

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand (France, 2015, 143′)
Cast: Unknown actors

“A Film That Makes Us More Human. Photojournalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s profound portrait of humanity.” – The Epoch Times

HUMAN is a collection of stories and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. Our Earth is shown at its most sublime through never-before-seen aerial images accompanied by soaring music, resulting in an ode to the beauty of the world, providing a moment to draw breath and for introspection.

HUMAN is a politically engaged work which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.

Screening schedule:



* Two versions:

– Multi-languages with English and Vietnamese subtitles
– Multi-languages with French and Vietnamese subtitles


Ticket price: 50,000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.


Exhibition “Stories of Getting Old” – Vietnam Women’s Museum


Opening: Fri 30 Sep 2016, 9 – 11am
Vietnam Women’s Museum
36 Lý Thường Kiệt, Hà Nội
Tel: (04) 3825 9936 – 3936 1869

From the Museum:

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Day for Older Persons (10.1.1991 – 10.1.2016) and the Action Month for the Vietnamese elderly, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum (VWM) will open to public a special exhibition entitled “Stories of Getting Old”.

Using the anthropological approach and photo voice method (handing cameras to subjects), every aspect in the lives of older people will be unfolded. The exhibition has 3 main themes: Wishes; Confessions of Older People and Joy & Sadness featuring those at Thien Duc Nursing Home, where VWM specifically chooses to study. It will also bring about a rather sensitive topic in the society nowadays: Moving parents into nursing homes – Inevitable or Ungrateful?

“Shorten the generation gap and learn to love and respect older people” is the message that the exhibition wants to convey to visitors of all ages.

HCMC – Exhibition “Where Is the Place of Peace”


Opening: Fri 30 Sep 2016, 6 pm
Exhibition: 30 Sep – 27 Oct 2016
Craig Thomas Gallery – Craig Thomas Gallery
165 Calmette, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, Dist 1, HCMC
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 6pm; Sundays 1 to 5 pm; and by appointment

From the organizer:

You are invited to “Where Is the Place of Peace”, a solo exhibition of watercolor on silk paintings by Hanoi-based artist Le Thuy.

Born and raised in Thanh Hóa Province, Thúy (b. 1988) remains closely tied to her native region and the farming life that was her daily milieu before migrating to Hanoi at age nineteen to pursue higher education. These ties are clearly seen in the subject matter that the artist has chosen to focus on in the “Where Is the Place of Peace” collection. The detailed depiction of the plant and animal life in Thúy’s work could only be made by someone with an intimate knowledge of rural Vietnamese life.

Thúy says, “I consider myself lucky because of my rural background. I have a deeper understanding of the trees and plants; I see the way they move in a way that other people from a different background cannot. They may see them but they don’t understand and feel about plants and animals the way that I do.”

There is a special pleasure in curating an exhibition by a Vietnamese artist using a material and employing a style that is both uniquely her own but also quintessentially Vietnamese. Thúy’s choice of silk as her medium of expression is not lucky accident but rather taken with conscious intent as she states clearly in her artist statement for the exhibition. Silk is a material that is synonymous with this region and one which facilitates a form of expression that engenders a visceral reaction in viewers.

Thuý’s choice to work in silk is also a felicitous one for the future of the medium in Vietnam. While many contemporary artists focus on more easily commercialized media like oil on canvas or other types of media which are considered more avant garde by the art literati; it is a good and necessary thing that some of the country’s most talented young artists – of which Thuý demonstrably shows herself to be a member – continue to work with silk to help foster and evolve the tradition of Vietnamese silk painting.

Portraying mainly idealized rural landscapes, village life, pagodas and historical events, there is an inherently conservative and homogenous character to much of traditional Vietnamese silk painting. Thúy’s work pays homage to this thematic tradition while turning it on its head. The Vietnamese countryside is still the setting but Thuy’s depictions are neither anodyne nor idyllic. They are filled with the life and death struggle of nature and often tinged with a large dollop of madness and even the macabre.

Belying her relative youth, Thúy brings a sense of purpose and an exacting standard of professionalism to her work that is clearly manifested in the quality of the works of the “Where Is the Place of Peace” collection. The artist says, “For me, it is not about just making a beautiful painting. That is not enough. It must reflect my thoughts, my current state of mind, in this space that I am in. Perhaps in the future I won’t be able to paint like this anymore and will paint flowers or maybe even something abstract. But at this moment, it would be torture for me to paint in a way that did not allow me to fully express myself. It would be a form of self-deception and I do not want to engage in that.”

DOCLAB Photography Workshop 2016: Issues in Contemporary Photographic Seeing


Doclab photography workshop 2016 opens for registration
Deadline: 10 Oct 2016 – 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học
Ba Đình, Hà Nội


This is the second photography workshop held at DocLab by American photographer Jamie Maxtone-Graham.

This workshop consists of three parts:

– In-class presentations by the instructor of important 20th century photographers and their work and ideas beginning in the 1950s and continuing through current times.
– Homework and in-class critiques by fellow workshop participants and the instructor.
– Each participant will also be expected to do research on a photographer who he/she is interested in to make a presentation in the workshop.

Workshop participants will also produce a final, personal project with the idea that this will be part of a group exhibition.

The previous workshop projects resulted in the show Autopsy Of Days, which exhibited at Goethe Institut in Hanoi in 2013 and also at Hampshire College in the US in 2015.

The workshop will run for 10-12 weeks and will meet twice a week – Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon for three hours each session. Workshop will be taught in English but students are encouraged to use Vietnamese in the class. Applicants should have basic knowledge about photography.

Workshop will start around mid of October 2016, exact date to be announced.
Location: Hanoi Doclab, Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.


Applicants should also submit a self-portrait. This may be a single image or multiple images but it should express something about the kind of photographer and/or person you are. Be creative; use your imagination. This is the important part of the application!

Please send your photos to and write ‘Photo workshop – [your name]’ in the ‘Subject’ line.

Deadline for registration: 10/10/2016

The fee is 4.000.000VND for the workshop. Workshop is limited to 12 people maximum.

About the instructor: Jamie Maxtone-Graham is a cinematographer and photographer with a long background working in Hollywood on feature films, episodic television, commercials and documentaries. In 2007 he received a Fulbright research fellowship for photography in Vietnam and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout SE Asia and Europe. His work been published online and in print and is in numerous private collections. He lives and works in Hanoi.

If you’re interested in getting news, announcements from DOCLAB for its activities, workshops, and schedule of film screenings, etc., please email us at to subscribe to DOCLAB news.

Science Film Festival 2016 in Hanoi


Opening: Sun 02 Oct 2016, 2.30 pm
Kim Dong Cinema
19 Hang Bai, Hanoi

Science Film Festival: 02 Oct – 18 Dec 2016
in 19 provinces and cities

From Goethe Institut:

Short films, experiments and educational games for children and teenagers about nature, environmental protection and new technologies. It takes place in Vietnam and 15 other Asian countries from 2nd October to 18th December 2016.

When science fiction turns into science…

The 12th Science Film Festival for children and teenagers is presenting science you can touch and try out. This year, the festival evolves around the topic “material science”: How is material such as paper and plastic being produced? Which consequences may the usage of certain material have for the environment? Are there any alternatives to using harmful material? How can the natural production of certain materials like spider silk or wood be used as a model for technical development?

A selection of 14 movies from 7 different countries is helping to support the scientific consciousness of young people regardless their age and origin. Last year, there were over 300 screenings and the festival reached 36.249 people in the whole country – this is an amazing success which underlines the importance of the Science Film Festival and how it contributes to the support of scientific education in Vietnam.

Join us and explore!

The Science Film Festival takes place for the sixth time in Vietnam, this year it starts on October 2 and ends on December 18. The opening ceremony is on October 2 at 2.30 PM in Kim Dong Cinema, there will be a lot of activities for children and teenagers.

All children, teenagers and adults are equally invited to join our activity days at Goethe-Institut on November 12 and 13, where anyone can engage both playfully and experimentally with environmental protection and New Technologies.

Until the December 18 the program will be presented at schools in Hà Nội, Vĩnh Phúc, Thái Nguyên, Phú Thọ, Thái Bình, Thanh Hóa, Đà Nẵng, Huế, Quảng Trị, Hội An, Tam Kỳ, Quảng Nam, Đắk Lăk, TP. HCM, Bạc Liêu, Đà Lạt, Sóc Trăng, Vĩnh Long and Đồng Tháp.

During the Film Science Festival we will hold an exhibition from November 14 to December 4 at Goethe-Institut Hanoi titled „Nature Preservation is Future“- In 2015, the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Preservation, Construction and Reactor Safety (BMUB) supported an educational science competition in Nam Dinh in which students from 7th, 8th and 9th grade artistically engaged themselves with the topic “Ground and water – nature preservation is future”. The final event of this project is an exhibition of the students’ paintings at Goethe-Institut.

Furthermore, there will be a film screening featuring “Lighter than Orange – The Legacy of Dioxin in Vietnam” (12th November at Goethe-Institut Hanoi) which is a documentary directed by Matthias Leupold who deals with the biography of 10 Vietnam War veterans as well as the devastating consequences of the usage of dioxin, a defoliant.

An overview of the Science Film Festival program: 2.10.-18.12. in 19 cities and provinces

Opening ceremony: 2.10.2016, 2.30 PM at Kim Dong Cinema, Hanoi
Activity Days: 12th and 13th November, 10-12 AM and 14-17 PM at Goethe-Institut Hanoi
Exhibition “Nature Preservation is Future”: 11.11.-4.12.2016 at Goethe Institut Hanoi (Opening: 11.11.2016, 6pm)
Film screening: 12th November 2016, 7pm “Lighter Than Orange – The Legacy of Dioxin in Vietnam”

Free tickets for the opening is available from Mon 26 Sep 2016, 9 am at Goethe Institut.

Film Screening “Le Roi et L’oiseau” in Hanoi


Sun 02 Oct 2016, 4 pm
L’Espace – 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

From L’Espace:

You are invited to the film screening “Le Roi et L’oiseau” (France, 1979, 87’).

This animation classic is a great song about love and freedom that brings the Andersen fairy tale back to life.

Film synopsis:

Many ages have passed, Andersen fairy tale “Le roi et l’oiseau” has proved as a hauntingly powerful story. The plot tells about the cruel king who prohibits romance between the shepherd girl and the chimney cleaning boy. Meanwhile, a bird defends the couple. The animation debuts in 1979 is considered as one of the masterpieces of French animation cinema, is a song about love and freedom in places where dictation exists. The unique film of this work had nearly broken and disappeared forever. In 2001, the restoration of the film is started and lasted two years, which help rescuing the classic.

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitles.


Ticket price: 50 000 VND
Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40 000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace

HCMC – Concert “Edvard Grief & the Peer Gynt Suite”

Banner TB 9-7

Sun 09 Oct 2016, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House – No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC

From the organizer:

Music has always been an important vehicle in story-telling. Through-out the development of music over the ages, programmatic music has always found its place in the repertoire. HBSO’s October 9th concert will feature programmatic works from Vietnamese and Norwegian composers.

The first half of the program will feature 2 stories from Norway, Johan Svendsen’s “Norwegian Artists’ Carnival” and Johan Halvorsen’s “Entry March of the Boyars”. The late 19th century and early 20th century Norwegian composers had been instrumental to the development of Norwegian classical music. Their stories will paint a picture of Northern Europe of the previous century and the life a the people more than century ago.

The first half will also feature works by Vietnamese composers Nguyen Manh Duy Linh and Vu Viet Anh. Their works, respectively, “A Gentle Wind” and “Skyline” are a look at Saigon through the eyes of an artist, touching on the simplicity of life among the busy and bustling life of a city. These HBSO commissions have appeared in programs featuring new Vietnamese music, allowing Vietnamese artists to experiment and express themselves through the classical performing arts.

The second half of the program will feature Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” Suites.

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s career was extremely instrumental in establishing the identity of Norway music on the international stage. His expert use of Norwegian folk music in his works probably was among the reasons why he was asked to write incidental music for Henrik Ibsen’s play “Peer Gynt”, which is based on Norwegian fairy tale. The play was a huge success, acclaimed by critics and audience. However, Grieg was not entirely happy about the result; creative reasons led him to make changes to the music that did not turn out to be exactly as he wanted, and the long process working on the music had created a mild sense of disappointment in Grieg.

In the following years, Grieg extracted 8 themes from the original 26 movements and created 2 four-movement suites for orchestra. The Peer Gynt suites instantly became a hit and has remained in international orchestral standard repertoire since. A few of these themes have been used widely and became very familiar.

Long-time collaborator to HBSO Maestro Magnus Loddgard will lead the HBSO Symphony Orchestra. The concert will also feature cellist Mer. A. Nguyen Tan Anh and soprano Cho Hae Ryong. Maestro Loddgard was last seen in Ho Chi Minh City leading HBSO’s critically and publicly acclaimed production of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute.


Conductor: Magnus Loddgard
Soprano: Cho Hae Ryong
Performing: HBSO Symphony Orchestra

Johan Svendsen – Norwegian Artists’ Carnival, Op. 14
Nguyễn Mạnh Duy Linh – Làn gió nhẹ bay (A Gentle Wind)
Vũ Việt Anh – Chân trời (Skyline)
Johan Halvorsen – Entry March of the Boyars

PART II: Edvard Grieg Excerpts from Peer Gynt
Abduction and Ingrid’s Lament
In the hall of the mountain king
Åse’s death
Morning Mood
Anitra’s dance
Solveig’s song (with soprano)
Return of Peer Gynt
Solveig’s cradle song (with soprano and ossia choir: 8 singers)


Ticket price: 550,000 – 400,000 – 350,000 – 200,000 – 80,000 VND (for students only)

Booking and delivery: 08 38237419, Ms. Hương 0989874517, Ms.Huong Ly: 0908057972
At HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square

For reference: Listen to two excerpts from the play “Peer Gynt”, which were composed by Edvard Grieg here

Concert “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” – Vietnam National Academy of Music


Conductor David Gómez Ramírez

Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8 pm
The Grand Concert Hall
Vietnam National Academy of Music – 77 Hao Nam Str., Dong Da Distr., Ha Noi

From Embassy of Spain:

The National Academy of Music hosts a concert directed by the Spaniard David Gómez

The Vietnam National Academy of Music and the Spanish Embassy in Hanoi renew their collaboration to offer the concert “Nights in the Gardens of Spain”, directed by the Spaniard David Gómez Ramírez, lead conductor of the Lira Saguntina Symphonic Orchestra and Choir. Mr. Gómez, a veteran of Vietnamese stages, returns to Hanoi with pianist Mario Mora, a rising talent of the Spanish musical scene.

On this occasion the Spanish conductor, in collaboration with the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, will engage the audience in a musical round-trip from the gardens of Andalusia to the mountains of Sa Pa, combining classics by Manuel de Falla and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov with a few select symphonic pieces from Vietnamese ethnic folk music.

Tickets will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your tickets by sending an e-mail to before September 26. Once you receive confirmation from this Embassy, you can collect your tickets at our premises from September 29 to October 4.

UPDATE: Tickets are fully booked now, thanks for your interest!


Pianist Mario Mora

HN & HCMC – Austrian Dance “Seismic Dancer” in Festival “Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance” 2016


Hanoi: Sat 24 Sep 2016, 8 pm
Youth Theater
11 Ngo Thi Nham Str, Hanoi

HCMC: Mon 26 Sep 2016, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House
7 Lam Son Square, HCMC

From Austrian Embassy:

This year’s 6th edition of the “Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance Festival” will feature an Austrian contribution for the first time: “Seismic Dancer” will celebrate its world premiere on the stage of Hanoi’s Youth Theater and will also be performed at the HCMC Opera House.

The piece was created by the established Austrian artist Doris Uhlich. Together with DJ Boris Kopening they will explore an energetic dance technique, flooding the stage with techno culture, with dynamic movements and hypnotic sound.


Doris Uhlich was born in Upper Austria and holds a degree in “Pedagogy for Contemporary Dance” from the Conservatory of Vienna. She has been developing her own projects since 2006. During her career she has received many prizes and was awarded various titles, e.g. “Remarkable Emerging Choreographer” and “Dancer Of The Year”. Since 2015, Doris Uhlich is teaching at the renowned Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. For further information see here.

Boris Kopeinig is a Vienna-based electronic media artist and DJ, working in the areas of techno, electronic music, video and internet art. His DJ sets are driven by technoid rhythms and synthetic frequencies, exploring zones of sound experimentation and dance floor celebration. For him electronic dance music is a futuristic take on ancient rituals that affect the consistency of body and perception.

Tickets 100.000 VND per evening


Film Screening “Blood Father” at L’Espace – 02 Days Only


24 and 25 Sep 2016

From L’Espace:

You only have two days to Watch “Blood Father” at L’Espace.

Director: Jean-François Richet (France, 2015, 88)
Casting: Erin Moriarty, Mel Gibson

“Jean-François Richet, César-winning French director behind the acclaimed Mesrine films, delivers a good old-fashioned road movie with the terrifically charismatic presence of Mel Gibson.”

Film synopsis:

After her drug kingpin boyfriend frames her for stealing a fortune in cartel cash, 18 year old Lydia goes on the run, with only one ally in this whole wide world: her perennial screw-up of a dad, John Link, who’s been a drunk, a drug addict, a motorcycle outlaw, and a convict in his time, and now is determined to keep his little girl from harm and, for once in his life, do the right thing…

Screening schedule:

Sat 24 Sep 2016: 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm
Sun 25 Sep 2016: 2 pm

Language: Original version in English with Vietnamese subtitles


Ticket price: 60,000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Specialized Documentaries about Vietnamese Value Chains


From SDC:

In what may be the most comprehensive coverage of a Vietnamese development project in film to date, now after 3 years, the “Connect to Stories From the Value Chain” film series has been completed. Covering cinnamon, hemp and tea value chains in mountainous areas as part of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC) Market Access For The Rural Poor programme (MARP), the short films document progress over the three years of activity from 2013 to 2016.


All the films are available on facebook as well as other media channels (see below).

Focusing mainly on value chains involving ethnic minorities, the objective to reduce poverty in 14,800 households was accomplished through interventions such as facilitating stronger links in the value chain, training and know-how, product development, sales and marketing, investment and harnessing the influence and involvement of government and other state factors.

Shot in a cinematic documentary style, each short film focuses on one element of the value chain and includes insights both cultural, personal and technical into how progress was being achieved and what barriers were being overcome.

For example, we hear from Quan (pictured below left with his family) a cinnamon grower who is facing the challenge of changing his cultivation practice passed down from previous generations to be more productive whilst protecting the soil and surrounding environment:


We also hear from textile artisan Ganh (pictured below explaining the meaning of the symbolism in hemp batik designs) who is facing the dual challenge of reinvigorating hemp making traditions in her community alongside making more attractive batik designs for the international market:


At the end of the tea film series we hear how tea picker Thuc (pictured below) now has a formal contract with the tea processor that protects her by setting fixed direct supply prices meaning she now no longer has to rely on middlemen setting inflated prices:


The 21 short films and 2 summary films are packed full of insights and information about Vietnamese ethnic minority culture, how business is done, how crops are grown and improved and how change and progress is made in a development project. The whole series is available on facebook, youtube and vimeo for anyone wanting to research value chain development or simply learn more about how some of the iconic products made and grown in Vietnam are being improved and developed and so impacting directly on people’s income and lives.

Go to the video tab on the facebook page to see all the films.




The “Connect To Stories from the Value Chain” series was filmed, edited and produced by Paul Zetter.

SDC worked with partners Oxfam, SNV, Helvetas and Vietcraft in the MARP programme.

Program “Art & Your Social Status” in Hanoi


Artwork by Phan Cam Thuong in exhibition Gravity

22 – 24 Sep 2016
3rd floor, Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Center
50 Dao Duy Tu, Hanoi

From the organizer:

You are invited to a three-day art program called “Art & Your Social Status” to celebrate World Rhino Day.

People express their social status through different means around the world. In recent years, a growing number of people have started using rhinoceros horn as a symbol of power. Many key consumers of rhino horn use it for medicinal purposes, while others give it as a gift to strengthen personal and professional connections. But this demand is the driving force behind the poaching of rhinos, threatening them with extinction in Africa and Asia.

At the core of the Art program is a contemporary art exhibition, named “Gravity” displaying nearly 30 works of prominent Vietnamese artists including Phan Cam Thuong, Dao Chau Hai, Le Quang Ha, Nguyen The Son, Trieu Minh Hai, Nguyen Huu Su, Nguyen Duc Hanh… The exhibition will promote a new culture of contemporary art appreciation in Vietnam, with opportunities for visitors to enjoy, purchase and bid on works of high artistic value. Artwork is an ideal gift for partners, relatives and friends. It is also a way for many entrepreneurs and businessmen to display their success in their business ventures.

The second day will feature award-winning movies from Freeland’s Wildfest 2015 and Marcus Mạnh Cường Vũ, the campaign manager of short film festival WildFest 2015, will host a talk show to stimulate discussion and action to protect wildlife. To close the three-day program “Art &Your Social Status” the winners of the silent auction will be announced and there will be a contemporary music concert called “Endless Thread” by the Hanoi New Music Ensemble. This is the first ever contemporary music ensemble in Vietnam, started by composer Tran Kim Ngoc and her collaborators in September 2015.


Exhibition – Workshop “45 days in the Old Quarter” at Muong Studio


22 Sep – 22 Oct 2016
Muong Studio
202 Tay Tien, Hoa Binh

From the organizer:

Some works of the exhibition – workshop “45 days in the Old Quarter” will continue to be exhibited for one more month at Muong Studio.

Some photos of the exhibition at Muong Studio:






Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

Playback Theater Course in Hanoi


Every Thursday from 06 Oct 2016, 07.15 – 09.45 pm
The Black Box – 56 Nguyen Khuyen, Hanoi

From the organizer:

Playback theater is a form of original Improvisation Theatre, in which the story of life was recreated immediately on stage, no prepared script, nor the presence of a director, both of which are discarded, instead, it is improvisational and instant interaction of all the participated components.

If the regular theater actors always get the help of the director as well as practice before hand with a ready-made script, on the improvisation stage, the artist has to be both director and actor. No one showed them how to do this or that, which scene plays first, which line ends the play… They have to listen to the story, find the language to express, and cooperate with co-stars. Actors need to be able to improvise, immediately rendered into any character to be willingly able express the rich story of the viewer.

With the aim to introduce this new and unique kind of theater, as well as building a quality playground for enthusiasts of improvisation theater, Life Art is proud to host the PLAYBACK THEATRE – Basic Course.
– Acting skills: telling stories through body expressions, voice…
– Improv skills
– Collective creativity
– An complementary technique for acting

You do not need a lot of experience to the stage to participate in this course, by the guide will offer a system of exercises from easy to difficult, from basic to advanced to you gradually master the acting skills and creativity. Improvisational exercises not only gives you the moments completely relax your mind but also help stimulate creativity and a strong connection with your intuition.

– Time: 19:15 to 21:45, every Thursday, Start date: October 6th
– Location: The BlackBox, 2nd Floor, 56 Nguyen Khuyen, Dong Da, Hanoi
– The course is intended for: Lovers of stage acting with an open mind, willingness to experience, from 18 years and older.
– Course Duration: 12 sessions – 3 months
(It is expected that the final concert will be a theatrical performances recreated in The BlackBox Art Space, but this will be determined by the actual situation and the wishes of the participants).
– Language: Vietnamese
– Tuition: 2.160.000d / 3 months

INSTRUCTORS: Phi Manh Doan and Dang Minh Thu, along with other guest artists.

Phi Manh Dang and Minh Thu Doan learn about Improvision Theatre in 2002 – 2003 in an actor training program by David Glass Theatre (UK). They have 4 years of continuous performing with Hanoi Improvisation Theater Team, 3 years with Nhap Theater and 6 years with The BlackBox Art Space. Below are some notable performance:
– Oe Oe (Experimental Theater),
– Men – Women (Playback Theater).

Photo Book “Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Viet Nam” by Tewfic El-Sawy

Ms Le Trang in deep trance at Đền Tam Phủ, Quang Ninh. Photo by Tewfic El-Sawy
©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy

American photographer Tewfic El-Sawy has published a photo book about the Hầu Đồng tradition of Vietnam after documenting it for more than two years.

Tewfic El-Sawy is a professional travel photographer from New York City who has spent the past two years documenting the ancient indigenous Vietnamese tradition of Hầu Đồng. It was his serendipitous attendance of a Hầu Đồng ceremony in northern Vietnam during a 2014 photo expedition that triggered his interest in documenting this form of indigenous worship and adopting it as a long-term personal photographic project.

In his words:

“Over the years, I photographed faith-based festivals, events, and rituals; some pertaining to esoteric cults and others that are ancillaries to major world religions. While all have their singular ‘brand’ of exoticism, I found the Đạo Mẫu (Mother Goddess) rituals and ceremonies were the only ones that mixed religiosity with fashion, that merged choreography with theatrics, that involved soothsaying and mediumship, and engaged audiences in a way I hadn’t seen before.

What a contrast to the dour and joyless rituals of the so-called monotheistic religions!”

As Viet Nam is seeking UNESCO recognition of Đạo Mẫu and its ritual – Hầu Đồng to be inscribed in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list, Tewfic has published a large coffee-table format photo book entitled “Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Viet Nam”.

©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy

The book comprises over 100 large color photographs and more than 60 pages of text, which explains the ancient religion of Đạo Mẫu, its rituals, its pantheon of deities, along with a narrative of the photographer’s own experiences documenting it in Vietnam over almost 2 years.

©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy

Interested Hanoi’s expats and local citizens will have chance to talk to Tewfic about Đạo Mẫu and Hầu Đồng. Details of the talks will be updated soon here on HanoiGrapevine.

Also see: Tewfic El-Sawy’s photographic projects in Asia.

Round-table Discussion “Problems of Contemporary Art” in Hanoi


Sat 24 Sep 2016, 9 am

From L’Espace:

You are invited to the round-table discussion “Ptoblems of Contemporary Art”, inspired by the book “50 Questions l’esthetique Contemporain” by Marc Jimenez.

– Pham Dieu Huong, visual artist, founder of CUCA Vietnam
– Nguyen Duc Thanh, Doctor of Economics, Director of the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR)
– Vu Huy Thong, Researcher, Vietnam University of Fine Arts
– Nguyen Chi Thanh, Associate Professor, doctor in Mathematics Teaching, lecturer at the National University of Vietnam in Hanoi

For more information about the event, please refer to Vietnamese version of this post.

Language: Vietnamese

Free entry

Briefly translated by Hanoi Grapevine

The Fourth Hanoi Open Exhibition


18 Sep – 09 Oct 2016, 10 am – 6 pm
Work Room Four – 24th floor, Packexim Building, lane 15, An Duong Vuong Str, Tay Ho, Hanoi

From the organizer:

After three acclaimed annual open exhibitions from 2013 to 2015, the Fourth Hanoi Open Exhibition exhibiting works from both professional and amateur Vietnamese and international artists, is unrivaled for diversity of artwork.

Over the past two decades there has been phenomenal and unprecedented artistic, commercial and social development in Vietnam. Hanoi remains central to the country’s creative community. Contemporary Vietnamese artists have become respected around the world for their resourceful approach, cultural and social dialogue and creative sensitivity. Likewise, foreign artists are increasingly finding Hanoi and Vietnam an invaluable source of inspiration for their own work.


There is no central theme to the Open Exhibition but previous shows have been heralded as being vibrant, energised and stimulating. Artists are invited to submit a maximum of two pieces, which are then considered by a panel of both local and international art experts before being curated for display. The exhibition is a unique showcase for art in a variety of mediums; painting, sculpture, photography and print, and is as much an opportunity for art enthusiasts as it is for the artists themselves.

Collectively the first three Open Exhibition’s had exhibited over 350 works by over 200 artists. Over 2000 visitors have enjoyed the exhibitions and tours and school trips are also offered to further engage the Hanoi community. It is expected that this year’s show will exceed the figures of previous years.


Film Screening “The Life”


Thu 22 Sep 2016, 7.30 pm
Cinematheque – 22A Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội

From the organizer:

The boundary between life and death is clearest in the war. In “The Life” (2006), duties to nation, family and personal integrity collide under the bombs of a distant foe.

“Stubborn” Linh (Võ Thành Tâm) is a newlywed soldier ordered to the front before he has a chance to satisfy his mother’s greatest wish – a grandson. She will not stand for this, and heads to the battlefields along with Linh’s wife. The two groups chase each other through missed connections and minefields, under an almost sadisticly fateful barrage of bombs.

A final desperate mission to truck vital cargo back to his home village forces Linh to choose between competing desires.

Dao Duy Phuc’s film blends horror, humor and humanity in equal measure. With cinematography that often mirrors old propaganda films, the director creates a lively crucible for his characters’ struggles.

Film running time: 85 minutes. English subtitles

Cost: 150,000vnd

Notes: Your reservation is not confirmed until you receive our email. Please pick up and pay for your tickets on the evening of the event at the cinema (6:45 to 7:15 pm). As a courtesy to those on the waiting list – please cancel if you can’t come (phone 090 602 0960). Reserved seating tickets are allocated on a first come – first served basis. We don’t pre-book seating but if you come early you can pick your favourite seats.

Round-table Discussion “History and Ta Chi Dai Truong”


Thu 15 Sep 2016, 6 pm

From L’Espace:

You are invited to the round table discussion about the contribution of historian Ta Chi Dai Truong to the documentation of Vietnam’s history, with the participation of:

– Dr. Tran Trong Duong
– Researcher Mai Anh Tuan

For more information about the event, please refer to Vietnamese version of this post

Language: Vietnamese

Free entry

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

Project “Reimagine The Artist/Artisan” – Event No. 3: Talk “Đất xanh gốm sành”


Sun 25 Sep 2016, 4 pm
Six Space – 6th floor, 94B Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

From the organizer:

Project “Re-imagine the Artist / Artisan” has successfully traveled halfway through its journey and obtained positive results from event 01 and 02. In the third event of the series, Six Space would like to present to the community interested in Vietnamese craft villages the art of pottery from the village of Huong Canh (Vinh Phuc). The event attendees will witness a conversation between artisan Tran Van Hai, one of the only remaining local artisans who mastered technical processes, and the ceramic firing method; and sculptor Thai Nhat Minh. The talk will brief artist Thai Nhat Minh’s journey from learning techniques and green clay characteristics of Huong Canh pottery during his residency at artisan Tran Van Hai’s to testing and practicing on his own sculptures. Also, in reverse, the process of the artisan spending decades of experience observing the transformation of materials and shapes in the hands of ceramic artist.

Some representative works of artisan Tran Van Hai and artist Thai Nhat Minh will be on display 30 minutes before and during the event.

Event No. 3 will include:
A dialogue between the artist & artisan
Artisan’s performance on wheel wedging
Exhibition of equipment, products and works of the artist & artisan (during the event only)


Huong Canh ceramic village is an old ceramic and pottery craft village located in Binh Xuyen district of Vinh Phuc province which is beyond the age of 300 and known for rustic line of products such as jars, pans, pots and cups. These products are significant for their high strength and practicality to serve the essential needs of rural life. In the past, people in the North of Vietnam had the saying “Mong Cai porcelain – Huong Canh jars” to confirm the product brand of Huong Canh ceramic quality. Due to the structure of green clay, Huong Canh terracotta products that go through long firing in the oven makes clanging sound like the sound of metal, which reserves not only the authentic characteristics of clay material but the sinewy, energetic, rich in personality and fascinating peculiarities as well. However, the mass production of plastic and ceramic art have distressed Huong Canh ceramics. Huong Canh ceramic village has been through many ups and downs, events after events, sometimes it was thought to be almost closed. Local artisans are no longer interested in pottery profession which thereby lead to the oblivion of Huong Canh ceramic village.


Artisan Tran Van Hai, 62 years old, is now the owner of Hai At ceramic company – one of the last four families that produce ceramic and pottery in Huong Canh craft village. Mr.Tran is the fourth generation in his family’s profession. Among those four remaining households, Tran Van Hai is the only person who knows how to build a hand-built kiln. “Not everyone who works in this field knows how to observe the color of the flame in order to adjust the temperature of the kiln. At the moment only a few in this village actually have “an eye for ceramics” – shared Mr. Hai. Along with the ups and downs of the craft village, his family has been through those periods of time where it seemed impossible to stay in business with ceramics and pottery but he was determined enough to be steadfast follower and keep up with the job of preserving traditional ways of making pottery.


Nhat Minh Thai sculptor, born in 1984 in Lap Thach, Vinh Phuc, graduated from Vietnam University of Fine Arts in 2009 and received his master’s degree here in 2012. He is now living and working in Hanoi. Thai Nhat Minh has over 10 years of experience in art field. He has participated in many exhibitions, domestic and international art camps with diverse material range, from cast aluminum, cardboard, colored composite and is currently testing ceramic material.

Significant exhibitions inclue: group sculpture exhibition “New Form” 2012, 2013 & 2014, “Reproductive Cycle” – Artspace Manzi, 2014, “Chinh phu, chinh phu” Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, 2016, “the Seed” – Dong Phong Gallery, 2016.

Thai Nhat Minh also achieved numerous awards including an award from Vietnam Fine arts Association in 2014, second prize of 3rd National Youth Arts Festival (2011-2014), Honorable Mention in Nationwide Sculpture Exhibition 10th Anniversary (2003-2013) …

Please learn more about the artist at:


The project is created and run by a group of multidisciplinary artists and art researchers who are inspired, nostalgic and passionate about the history, knowledge, aesthetics and possibilities of art craftsmanship and craft villages in Vietnam.

Launched in 2016, this participatory art-based research project aims to foster learning, dialogue and collaboration among artists, artisans and the wider public to openly converse on:
• The cultural, aesthetic and social functions of the artist/artisan in the creative process and production
• The present and future relationship as well as shared influence between artists and artisans
• Internal and external factors that influence the aesthetics, creative process and production of craft villages and artisans
• Transformation in ways of seeing and practicing craftsmanship
• Revitalizing and reimagining craftsmanship in handicraft and art production
• Preservation and possibilities, cross-fertilization and innovation in art and crafts

The project includes participatory art-based research; mapping of handicraft villages in North Vietnam; a peer-learning residency program linking artists and artisans in handicraft villages; and a series of public workshops and exhibitions featuring distinguished artisans and innovative artwork inspired by traditional Vietnamese handicrafts.

The project is managed by Six Space with financial sponsorship from Prince Claus Fund “The future is handmade – Redesigning Crafts”.

Free admission. The event will be hosted in Vietnamese language.

Queer Forever! 2016 – Hanoi Creative City


16 and 17 Sep 2016
Hanoi Creative City – 1 Luong Yen Str, Hanoi

From the organizer:

We are happy to invite you to Queer Forever! 2016. This year program will take place in Hanoi on two days: 16 – 17 Sept. 2016.

at Nhà Sàn Collective
Level 15, Hanoi Creative City Building
no 1 Lương Yên st., Hanoi

with the opening at
Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học st., Hà nội

Queer Forever! 2016 hopes to be an intimate film project that invites you to explore queer expression. The idea has been whirling in my mind ever since a coincidence that happened in last year’s Queer Forever festival. One day, some members of Ruby, a group of transgender models, came to the festival’s “queer market”. They picked up “Tuyền Từ Queer”, a queer lexicon comprising of collected and translated texts par artist Gabby Miller’s initiative, and read it aloud. Their voices were so provocative, “queeny”, humorous and lovely that the words were rendered with such glamour and extravagance! I realized then that queerness expresses itself in so many forms: through seemingly austere academic researches on queer identity and also through the queer refusal to be identified in fix categories; through various appeals, assurances, advocations for the rights of the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer); through personal, intimate stories and emotions, through images, objects, memory, places. Queerness can also manifest itself in a single gesture, a sound, a voice, an emotion, a facial expression, or a glance. Cinema, I ponder, is a space in which these different forms and/or modes of expression can emerge together, mingle in each other, and influence one another.

This year program is composed of short fiction films, documentaries, film sketches, experimental sounds and moving images from Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, China and Japan. We will also have visiting filmmakers and film programmers from Myanmar, Thailand, and of course, Vietnam. I hope that the festival will be another occasion for us to gather, to watch and fall in love with film together, to discuss with filmmakers and among ourselves the images, sounds, and stories brimming with queer love.


20h00, Friday, 16 Sept. 2016
Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học st., Hà nội

FINDING PHONG – an award-winning film
by directors Trần Phương Thảo and Swann Dubus
Documentary | Vietnam | 2015 | 89 min
Vietnamese language with English subtitles

with a Q&A with directors Trần Phương Thảo and Swann Dubus

About the film

The documentary follows Phong, a young transgender woman during her struggle to fulfill her dream: to have sex reassignment surgery. Excerpts from Phong’s intimate video diary blends with Thảo and Swann’s documentation of her encounters with her family, friends, colleagues and doctors – each must come to terms with her determination to reinvent herself.

“Finding Phong” by directors Trần Phương Thảo and Swann Dubus won prestigious “NANOOK-JEAN ROUCH Grand Prix” in 2015.

We would like to thank directors Trần Phương Thảo and Swann Dubus, producers Nicole Phạm, Gerald Herman, and Varan Vietnam for their generous supports to make this screening happen.

See the film’s trailer here:

For updated information about Queer Forever! 2016, please visit our websites: and

Queer Forever! 2016 is co-organized by Queer Forever! and our partners Nhà Sàn Collective, Hanoi DOCLAB, Skylines with Flying People 3, Goethe-Institut Hanoi, Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family – Women and Adolescents (CSAGA), together with the generous supports from Heinrich Böll Foundation, Foundation for Community Educational Media (FCEM), Hanoi Creative City, and our communication partner Hanoi Grapevine.

Book Talk by Sylvie Fanchette in Hanoi


Fri 16 Sep 2016, 7.30 pm
Bookworm – 44 Chau Long – Hanoi

From Bookworm:

An investigation into the past development and future growth of Hanoi from village to a globalized mega-city that continues to envelope rural communities – with an emphasis on the Government’s concept for Hanoi by 2030.

Built of a floodplain now below the level of the Red River and with natural wetlands and lakes filled in or artificially concreted, the expanding city faces unique problems.

16 professionals including historians, architects and geographers offer their findings in the book authorized by CEPED (Centre Population et Development-Universite Paris Descartes)

‘Discovering CRAFT VILLAGES in Vietnam-ten itineraries around Hanoi’

Sylvie co-authored the book first published in 2010 and revised to cope with craft villages now enveloped within a fast growing city and those still thriving in close rural areas

This has been a bestseller with people who want to explore local craft environments

Language: English

Both books are published in Hanoi by The Gioi publishers


The Bookworm is the best little book cafe in southeast Asia and the coolest place to browse.

Solo Exhibition “Mid Autumn Night” by Artist Chinh Le


Opening: Thu 15 Sep 2016, 6 pm
Exhibition: 15 Sep – 10 Oct 2016
Art Vietnam Gallery

From Art Vietnam Gallery:

The Mid Autumn Festival, which occurs on the 15th of the eighth lunar month, is one of the most celebrated days of the lunar calendar. In Vietnam it is considered the second most important date after the TET New Year and is celebrated with lantern and mask making, dragon dances, and drinking tea while gazing at the full autumn moon enjoying friends and family.

Offerings of moon cakes, flowers and seasonal fruit are placed on the altar to honor the harvest and pay homage to the bounty of nature.

Artist Chinh Le, a devout Zen Buddhist, poet and sculptor, pays tribute to the spirituality of this special night when people come together to celebrate the moment when people, sky and earth combine in harmony. The artist says, “Under the glorious and fragile moonlight, together we drink tea, enjoy the moon cake feast while gazing at the moon. This is a beautiful image to show our gratitude to the sky and earth and it is also a prayer for one’s happiness and prosperity to come.”


The artist is known for her philosophical works of art that ponder the meaning of existence and the quest for ultimate freedom. The current exhibition Mid Autumn Night is a banquet of ideas and feelings expressed in two very different mediums, bronze sculpture and works of autumnal nights in oil on canvas.

The exhibition pivots around a body of bronze sculptures. Poised at the center under a large bronze autumn moon is a Zen Buddhist monk with an expressionless face holding a mask in his hand. Surrounding the monk are the 12 animals of the zodiac and then placed in front of the monk is a series of 12 masks representing these animals. Each mask is half human, half animal. Each has its own character and in the mouth is placed each ones’ distinguishing characteristic or favorite food. The Master is constantly changing masks. It is the Zen philosophy that everything is one, one is everything. The masks perhaps look different but basically they are the same, they are one. All characters/masks are different and also all are the same, all empty like the face of the Master. Distinction only brings misery.


30 paintings in oil surround the bronze installation reflecting the moonlight in the colors of the four seasons; spring, summer, autumn, and winter correspondingly in green, red, yellow and white. Vague figures emerge in the paintings depicting daily life now and in the very first primal stages of being. They are mysterious in their light and dark, ephemeral figures merging together like the light changing from day to night.

The artist muses, “Life is just like the universe, there are some parts we can see, touch, understand and there are also some different parts that we cannot reach and they remain a mystery in our life forever. And despite that mystery, life is always balanced in both spiritual and physical ways. That balance is what makes life beautiful.”


Once again, Chinh Le brings us to a meditative space, encouraging us to reflect on the beauty of this life with all its mystery and wonder, all the while expressing our gratitude for the very essence of being.

Please come to celebrate our mid autumn festival, Tet Trung Thu, and feel the magnificence of human existence.exhibition-mid-autumn-night-chinh-le-4

Contemporary Dance Performance “Hakanaï” in Hanoi

Dance Festival Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance 2016 2

24 and 25 Sep 2016, 8 pm
Star Galaxy
87 Lang Ha, Hanoi

From L’Espace:

You are invited to the contemporary dance “Hakanaï” under the framework of the dance festival “Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance 2016”.

“Hakanaï” is a dance performance in which a dancer moves in a volume of images set in motion by a digital interpreter and the rhythm of a live sounded live. Between the boundaries of dance and digital arts, this show achieves the impossible things: the molten body movement and images that give rise to a real but imaginary and ambiguous space that precisely defines the term Japanese “Hakanaï”. Because in the Japanese language, “Hakanaï” defines what is impermanently fragile, evanescent, transient between dream and reality. This old word evokes an elusive material associated with the human condition and its precariousness, but also associated with nature. It is written by combining two elements, man and dream. This symbolic collage is the starting point of that partition for a dancer encountering images which are animated live, according to physical movement, the rhythm of the live sound. Following the performance time, digital installation is open to spectators.

Adrien Mondot & Claire Bardainne: Concept
Akiko KAJIHARA: Dance
Clément AUBRY: Sound performance
Jérémy CHARTIER: Digital performance
Christophe Sartori, Loïs Drouglazet: Sound creation

Watch the performance’s trailer here:


Ticket price: 100 000 VND each performance — tickets are available since 29 Aug 2016 at

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

A Night of Concert and Ballet – “Autumn Serenade” in Hanoi

Autumn Gala Opera and Ballet 2015

29 and 30 Sep 2016, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House – 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

From the organizer:

You are invited to A Night of Concert and Ballet, entitled “Autumn Serenade”.


Part I: Famous compositions by Russian composers

Conductor: PhD. People’s Artist Nguyễn Thiếu Hoa
and the Orchestra of Vietnam National Opera and Balllet

Mikhail Glinka – Overture from opera “Ruslan and Ludmila”

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Kuplety Trike from opera “Eugeny Onegin”
Tenor: Meritorious Artist Hà Mạnh Chung

Iolanta’ Arioso from opera “Iolanta”
Soprano: Meritorious Artist Hà Phạm Thăng Long

Robert’s Aria from opera “Iolanta”
Bariton: Mạnh Dũng
Gold cup in Pyongyang Spring Arts Festival, 2016

Elegie from “Serenade for strings”
Waltz from “Eugene Onegin”
with the Choir of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano concerto No.2, mov.I
Piano Soloist: Nguyễn Đăng Quang
1st prize Hanoi International Piano Competition 2015

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.5, Mov.4


Part II: Contemporary Ballet “The Moment”

Music: Handel, Ben Frost, Arvo Part
Choreographer: Nguyễn Ngọc Anh
Assistant Choreographer: Tạ Thuỳ Chi
Costume: Nguyễn Ngọc Anh, Công ty Thời trang LK Nguyễn
Stage designer: Nguyễn Công Hoan, Nguyễn Ngọc Anh, Tạ Thuỳ Chi, Hà Nguyên Long
Perform: Meritorious Artist Phan Văn Lương, Việt An, Thu Huệ, Hải Ly, Thu Hằng, Duy Khánh, Phương Thảo, Diễm Quỳnh, Văn Nam, Thọ Dương, Minh Thanh, Hoàng Anh, Minh Trang and Dancers of Vietnam National Opera and Ballet.

The life of each one with different moments, the emotions of desire, the concern with survival efforts and the rising aspirations like the invisible burden clinging around us. The continuation of such a non-stop process… empty and fulfill as the bubble full of life melt away.

The burden of campaigning that requires us constantly and create rhythmic tension with colourful of life and desire, like the ladder in life sublimation.


Ticket prices: 200,000 – 350,000 – 500,000 VND. All tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or can book online at

For free delivery please call: 0913489858, 0983067996.

Film Screening “Exiled” in Hanoi


Fri 09 Sep 2016, 7.30 pm
TPD – 51 Tran Hung Dao Str (4th floor), Hanoi

From TPD:

In the first week of Hong Kong Crime film month, you are invited to the film screening “Exiled” directed by Johnnie To in its original language with Vietnamese subtitles.

“Exiled” is a 2006 Hong Kong action drama film produced and directed by Johnnie To, and starring Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Nick Cheung, Josie Ho, Roy Cheung and Lam Suet, with special appearances by Richie Jen and Simon Yam. The action takes place in contemporary Macau. The film made its premiere at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, and was in competition for the Golden Lion.

Watch its trailer here:

Entry: 20,000 VND (donation for TPD’s fund for movie talents)

The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents was established with the purposes of designing and implementing programs to assist and develop movie talents and other activities for the development of Vietnamese cinema

German Dance “Laundries in Hanoi” in Dance Festival “Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance”

Laundries in Hanoi

Hanoi: Wed 21 Sep 2016, 8 pm
Youth Theatre Hanoi – 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

HCMC: Sun 25 Sep 2016, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House

From Goethe Institut:

Growing up in the 60’s, the atmosphere in the living room of Riki von Falken was affected by images of the Vietnam War on TV every Sunday for a little moment. The media artist Nguyen Trinh Thi was born in Hanoi shortly after the last big bombardments. Both women still carry those pictures within themselves; even the images of the war had been eliminated, their context of life was consciously and unconsciously influenced by it.

The Goethe-Institut Hanoi brought the artists together for a joint project. At the beginning the choreographer Riki von Falkens started her research of images and movements in the urban area of Hanoi in summer 2015 just by herself, then Nguyen Trinh Thi joined her. Since Thi lived in Berlin for one year as a scholarship holder of the DAAD artists’ program from fall 2015, it was possible to work on the piece over a longer period. Exchange and an individual artistical work alternated at that time.

The dance and media piece “Laundries in Hanoi”, a solo performance by the choreographer Riki von Falken herself, focuses on memories. How are these maintained and projected into the future? The artists take the audience on a journey of transformation of experience and its influence on images in the present. Riki von Falken’s choreography consciously surrounds the interrupted and repetitive memories – movements and gestures, individual and “cultural” gestures – in order to investigate the imagery of the body, the “normal” and often casual movements, with a keen eye. The cutting technique of the video artist transfers into the choreographic inspiration, where compositions of the body start to communicate with the imagery.

The dance and media piece LAUNDRIES IN HANOI celebrates its premiere on September 8 at the Uferstudios Berlin. Followed by the performances at the opening of the festival “Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance” on September 21 in Hanoi and on September 25 in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Riki von Falken, born 1954 in Hohenlimburg, has worked as a dancer and choreographer in Berlin since 1981. During her studies in New York she gained vital impulses for her own artistic development. Besides being a dancer and choreographer she taught choreography in Kuala Lumpur at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut in 2010. The dance piece „ECHO II“ was created in a further cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Her choreographies had been already performed in Brasil, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand and Romania. 2016 the artist received the first Willms Neuhaus Award of the foundation “Zufall und Gestaltung” for her entire chorographical works.

Nguyen Trinh Thi is a Hanoi-based moving image artist. Her diverse practice, transcending the boundaries between cinema, documentary and performance, has consistently engaged with memory and history. Her works have been shown at International festivals and art exhibitions including Jeu de Paume, Paris, Lyon Biennale 2015 and Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014 amongst others. As a scholarship holder of the DAAD artists’ program Nguyen Trinh Thi lived from fall 2015 for one year in Berlin and intensified the work with Riki von Falken for their latest work “Laundries in Hanoi”.

Concept, choreography, dance: Riki von Falken
Video: Nguyen Trinh Thi
Dramaturgy: Katja Kettner
Stage, videographer: Oscar Loeser
Costume: Heather MacCrimmon
Light and sound design, technical direction: Ralf Grüneberg
PR: Kerstin Böttcher
Graphic: Franziska Schwarz/schwarzplus
Production management: Christine Elbel

Tickets 100.000 VND
Available from 29.8.2016

Symphony Concert in Hanoi

KVT- VNSO-feature

Sat 10 Sep 2016, 8 pm
The Grand Concert Hall
Vietnam National Academy of Music – 77 Hao Nam Str., Dong Da Distr., Ha Noi

From the organizer:

Come to the symphony concert with the performance of:

Conductor: Le Phi Phi
Piano Soloist: Pham Quynh Trang
Cello Soloist: People’s Artist Ngo Hoang Quan
Violin Soloist: Ngo Hoang Linh
and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra


F. Schubert – Symphony No. 8 in H moll “Unfinished”


L.V. Beethoven – Concerto for Piano, Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra


Ticket prices: 200,000 – 350,000 – 500,000 VND. All tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or can book online at

For free delivery Call: 0913489858, 0983067996.

For reference: Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra:

Exhibition – Installation “Back to front” by Nguyen The Son & Tran Hau Yen The

trien lam thay hinh doi mat

Opening: Fri 23 Sep 2016, 6 pm
Exhibition: 23 Sep – 05 Nov 2016
L’Espace – 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

 From L’Espace:

You are invited to the exhibition – installation “Back to front” by Nguyen The Son & Tran Hau Yen The at L’Espace.

Social housing represents an important page in the history of housing in Vietnam. The metamorphoses of Social housing under the incessant action of the occupants to fit their needs testify to the tremendous spirit “getting by” of Vietnamese people. Have we taken enough time to stop and watch these living buildings that were all around us and today may disappear without a trace? Nguyen The Son and Tran Hau Yen The just want to testify the poetry of Social housing and document this form of housing and lifestyle that is gradually disappearing from the urban landscape.

Nguyen The Son and Tran Hau Yen The both teach at the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi. They show us the city as “a living museum that embodies the complete archives of past and assimilates the changing rhythms of the modern era.”

Free entry

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

What is Quest x Doclab Short Film Competition?

Quest x Doclab Short Film Competition gives you a chance to be screened at two top art festivals happening in Vietnam and enter the competition for the main prize.

The first round of Quest x Doclab Short Film Competition, where 10 best films will be shortlisted, takes place at Quest Festival. The films will be screened at Quest Cinema – a space that will play host to stimulating films, interactive experiences and visual entertainment.

The second round of Quest x Doclab Short Film Competition, where the winners of main prizes will be announced, takes place at Mini Doc Fest. Mini Doc Fest is a documentary and experimental film festival organized by Hanoi Doclab that showcases films from local and regional as well as international artists.

This year Quest celebrates The Legend of Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh. The participants are to choose any element that is directly or indirectly incorporated in the Legend.

Submitted work has to relate to the Legend’s content but it is up to the filmmaker to decide in what way and form will his or her work connect with the theme.


Pre-registration deadline: 09/ 09/ 2016
Film submission deadline: 07/ 10/ 2016

Art Program “Autumn Story” in Hanoi

program autumn story

Sat 10 Sep 2016, 6 – 9 pm
V-Artroom – 3F IPH-Indochina Plaza Hanoi, 241 Xuan Thuy St, Cau Giay District

From the organizer:

The program combines different types of Art, Poetry – Music – Painting, with a message to audience which is to praise the simple, innocent, and silent beauty that hides deep in the current of human life. This beauty exists in each person, each age, and it is constantly alive, constantly hails and urges. But to realize it people need to settle the mind, just like falling into the gentle of the Autumn.


– Opening of the exihbition “SONGS BY THE WATERSIDE” by painter Thái Tĩnh.

– Introduction of the debut CD “The Calling”, a Poem-singing album with poems of Đinh Hoàng Anh.

– Introduction of Song book “A glimpse of old dreams”, a collection of poems written by Đinh Hoàng Anh, with the tunes composed by Thái Tĩnh and Đinh Hoàng Anh.

– Hope that our artists could share some echoes of the gentleness and affection of the Autumn through the songs written in deep silence and earnest love to this life.

Free entrance