(No.1, Vol.7,Feb-Mar 2017 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)
Till 28 February
Urban Sketchers Hanoi is displaying their Hanoi sketches till 28 February at Ca Phe Thu Bay, 3A Ngo Quyen St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi. The exhibition aims to record the heritage, beautiful images and distinct lifestyle of Hanoi.
Shape of my art
Till 5 March
‘Shape of Round’, a painting exhibition by Pham Khac Quang, is on at Goethe-Institut in Hanoi till 5 March. The artworks are created by the method of reduction woodcut. His technique works with multiple colours, but only one printing plate. After printing one colour, the plate is further processed and the next colour is applied so that more and more of the printing plate are removed. With a drilling machine, Quang cuts circular holes into the plate and in this way creates impressive works, some of which are only recognizable from the distance. The exhibition includes portrayals of members in his family and landscapes. It is the result of all the happy and sad moments in his life.
Goethe-Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi.
Pictures for skin
Till 5 March
A series of sketchy animals and portraits is on till 5 March at Ke Quan, 81B Xuan Dieu St, Tay Ho Dist., Hanoi. The drawings are made by Emile Rousseau, a tattoo artist, living in Hanoi. Prints and posters will be available for sale.
Till 19 March
Truong Tien Tra, invites visitors to his ‘Zen’ exhibition to meditate through a series of his oil on canvas paintings that create a sense of peace and serenity. The paintings are simplified the form and colour. By circumventing all pain and obsession with the past, letting go of what does not belong to us, dark hues and disfigured forms of life, people will learn to write their own story. The exhibition is on till 19 March at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi. Free entry.
A night of rock with COCC, others.
Rock bands, including COCC, Empty Space and Squideye from Vietnam, and Spring.Fall. Sea from Thailand, will perform from 7p.m. to 11 p.m. on 26 February at Rec Room, 20th Floor, Hanoi Creative City, 1 Luong Yen St, Hanoi. Ticket: VND150,000
Amor and Yeu
Enjoy French and Vietnamese love songs performed in French style of Jazz Manouche at 8 p.m. 11 March at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi.
Songbird to perform in Hanoi
Tuesday to Sunday’s nights
With its stylish French décor, Le Club is the perfect venue for music lovers in Hanoi. Michele Kaye will perform jazz music every night from Tuesday to Sunday, 8.45 p.m. onwards at the Le Club, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, 15 Ngo Quyen St, Hanoi.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Michele comes from a musical family and she naturally turned to singing at a very early age. Sultry and alluring, Michele’s voice never ceases to captivate her audience. She flawlessly translates the passion of the song, taking the listener on an emotional journey. Her melodies are memorable, as is her stage presence and her ability to connect with her audience. Michele proves herself as a singer and musician by using her extensive vocal capabilities and incredible ear for phrasing and harmony to put her own stamp on every song.
Heaven and Hell
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in February
Star Galaxy introduces to audiences in Hanoi the Ionah Show at 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in February. The show is inspired from the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri and Western mythology. The play elaborately combines many entertainment art styles with visual art including circus, dance, hip-hop, sound effects and lights.
Ticket: VND750,000 to VND950,000
Star Galaxy, 87 Lang Ha St, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi
World cuisine and civilization
Hanoi Culture & Food Festival will take place in March at Ly Thai To Flower Garden, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi. There will be more than 50 food stalls from Vietnam and International countries introducing their specialties and culture. Also, there will be art performances and traditional music.
A rose by any other name
‘Bulgaria Rose Festival and Friend’ will be held for the first time at Thong Nhat Park, Le Duan St, Hanoi from 3-8 March. Visitors will have a chance to admire the beauty of over 300 kinds of roses. Also, the festival has a carnival decorated with roses, a music festival performed by Bulgarian and Vietnamese artists, food zones with specialties from Bulgaria, the beauty contest ‘The Queen of Rose’ and a wide range of souvenirs made from essential rose oil. The Bulgaria is one of the most remarkable events in Bulgaria, attracting thousands of tourists.
The Tay Ho Temple Festival in honour of Princess Lieu Hanh, the Holy Mother, will be held at Quang An Ward, Tay Ho Dist., Hanoi, on the 3rd day of the third lunar month every year (30 March, 2017). The festival includes a palanquin procession from Tay Ho Temple along Yen Phu, Co Ngu, Quan Thanh and Hang Dau streets, stopping at Nghia Lap Temple before returning to Tay Ho Temple. The festival highlight is a chau van singing contest.
Snake village party
17 to 19 April
Le Mat Village Festival takes place from the 21th to 23th of the third lunar month (17 to 19 April, 2017) at the village in Viet Hung Ward, Long Bien Dist., Hanoi, to commemorate Mr Hoang Duc Trung, who won merit by taking poor people from Le Mat to the capital to reclaim wasteland and build 13 barracks to the west of Thang Long Citadel. The festival involves a water procession from the village well, catching fish and offering them to the gods, feasts and processions. Le Mat Village is well-known for its traditional craft of catching and raising snakes.
Tay Phuong Pagoda Festival is held on the 5th day of the third lunar month (1 April, 2017) at Tay Phuong Pagoda, Thach Xa Ward, Thach That Dist, Hanoi. Visitors have a chance to learn about the value of the pagoda, recognized as a special national relic, and its 34 ancient statues, one of Vietnam’s national treasures. The pagoda is notable for its Le Dynasty architecture and woodwork, and the festival involves Buddhist rituals and ceremonies to confer blessings and good fortune. Other activities include puppets, tug-of-war, cock fighting, human chess and wrestling.
QUANG NAM PROVINCE
Festival for Mother
9 March, 2017
Ba (Lady) Thu Bon, the female spirit considered the Mother of Quang Nam Province, will be honoured by a festival held at Duy Tan Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province, from the 12nd second lunar month (9 March). The celebrations include boat races, a palanquin procession and folk games.
Goddess of compassion
14 to 16 March
Quan Yin Festival is one of the biggest events of the year, attracting thousands of visitors to Danang in the aim of praying for the country. The festival is held from the days 16th, 17th and 18th of second lunar month every year at Quan The Am Pagoda, Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son Dist., Danang. This year, it falls from 14 to 16 March. It includes two parts: Buddhism rituals and festivals with a lot of fun activities such as traditional games, folk songs, calligraphy, chess contest, floating lanterns and cooking vegetarian food.
King of the Ballroom Dances
Every Saturday night
There will be a ‘Tango Night’ from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Saturday at Top Bar at the A la carte Danang Beach, 200 Vo Nguyen Giap St, Danang. Also, the bar offers ‘Buy 1 get 1 cocktail and beer free’.
BA RIA - VUNG TAU PROVINCE
Our Lady of the Sea
7 to 9 March
Dinh Co Festival is one of the biggest events for the fishermen living on the southern coast of Vietnam. The festival includes the ritual of worshipping Sea Gods and the ritual of worshipping of the Mother Goddess. Every year it is held from the 10th to 12th of the second lunar month (7 to 9 March, 2017) at Dinh Co Temple located on the side of Thuy Van Mountain, Long Hai Town, Long Dien Dist., Baria-Vung Tau Province. The temple was built to honour ‘Co’ who believed in protecting the villagers. There are many activities in the festival, including rituals of welcoming Sea Gods from the ocean, traditional art performances, and lion and dragon dances.
HO CHI MINH CITY
Two for Hanoi
World-famous Jazz guitarist Nguyen Le will launch his new album ‘Hanoi Duo’ accompanied by talented musician Ngo Hong Quang at 8 p.m. at Idecaf, 28 Le Thanh Ton St, Dist.1, HCMC. This album is inspired by Vietnamese contemporary music, which is a genre of colourful, multiple styles, upbeat, sensitive and very intelligent.
Till 20 May, 2017
Come to Saigon Soul Pool Party every Saturday till 20 May, 2017 at the largest pool in Saigon of New World Hotel. The party has beverages and mouth-watering dishes. Also, the atmosphere will be stirred up with world-class DJs.
New World Saigon Hotel, 76 Le Lai St, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Ticket: VND150,000