Vietnam Heritage August - September 2017 (Events)

(No.4, Vol.7,Aug-Sep 2017 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)


In real life
Till 27 August

Computer games are not only for entertainment, but also an art, which transport real-world references, meanings and ideologies and can therefore be political and social media, in a positive, educational or ensnaring, propaganda manner. So, from 2016 to 2019, the Goethe-Institut presents the exhibition ‘Games and Realities’ in 49 cities around the world to exam how computer games unfold their political potential.
Games and Realities presents 18 playable games that cover a wide range of social and political topics. In addition to trying out the games, visitors can view a short introductory film about the exhibition and mini-documentaries about the games.
The exhibition is on till 27 August at the Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi. Open: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ethnic photos
Till 1 October

Retrace Réhahn Croquevielle ‘s steps in remote villages, to discover the fascinating diversity of Vietnam’s tribes through his selection of 35 photographs, which is displayed at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology till 1 October.
Réhahn met 45 of the 54 tribes and took portraits of those who carry century-old traditions that compose the rich diversity of Vietnam ethnic culture.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen St, Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi
Ticket: VND40,000. Open: 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 pm, closed Mondays.

The art of kings
Till 30 November
Nearly 100 documents and objects dating from the Le and Nguyen dynasties (from 17th to the early of 20th century), the development stage of lacquering and gilding industry, are displayed at the Vietnam National Museum of History till 30 November. The objects selected for display are quite rich and varied with unique decorative patterns.
Vietnam National Museum of History, 1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi.
Ticket: VND40,000. Open: 8 a.m. to noon and 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on every first Monday of the month.

Music of the night
18 August

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, music nights tribute to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber will be held at 8 p.m. on 18 August at the Vui Studio, 3C Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi.
Free entry.

Hear a tree falling in the forest
13 August
A music night ‘Hidden Beat’ Vol. 02 by the multi-talented artist Stanford Reid from New York,  will be on at 8 p.m. 13 August at Heritage Space, Dolphin Plaza, 6 Nguyen Hoang St, My Dinh 2 District, Hanoi.
Ticket: VND80,000 to VND120,000

Nuit de musique
19 August
French classical symphonies will be performed by French pianist Jean-Louis Haguenauer and international and Vietnamese artists at 8 p.m. 19 August at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi. The show includes pieces music of Ernest Chausson, Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy.
Ticket: VND250,000

Inside Out
19, 22, 24, 29 and 31 August
‘Iohna’ is an entertainment show featuring a perfect balance of dance, circus, music and theatrical arts. Each character in the show has an unique portrayal and sophisticated costume which causes a memorable visual impression associating with light effects and movements.
The show is on at 8 p.m. 19, 22, 24, 29 and 31 August at Star Galaxy Theatre, 87 Lang Ha St, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi.
Ticket: VND750,000 to VND950,000

Oh, what a feeling!
25 and 26 August
‘Toyota Concert Tour 2017’ will be staged at 8 p.m. 25 and 26 August at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. The show has the participation of conductor HonnaTetsuji, pianist Nguyen Viet Trung and artists from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets: From VND300,000 to VND700,000, available at Hanoi Opera House or book online at ticketvn.com

Kid guitar hero
26 August
Sungha Jung, a master guitar since the age of 5, will perform ‘fingerstyle guitar’ at 8 p.m. 26 August at the Youth Theatre of Vietnam in Hanoi. Sungha Jung was known as a ‘Korean guitar prodigy’ and became very famous, especially on Youtube with over 991 million views and over 3 million subscribers in 2015.
Youth Theatre of Vietnam, 11 Ngo Thi Nham St, Hanoi
Ticket: VND600,000 to VND1,600,000

Storytelling contest
16 August
Hanoi Slam is a story-telling contest involving contestants telling true stories relating to a set theme in a competitive format. The stories must be told live, without notes over a six-minute period. The topic is ‘Family Stories’ can be about any family members, however, somehow also relate to the story teller.
The event is on 7.30 p.m. 16 August at Den Café, 49 Yen Phu Village, Hanoi.
Ticket: VND100,000 with all proceeds going to the Blossom House for girls at Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam.


Trippy art
Till 15 August
Salon Saigon is running an exhibition ‘Then I can turn the world upside down’ till 15 August. It brings together the artworks of five Vietnam-based contemporary artists, including Le Hoang Bich Phuong, Mai Hoang, Nguyen Manh Hung, Florian Nguyen and Hoang Nam Viet. With their ink and paper, the artists create visions of hidden beauty and reinterpretations of the world, revealing quasi-hallucinatory perspectives on an otherwise too familiar landscape.
Salon Saigon, 6D Ngo Thoi Nhiem St, Ward 7, Dist.3, HCM. Open every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and other days by appointment.

A picture is forever
Till 22 August
‘The Picture Will Still Exist’ is displaying photographs, paintings and video by eight established and emerging Vietnamese artists till 22 August at the Dia Projects. The exhibition shows that how diversely artists can treat photography – metaphorically and physically. It hopes to bring the viewers distinct and poetic worldviews from limitless extension of photography in particular and visual arts in general.
Dia Projects, 2rd Floor, 103 Dong Khoi St, Dist.1, HCMC. Open: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From 26 August to 9 September

A group exhibition ‘Future Bodies of Asia’ will be organized from 26 August to 9 September at the Salon Saigon. The exhibition features video, installations and performances by three artists from Japan including Off-Nibroll, Fuyuki Yamakawa and Atsuhiro Ito.
Salon Saigon, 6D Ngo ThoiNhiem St, Ward 7, Dist.3, HCM. Open every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and other days by appointment.

The Sound of Fall
19 August to 27 August
Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera will hold the ‘Autumn Melodies 2017’ from 19 to 27 August at the HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Dist.1, HCMC.

Kid guitar hero
27 August

Sungha Jung, a master guitar since the age of 5, will perform ‘fingerstyle guitar’ at 8 p.m. 27 August at the HCMC Conservatory of Music in HCMC, 112 Nguyen Du St, Dist.1, HCMC.
Ticket: VND600,000 to VND1,600,000


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