Upcoming Events in Hanoi & HCMC

Last update: 17:06 | 18/01/2018

French Centre to host show of traditional music


The show will gather leading traditional artists from Huế and Hà Nội. — Photo courtesy of organisers

Traditional vocal art lovers will get the opportunity to enjoy melodies of the central and northern regions at a show hosted by the French Culture Centre (L’Espace) on January 20.

The show is dubbed “Ai Vô Xứ Huế, Ai Ra Bắc Thành” (Who Comes to Huế, Who to Bắc Thành), a sentence from the lyric of ancient northern folk chamber music art implying the harmony between two region’s traditional music. It will highlight the traditional music of Huế [nhã nhạc (royal music) and ca Huế (folk music)] and Hà Nội [chèo (traditional opera), ca trù (chamber music) and xẩm (music performed by buskers)].

Huế’s royal music and Hà Nội’s chamber music have been recognised as the world’s intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

The musical stories will be narrated by popular artistes such as Thanh Tâm, who grew up in a royal music troupe under King Bảo Đại’s reign (1949-1955), and Thanh Hoài, Xuân Hoạch and Trần Thảo from Hà Nội.

The show will bring together other veteran artistes such as Mẫn Thu and Minh Gái of tuồng (classical drama), Thúy Ngần of chèo (traditional opera) and Kim Liên specialising in chầu văn (folk music combining trance singing and dancing).

The show will start at 8pm. Tickets are available at the French Culture Centre, 24 Tràng Tiền Street. Prices range from VNĐ100,000-VNĐ210,000 for members and students.

Inner Mongolia artists perform in Hà Nội and Nam Định


A traditional art troupe from Inner Mongolia will perform in Hà Nội and Nam Định City from January 19 to 21. — Photo

Twenty-eight artists from Inner Mongolia Erenhot Traditional Art Troupe will perform in Hà Nội and Nam Định from January 19 to 21.

Founded in 1961, the troupe has made great efforts in creating quality shows featuring grassland culture. Over the years, the troupe has produced 10,000 performances which promote culture and art exchange between Inner Mongolia and other countries like Russia.

This event marks the first time the troupe has performed in Việt Nam to celebrate the 68th anniversary of relations between Việt Nam and China. The show will feature dances, songs and performances in traditional costumes.

The dances include bowl and horse dances. The folk songs will be performed by artists who will showcase the traditional khoomei, or throat-singing. The musicians will bring alive the magic of the grasslands and the mountains.

The shows will begin at 8pm and 12pm on January 19 & 20 at Hà Nội Opera House at No 1 Tràng Tiền Street and at Việt Nam-China Friendship Palace at 188 Lê Quang Đạo Street. In Nam Định, the show will kick off at 8pm on January 21, at February 3 Cultural Centre at 155 Nguyễn Du Street.

Chicago DJ for Lighthouse


Chicago-based techno DJ Karsten Sollors will perform at The Lighthouse on January 27. — Photo from the artist’s Facebook page

Chicago-based techno DJ Karsten Sollors will perform at The Lighthouse on January 27.

Sollors has released several singles and extended plays (EP), and performed at several festivals in North America. The show will feature resident DJs B.A.X and 1DAN.

The event begins at 9pm at 104 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa Street in District 1. Entrance is free before 10pm and VNĐ100,000 after 10pm.

RMIT hosts Australia Day


The Australian Consulate General in HCM City will host its annual Australia Day event on January 28 at RMIT Saigon South Campus in District 7. — Photo courtesy of the organiser

The Australian Consulate General in HCM City will host its annual Australia Day community event on January 28 at the RMIT Saigon South Campus in District 7.

The event will include popular Australian sports and games, such as Zorb-ball soccer, rugby, a bouncy castle, face painting for adults and kids, and musical performances by students from the Australian International School, International School HCM City and RMIT.

Local leading restaurants and Australian chefs will serve classic Aussie dishes for visitors

The event will run from 1pm-6pm at 702 Nguyễn Văn Linh Street in District 7.

Tickets, costing VNĐ250,000 for adults and VNĐ150,000 for children under 12, can be purchased at Caravelle Saigon Hotel in District 1, Mekong Merchant in District 2, and Meatworks Butchery in District 7.

Saigon Outcast to host Tết market


Saigon Outcast will host a Tết Market on January 27-28. — Photo from the organiser’s Facebook page

The Outcast Tết Market will be held at Saigon Outcast on January 27-28. The market will offer a wide range of art works, accessories, clothes, flowers, plants and ornaments. Homemade food, snacks and healthy products will be included.

The word Outcast has been borrowed from the name of a well known bar.

The market will feature craft workshops and activities for families and live entertainment performances.

The venue is at 188/1 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng Street in District 2. Entrance fee is VNĐ20,000.

A night of jazz and blues at Cool Cats Club


Come to enjoy a night featuring beatutiful jazz and blues tunes at Cool Cats Jazz Club on Saturday.

From its roots in the traditional music of West Africa, to the golden era of the electric Chicago sound and beyond, blues has been a fixture of the world’s music scene for more than a century. Come to enjoy a night filled with those beautiful tunes at Cool Cats Jazz Club – JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi on Saturday.

The Cool Cats Club’s art director, Joshua Lebofsky – a talented Canadian composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has performed at numerous international music and jazz festivals—and the band will play the best of blues during the night.

The night will last from 7pm until 12pm. JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi is at 8 Đỗ Đức Dục Road, Mễ Trì, South Từ Liêm District.

FVH to screen ’Lost and Found’


Actor Đức Khuê as mathematics teacher Thắng in the movie Của Rơi (Lost and Found) by director Vương Đức.

The Friends of Vietnam Heritage will host a film night on January 25, presenting the movie Của Rơi (Lost and Found) by director Vương Đức.

The film is one of the few features exploring the topic of the aspirations and hopes of youth in the early days of Việt Nam’s development.

Released in 2002, the story centers on a mathematics teacher – a kind and helpful man whose naivete causes him many troubles in life. With humour and bitterness, the film raises big questions about the role and behaviour of intellectuals in society. The cleverness of scriptwriter Nguyễn Việt Hà combined with director Đức’s special staging techniques resulted in an interesting and much-acclaimed film. The movie also portrays the beautiful scenery and life in Hà Nội nearly 20 years ago.

The movie won the Silver Kite Award given by the Việt Nam Cinematography Association in 2002.

The screening on January 25 will take place at the Việt Nam Feature Films Studio (VFS), 4 Thụy Khuê Street, Tây Hồ District, from 7.30-9pm. The movie will be presented in Vietnamese with English subtitle.

Donation: VNĐ150,000. Limit: 50 people. Register by emailling to

Exhibition on famous children’s book


Cover of the book Dế Mèn Phiêu Lưu Ký (Adventures of a Cricket) by Tô Hoài. VCCA will host an exhibition dedicated to this much-loved Vietnamese children’s book.

An exhibition honouring the most well-known Vietnamese children’s book Dế Mèn Phiêu Lưu Ký (Adventures of a Cricket) by late writer Tô Hoài (1920-2014) will open to the public from Saturday evening.

Tô Hoài, winner of the Hồ Chí Minh Prize for Literature in 1996, wrote the first version of Dế Mèn Phiêu Lưu Ký in 1941 when he was 18. One year later, it was released after the author created more fictional characters.

The 195-page children’s book is about the adventures of a cricket that leaves his nest to travel and discover the world. He learns new things and experiences with the help of many insects and animals.

Dế Mèn Phiêu Lưu Ký has been translated into 37 languages, including English, French, Thai and Russian.

According to a press release issued by the organiser, the Vincom Centre for Contemporary Art (VCCA), the exhibition, which is entitled Diary of a Cricket – Touch the World, will offer visitors a fresh experience about the old book.

Alongside 3D pop-up models depicting the cricket’s marvelous adventure, big statues of the main character and his insect and animal friends will also be on display.

A collection of the author’s first draft as well as several illustrations of the books by different artists will be among the items at the exhibition.

After the launch on Saturday, the exhibition will open from Tuesday through Sunday, from 10am-8pm, until March 25. The VCCA is at Level B1, Block R3, Vincom Megamall Royal City, 72 Nguyễn Trãi Road, Thanh Xuân District.


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