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

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.

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

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: www.facebook.com/Qforeverfestival and qfff2016.queerforever.org

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.

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

Visual Discussion “Not All Dreams” in Hanoi

A Visual Discussion Not all dreams

Discussion starts: Fri 09 Sep 2016, 7 pm
Discussion pauses: Mon 26 Sep 2016
Manzi Art Space – 14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi

From Manzi:

Not All Dreams is a response to two exhibitions planned for August and September being cancelled for different reasons. Such seeming setbacks raise internal questions for manzi about the what, why and how of what we do, which can serve as points of departure for our programming.

Not All Dreams is a visualisation of an ongoing conversation we have been having amongst ourselves and with collaborators about the different building blocks that comprise manzi and exploring what would happen if one or another is removed.

Into Thin Air was the first such enquiry. Not All Dreams continues this internal evaluation made public. The former took the form of an exhibition in various public spaces, which originated from its curators asking “What can be done if there was no physical space to display art in?” The later takes as its focal point the perceived necessity of the realisation of every idea and explores this by way of a ‘visual discussion’, open to the public, and a focused internal conversation among curators and people who own and run art spaces.

Both the public and internal aspects of Not All Dreams are invitations to ponder whether the dreams that ‘could’ be realised within the realm of manzi, are as potent as the ones that actually are. And it is an appeal to conceive of a dream without being weighed down by the constraints of having to realise it.

Communications partners: Hanoi Grapevine, The Word Vietnam and &OfOtherThings

Exhibition “3 Cognitive” in Hanoi

Exhibition 3 Cognitive

Opening: Wed 31 Aug 2016, 5 pm
Exhibition: 31 Aug – 04 Sep 2016
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum – 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St.

From the organizer:

Ly Hung Anh, Dang Xuan Truong and Luong Duc Hung – An artist, a photographer and a sculptor – will together display their special artworks in the exhibition “3 Cognitive”, from 31 August to 4 September at Vietnam Fine Art Museum.

Cognitive vibration has been changed its form in process of searching itself every moment. Life is going on as if pulling about, as if to abandon one’s body in order to go back to its original essence.

You are cordially invited to the Exhibition “3 Cognitive” at 5p.m on Wednesday 31 August, at Vietnam Fine Art Museum.

Connection Event & Last Info Meeting of Knowmads Hanoi’s Team 6

Knowmads Connection Event Last Info Meeting

Wed 31 Aug 2016, 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Hatch Nest
14th floor, 195B Doi Can Str, Hanoi

From the organizer:

We invite you to an event to connect with us and each other. Be the authentic you and talk about what you love and care about! Something like a networking event, but a lot better!

In Knowmads, we are a team of people who do and learn, who work and play, who care and share, who create and change. We have a crush on the idea of connecting and surrounding ourselves with like-minded and authentic people, and we believe you do, too.

This is also going to be THE LAST INFO MEETING ON KNOWMADS HANOI TEAM 6 (tantantaaan!)!

We will share with you what Knowmads Hanoi is and for. You will get to know what is alternative education and how it changed the lives of some people behind it through real stories. You will also receive all the information you may need to decide if this is the right next step in your life.

So, don’t miss this great (and LAST! tantantaaan!) opportunity to get to know more about our program, meet the team creating it and connect with some other cool strangers.

Fee: please kindly contribute 30k/person for tea break (coffee, tea, water, cookies) that HATCH team will prepare for us

”Green Ladder” Bamboo Pavilion by Vo Trong Nghia Architects in Australia

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, ‘Green Ladder’, 2016. Photo from Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation's website.

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, ‘Green Ladder’, 2016. Photo from Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s website.

The fourth edition of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s “Fugitive Structures” is Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ Green Ladder. The fourth and final iteration in the series, like its predecessors, continues to support architects to develop new ideas, forms and materials in the public domain.

Installed in the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) courtyard as part of its Fugitive Structures programme, Green Ladder is made from lengths of bamboo connected to form repetitive grids. Despite being constructed from natural material, the pavilion has a distinctly modern appearance. Integral to the design, woven planting boxes are staggered throughout the structure housing native plants that effectively fuse the exotic nature of the bamboo to the Australian environment.

The concept behind Green Ladder derives from principal architect Vo Trong Nghia’s vision to connect people to nature by greening the city. This task has special significance in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, the world’s most built up city and where the architect’s head office is located.

With a population of 10 million, just 2.5 percent of the city is dedicated to green space. This level of urban density is harmful to health. For example, in a 2014 Al Jazeera documentary Vo explains that 90 percent of Ho Chi Minh City children under five suffer from respiratory illness.

At the press launch for Green Ladder, Vo Trong Nghia expanded on his mission, explaining that he believes that creating a greater connection to nature would benefit society by reducing interpersonal conflict.

Vo Trong Nghia with Green Ladder Pavilion. Photo: Belinda Piggott

Vo Trong Nghia with Green Ladder Pavilion. Photo: Belinda Piggott

Before being installed at SCAF, Green Ladder was the highlight of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architectural Forum held in Brisbane in March this year.

Vo Trong Nghia Architects is quickly developing a global reputation for their unique philosophy. The New York Post has described the company as one of the world’s edgiest architectural firms, and Japanese architectural magazine A&U recently dedicated an issue to the firm (their first to a non-Japanese architect).

For more information about the Green Ladder pavilion, please click here to read the original version of this article on Art Radar.

Viet Pride Hanoi 2016 Week – Path of Pride

viet pride 2016

Viet Pride 2016: 17 – 21 Aug 2016
Various locations in Hanoi

From the organizer:

The year 2012 marked the first Pride celebration in Vietnam, a country in which same-sex intimacy remains a taboo.

Like Pride elsewhere in the world, Viet Pride advocates for an end of prejudice, discrimination, shame, and invisibility faced by LGBTQ people. In a society where the right to love, acceptance, and dignity is entitled to some and denied of some others, Pride is much needed because it is life-changing. Even life-saving.

Viet Pride Hanoi 2016 Week will be held from Aug 17 to Aug 21 in Hanoi, with film screenings, exhibition, workshops, Work with Pride, Viet Pride scholarship, PFLAG, queer disco, and the signature Viet Pride bicycle rally plus a new Pride parade. In addition, starting from early August, there will be pre-event activities on every Saturday.


► Register to our series of events by posting this in the Discussion section.
Your name:
Your email:

(The registration is only for getting news and detailed information about our events, you don’t have to wait for any confirmation emails)


———- 13 Aug 2016 ———-
1. Back to Basics – MusicxPridexNight
– Time: 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm
– Venue: Xi Nghiep 2 Cafe

———- 14 Aug 2016 ———-
2. Queer, Here and Now – MusicxPridexNight
– Time: 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm
– Venue: Ngau Coffee

———- 17 Aug 2016 ———-
3. Speed dating: IN THE Đác
– Time: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm,
– Venue: The Nerd’s Nest Cafe

4. Film screening: Plan B
– Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm, 17 Aug 2016
– Venue: Goethe Institute

———- 18 Aug 2016 ———-
5. Workshop: SOGIE Mainstreaming in Development
– Time: 9.00 am – 11.00 am
– Venue: Goethe Institute

6. Workshop: Solidarity across differences within the LGBTQ movement – Fighting discrimination
– Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
– Venue: Goethe Institute

7. Speech by Mr. Evan Wolfson: Freedom to Marry movement
– Time: 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm
– Venue: American Center

8. Speed dating: IN THE Đác
– Time: 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
– Venue: Goethe Institute

———- 19 Aug 2016 ———-
9. Viet Pride Hanoi 2016 Opening
– Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
– Venue: Goethe Institute

10. Queer History Exhibition: What, Where and When
– TIme: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
– Venue: Goethe Institute

11. Film screening: My Friend from Faro
– Time: 8.30 pm – 10.00 pm
– Venue: Goethe Institute

12. Love Boat Disco
– Time: 10.00 pm – late
– Venue: CAMA ATK

———- 20 Aug 2016 ———-
13. Presentation: “Dreaming Inclusive School: Breaking the Rules”
– Time: 9.30 am – 11 am
– Venue: Goethe Institute

14. Film screening: Contraccorrient
– Time: 11.30 am – 1.30 pm
– Venue: Goethe Institute

15. Panel discussion: Our Unique Children
– Time: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
– Venue: Goethe Institute

16.Forum theatre with LGBTQ
– Time: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm, 20 Aug 2016
– Venue: Goethe Institute

17. Queer Talkshow: The Old Queer
– Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
– Venue: The Nerd’s Nest Cafe

———- 21 Aug 2016 ———-
18. Viet Pride Bike Rally and Parade
– Time: 9.00 am – 10.30 am
– Route: Giang Vo – American Club

19. Viet Pride Community Fair
– Time: 10.30 am – 5pm
– Venue: American Club

20. Film screening: Laurence Anyways
– Time: 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm
– Venue: Goethe Institute

21. Film screening & discussion: Bi, don’t be afraid
– Time: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm
– Venue: Goethe Institute

Exhibition – Talk “My little museum of natural history”

bao tang lich su tu nhien cua to

Exhibition: 15 – 30 Aug 2016
Talk: Wed 27 Aug 2016, 9 am

From L’Espace:

You are invited to an exhibition and a talk about the book “My little museum of natural history” by Henry Desmet and Sandrine Mercier on the occasion of publishing it in Vietnamese. The meeting will be held with the participation of:

– Professor Nguyen Lan Dung
– Translator Hoang Thanh Thuy
– Moderator: Thuy Linh

Since ancient times and even today, wonderful creatures lived on Earth: dinosaurs, birds and mammals…
Come to discover them, they are waiting for you!

The exhibition consists of images from the book and a selection of fiction books from L’Espace library.

Language: Vietnamese

Free entry


Workshop “Rediscover your Passion”

workshop rediscover your passions

02, 03 and 04 Aug, 7 – 10 pm
Bluebirds’ Nest
13 lane 19 Dang Dung Str, Hanoi

From the organizer:

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” — Francis Chan

Do you want to bring more happiness and purpose into your life?

Do you want to succeed at things that really DO matter to you?

Knowmads Hanoi invites you to a 3-evening workshop to:
– find out and remember what you love to do
– create action-steps to make a change
– meet like-minded people and support each other to reach your dreams!

Day 1
Get some first insights into your purpose and dreams in life
Connect with your inner child and discover what you always loved to do

Day 2
Find out about your motivations, values, talents, and what you would like to experience in your life

Day 3
Brainstorm ideas, create action plans, and form teams to support each other to make your dreams and goals real!


★ Registration required via this link
★ The spots are limited!
★ When: 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August, always from 7pm to 10pm
★ Where: Tổ Chim Xanh – Bluebird’s Nest (Số 13 ngõ 19 Đặng Dung)
★ Fee: VND 900.000 (detailed information will be sent per email once you’ve registered)
★ Language: English

Storytelling Event: “Social Entrepreneurs & The World Through Their Lenses”

storytelling about social entrepreneurship

Sat 23 Jul 2016, 2.30 – 6 pm
43 Nhat Chieu

From the organizer:

Most people dream to live a meaningful life while giving their own contribution for a better world. However, only few people actually create a business that allows this dream to come true. Have you ever wondered why?

Welcome to “The World through The Lenses of Social Entrepreneurs, a Collective Story Harvesting event”!

Social entrepreneurs see the world in a very particular way. They see opportunities to do business with their hearts, which has a social cause at its center. They want to give their contribution to solve a social problem they see, while giving meaning to their own lives. They have inspiring stories of overcoming the challenges they faced because they believe that a better world is possible. Listening to those stories can perhaps help us overcome our own fears and live the life we believe in.

This event will be hosted by practitioners in the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter, and will feature a team of amazing storytellers:

– Diego Cortizas Del Valle, from Chula – An ethic fashion brand, “a different company that believes in other kind of society”
– Frederic Labarthe, from The Life School – A place for spiritual self development, holistic living and social responsibility designed to facilitate the emergence of a new generation of global citizens.
– Jimmy Pham, from KOTO – A social enterprise, training center, restaurant chain that is changing life of disadvantaged youth in Vietnam
– Van, from Atelier Vegan – A workshop and restaurant that promotes veganism and love for nature

Storytelling is an ancient and powerful tool that has been a key to learning throughout human history. Now, you are invited to be a part of those stories and to build connections and mutual inspiration with other people who are committed to the creation of a better world!

★ When: Saturday, July 23rd, 2:30pm – 6pm
★ Where: Chula – 43 Nhat Chieu
★ Fee: you choose! (Read more about the “Cape a Hero” campaign below)
★ Language: English

This event is part of the “What is Knowmads?” series, in which you will experience a bit of what Knowmads is and decide if you should join Knowmads Hanoi Team 6 starting on September 17th (http://welcome.knowmads.vn/).

The “Cape a Hero” campaign aims to support applicants for Knowmads Hanoi Team 6 who are very passionate about joining the program but have serious financial difficulties. During the “What is Knowmads?” series, all the profit generated at contribution-based events will provide partial scholarships to those future heroes.

Stand-up Comedy: “The Money Shot” with Aidan Killian

Aidan Killian 1

Hanoi: Fri 29 Jul 2016, 8 pm
ATK – 73a Mai Hac De

From the organizer:

If you want the zenith of international comedy festivals, nothing can beat the annual comedic knees-up at The Edinburgh Fringe. So when the much-loved Irish comic Aidan Killian told that he would be able to perform his one-man show in Vietnam on Thursday, July 28th (Ho Chi Minh City) and Friday, July 29th (Hanoi), just a week before taking it to the Scottish capital, he was met with an immediate ‘yes’.

Titled “The Money Shot”, Aidan’s latest offering is a thought provoking, witty and inspiring show that explores the history of money and how it impacts society. Asking challenging questions like, “Would you die for what you believe in?” with answers like, “Yes. If I was ninety,” according to Chortle, the former investment banker turned comedian, now “consistently writes and performs the most committed, knottiest, issue-comedy shows on the Fringe”.

Entrance is VND200,000 and includes a free glass of Pasteur Street IPA.

Tengger To Tour Tengger

Tengger To Tour Tengger

Sat 16 Jul 2016, 9 pm
Hanoi Rock City – 27/52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho

From the organizer:

Come to a music night with TENGGER – an electronic psychedelic / drone musical duo and travelers.


‘itta’, Korean new wave avant-garde artist who plays voice,Indian harmonium and toy instruments with her poetry and,
‘Marqido’, Japanese noise creator, music producer who plays analogue synthesizers currently.

TENGGER formed under the name of ‘10’ in 2005 Korea and has been touring extensively in Asia (Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines), Europe (UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Czech Republic, Sweden), USA (east coast). THE WIRE, TimeOut, WFMU, Resonance FM, to name a few, introduced their music to Europian and American experimental music fans.

The band is based in Seoul, South Korea. They have toured abroad extensively and this has definitely changed the way they think. The beauty of each new space they have visited has been deeply affecting. It has lead them to consider the environment more carefully. They got married with each other, and their baby RAAI was born in 2012.

Finally they changed the name to TENGGER( In Mongolian it means big, infinite sky, while in Hungarian it means big ocean) in 2013. The name is expansion of 10, and came out from their life.

Support by two local acts: Dee.F and Duy

Free entry

Hanoi Escape Picnic

Hanoi Escape Picnic

23 and 24 Jul 2016, 9 am – 7 pm
Le PARC by Gamuda

From the organizer:

Let’s escape the urban hustle of the city! The most ecclectic event this summer: Music with international artists, camping, Zumba Concert and Flea market, along with crafts and games for the kids.

* Camping for a great fun #escape with family and friends
* Exciting Zumba and holi color flashmob that you have never seen before on Saturday
* “LET’S GET WET” with a range of fun game on Sunday: rolling ball and SUP the first time ever in Vietnam
* Think Playground, craft workshop for kids và games: inflatable pool, skateboard, hoverboard…
* Choice of Beer and foods of the world (YUM!)
* Music from local, and international artists (day and night)
* Flea market, with a choice selection of hand made crafts and goods

* MC – GO (Gonjamna) is a Japanese artist from Tokyo. His specialty include reagea, dancehall and he is also a story teller! * THE HOTPLAY: The band does Coldplay covers and has alway been a hot hit for live music event in Hanoi.i
* THE DIO TRIO: The three members band, famed with pop, rock, reagea covers in the own way.
* HI JINKS: wonder/ Paul Simon/ Beatles etc amongst others. With an emphasis on high octane dance funk their live shows aim to get people wriggling on the dance floor, while their studio material spans the whole gamut of human emotional expression: from introspection yearning and yielding to raw base instinctual sexual desire! HI Jinks are about to release a 7 song cd called Stimulus Package. Free download of the music will soon be available on their website, which is currently under construction.
* ELLA BETH WALLS: Flame haired Australian singer/songwriter living the dream in Vietnam: electric-rock, soul/swing/indie! Currently a Contestant on Vietnam’s Got Talent!
* NOWHERE BAND: The band famed with Beatles’s covers.
* THE NEW VIBES: Beatbox and Guitar will bring a new vibe to the event!

* Using your own bike/car: From city centre, go straight to Giai Phong Street, turn right at cross road, passing the Phap Van Cau Re sight, go pass the front gate of Yen So Park 300m and turn right to Le Parc gate.
* By Bus: Gamuda Land operate a public round bus from city centre to Gamuda Le Parc. Please visit the link below for schedule.
* Grab Taxi: private drivers will take you to the event!
– For new user: 100,000 (50,000 each ride)
– For current users: 60,000 (30,000 each ride)

TICKET (per day)
* Adults: 120,000đ/day or 200,000đ for 2 days
* Kids (under 14 years old): 50,000đ
* Family Combo: 240,000đ including 2 adults ticket and 1 kid ticket
* Friends Combo: 360,000đ for 4 adults ticket
* VVIP COMBO: 3,200,000đ/day – exotic cabana for 6 on a isolated island. Free flow of alcohol, lunch include
* VIP COMBO: 1,200,000đ/day – tent for 4, lunch included

Call the hotline for VVIP và VIP combo: 0902 230 107 – 098 111 86 91 (Vietnamese) | 01644270638 (English)
Tickets include some free activities. Do not bring foods & drinks. Tents are available for rent.

Knowledge Exchange Seminar – “Skylines with Flying People 3”: A Dialogue between Liam Kelley and Appendix Group

Seminar Knowledge Exchange - Skylines with flying people 3 A Dialogue between Liam Kelley and Appendix Group

Sun 10 Jul 2016, 4.30 – 7 pm
Nha San Collective – 15th floor, Hanoi Creative City Building, 01 Luong Yen, Hanoi

From Nha San Collective:

“Skylines with Flying People 3” expands the artistic territory to the field of social sciences and humanities. Organized within the scope of “SWFP 3”, Knowledge exchange seminars aim to increase awareness of a contemporary Vietnam and to promote dialogues and collaborations amongst different fields and communities, so as to generate new knowledge as well as diverse and creative initiatives.

Each seminar follows subject matters that are relevant to the 12 sub-projects within “Skylines with Flying People 3”, with discussions conducted by an artist and an expert in another discipline such as history, archeology, sociology, etc. Knowledge exchange seminars will be held from March 2016 to December 2016 at different venues in Hanoi.

The second seminar will be the presentation and discussion between Liam Kelley, historian, associate professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Appendix group, participating artist of “Skylines with Flying People 3”.

The seminar will be held in English and Vietnamese.

Moderator: Bui Kim Dinh

* Appendix Group – “Reunion Journey 1”

Appendix will introduce their performance art project which took place in December 2015. Their project explores a predetermined agenda that involves various confrontations with the complex history through the journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on the train known as Thống Nhất; with each member of the group carrying different allegorical objects of personal importance to them.

* Historian Liam Kelley – “Visualizing Vietnam: From the Past to the Present”

If you take the Thống Nhất train from Hanoi to Saigon/HCMC (or from Saigon/HCMC to Hanoi), you can literally “see” Vietnam, and this can help you “visualize” (in your mind) the country. Similarly, if you look at a map you can also “visualize” Vietnam. However, trains and the type of maps that we are familiar with today are both “modern.” They were both introduced into Vietnam in the late nineteenth century.

So what did Vietnam “look like” before that time? How did people “see” or “visualize” (in their minds) Vietnam prior to the late nineteenth century? What effects did new ways of visualizing the land bring? This is the topic that this talk will cover. In the process, it will introduce some of the ways that scholars have talked about this issue of “visualizing” a nation.

The Appendix, founded in 2010 by six artists, is an active performance art group with four core members: Vũ Đức Toàn, Nguyễn Huy An, Nguyễn Song, Ngô Thành Bắc. In the usual office attires of black slacks and white shirts, they perform repetitive, programmed actions or movements over the course of several hours, utilising everyday objects as props. Appendix creates slowed down portraits of our rapidly changing, and increasingly difficult to define society. Their complex group performances allow the audience to quiet down and slow down to their pace, and to carefully consider the forces – the violence, values and traditions at work beneath supposed standardization and monotony. Appendix participated in various local and international events including international performance art festivals in Korea, Singapore and “Skylines with Flying People 2” in Hanoi.

Liam Kelley is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He teaches about Southeast Asian history, and researches and writes about Vietnamese history. Recently he has been researching about the efforts to discover the origins of the Vietnamese by various people in modern times, from French scholars during the colonial period to various Vietnamese scholars in the post-colonial era. He is also the co-founder of Engaging With Vietnam Conference Series since 2010.

For more information about Skylines with flying people 3, check out facebook’s page.

Communication partner: Hanoi Grapevine

Nhà Sàn COLLECTIVE is not a museum, a gallery or an international culture institute where completed work are presented by established artists. Just like Nhà Sàn Studio before, it is a working studio to nurture where artists can create, collaborate, be given advice, critiques, and have chances to meet with international artists, curators. Works that are presented at open studio every month could be finished or not, but the process of developing idea and working to improve the quality of the art work for local artists is what Nhà Sàn COLLECTIVE focuses on.

If you are interested and curious about experimental art, and want to have conversation with the working artists, please visit

Knowmads Team 6 – Come Out and Play!

Knowmads Team 6 - Come out and Play

Wed 06 Jul 2016, 7 – 10 pm
Moonwork Co-working Space
No. 34, Alley 28B, Dien Bien Phu street, Hanoi

From the organizer:

You’re invited to the info meeting that marks the opening of applications to join Knowmads Hanoi Team 6! Let’s come out and play! 😉

After 5 successful programs in Hanoi, we have seen the birth of vibrant communities of changemakers who share the same passion to create positive change in the world.

We know that there are still many people out there who want to take action, while still wondering who they are, what is the unique change they want to create and how to actually do it. We also know there are others who have clarity on what they want to do and the life they want to live, but need a supportive community to help them take the first steps.

Are you one of those people? If so, Knowmads is probably the place for you! But before you get overly excited, what else do you need to know in order to commit yourself to this life-changing program?

Join us next Wednesday evening when we share all the information you need to make the decision to join Team 6! It will be a great opportunity for you to get to know more about Knowmads, meet the people behind it and many other interesting people who are also looking for the next steps in their lives.

AND did we mention we’re going to play a game specifically designed for this meeting? No more spoiler alert here though. We can’t wait to meet you! Come with curiosity, questions and a smile (mandatory – no smile, no entry)

The Rotten Grapes Comedy Show

The Rotten Grapes Comedy Show

Sat 16 Jul 2016, 8 pm
24 Trang Tien, Hanoi

From the organizer:

The Rotten Grapes – the one and only English-speaking Comedy club in Hanoi – invites you to its biggest comedy show ever on July 16th, 8 PM at L’Espace.


The show is featured with improvisation acts starring The Rotten Grapes and To be Continued – a Hong Kong improv troupe but travels throughout Asia to spread their funny and talented improvisation performance. Everything you see in this performance will be completely made up on the spot based on your suggestions. We will turn your words of inspiration into improvised scenes.

The show is also featured with musical comedy by JUNK!, Stand-Up comedy by Chris Blackwood as well as Comedy Magic by Alex Nguyen.

– Ticket price: 160.000VND each
– VIP ticket: 220.000VND each

Hotline: 0968.246.155 (Mr. Le)

Talk with Historian Liam Kelley: “The Alternative Origin Story”

The Alternative Origin Story-Liam Kelley

Sun 03 Jul 2016, 2.30 – 6 pm
1st floor, Hanoi Creative City – 01 Luong Yen, Hanoi

From Nha San Collective:

“The Alternative Origin Story: How a New Story about Vietnamese Origins Emerged in the 20th Century” – a talk with historian Liam Kelley.

Virtually every human society today has a story about where it came from, or what we can call an “origin story”. In the case of Vietnam, one could say that the story about Thần Nông, Kinh Dương Vương, Lạc Long Quân and the Hùng Kings is a kind of origin story. However, there was a new origin story that emerged in the 20th century that argued that the ancestors of the Vietnamese were agriculturalists (người nông nghiệp) who migrated into the region to get away from pastoralists (người du mục) to the north. This talk will examine how and why this “alternative origin story” emerged in the 20th century.

The talk will be held in English with Vietnamese translation.

Liam Kelley is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He teaches about Southeast Asian history, and researches and writes about Vietnamese history. Recently he has been researching about the efforts to discover the origins of the Vietnamese by various people in modern times, from French scholars during the colonial period to various Vietnamese scholars in the post-colonial era.

Nhà Sàn COLLECTIVE is not a museum, a gallery or an international culture institute where completed work are presented by established artists. Just like Nhà Sàn Studio before, it is a working studio to nurture where artists can create, collaborate, be given advice, critiques, and have chances to meet with international artists, curators. Works that are presented at open studio every month could be finished or not, but the process of developing idea and working to improve the quality of the art work for local artists is what Nhà Sàn COLLECTIVE focuses on.

If you are interested and curious about experimental art, and want to have conversation with the working artists, please visit

Screening of Vietnamese-inspired Documentary “Vibrant Highland, Commercial Love” in Berlin

Vibrand Highland Commercial Love

Sat 25 Jun 2016, 7pm in UTC+02
Scharnweberstr. 35, 10247 Friedrichshain

From the organizer:

Join us on Saturday evening, to discover the new documentary project of the movie director Matt Dworzańczyk:

With the presence of the movie director!

‘Vibrant Highland, Commercial Love’ tells stories of exotic love, of tribal kings and opium trade, of kidnappings (trafficking) for the Chinese sex trade; it deals with homosexuality among Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. It talks about political reeducation, about spirits and magic. All those stories are intertwined in an energetic narrative centering around the myth and conspiracy of the secretive Love Market, a unique event during which ethnic minority couples supposedly break away from their families seeking to reconnect with their old lovers.

The film had its world premiere at The World’s Independent Film Festival in San Francisco, USA, where it is also recognized as BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Matt Dworzanczyk.

Produced & Directed by Matt Dworzanczyk
Assoc. Producer: Gerry Herman
Cinematography: Hoang Chaizee
Sound Editing: Hoang Thu Thuy & William Cox
Music by Josh Kopecek

Venezuela Cultural Day in Hanoi

Venezuela Cultural Day

Tue 21 Jun 2016, 7.30 pm
Kim Dong Theatre
19 Hang Bai, Hanoi

From the organizer:

Come to Venezuela Cultural Day in Hanoi with a photographic exhibition on landscapes of Venezuela, a sample of Venezuelan crafts and the screening of two films.


09:00 Coffee morning and photographic exhibition and craft shows.
09:15 Opening speech of the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
09:25 Remarks of a Government representative of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
09:35 Video about Venezuela.
09:45 Film: “The House at the end of time” (100 min).
12:00 to 18:00: Photographic exhibition and craft shows.
16:00 Film: “The Blue Apple Tree” (98min).

Free entry, first come first served
The film “The House at the end of time” is unsuitable for children under 16 years old.

Live Folk – Jordan Senior’s Album Launch

Live Folk - Jordan Senior Album Launch

Sat 18 Jun 2016, 8 pm
Hanoi Social Club

From the organizer:

A new album will be released into the night this Saturday, 18 June. Making an album is a remarkable achievement, especially when it sounds as spanking as this one!

For pure contemporary folk you can’t go past Jordan Senior. Thoughtful lyrics, forays into finger-picking heaven, and biting social comments that ram his message home to a beautiful lilting melody. From playing festivals and shows in London, he’s now here in Hanoi to tickle your aural cavities. Don’t miss this celebration of his latest album “Shake the Hand You’re Holding”.

“Jordan Senior’s compositions are infectious and bordering on brilliant” – Timeout London.

Opening the show for Jordan will be folk/country bard, David Brown.

Tickets: 80,000 VND the door

SEA Pride Music Festival 2016

ASEAN Concert SEA Pride Music Festival 2016

Sat 25 Jun 201, 10 am – 11 pm
American Club
19 – 21 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

From the organizer:

SEA Pride is the most fantastic music festival for the youth in this summer 2016 in Ha Noi!

Following the success of ASEAN Pride 2015 – Celebrating Family, SEA Pride 2016 comes back with the best preparation and scale. Thousands of people will gather at American Club (21 Hai Ba Trung) to immerse themselves in the dynamic and wonderful melodies. This time, SEA Pride 2016 wants to deliver a message “Color with your music” to young people who desire to live in a respected and equal atmosphere. No matter who you are, once you are music lover and have fair attitude toward different features, come to join us!

SEA Pride 2016 1


– Morning (10:00am – 12:00am): DJ ABLI from Britain and NIBIRU band from the Philippines
– Afternoon (14:00 – 17:00): DJ ABLI, NGỌT Band and Rock bands: PARASITE, ORINGCHAINS, MICROWAVE.
– Night (19:30 – 23:00): Music Festival with both International and Dosmestic artists: DJ Lina (America), DJ SAMEED (Britain); Noo Phuoc Thinh; Fashio Designer Caroll Tran; Oplus band, Hang Up to the Moon and Ngu Cung Band…

SEA Pride 2016 2

200.000 VND (from 10:00 to 23:00)
80.000 VND (from 10:00 to 17:00 only)
Ticket distributors will be announced next week.

First MeetUP of Knowmads UP!

knowmads up

Sat 18 Jun 2016, 2 – 4 pm
No 15, lane 76 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho, Ha Noi

From the organizer:

After more than 2 years running with 5 successful teams, Knowmads Hanoi is happy to introduce a brand-new Knowmads UP! program. This is a 2-weekend learning journey designed specially for participants at the age of 35-50 years old.

During the program you’ll have the chance to work with other great people exploring two crucial questions: Who am I? and What do I want to contribute or change?

You might be facing some struggles, or you might be very happy with your work and life so far. But if you got to a moment where you started wondering “What else is possible?”, or “What’s next for me after all those years?”, then this might be something for you! Check out this post for more information.

If you are curious what this is, and what you will get from Knowmads UP!, or if you simply wants to enjoy a nice afternoon being surrounded by like-minded people – who are also in a quest of looking for their inner-selves and next steps in life, come and join us in our first MeetUP! for Knowmads UP! this Saturday at ClickSpace.

During the event, you will learn more about Knowmads UP! and the people behind it, as well as get to know our community and share your time with other people through meaningful conversations.

Event is free of charge. Please register in advance because our space is limited.

For any further information, please contact [email protected] or 0973739074 (Trang)

Meeting with Writer Anna Moï

gap go anna moi

Tue 13 Jun 2016, 6 pm

From L’Espace:

You are invited to a meeting with writer Anna Moï to discover her work, followed by discussions and readings of excerpts, with the participation of Dr. Manuel Bengoéchéa, who holds a Ph.D degree in literature.

Anna Moï, whose real name is Tran Thien Nga, was born on August 1, 1955 in Saigon, Vietnam. After obtaining a bachelor degree at the French lycée Marie Curie Saigon, she moved to Paris in 1970 where she studied history at the University of Nanterre.

Her meeting with stylists Troubled Agnes (Agnes B) and Philippe Guibourgé (Dior, Chanel) maked her want to work in fashion. In the 1980s, thanks to her stylist activities, she lived in Bangkok and Tokyo, travelling, and becoming a polyglot: she speaks Vietnamese, French, Thai, Japanese, English and German.

In 1992 she moved back to her hometown, Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City. She lives with her family in a traditional house in the heart of a banana plantation in the city. She began writing chronicles in French for a Vietnamese-French magazine. Taking a liking to writing, her columns are gradually transformed into real news on contemporary Vietnam. After two collections were published in 2001 and 2003 and gained great success, she brought all stories in those collection together in her book “Nostalgie de la rizière”.

Her first novel, which was published in 2004 by Gallimard, Black rice, abandoned the light and humorous style. In the book she told the tragic story of a former high school classmate who was detained and tortured in prison of Poulo Condor, located near a shore of Saigon in late 1960. From books to books, Anna Moi travels from Vietnam to France, from the world to her room. She is now immersed in the French literary world.

Her next novel, “The Poison Butterfly” will be released in January 2017 by Gallimard.

(Sources: Anna Moi, Documentation de Radio France, et Bibliothèque Francophone Multimédia de Limoges)

About the moderator:

Manuel Bengoechea moved to Mauritania in 2010, where he started to teach French literature in Normale Supérieure Nouakchhott, and collaborated in opening the first master Francophone literature at this university. He also led the French Office of the book Institute of Nouakchott, where he organized support for the French-language book sector in Mauritania (libraries, booksellers and publishers), as well as literary events (monthly literary meetings for 4 years and two international poetry festivals.

Language: Vietnamese and French

Free entry

”Hanoi Masters” Album Featured in WOMAD UK 2016

Hanoi Masters WOMAD UK 2016

“Hanoi Masters: War Is A Wound, Peace Is A Scar” was produced last year by Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan under German music label Glitterbeat to document the reactions of older Vietnamese combat-veterans and elders to the effects of the Vietnam War, four decades after the skies fell silent and the bombing stopped.

The album will be featured in WOMAD UK 2016, a cultural festival that will take place from 28 – 31 July in Charlton Park in London.

The musicians, whether presenting traditional songs or self-penned material that deals with the conflict’s aftermath, redress the balance in the light of subsequent Western (mainly American) cultural hegemony, and do so in part through their continued use of traditional Vietnamese instruments only.

But, as The Guardian acutely noted, “this is not simply a historical exercise; the songs feel alive and raw, as if the performers are acting as mediums for the horrors their countrymen endured”. This is music that is proud, defiant and infinitely fascinating, the humanity shining through in every note, every syllable.

This WOMAD appearance marks the masters’ first time ever traveling outside of their own nation.

Conference “Luc Van Tien Story Poem and author Nguyen Dinh Chieu”

hoi thao luc van tien-lespace

Wed 01 Jun 2016, 6 pm

From L’Espace:

You are invited to the conference “Rereading and contemplating the story poem ‘Luc Van Tien’ of Nguyen Dinh Chieu” – a journey to discover a unique illustrated manuscript in 1897, and its 2016 edition with attached comments.

– Pascal Bourdeaux, lecturer of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
– Olivier Tessier, professor of the French School of the Far East

The presentation and introduction to an original illuminated manuscript of the poem Luc Van Tien by its publishers, a manuscript rediscovered in the library of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres (Paris) – an edition provided by a Confucian scholar of the Hue court (Lê Đức Trach) – was able to represent the virtues and beauties of Confucianism and the Southern popular culture, which had become so dear to Nguyen Dinh Chieu (1822-1888).

Relevant to both written and oral literature of the mid-nineteenth century, the poem “Luc Van Tien” took Nguyen Dinh Chieu to a long pantheon of national literary glories with its ability to beautifully blend classical literature and distinct Southern cultural characteristics. Translated into French in 1864, the publication of Abel Michels in 1883 prompted a French naval officer, Eugène Gibert (who was in mission in Hue between 1895 and 1897) to create an illuminated manuscript, and the task was assigned to a court’s scholar named Le Duc Trach. Back in France, Eugène Gibert gave the manuscript to the library of the Institute de France in 1899, where it was rediscovered in 2011. It is the only illustrated version (with 139 poly chrome pictures) of “Luc Van Tien” known to date.

The conference will trace the history and publication of the manuscript. It will illustrate how the work is a major contribution to understanding the civilization of the south of Vietnam in the mid-nineteenth century.

Language: Simultaneous translation

Free entry

Dzo Paper Lamp Workshop

Dzo Paper Lamp Workshop

Fri 27 May 2016, 6.30 pm
Blossom Art House – 94B Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi

From the organizer:

Come to join workshop ‘Dzó Paper Lamp’ under the instruction of light sculptor Thu Kim Vu.

Profoundly inspired by Japanese paper texture in combination with light, Thu Kim Vu has gained popularity for her unique light sculpture works. At the moment, her solo exhibition “Into Darkness” is being open to public until the end of May at Manzi.

This is an experimentation workshop for art lover, to build a lampshade using different technique of wire frame construction, paper cutting, drawing, folding and interacting with lighting. The workshop will not only teach you how to make a lamp but also to visualize how to build a light sculpture from an LED light bulb, in which each individual could develop his/her own imagination, characteristics, personal style with funky shape, colors, decorative ornaments and narrative stories.

*Requirement: 15 years old and above

*Number of participants: 20 maximum

*Admission fee: 500,000 VND including the following materials prepared by us:
– 1 LED light bulb with 3 meters of electric cord and a plug.
– One stand for the lamp.
– 4 sheets of paper. Other materials can be found to contribute for the work.
– Small brushes, flat brush, masking tape
– Wire frame, rice glue


Thu Kim Vu was born in 1976 in Hanoi. She graduated her BFA from Hanoi University of Fine Arts, Vietnam and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, United States. Focus on line drawing, paper material and using temporary spaces, she had been working on different projects through traveling to create a new experience based on how her line drawing changing the atmosphere of each space. Vu has been participated in a number of residencies worldwide which contribute a great influence in shaping her works into many directions.

Vu has participated in a variety of international residency programs such as Vermont Studio Center (USA), New York Mills Regional cultural center Minnesota (USA), Goyang National Art Studio (South Korea), Sanskriti Kendra (India), Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen (Germany), Mc Coll Center of Visual Art (USA), Rockefeller Bellagio Center (Italy) and Can Serrat International Residency (Spain). From these trips, she developed her new ideas in working with maps drawing on papers.

In the past three years, Vu was interested in Japanese culture and her studies of Washi paper leads her to new experimentation with paper sculpture and lighting based on her current experience in three residencies in Japan: Kamiyama Artists in Residence Program, Mino Paper Art Village and Sapporo Artist in Residence Program. Recently, Thu has been an artist in residence in Johannesburg, South Africa sponsored and organized by Sylt Foundation. She became interested in the culture of Soweto and community works here.

Ceramics Exhibition “Linh Thú”

ceramics exhibition linh thu

Sat 21 May 2016, 3 – 5 pm
Module 7 – 83 Xuan Dieu Str, Tay Ho, Hanoi

From the organizer:

Joining us in “Linh Thu” – a ceramics exhibition, you will have a chance to witness artist Truong Tien Tra illustrating his fine but also intense drawing on ceramic items made by Artist Vu Duc Hieu – the owner of Muong Museum.

Free entrance

”Engaging with Vietnam – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” Conference in Hawaii

Photo from Facebook page of Engaging with Vietnam
Photo from Facebook page of Engaging with Vietnam

Oct 06 and 07, 2016
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu

The 8th “Engaging with Vietnam – An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” conference will take place on the 6th and 7th of October, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring keynote speeches by Vietnamese and foreign scholars and artists.

From the organizer:

The Engaging with Vietnam conference series has always encouraged dialogues between disciplines. It is in that spirit that this year’s conference will seek to facilitate conversations between various academic disciplines and the arts.

In recent years the Vietnamese arts world – be it music, painting or performance – has been very active and dynamic in attempting to “engage with Vietnam,” in the broadest sense, in our current era of globalization and societal change.

Alongside the featuring of signature scholarship from scholars in various academic disciplines, in this year’s conference we will also be highlighting in our keynote sessions the work of various artists and their engagements with Vietnamese society, culture and history as a way to build connections between the arts world and academia.

List of confirmed Vietnamese keynote speakers:

1. Prof. Phan Le Ha (PhD), Full Professor in the College of Education, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA, founder of Engaging with Vietnam
2. Tran Duc Minh, musician at Voice of Vietnam Theatre
3. Nguyen Quoc Thanh, artist, event organizer, founding member of Nha San Collective
4. Nguyen Phuong Linh, artist, co-founder of Nha San Collective
5. Trinh Le Anh, lecturer, TV show host, MC, event conductor
6. Dr. Nguyen Thi Hanh, associate professor at Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii
7. Vu Duc Liem, lecturer at Hanoi National University of Education, Vietnam
8. Dr. Thanh Phung, lecturer at University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University Hanoi
9. Ngo Hong Quang, musician
10. Dr. Bao Dat, pedagogist, visual artist, song composer

Roundtable Discussion “Memories of the war” by Charles de Gaulle

hoi ky chien tranh cua Charles de Gaulle update

Mon 16 May 2016, 6 pm

From L’Espace:

You are invited to the round table discussion “Memories of the war” by Charles de Gaulle on the occasion of publishing the book’s first volume in Vietnamese.

– Mr. Jean-Noel Poirier, Ambassador of France in Vietnam
– Mr. Pierre Journoud, Professor of contemporary history at the Paul-Valéry Montpellier University
– Mr. Nguyen Van Khanh, Rector of the National University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, Professor of History

The first of the three volumes of General de Gaulle’s war memoirs, “The Call”, was published in 1954, the year of ending the Indochina war. With a “certain idea” of France and its language, the author, removed from power since 1946, set out the first political and military battles of Free France in World War II, between 1940 and 1942.

The book became successful immediately after published in France.

On the occasion of publishing its first volume in Vietnamese, three speakers will discuss “the biggest French collective adventure of the century and the fierce struggle by a rebel to revive France and make it a victorious power” (Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac).

Language: Simultaneous translation French – Vietnamese

Free entry

Exhibition “Greening City – 2016” by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Photo from Facebook page of Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Photo from Facebook page of Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Exhibition: 06 May – 06 Jun 2016
Nanoco Gallery
83 Duong Lang Str, Hanoi

 From the organizer:

You are invited to the exhibition “Greening City – 2016”.

Don’t miss the chance to see and get to know about distinctive projects and constructions of the company. In the galleries, there will be showcase of architectural projects, as well as presentation about the design philosophy of Vo Trong Nghia.

Les Arômes 2016 Cultivates Culinary Savoir-Faire

les aromes

29 Apr – 04 Jun 2016
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

From Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi:

Like Tet, some special events require more than the few official days allocated to them, and this year the Hotel Metropole’s Hanoi’s Les Arômes Festival 2016 is one such celebration.

What was last year but a four-day culinary festival at the country’s most storied hotel is this year a six-week run of wine dinners, bread-baking workshop and other special events.

Headlining this year’s event is Chef Christophe Grilo, a 38-year-old executive pastry chef and baker who has cooked for such Hollywood stars as Brad Pitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger and singer Barbra Streisand.

At the Metropole, Grilo will conduct a ‘Bread Master Class’ on May 19 by invitation only. On May 20, the Metropole will introduce Grilo’s new bread collection throughout the hotel’s dining venues, and will begin retailing the collection at L’Epicerie. And one night later, Grilo will help ‘Uncork the Summer’ in Les Arômes’ special picnic dinner at La Veranda, featuring wines by Chateau Grand Verdus. With live jazz music, a bread counter, cold cuts station, this is truly a unique summer night to remember.

The Chateau Grand Verdus vintages hail from from hilly terroir about 20 kilometers east of Bordeaux, and are bottled by a family that’s been minding those vineyards through four generations. Famous for its reds, whites and rosés, its wines have won superior ratings in recent years in wine-centric media from Decanter to the Wine Enthusiast.

Grilo, meanwhile, has worked at a succession of Michelin-star establishments, and literally climbed the rungs from one-star to three-star restaurants, winning renown as one of France’s most promising young bakers.

He relocated to Asia in 2004, working for two major hotel brands before assuming a leadership position in the Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie. In 2013, Grilo started up the Bakery Artisan Original, the B.A.O., where they resort to traditional methods to produce breads with deeper flavours and textures.

This year’s festival, the 9th annual at the Metropole, kicks off on April 29 at La Veranda with a wine dinner featuring Craggy Wines from New Zealand, followed by La Nuit by Sofitel on 27th May, a night of glamour at Angelina restaurant & lounge, and concludes June 4 with a wine dinner featuring Bordeaux’s famous Domaine de Chevalier at L’Orangerie.

For more information, contact the Metropole at +84 4 3826 6919.

OvO / Wừu / Sound Awakener / Đẻ

Concert with OvO - Wuu - Sound Awakener - De

Sun 15 May 2016, 7 pm
REC Room, Floor 20, Hanoi Creative City, 1 Luong Yen, Hanoi

From The Onion Cellar:

This is perhaps not so obvious, but anyone who has been to one of the live gigs The Onion Cellar put on circa 2013, 2014 – and how could one ever forget about Zeni Geva, The Observatory, MoE, about Staer, CoCC, or Proportions? – might have realised that dark, noisy, violent and extreme ‘rock-ish and metal-ish’ musics form an important part of our multi-faceted identity.

And after a considerably lengthy absence from the live stages of Vietnam, we are happy to turn up the volume to 11 again, with this REC Room Hanoi debut co-headlined by ‘minimal extreme-metalists’ / giants of the global left-field underground OVO (Italy) and Vietnamese-grindcore purveyors WỪU – a name that perhaps needs no introduction; plus support from two young, promising acts representative of the new crop of Vietnamese talents: SOUND AWAKENER (noise) and ĐẺ (grindcore).

Obviously The Onion Cellar’s noisiest gig to date – which does say something. Brace yourself.

OVO (‘minimal extreme metal’, Italy)

OvO’s drummer Bruno Dorella describing the duo (via numerous interviews):

“A little masked girl singing like the scariest growler in her made up language, torturing a detuned guitar. A big masked guy playing a little drum set without a kick, just using his arms, and sounding like a double-kick heavy metal drummer.

I met Stefania at a Sepultura show, in 1996. We both grew up with punk, metal and hardcore. We still listen to them, but we’re open to every kind of music.”

“..,and I guess we’ll never play a standard one. Whenever we play something it can sound more like sludge, noise, doom, black, stoner, rock and roll, but I think I’m not too arrogant if I say that there’s nothing else like OvO. And I don’t even think we’re so strange and bizarre.

She’s a natural born phenomenon. Her voice sounds like a trained opera singer mixed with the wildest male growler linked to a chain of weird pedal effects… but it’s all natural and she does it without any training.”

“Considering the buzz surrounding the band and their music, the demand for trippy, demonic fem-metal is active and healthy.” (Blistering website on OvO)

WỪU (grindcore, Saigon)

After a lengthy hiatus, ‘the geniuses are now back’.

“WỪU don’t spare much in their arsenal, laying down all manner of blasts, shreds, breakdowns, death metal riffs, punk riffs, screams, growls, pig squeals, yelps and more besides.

Named after a local hero in the war against the Colonial French, Vietnamese grindcore powerhouse WỪU are just as furious and uncompromising as their namesake.

Bringing it more than the standard grindcore influences, their 2011 debut ‘888’ takes in everything from old school death metal to more experimental, eclectic and electronic styles, bringing them to the attention of internet label Grindcore Karaoke run by Arogaphobic Nosebleed’s J Randall. WỪU’s second album – Hoang Tưởng (Paranoia) – came out in 2012 via Bloody Chunks Records, a label run by Trung Loki, key member of WỪU and numerous other extreme bands of Saigon.” (Obscene Extreme festival)

SOUND AWAKENER (noise, Hà Nội)

The experimental musician and sound artist behind the alias Sound Awakener has been composing and playing experimental music since 2011. She has been creating sonic waves in Hanoi’s underground music scene for the last couple of years. With an extraordinary understanding of tones and tunes and an ear for everyday sounds she can turn into music she works both on solo projects and has teamed up with artists working across various media and from around the world to add audio elements to visual experiences.

ĐẺ (grindcore, Hà Nội / Sài Gòn)

ĐẺ was founded in early 2016 by 3 young members Đức Lùn, Hưng Béo and Tín Mập. Even though they have performed live twice the band have never had a proper practice together. That explains their freestyle performance influenced by noise and experimental.


Early Bird: 40,000 VND (limited to 20 tickets)
Advance: 80,000 VND *
On the door: 120,000 VND

* Advance tickets available via the following channels:
– Via TicketBox
– Via The Onion Cellar office (22 Hàng Mành) – please contact 01224 391 682 before visiting
– Via Da Paolo restaurant (18 lane 50/59/17 Đặng Thai Mai, Tây Hồ // phone number: 37 186 317)

Tea Ceremony Workshop

tea ceremony workshop

Sat 07 May 2016, 3 pm – 5 pm
Module 7 – 83 Xuan Dieu Str, Tay Ho, Hanoi

From the organizer:

Tea is not only a drink but also a static art imbued with Asian culture. Following the program “Cùng bạn nhìn lại vẻ đẹp” (Look back at beauty together), you are invited to the Tea Ceremony Workshop at Module 7.

Tea art in Vietnam is not influenced by the Chinese, Korean, or Japanese counterparts. This event will be a platform for tea lovers to feel, interact with tea, from manufacturing knowledge to preservation and enjoy a delicious tea kettle.

Free entry

Language: Vietnamese/English

For more information, please contact:

Module 7 Studio
Tel: 84 43 719 7247

Charity Event: School On The Boat Island Run


Sat 14 May 2016, 9 am
Chez Xuân Restaurant
41 lane 76 An Duong, Tay Ho, Hanoi

From the organizer:

School On The Boat Island Run is a Charity Run to support NGO School On The Boat which aims to provide access to education for disavantaged children in Hanoi.

As the run takes place on the Island, you will be surrounded by banana trees and greenery. So, if you like running, breathing the fresh air or supporting a good cause, you will be amazed!

You can choose the type of run: 5KM, 10KM or a 2KM Fun Run. Whether you’re an athlete, an occasional sporty or a life lover who want to have a fun time with your family and friends, you are all well-welcomed to take part of this event with us!


9:00 – Meeting point at Chez Xuan restaurant
9:30 – Start of the race
11:30 – End of the race
12:00 – Prizes
12:30 – Lunch BBQ at Chez Xuan + live music


1) Choose your ticket :
– RUN (5KM or 10KM) + LUNCH INCLUDED = 250K
– RUN (5KM or 10KM) = 100K

For those you want to do the fun run, the lunch will be 150K.
We also propose a Lunch for Kids: 120K

2) Then, you have 2 possibilities :
– Go to Rent A Bike shop (No. 27, Alley 52, To Ngoc Van St, Hanoi – Open everyday 8:30 am – 12 noon & 1:30pm -5:30pm) – to register and pay directly your ticket

Exhibition – Modern Architecture in Vietnam and ASEAN

Architecture Month Modern Architecture

Opening: Sat 07 May 2015, 5 pm
Exhibition: 07 – 28 May 2016
Heritage Space
Dolphin Plaza, 6 Nguyen Hoang / 28 Tran Binh, My Dinh 2, Hanoi

Film screening: Sat 07 May 2016, 3 pm
Hanoi: Heritage Space, Dolphin Plaza, Nguyen Hoang / 28 Tran Binh, My Dinh 2
HCMC: Cà phê thứ bảy – 19B Pham Ngoc Thach, Ward 6, District 3

From the organizer:


7-28 May:
Exhibition – Modern Architecture in Vietnam and ASEAN

7 May, 3pm:
Film screening about architect Le Corbusier in Hanoi and HCMC.
Free entry. Vietnamese subtitles

7 May, 5pm:
Opening the library / Opening the exhibition

14 May, 9am:
Conference about Tọa đàm về Modern architectural heritage

21 May, 3pm:
Film screening about architect Louis Kahn

and other activities…

Free entry

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

From Friends of Vietnam Heritage:

This month, FVH is pleased to offer two city walks and two excursions:

– An excursion to Đường Lâm Ancient Village on Saturday 14 May
– A city walk to Good Old Chinatown area (in Japanese) on Wednesday 18 May
– A city walk to Ba Đình area and the French Colonial Quarter (in English) on Saturday 21 May
– An excursion to Đông Các Water Puppets Village on Sunday 29 May.

Plus, come join Friends of Vietnam Heritage to meet our friend and founder, Mr. Hữu Ngọc, and to celebrate the launch of his new book “Viet Nam: Tradition and Change” on Thursday 19 May at Hanoi Cinematheque.

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

For details please download this file: FVH’s Program in May 2016.

Funk and Soul Night with Uncon Sci and Datodeo from Los Angeles


Fri 06 May 2016, 8 pm
73a Mai Hac De, Hanoi

From the organizer:

The two talented DJs from L.A roll up for a night at ATK, bringing their extraordinarily varied sets of funk and soul – dedicated to making you bounce all night long.

Uncon Sci [LA]
Datodeo [LA]

For the last 5 years, Uncon Sci has been traveling the world with a box of 45s and a beat machine. As comfortable behind the turntables as he is in front of a sampler, Sci delivers a very wide range of styles that are all united under a heavy psychedelic groove.

As a passionate performer who has cut his teeth in the LA underground scene, Sci has performed with the likes of J-Rocc, Dorian Concept, Kode9, Keb Darge, Dam-Funk, Cut Chemist and D-Styles to name a few. Uncon Sci has put out a string of releases on wax (and even more digital) and keeps his sound fresh, going the route of re-invention, rather than releasing bootleg remixes of pop artists to spread his name.

80k at the door.

Update About The 3 Works of Intothinair

Carrying the Carriers by The Son
‘Carrying the Carriers’ by Nguyễn Thế Sơn

From Manzi:
Update About The 3 Works of Intothinairr

01. ‘Off-road’ by Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng
2 Nui Truc, Kim Ma – in front of the Embassy of Sweden

This installation, made up of a real car and four composite turtle sculptures, makes the satire of the original illustration on which it is based more explicit. The animals replace the wheels of the car and are poised to head into different directions. If the sculpture were to come alive and the turtles started moving forward they would break the car they are a part of. The work explores the immense contradiction of working together when individual creatures with their own sense of direction try to work as one. Humans are such creatures. Made up of internal contradictions and with views opposing each other both small group work and 7 billion people inhabiting, sharing and moving on one planet seems impossible. The work is exhibited at a public intersection one of the spaces where this challenge plays out in traffic on a daily basis.

Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng
Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng is one of Vietnam’s most successful contemporary artists at home and abroad. He employs the realist painting training he received at the Fine Arts University in his hometown Hanoi and injects wit and satire to disguise poignant messages. His large-scale installations employ similar methods and are executed with meticulous attention to detail. As an active member of the avant-garde artists collective Nhà Sàn he has experimented with experimental music and worked as a curator. He concerns himself with urbanisation and the push to modernise or digs into history to explore what has shaped the Vietnam of today.

02. ‘Carrying the Carriers’ by Nguyễn Thế Sơn
Travelling installation: On Friday 15 & Tues 19 April. Trip starts from Manzi, 14 Phan Huy Ích Street at 3.00 pm, stops at Hanoi Creative City, 1 Lương Yên Street at 3.30 pm and ends at 94 Thanh Nhàn Street

This mobile installation makes visible the plight of urban workers from street vendors to street transporters. Photographs of those urban dwellers, who the artist refers to as carriers, that capture moments highlighting their struggle are turned into life size cardboard cut-outs. Covered in silk they are mounted with a custom made wooden frame on a hired ‘xe thương binh’ – tricycle legally allowed to only be driven by war veterans. The installation then makes its way through the city along some of its busiest streets. This carrier carrying fellow carriers through the urban space is an interactive exhibition and the reactions of random spectators and chance audience is being recorded. Being transported in this way also metaphorically gives the work’s subjects a chance to rest their weary bones. For once they are the carried not the carriers.

Nguyễn Thế Sơn
Throughout his 20-year career Nguyễn Thế Sơn has directed his curiosity at different media and a variety of subjects all of which he researches with academic precision. He works as a silk professor at the University of Fine Arts in Hanoi and has made Vietnam’s rapid development and growth – be it in the economy or society at large – the focus of his work. He has worked with silk, lacquer, photography and installation. He received his Master Degree in photography in China and since his return to Hanoi has established himself as one of Vietnam’s most prolific contemporary minds and artists.

03. ‘Without Words’ by Nguyễn Quốc Thành
Hanoi Creative City public restroom on ground floor (from 9 to 15 April); Hanoi Creative City’s main hall (15 April to 19 April), 1 Lương Yên Street

The installation is mounted in the very space it is making sense of in relation to the queer and LGBT community: public restrooms. The curtains this artwork consists of are made from familiar repurposed material and signify the fragile border between public and private. They can separate one part of the space from another but peeking is always possible, they allow for noise to travel and are altogether easy to push aside and expose what is behind them. The privacy they offer is as faulty as that of a public restroom used by many members of the gay community across the world to meet and get together in ‘private’. This contradiction is explored, as is the strictly gendered space of public restrooms. Who is allowed to do what where? Male and female is clearly marked and enforced through social norms that are at odds with a queer view of the world.

Nguyễn Quốc Thành
Nguyễn Quốc Thành is a Hanoi based artist. His practice includes photography, writing, performance art, installation, clothes making and organising queer art events. He is a founding member of Nhà Sàn Collective, an independent contemporary art collective. In 2013 he founded Queer Forever! Vietnam’s first queer art festival. Queer Forever! is a platform for sharing the love for and knowledge of queerness in Vietnamese culture.

Subscription Concert Vol. 91 Architecture Month: Exhibition – Modern Architecture

Subcription concert vol 91 vnso

Sat 07 May 2016, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House

From the organizer:

You are invited to concert with:
Conductor: Honna Tetsuji
Viola Soloist: Imai Nobuko and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra


ELGAR – Viola Concerto in E minor Op. 85 (original: Cello Concerto)


BRUCKNER – Symphony No. 4 “Romantic” Eb- major

Listen to the Cello Concerto by Elgar, performed by Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra here:


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

For free delivery call: 0913489858, 0983067996.

Workshop “Personal Leadership: A Reality Check”

Workshop Personal leadership A Reality Check

25 – 27 Apr 2016, 9.30 am – 12 pm
Heritage Space Library (mezzanine)
Floor 1st Dolphin Plaza

From Heritage Space:

Workshop “Personal leadership: A Reality Check” is for artists and everyone who wants to be professional in the art field.

Are you sure your CV, portfolio and presentation technique is good enough? Do you have control of your artistic networking ability and values? Do you have the keys to present your project in a professional way? Attend this workshop and find out!

Sharpen your CV, maximize your professional portfolio and update your cultural knowledge, networking ability, reliability, persistence, creativity, efficiency, and ambition! Whether you’re trying to find a new exhibition, get a job as a curator, present your art project or excel in a new career as art teacher, this workshop will help you achieve your artistic career development goals.

Workshop facilitator: Christofer Fredriksson, International Relation Coordinator at Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden.

Christofer Fredriksson

Christofer Fredriksson

For over 15 years, Christofer has worked within internationalization of higher education at different universities in Sweden, with a strong experience of cooperation between European and non-European countries. He has worked with several international projects with an entrepreneurial focus and has a diverse career as a digital concept director, research coordinator, public relation manager, writer, co-driver in Rally, as well as 20 years as visual artist and curator. He has run different projects in Vietnam since 2002. His lectures and workshops are injected with energy and inspiration.

CONTENT OF WORKSHOP(3 days, 120-180 mins/day)

Day 1 – CV

Applying for a job or to get an exhibition is a skill everyone needs to harness, and in practice that means getting your CV in shape. The CV writing training course is aimed at people who want to brush up their skills whether or not they are applying for a job now or trying to get an exhibition or art project realized.

Successful CV-writing covers the following criteria: Learn the principles of CV writing; learn the correct layout and effective wording.

Day 2 – Portfolio

You may have a personal portfolio website for a number of reasons. Whether you’re a freelancer or a professional artist, you’d need one to showcase your work and allow people to contact you. If you are a student (or unemployed), then you’d need one to show prospective employers how good you are and what you can do so that they might hire you. If you’re part of a studio, then you might use one to blog about your design life, show people what you’re doing and build your online presence.

Day 3 – Presentation

Presentations skills and public speaking skills are very useful in many aspects of work and life. In the art world, it is crucial when you present your own work, your curated exhibition or your art project plan. Effective presentations and public speaking skills are important in all kinds of businesses, sales and selling, training, teaching, lecturing, and generally, it’s about feeling comfortable speaking to a group of people. Developing the confidence and capability to give good presentations, and to stand up in front of an audience and speak well, are also extremely helpful competencies for self-development and social situations. In this workshop we look at TED, rhetorical skills and other presentation techniques.

Fee: 200,000VND/person/day OR 500,000VND for the whole course (including drinks)
*The fee is to cover administrative and facilitator costs. Heritage Space takes no benefits from the income.

Participants: 25 – 30 member (to optimize efficiency)

Language: English with Vietnamese translation

Hue – Film Screening “La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur”

La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur

Fri 15 Apr 2016, 7.15 pm
Institut français de Huế

From Institut français de Huế:

You are invited to the film screening “La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur” (France, 2014, 111’).

Director: Cédric Anger
Casting: Guillaume Canet, Ana Girardot, Jean-Yves Berteloot

An astonishing performance from Guillaume Canet in this thriller based on a true story.

Film synopsis:

For several months, between 1978 and 1979, the inhabitants of the Oise in France live in a state of terror and anxiety: a maniac is on the prowl, and young women are his prey. After trying to run over several women with his car, he final manages to injure and kill female hitch-hikers he picks up at random. The man is everywhere and nowhere, eluding the traps set up by investigators and avoiding roadblocks. He’s so good at escaping because he is in fact a timid, young cop who lives an ordinary life and doesn’t stand out amongst his squad. As a model cop, he is responsible for investigating his own crimes until the maps of his murderous journey slip from his grasp.

Language: Original language with Vietnamese subtitles

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

Free entrance.


Call for Entries: Saigon Chamber Music Festival 2016

Saigon Chamber Music 2016 call for entries

Saigon Chamber Music Festival 2016 calls for entries
Deadline: 15 May 2016

From the organizer:

Saigon Chamber Music is proud to call for applications to its 3rd season in August 2016, hosted by Transposition Programme and Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, in association with the Goethe-Institut Viet Nam. Founded in 2014, Saigon Chamber Music, the first summer music festival in Ho Chi Minh City and Viet Nam, provides inspiring professional training and unique opportunities for international exposure to gifted young artists as they begin their musical careers. During the week-long festival, the faculty of internationally acclaimed artists worked with each participant to encourage them to develop their unique style and to assess further development needs.

Saigon Chamber Music Festival 2016 will take place from 11 to 19 Aug 2016 at Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music.

Hue – Film Screening “Boule et Bill”

Boule et Bill

Fri 08 Apr 2016, 7.15 pm
Institut français de Huế

From Institut français de Huế:

You are invited to the film screening “Boule et Bill” (France, Belgique, Luxembourg, 2012, 90’).

Director: Alexandre Charlot et Franck Magnier
Casting: Franck Dubosc, Marina Foïs, Charles Crombez

A comedy that surely makes your kids laugh, is the first wide-screen adaptation from the well-known original comic novel of the same name.

Film synopsis:

Everything begins at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). A young cocker spaniel lies dejectedly in his cage. He can’t find the owner of his dreams. Suddenly, a young boy appears, his hair as red as the cocker spaniel’s coat. Birds of a feather stick together: it’s love at first sight. For Billy and Buddy, it’s the beginning of a great friendship. For Billy’s parents it’s the beginning of a whole bunch of trouble… And so begins a great family adventure!

Language: Original language with Vietnamese subtitles

Free entrance

Sad & Beautiful World: “SETH’S DOMINION”

Sad Beautiful World SETHS DOMINION and Vietnamese Indie Animation Showcase

Hanoi: Tue 05 Apr 2016, 7.30 pm
Goethe Institut

HCMC: Sun 10 Apr 2016, 7 pm
Ca Phe Thu Bay

From The Onion Cellar:

The Onion Cellar presents in collaboration with Hanoi DocLab and Ca Phe Thu Bay

A screening of a documentary on Canadian cartoonist SETH in Hanoi and HCMC

(official Vietnam premiere)

+ VIETNAMESE INDIE ANIMATION SHOWCASE (line-up of this showcase to be announced)

Event #3 as part of The Onion Cellar’s new Sad & Beautiful World edition


Director: Luc Chamberland
Canada / 42 minutes / 2014
Languages: English, with subtitles in Vietnamese

The film will be preceded by two short films directed by Luc Chamberland based on the work of Seth: “THE DEATH OF KAO-KUK” and “THE GREAT MACHINE”.

“The things that happen in our lives, we drag them forward with us forever.” (Luc Chamberland)

Canadian cartoonist and comic book dream-weaver Seth has long been one of those most interesting figures in his medium. Though he employs a simple and cartoony style, Seth’s work is fearlessly personal, autobiographical, and often even existential.

“‘SETH’S DOMINION’ – Luc Chamberland’s filmic celebration of the artist – is narrated by Seth through a series of interviews and excerpts from his diary, but the style of the film changes constantly. At times his stories play out through puppet shows, at times through oddly archaic montages borrowing film language of the past, and most often through beautifully recreated animations of some of his most personal and profound work. The result is a wonderfully creative little doc that honors and embodies it’s subject like few others.”

(Phil Brown for Dorkshelf)

“This film is more about all of our lives. It starts, of course, with a guy at his desk, drawing, but it quickly becomes about the little details in our everyday lives and about how the seemingly mundane moments we live are actually not so insignificant: they are all important, intense and magical.

The film is also very much about our memory. The longer we live, the more memories we accumulate, and the baggage of these memories becomes greater every day. How do we deal with it? Most of the time we don’t notice that memories are piling up, pointing to the many moments that have marked us throughout our lives.”

(Luc Chamberland in an interview with The TFS)

“Seth’s words often carry deep philosophical meaning or are about melancholy remembrances of times past and never to come again.

He’s a man seemingly desperate to hold on to the past, but also seems as if he would be out of place there.”

(Adam A. Donaldson for We Got This Covered)

DONATION (at the door)

In Hanoi:
50,000 VND
40,000 VND (with valid student ID)

50,000 VND
30,000 VND (with valid student ID)

(Donations will go towards the films’ director)

Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Ca Phe Thu Bay
19B Pham Ngoc Thach, District 3, HCMC

HCMC – Night of Extreme Metal “Outsiders”


Sat 09 Apr 2016, 1 – 9 pm
Saigon Ranger – 5/7 Nguyen Sieu Str, Dist 1, HCMC

From the organizer:

One night of Extreme Metal with 13 bands from across Asia in Saigon!

Death Vomit – Brutal Death Metal (Indonesia – Yogyakarta)
Undead Daredevil – Brutal Death Metal (Japan)
Unveiled – Brutal Death Metal (Malaysia – Johor Bahru)
Brutore – Brutal Death Metal (Vietnam & Philippines)
Disgusted – Death Metal (Vietnam – Saigon)
Cruel Society – Death Metal (Vietnam – Saigon)
Dead Command – Death Metal (Vietnam – Saigon)
Error Brain – Punk/Grindcore (Indonesia – Bandung)
Malapetaka – Thrash/Death Metal (Malaysia – Kualar Lumpur)
Bloodstone – Thrash Metal (Singapore)
Voluptuary – Groove Metal (Vietnam – Hanoi)
God Father – Metalcore (Vietnam – Saigon)
Knife Sticking Head – Hardcore (Vietnam – Saigon)

We’re bringing metal bands from across the ocean to Saigon to a showdown with Vietnamese metal bands. We hope this will bring a new wave of extreme metal into Vietnam and will bring metal brothers from the region closer to each other. Brothers, we hope you will have a great time of madness in Outsiders together as one in metal!


Ticket price: 280,000 VND.
Ticket at door: 350,000 VND

S-dance Tour 2016

S dance tour 2016 1

Wed 30 Mar 2016, 5.30 pm – 10.30 pn
Cultural Friendship Palace
91 Tran Hung Dao street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

From the organizer:

S-dance Tour 2016 is the first dance tour in Vietnam for the youth founded by artist/choreographer Tuyet Minh, with the best performances during 4 seasons of So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam.


Choreographer Tuyet Minh is one of most favorite artists in recent years. She is Artistic Advisor of Discover ballet company with the famous play “The Spinning Creator” in Aug 2014 in HCMC, and “Hanoi Love” in 2015 in Hanoi.

S dance tour 2016 2

S dance tour 2016 3

Since 2003, Tuyet Minh has been gathering young talents such as Toàn Trung – Hải 2D – Thái Sơn – Bảo Long – Văn Quý – Thúy Hằng – Huệ Phương – Tố Uyên – Trà My – Vũ Khánh…

Champion of So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam season 4

Hai Anh, the first female winner of So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam, together with 3 runners-up and 20 best dancers of season 4 will be the main artists of this tour.


Ticket price: 300 000 – 400 000 – 500 000 VND

Conference “Don’t Cry” with Lydie Salvayre

khong khoc-Lydie Salvayre

Thu 31 Mar 2016, 6 pm

From L’Espace:

You are invited to the conference “Don’t Cry” with Lydie Salvayre – Prix Goncourt 2014 winner, on the occasion of publishing the book in Vietnamese.

– Mr. Nguyen Duy Binh, Book translator
– Mr. Pham Xuan Nguyen, literary critic, President of the Hanoi Writers Association
– Mr. Nguyễn Trí Dũng, researcher

Taking the context of Spanish Civil War in 1936, Lydie Salvayre traces the emotion and love of a young girl in the history of Spain, Europe and the world in 1930.

Language: Vietnamese

Free entry.