Vietnam Heritage February - March 2018 (Events)

(No.1, Vol.8,Feb -March Vietnam Heritage Magazine)


The Art of Writing
9 to 22 February

The Calligraphy Fair will take place from 9 to 22 February, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Temple of Literature, 58 Quoc Tu Giam St, Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi. The event includes a calligraphy demonstration, hands-on experience of Vietnam’s traditional crafts, folk games and cultural activities.

New Year Paintings
Till 25 February
More than 80 paintings, diversified in style, materials and themes to celebrate Lunar New Year are on at Vicas Art Studio till 25 February. Also, there are paintings for sale at reasonable price.
Vicas Art Studio, 32 Hao Nam St, Hanoi.

Whatever For
Till 27 February
The exhibition named ‘Du & Doi’ by artists Ngo Xuan Binh and Le Van Thin is on Hanoi Museum till 27 February. The event includes more than 300 artworks created with various media: lacquer, oil, dó paper and mixed media.
The exhibition focuses on the mental concept of traditionality and modernity with an aim to realize that the world has always been miraculous, loving and brand-new.
Hanoi Museum, Pham Hung St, Nam Tu Liem Dist, Hanoi.

Interactive Arts
Till 11 March
‘Augmented Reality Exhibition Joy’ by 12 artists in the field of illustration, typography, directing, and GIF will be held at L’Espace till 11 March. The exhibited artworks will become more lively when viewed via a mobile application. A fun and poetic experience where audiences travel with craft and digital artworks, paper and screen, silence and sound.
L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. Free entry.

History Comes Alive

Every evening except Tuesday

The Quintessence of Tonkin, the latest tourism product from Tuan Chau Hanoi Joint Stock Company, a member of Tuan Chau Group, will be launched every evening except Tuesday, 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m, Baara Land Entertainment Complex, Da Phuc Village, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi. The site is approximately 40 minutes by car from central Hanoi with shuttle bus service on offer.
The show will bring spectators a chance to explore Vietnamese history and culture form a contemporary perspective, with over 200 performers, an interactive stage, and state-of-the-art technology. It highlights compelling elements of Vietnamese culture but presents them in modern and innovative ways.
The show draws inspiration from the spiritual history of the nearby Thay Pagoda, telling the story of the pagoda’s founding by venerable monk Tu Dao Hanh, and explains the ancient union between religion and the monarchy.
Tickets range from VND800,000 to VND1,200,000.


The History of Tet
Till 27 February
Celebrations of Vietnam’s New Year (Tết) is on till 27 February, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, 19C Hoang Dieu St, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi. Ticket: VND30,000.
This is where children get to know more about the traditional New Year holiday through archives of the French museum Albert Kahn, and wood carvings by Henri Oger that depict traditional Tết rituals and ceremonies. They can also enjoy traditional games and performances, and traditional paintings of different genres such as Dong Ho, Hang Trong, Kim Hoang. Several other rituals, ceremonies and cultural performances will also take place.

Heaven’s Kitchen serves up a grand festival
Till Apr­il

The Huong Pagoda festival (at Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, Ha Tay Province, 60 km from Hanoi), is Vietnam’s longest-running festival. It starts in February and lasts until late April. Every year, tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors come to petition the gods for luck, wealth and happiness in the numerous pagodas scattered around a mountainous area. A visit to the pagoda includes a boat ride through winding streams and hours of mountain-climbing. The main pagoda, Thien Tru (Heaven’s Kitchen), was built in 1686. The most popular destination is Huong Tich Cave, which contains a great many altars honouring a variety of deities. There will be crowds of people and hawkers in the pagoda; beware of scams such as over-priced drinks and demands for big tips from the boatwomen.

Festival for Mother

28 March
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, 28 March. The celebrations include boat races, a palanquin procession and folk games.

Danang Festival
2 to 4 April
The Quan The Am Festival will be held at Quan The Am Pagoda at the foot of Kim Son Mountain belonging to Ngu Hanh Son mountain chain at Son Thuy Commune, Hoa Hai Ward, Hoa Vang District, 8 km from the centre of Danang City. The festival consists of a religious ceremony featuring flower offerings and prayers, and cultural activities such as performances of folk songs and classical opera, games of chess, music, painting, carving, a lion dance, and lanterns on the Truong Giang River. The festival takes place from 2 to 4 April.


Sea Gods Festival

26 to 28 March
Dinh Co Festival is one of the big events of the fishermen living on the Southern coast of Vietnam. The festival includes the ritual of worshipping Sea Gods and the ritual of worshipping of Mother Goddess. Every year it is held from the 10th to the 12th of second lunar month (26 to 28 March) on Dinh Co Temple located on a side of Thuy Van Mountain, Long Hai Town, Long Dien Dist., Baria-Vung Tau Province. The temple was built to honour ‘Co’ or Miss who believed that protecting the villagers. There are many activities in the festival including rituals of welcoming Sea Gods from the ocean, art traditional performances, lion and dragon dance.


The haggling market
23 February
Vieng Market is held only once a year, on the 8th of the first month in the lunar calendar, in Trung Thanh Hamlet, Kim Thai Commune, Vu Ban District, Nam Dinh Province. Trading is expected to begin at midnight on 22 February and go into the morning of 23 February. Goods for sale include plants, agricultural tools, meat and antiques, but the goods are not really the point; a transaction at Vieng Market is reputed to confer luck for both sides for the entire new year. According to market tradition, sellers don’t ask exorbitant prices and buyers don’t bargain. However, the market has changed a lot; nowadays, true antiques are rare and bargaining– and even arguments – are seen.


Flower festival
13 to 19 February

An annual Tet flower festival to celebrate the lunar new year will be held from 13 to 19 February in Nguyen Hue St, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City. With the theme ‘Aspiration to reach further’, it features a 720m flower street, including flower-arranging contests, folk songs, lion dancing and Tet souvenir shops. This year, the event takes inspiration from the Phu Quoc Ridgeback, a breed of dog that is well known for being agile, intelligent and brave and is from Phu Quoc Island, off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.


Following the tunes (“Spring comes to Muong Hum hamlet high up the mountains with heart-rocking distant singing…” ) of talented composer Nguyen Tai ...
In the heart of the darkness of Saigon's backpacker land,ambling along down raucous Bui Vien Street and wishing I had not come out without my ear ...
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