Vietnam Heritage June - July 2017 (Events)

(No.3, Vol.7,Jun-Jul 2017 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)


‘Nature and Nostalgia’

9 June to 23 July

The lacquer painting ‘Nature and Nostalgia’ will be organized from 9 June to 23 July at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi.
The exhibition includes artworks of Dang Thu Huong, Ly Truc Son, and Nguyen Thi Que. They are the first generation of the Vietnamese School of Fine Arts and explored the oriental art of sanded lacquer in the 1990s. The war brought them closer to nature and inspires them with simple subjects: flowers, people, and the countryside. The charm of their works resides in the sparkling of the lacquer and its red, black, silver and gold palette.

Revolutionary Art
Till 12 June

There is an exhibition at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Work Four Room, 24th floor, Packexim Building, lane 15, An Duong Vuong St, Tay Ho Dist., Hanoi, till 12 June. The exhibition displays 18 archival prints of the paintings/posters created between 1969 and 1972 by the late celebrated Cuban Graphic Artist René Mederos and art pieces by five contemporary Vietnamese artists including Le Quy Tong, Nguyen The Son, Nguyen Nghia Cuong, Pham Khac Quang and Giang Nguyen.
In 1969, René Mederos (1933-1996) was sent by the Cuban government to Vietnam to paint scenes of the war in both North and South Vietnam. Mederos travelled with soldiers and villagers along the Hồ Chí Minh Trail, living and working with the Vietnamese community. He returned to Vietnam in 1972, and once again painted images of the Vietnamese resistance. During his two trips to Vietnam, Mederos amassed a collection of over three dozen works of various sizes, depicting the grassroots revolutionary movement of the Vietnamese in vibrant, detailed paintings. Mederos’ work aimed to demonstrate the solidarity that the Cuban people felt for the Vietnamese people, rather than to glorify war. Over the years, his paintings and posters of the war have been displayed by anti-war organisations and in art galleries around the world.

Art from the collective
Till 15 June
Nha San Collective is pleased to introduce the artworks of by Dang Viet Linh (1993), Nguyen Dinh Phuong (1989), Linh Cam (1994), Nguyen Duc Huy (1995) and Nguyen Van Thuy (1982). In the previous one and a half years, this group of young artists have been working directly under the instruction of artist Nguyen Huy An. The exhibition is on till 15 June at 15th Floor, Hanoi Creative Building, 1 Luong Yen St, Hanoi.
This program sets the goal to promote a young, new generation of artists in contemporary arts. Through introducing fresh faces in the art scene, the program aims to reveal a greater variety of concerns and perspectives of life for the public and the art community.

A place for children and children-at-heart
Till 30 June
‘Fantitastisch’, by six artists from the Art Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt, is on 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. till 30 June at the Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi.
The artists have set themselves the task of designing beautiful and useful objects for young explorers. Child-sized furniture, including bookshelves, tables and stools invite kids to paint, draw and play. They can make their own stuffed animals and textile products by hand; a backpack can be turned into a toy; those who prefer can make themselves comfortable in the cosy reading corner.
With this exhibition, the Goethe Institute wants to promote an understanding of education that promotes creativity and artistic discovery. Children and adults are playfully introduced to the works and products of the artists to help them shape a space for their own creativity.

Arto Italiano
Till 2 August

On an occasion of the 71st Anniversary of the Italian Republic, the Embassy of Italy in Hanoi and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, are glad to present – for the first time ever in Asia – the exhibition ‘Raffaello: opera omnia’ till 2 August at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen St, Cau Giay Dist, Hanoi. Ticket: VND40,000. Opening hours: 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
The exhibition includes 35 digital artworks of one of the most prominent Italian painters of the XV-XVI century: Raffaello Sanzio. Visitors will be taken along a journey of celebrated harmony of colors, lines and characters belonging to different eras and worlds and through the unique refined beauty that made the Italian Renaissance renowned worldwide.

Hanoi gets ‘Swagger’
11 June
The contemporary dance – hip hop ‘In the Middle’ by Swaggers will be showed at 8 p.m. on 11 June at the Youth Theatre, 11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hanoi. Ticket: VND100,000 to VND450,000.
The show is choreographed by Marion Mottin and displays all expressive possibilities of the body, as well as the feelings and emotions of the dancers. Seven female hip hop dancers of Swaggers with elegant and sensual dance moves will bring a journey of finding the inner balance that we seem to have forgotten.

‘The Journey of Music’
9 June
Concert ‘The Journey of Music’ with conductor Igor Sarmientos will be shown at 8 p.m. 9 June at the Ho Chi Minh Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City. Tickets: VND200,000 to VND550,000.
This will be the Vietnam premiere, which has the special melodies from Latin American by Jorge Sarmientos, Dimitri Shostakovich, Alberto Ginastera and Alfredo Rugeles.
The concert will have the participation of Russian pianist, Igor Chystokletov, who won a remarkable prize at the Lom Music Festival in Bulgaria in 1988.

Hanoi Rocks
24 June
The International Music Festival will be held at 4.30 on 24 June at the L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi. The event will start with three talented groups from Hanoi, including ‘HUB’, ‘Xanh 8 1’ and ‘B52’, who will feature original pop-rock compositions in Vietnamese. Then, Puzzle, a well-known Franco-Vietnamese band from Hanoi, will perform songs from the French-language repertoire. Free entry.


1,000 paper cranes

9 June
A hip hop night, ‘Sadako’, will be performed at 8 p.m. 9 June at Idecaf, 28 Le Thanh Ton St, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City. Ticket: VND150,000 to VND200,000.
With ‘Sadako’, Valentine Nagata-Ramos revives a Japanese tragedy. According to one legend, anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will see his wish fulfilled. Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the atomic bomb of Hiroshima, was only able to make 644 origamis before being swept away by her leukemia at the age of 12 and buried by his classmates with the remaining 356 cranes that they folded for her.
This piece is an opportunity for the French-Japanese dancer to make a journey into her mixed origins by combining hip hop and Japanese dance theatrical art of butoh, and to invite audiences to accompany her again on the tortuous path of childhood, between pain and hope.

HCMC gets ‘Swagger’
10 June

The contemporary dance – hip hop ‘In the Middle’ by Swaggers will be showed at 8 p.m. on 10 June at Ho Chi Minh Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist.1, HCMC. Ticket: VND100,000 to VND450,000. For more information please see Hanoi section.

‘Night Lullaby’
17 June
A contemporary dance, ‘Night Lullaby’ will be held at 8 p.m. 17 June at the Ho Chi Minh Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City. Tickets: VND200, 000 to VND550, 000.
The show is choreographed by Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung who are well known for many successful contemporary dance works in recent years. Their works always impress with the emphasis on thinking and the intricate interior of man in modern life.
This time, Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung will combine with dancer-choreographer Sung A Lung, who won the Gold Medal at the ‘Young Talent Choreographer Competition’ in 2016.

The music will be composed by Tran Vuong Thach, who famous for writing in dance and movie scores.


The Magical Flute
30 June and 1 July
The famous opera ‘The Magic Flute’ by the great composer W.A.Mozart will be back to the stage again at 8 p.m. 30 June and 1 July at the Ho Chi Minh Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City. Ticket: VND400,000 to VND800,000.
The play has the performances of director David Hermann, conductor Tran Nhat Minh and artists from HBSO Opera, Ballet and Symphony Orchestra.

Keep your cool
Till 24 June

Saigon Soul Pool Party is an ideal place in Ho Chi Minh City to beat the heat. The party runs every Saturday till 24 June at New World Hotel, 76 Le Lai St, Ben Thanh Ward, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City. Ticket: VND150,000
A wide range of beverage and mouth-watering dishes is waiting for you. Also, the performance of world-class DJs will be on hand.


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