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Last update: 15:00 | 14/06/2018

Showcase of Craft and Design Challenge

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The Craft and Design Challenge, a competition hosted by the British Council in Vietnam that include seminars and field trips, will draw to a close with a showcase of the craft and design projects and products at the Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Center from June 12 to 30.

Two ethnic minority women in northern Vietnam are making their craft products. Selected craft products from the Craft and Design Challenge will be exhibited at a showcase next week - PHOTO: Courtesy of British Council

Curated by Claire Driscoll from Work Room Four, the showcase offers an opportunity for 20 participants to present their product designs and prototypes as well as raise funds for their business plans.

The exhibited works combine age-old knowledge with contemporary designs and span a wide range of disciplines and products. Together, they serve as suggestions towards innovative and sustainable ways of preserving and developing Vietnam’s craft sector.

The projects on display, featuring contemporary design and high quality craftsmanship, also demonstrate an intimate connection with participants’ interest in supporting craft products and communities.

The final results of the Craft and Design Challenge will be announced at the opening reception.

Craft and Design Challenge is part of the British Council’s Crafting Futures global initiative. It is aimed to promote creative, sustainable and ethical approaches as well as business development in craft and design.

According to the British Council, craft practices are increasingly endangered in the face of globalization and rapid economic development. Female artisans, taking a majority working in the sector, are particularly vulnerable due to lack of knowledge and skills necessary for sustaining their practices or businesses.

The combination of traditional craft and contemporary design will generate a renewed interest in crafts through creative processes, informed research and storytelling. Furthermore, developing business and marketing skills is key to improving viable livelihoods.

Craft and Design Challenge creates opportunities for designers, makers, and entrepreneurs to be trained in design and business management and to consider how this can be applied in the context of working with the craft sector. 

It also helps strengthen collaboration between designers and artisans by offering designers opportunities to work in collaboration with artisans for skills and product development, focusing on communicating cultural identity which will enhance market access.

Activities of the program are designed with a strong focus on skills and capacity building across the areas of design, social innovation, and cultural heritage management.

The challenge has been participated by many Vietnamese design students, young designers and entrepreneurs who either show interest and credibility in craft-based design or already have experience in running projects in craft and design.

Kim Hoang folk painting rediscovered on Hanoi’s pedestrian street


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A program to learn about the tradition of Kim Hoang folk paintings for children and adults is set to take place from June 15-17 at the Exhibition House at 93 Dinh Tien Hoang Street in Hanoi’s pedestrian street space.

Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities such ascreating traditional folk paintings and masks with the artists from Kim Hoang craft village, and students and lecturers from the Vietnam University of Fine Arts.

Ancient Kim Hoang folk paintings will be also on show at the event. Kim Hoang folk paintings are a famous genre of painting in the northern delta region dating back to the 18th century. The genre has been restored since 2015, after a long period of falling out of use.


Thảo Điền Flea Market at Saigon Outcast


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The Thảo Điền Flea Market will be held at Saigon Outcast from 12 noon to 8pm on June 16 on 188/1 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng Street in HCM City’s District 2. – Photo citynetevents.com


The Thảo Điền Flea Market will be held at Saigon Outcast from 12 noon to 8pm on June 16 on 188/1 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng Street in HCM City’s District 2.

There will be rows of cleverly crafted bits and pieces, unique outfits and accessories, tasty snacks and interesting start-up products.

Entry is VNĐ20,000 with 1 bottle of water or beer included. 

Concert at Manzi


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Manzi will host an experimental concert by four of most beloved artists in Hà Nội’s contemporary music scene on Friday


Manzi will host an experimental concert by four of most beloved artists in Hà Nội’s contemporary music scene on Friday. 

Entitled Playground, the concert questions how a musical collaboration can be a creative process with a lot of fun and surprises in between.

Inspired by childhood imagination, wonder and memories, and with the use of everyday objects including toys and DIY instruments, the performance will allow the artists to construct their own sonic language from simple or unexpected sound sources. 

The artists performing at the concert include Nhung Nguyễn, Hồ Trâm Anh, Vũ Đinh Trọng Thắng and Mathias Rossignol.

The concert will start at 8pm. Manzi is at 14 Phan Huy Ích Street.

Tickets cost VNĐ150,000 per person (money from the surcharge goes toward artists and covers organisational costs.) 

Class on art of breathing


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Wellness expert Dominique Lonchant will conduct a class on the art of breathing on June 20. — Photo cdn.simplesite.com


French wellness expert Dominique Lonchant will conduct a class on the art of breathing at Hà Nội’s Press Club on June 20, from 3pm to 5pm.

Lonchant, is an author and the health and wellness consultant of the Japanese-styled Alba Wellness Resort in Huế. He will reveal his world renowned breathing method to attendees.

For booking and information, call (+84) 904067686. Fee: VNĐ450,000/person including a tea break. 

Hà Nội exhibition honours patriotism emulation movement


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President Hồ visits farmers in the northern province of Hải Dương in 1957. — Photo courtesy of the Hồ Chí Minh Museum


An exhibition highlighting President Hồ Chí Minh’s patriotic emulation movement is on-going at the Presidential Relics site in the Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hà Nội.

The display includes a photo capturing President Hồ checking a newly-harvested gourd in the northern province of Hải Dương – surrounding him, local farmers show happiness while reporting the result of the crop.

More than 200 displayed documents, photos and other exhibits focus on four emulation topics, including the resistance war and state-building period from 1945-1954, building socialism in the North and reunifying the nation between 1954-1975, the goal of “a wealthy people, a strong nation, an equal, democratic and civilised society” under President Hồ Chí Minh Thought, and Military Region 5’s “Determined-to-win” movement.

The exhibition is a confirmation of President Hồ’s great role in initiating, organising, and encouraging the Party, people and military to be active in patriotic emulation movements, contributing to raising troops’ and people’s awareness of emulation in the current revolutionary period, according to Vũ Mạnh Hà, director of the Hồ Chí Minh Museum.

A similar exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of President Hồ’s call for patriotic emulation on June 11, 1948 opened at the Hồ Chí Minh Museum in Hà Nội.

The first part of the exhibition focuses on the 1945-1954 period when the newly established Democratic Republic of Việt Nam faced numerous difficulties, including severe famine, illiteracy and foreign aggression.

In response to President Hồ’s appeal made on June 11, 1948, Vietnamese compatriots and soldiers vied with one another and made significant contributions to the national resistance war against the French.

The second part reflects the emulation activities in the building of socialism in the north  of the country and the struggle for national liberation and reunification in the south during the 1954-1975 period.

The final part of the exhibition recounts the patriotic activities in following Hồ Chí Minh Thought from 1975 up to the present.

The photos on display depict the heroism, self-reliance and self-improvement of every citizen, who has made the best of themselves and joined hands to realise the goals of a wealthy people and a strong country in the new period.

These exhibitions will run until the end of June. 

Reunion Jazz Night at the Artiste School


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Reunion Jazz Night will be held at Artiste School from 7pm to 8pm on June 22 on 81 Trần Quốc Thảo Street in HCM City’s District 3. – Photo citynetevents.com


The Reunion Jazz Night will be held at the Artiste School from 7pm to 8pm on June 22 on 81 Trần Quốc Thảo Street in HCM City’s District 3.

The live show will offer great music and a cozy atmosphere, and will be an experience for old friends and graduates to recall memories over the past 10 years. 


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