(No.2, Vol.3, Mar 2013 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)
Chèo singing performances
Chèo, a kind of popular opera – traditional music, is shown at 8 p.m. every Friday at The Vietnam Popular Opera Theater, Mai Dich St, Cau Giay Dist, Hanoi. English interpretation offered.
Price: VND150,000 per person. Tel: (04) 3764-8079/ 0904549-579 (Ms Ngoan).
‘The miniature of the space’
Until 18 March
Vu Kim Thu combines giấy xuyên chỉ, a kind of Vietnamese traditional paper with washi paper, a kind of Japanese traditional paper, to create three-dimensional maps. These miniatures highlight the contradiction between the serenity of the mountains, rivers, trees and a Japanese village and the excitement and chaos of Hanoi, which marks its buildings, its people, its circulation and its perpetual motion. The exhibition will be free and last until 18 March at L’Espace Exhibition Hall, 24 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi; tel: (04) 3936-2164.
Japanese take on
Until 31 March
An exhibition by Japanese artist Nishimoto Natsuko is on at at the restaurant Luna d’Autunno, 78 Tho Nhuom, Hanoi, tel: (04) 3823 7338. She uses traditional Vietnamese lacquer in her paintings. Open: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Something fresh at the Denmark embassy
Until 3 June
An exhibition of paintings is on at the Denmark embassy until 3 June. Nine paintings of eight talented Vietnamese artists have been selected from 100 paintings from around Vietnam, showing the trend in contemporary fine art in Vietnam towards modernization and globalization. Free entrance. Open: 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday); 8.30 a.m.-2.30 p.m. (Friday). Denmark Embassy, 19 Dien Bien Phu St., Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi. Tel: (04) 3823- 1888. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Painting exhibition ‘Dance of leaves’
From 7 March to 7 May
A painting exhibition entitled ‘Dance of leaves’, by the artist Le Dac Trung, is being shown in the lobby of Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Hotel until 7 May. This is the first exhibition of leaf paintings held in Vietnam, presenting 20 selected works of hidden charming aspects of Vietnamese daily life. Open: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (everyday)
Sofitel Plaza Hanoi: 1 Thanh Nien St, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi
Tel: (04) 3823-8888. Email: H3553email@example.com.
‘Historic Hanoi: A 3D
Journey back in Time’
An exhibition entitled ‘Historic Hanoi: A 3D Journey back in Time’ is on display at Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi until the end of 2013. The exhibition features over a hundred 3D images of vibrant Hanoi through the times. Images are on display daily from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the hotel’s courtyard. Entrance is free. Contact: Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi, 29 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi; Tel: (04) 6282-5555.
Buddhism culture heritage’
Until 31 August
The Vietnam National Museum of History will show the exhibition ‘Vietnam’s Buddhism culture heritage’ for six months, until 30 August, at 25 Tong Dan St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi. There are 200 documents, objects of worship, paintings and Buddhist statues, featuring Vietnamese history and the development of Buddhism in Vietnam. A Canh Thinh bronze drum from theTay Son Dynasty, a nationally-recognized treasure, is also displayed. Open: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Ticket price: VND20,000. Tel: (04) 3825-2853.
‘Japanese Traditional Dolls’ Exhibition
7 to 31 March
In celebration of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Year 2013, Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and Vietnamese Women’s Museum hold the exhibition ‘Japanese Traditional Dolls’ in Hanoi from 7 to 31 March, 2013 featuring over 250 Japanese dolls in total at the two venues. These dolls are Edo-Kimekomi Dolls, warrior dolls and female dolls dressed in kimonos, dolls depicting characters from traditional Japanese performing arts like Noh and Kabuki, Hakata dolls or clay dolls and Kokeshi dolls with their unique characters.
Vietnamese Women’s Museum, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Hoan Kiem Dist. Hanoi; tel: (04) 3825-9936; Open hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi; tel: (04) 3944-7419; Open hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Exhibition ‘Lập Lòe’
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until 21 March
A video installation entitled ‘Lập Lòe’ by Tran Luong is on display daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Goethe Institut. The artist is one of the first Vietnamese artists who experiments with installation, performance and video art, to the audience in Hanoi. ‘Lap Loe’ belongs to the interactive performance series ‘Red Scarf/Welts’ which has already been exhibited in Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Shanghai – China, Seoul – Korea, Solo – Indonesia, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam and Singapore. This art work was inspired by the red scarf that pupils in Vietnam, as well as other countries, wear over their shoulders and expresses the artist’s concern about daily life and historical matters. Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi; tel: (04) 3734-2251.
Until 30 April
Tuesday to Sunday, until 30 April, American Jazz Diva Tabitha King will perform at Le Club, Metropole Hanoi Hotel. A glamorous woman with a distinctive voice, perfect intonation, and ineffable swing, Tabitha’s soothing, sultry sound has mesmerised audiences around the world. Enthralling audiences with her performances has long been her passion. Contact: Metropole Hotel, 15 Ngo Quyen St, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi; tel: (04) 3826 6919.
Two nights of fine Western culture
13 and 14 March
‘Spring Gala Opera and Classical Ballet’ with conductor Nguyen Thieu Hoa and artists from the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet will take place at 8 p.m. on 13 and 14 March at the Hanoi Opera House. The events include works by Tchaikovsky, J.Strauss, G.Verdi, W.Mozart, Puccini and Grieg. Attendees will enjoy a polonaise from the opera ‘Evgeny Onegin’, the overture ‘Die Fledermaus’, Gilda’s aria from ‘Rigoletto’, Papageno’s aria from ‘The Magic Flute’, Musetta’s aria from opera ‘La Boheme’, Rodolpho’s aria from ‘La Boheme’, Quarter ‘Bella Figlia Dell Amore’ from ‘Rigoletto’, Pa de deux from ‘The Nutcracker’ and the classical ballet ‘Swan Lake’. Tickets: VND200,000 to VND600,000 are available at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, tel:(04) 3933-0113 or www.ticketvn.com. For free delivery call 091348-9858, 098306-7996.
15 and 16 March
The Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra will hold Subscription Concert Vol.58 ‘Brahms Cycle’ at 8 p.m. on 15 and 16 March at Hanoi Opera House, with conductor Honna Tetsuji, violinist Takagi Kazuhiro and cellist Ngo Hong Quan. The programme features music of Johannes Brahms, including Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra and Symphony No.3. Tickets: VND200,000 to VND500,000 are available at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, tel:(04) 3933-0113 or can book over www.ticketvn.com. For free delivery, call 091348-9858, 098306-7996.
29 and 30 March
The Yuzuru opera, composed in 1951 by Ikuma Dan, based on the play of the same name written in 1949 by Junji Kinoshita, will be performed at 8 p.m. on 29 and 30 March at Hanoi Opera House. The performance will include the participation of Japanese artists, including opera soprano singer Ieda Noriko and male tenor singer Mochiki Hiroshi, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Honna Tetsuji, the Hanoi Children’s Cultural Palace choir, and dancers from Youth Theatre in Hanoi.
Tickets from VND100,000 to VND250,000 are available at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, tel:(04) 3933-0113 or can book at www.ticketvn.com. For free delivery, call 091348-9858, 098306-7996.
12 to 17 April
The annual Phu Day festival is going to be held from 12 to 17 April (western calendar) on Kim Thai commune, Vu Bau district, Nam Dinh province, about 100 km from Hanoi. Phu Day is the centre of the cult of Princess Lieu Hanh. In popular tradition, the princess is honoured as the Holy Mother, one of the four immortal Vietnamese heroes. The others are Tan Vien, who guards against floods; Giong, a legendary three-year old boy who became a national hero in the struggle against foreign invaders; and Chu Dong Tu, in his time a living example of hard work building a happy and prosperous life despite early poverty. The main ceremonies of the Phu Day festival are the Holy Mother procession and a display of Chinese characters. Other highlights include a wrestling competition, cock-fighting, human chess and performances of chau van. The Phu Day area has 19 temples and pagodas over 3 km.
Foundation of the nation
13 to 19 April
One of the nation’s biggest festivals, established to honour the Hung Kings, who founded Van Lang, predecessor of modern Vietnam, is the Hung Temple Festival which takes place from 13 to 19 April at Nghia Linh Mountain, Hy Cuong Commune, Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province, about 95km from Hanoi. At the same time, ritual ceremonies will be held at Hung Temples in Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and other provinces. The festival, called Viet Tri, features incense offerings, xoan and ca tru songs, bronze-drum dancing, bamboo swings and nem con (throwing a sacred ball through a ring).
Laguna Lang Co Triathlon 2013
Laguna Lang Co Triathlon 2013 will take place on 14 April at Laguna Lang Co Integrated Resort, Cu Du Village, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien Hue Province. The triathlon race will comprise a 1.8 km swim, a 62 km bike ride and a 12 km run. There will also be a duathlon consisting a 6 km run, a 62 km bike ride and a 12 km run. The race will be open to amateurs, and will also feature a group of professional athletes. Register: until 7 April 2013. Fee: $150 per person. Inclusive of race belt, swim cap, T-shirt, numbered bag for race gear. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lagunalangcotriathlon.com
Father of folk songs
Diem Village Festival will be held on 17 March at Viem Xa Village, Hoa Long Commune, Yen Phong District, Bac Ninh Province, about 39km northeast of Hanoi. The festival celebrates Vua Ba, founder of quan ho folk songs and folk games.
18 to 20 April
Truong Yen Festival, beginning on 18 April at Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province, about 92km south of Hanoi, honours the kings Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh. The festival’s two most solemn rituals are a water procession and the offering of sacrifices. The festival includes folk games, wrestling, boat races, swings, chau van traditional music, poetry, writing Chinese characters, stick dancing, dragon dancing and and human chess.
The buffalo-sacrifice ceremony is held after the spring harvest on unspecified days in spring (from early February to April of western calendar). The ceremony of the Jarai, Bahnar ethnic minorities takes place over around three days in Dak Lak and Gia Lai and Lam Dong in the Central Highlands. A buffalo is sacrificed to thank the gods, and also to pray for long life for the old people of the village. A strong buffalo is chosen and tied to a wooden pole decorated with animal, bird and human figures. When the day of sacrifice dawns, an act of worship is performed to alert the gods. Gongs are beaten and music is played while people dance around the pole. Then the men try to kill the buffalo with spears. The aim is a good clean kill with the least number of stabs. The buffalo’s snout and lips are cut off and offered to the gods, but the rest is shared around the village.
The soul of trees
Till 13 December, 2013
One hundred works by photographer Nguyen Van Phuoc, also called MPK, are on till 13 December, 2013 at XQ Hand-embroidery Company, 258 Mai Anh Dao St, Dalat, tel: (063) 3831 343. MPK took inspiration from the twisted bark on the surface of pine trees, in which in he saw human faces with emotions such as joy, anger, pain and sorrow. He has already held nearly 30 exhibitions. Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
HO CHI MINH CITY
Bamboo and photos
Till 25 April
A solo exhibition by Phan Quang is on at Sàn Art till 25 April. Phan Quang uses a kind of bamboo and his photos to create an art space called Space/ Limit to express how mass media, cultural myth and customs regarding class affect the way we live our lives. The exhibition is supported by British Council.
Sàn Art, 3 Me Linh, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City; Tel: (08) 3840-0898
9 to 30 March
Tu Do Gallery will hold a solo painting exhibition titled ‘Gifted Colour’ by the late Vietnamese artist Nguyen Xuan Khanh from 9 to 30 March. He is famous for his paintings featuring the beauty of Vietnam landscape. He picks images out of his memory, from places he visited such as fishing villages around Halong Bay, endless rice-fields, the mountainous area of Dalat, the beautiful Mekong Delta and the Vietnamese people. In his own words: ‘My paintings are an ode to show everybody how beautiful the Vietnamese landscapes are.’ He uses an extremely colourful palette in an expressionistic way with rough brushstrokes, and the result is said to be unforgettable.
The exhibition will display 30 of his paintings in oil and water colours.
Tu Do Gallery, 53 Ho Tung Mau St, D.1, HCMC
Nightly performance by Rié Furuse
At 8 p.m. (except Wednesdays) until 30 April
Japanese singer Rié Furuse returns for her second engagement at Park Hyatt Saigon. Growing up in Japan, Rié started her musical repertoire playing piano at the age of 3, and then mastered the flute at 12. Whilst studying for a degree in French Literature at Dokkyo University in Tokyo, she discovered a fascination for Jazz and simultaneously launched her singing career.
After performing in several Jazz clubs in Tokyo, she decided to embark on the international stage by recording her first album in Boston, USA. In 2007, Rié flew to Hawaii to continue her singing career, followed by touring in Singapore and Vietnam at 25. Rié then decided to move to Paris to follow the footsteps of the great jazz giants who cultivated the scene in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. As a result, she created her own musical style, a mix of Contemporary Jazz, Fusion, Funk and Jazz-Pop.
Park Lounge, Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 Lam Son Square, HCMC
Piano Sings 2013
At 8 p.m., 16 March
The Chamber music concert titled ‘Piano Sings’ has been annually held since 2009. This year, the program has the topic ‘Around The World On 88 Keys’ which will depart from Vietnam with ‘5 Variations for piano on the theme of the Vietnamese folk song ‘Beo Dat May Troi’ and ‘travel’ to other countries such as: Japan, Czech, Russia, Spain, England, Germany, Poland, France, Italy and the USA through its famous piano pieces.
The main pianists of Piano Sings 2013 are Thach Thai Do Quyen, Le Thi Minh Trang and Doan Le Thanh Tu.
The program also has the participation of 10 guest Vietnamese and foreign artists, especially Pavel Kushnir, a pianist comes from Russia who has for the first time to come to Vietnam.
The highlight of the concert will be the performance by a 150-member choir and a 40-member children’s choir from B.A.C.H. Music School in Saigon.
Tickets are from VND150.000 - VND400.000, available at the Opera House, Lam Son, D.1, HCMC and B.A.C.H. Music School, tel: (08) 3932-6593.
Priest has illuminating
Until 15 April
400 lamps which were made between the fifth century and the end of 20th century in many countries are on display at Can Tho Museum, 6 Phan Dinh Phung, Can Tho, until 15 April.
Tel: (0710) 381-8075.
The collection belongs to the priest Nguyen Huu Triet in Ho Chi Minh City.
Open: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.