Vietnam Heritage August - September 2016 (Events)

(No.6, Vol.6,Aug-Sep 2016 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)



‘Who am I’
Till 10 September
19 lacquer paintings in the exhibition ‘Who am I’ of artist Nguyen Minh Chau is on display till 10 September at Toong Co-Working Space, 3rd 8 Trang Thi St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi. The paintings include many themes.

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The way the wind blows
19 and 20 August

Hanoi Creative City organizes a Studio Ghibli concert, ‘Path of the Wind’ at 8 p.m., 19 and 20 August at The Rec Room. The shows include classic soundtrack pieces from Studio Ghibli, covered and re-mixed for acoustic instruments and performed by artists from the Hanoi Ensemble.
Tickets: VND200,000 at Rec Room, , 20th Floor, Hanoi Creative City, 1 Luong Yen St, Hanoi. Tel: 01679 161 075

20 August
A Vietnam-Japan Friendship Concert will be on at 8 p.m. on 20 August at V-Artroom, 3rd Floor IPH-Indochina Plaza Hanoi, 241 Xuan Thuy St, Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi. Ticket: VND150,000
The show features participation by Vietnamese and Japanese musicians and will perform many kinds of music from Western classical music to Vietnamese and Japanese popular songs.

Dance instruction
21 Augus

Dancer Huy Tran will run a contemporary workshop with the theme ‘Rom-Speed’ at 7.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. on 21 August. Fee: VND300,000
Huy Tran will guide the participants with focus on the length, width, scope and speed of the movement. The participants will build up their dance vocabularies, improvise and create their own choreography. Graduating from Vietnam Dance College in 2006, Huy Tran worked for the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) and eventually received a scholarship from Cinevox Junior Company in Switzerland. In 2011, he began performing at the Ballet Hagen Theater in Germany. He is currently working for the National Mannheim Theater.
Kinergie Studio, 7th Floor, 101A Nguyen Khuyen St, Hanoi. Tel: 0912081950.

Concert series continues
24 and 25 August

Subscription Concert Vol.93 will be on at 8 p.m. 24 and 25 August at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. Ticket: VND200,000 - VND500,000.
The concert will feature performances by conductor Le Phi Phi, piano soloist Nguyen Viet Trung and artists from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. The program includes ‘Rosamunde Overture, D. 797’ of Schubert, ‘Piano Concerto No. 2 in F-minor’ of Chopin, Symphony No. 9 ‘From the new world’ of Dvorak.

Classical concert
10 September

Violinist Nguyen Trong Binh, violist Pham Vu Thien Bao and pianist Tran Ngoc Nguyen Trinh will bring a concert to audiences at 8 p.m. 10 September at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. Ticket: VND170,000.
The artist will play ‘Arpeggione’ by Franz Schubert, a viola and piano concerto of Rebecca Clarke, a piano concerto ‘Premiere communion de la Vierge’ by Olivier Messiaen and a trio op.40 by Johannes Brahms.


Celebrating buckwheat
In October

Buckwheat Flower Festival will be held in October at the Meo Vac Town, which has the largest area of buckwheat flowers in Ha Giang Province, northern Vietnam.
Visitors will have a chance to watch art performances, colourful costumes of ethnic people in Ha Giang Province, and enjoy products made from buckwheat flowers.
Last year, the event attracted nearly 2,000 visitors per day.


National Day festival
2 September

Since Uncle Ho read the Declaration of Independence in 1945, Mong people in Moc Chau, Son La Province, held a festival, ‘Tet Doc Lap’ to celebrate National Day, 2 September, every year. This is an occasion when Mong people organize many activities depicting their love for the country. From the night of 31 August, Mong people living everywhere in the province dress in new, colourful costumes gathering in Moc Chau to welcome the festival. There will be traditional music performances, traditional games and food.

National Day festival

20 August to 2 September

There will be many activities in Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province from 20 August to 2 September to celebrate the National Day (2 September), including the championship volleyball, boat racing, traditional art performances, unicorn dance and commercial fair.
The highlight of the festival is the boat racing on Kien Giang River. According to a legend, villagers in Le Thuy District usually prayed for rain for drinking and farming. Gradually, the custom became a festival in the district. Villages found good wood to make racing boats and strong racers. On 2 September, every year, the Kien Giang River is agitated and noisy with the cheers of locals and tourists for the boat racing.

Brahms, Schubert, others
21 August
A concert with Antonia Köster (Piano), and Sindri Lederer (Violin), Zoë Martlew (Cello), and Juliet White-Smith (Viola) will be on 8 p.m. 21 August at Nguyen Hien Dinh Tuong Theatre, 115 Phan Chau Trinh St, Danang.
VND250,000 - VND300,000.
The programme includes ‘Sonata Polonese No. 1 in A minor’ by Georg Philipp Telemann, ‘Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor op. 108’and ‘Allegro’ by Johannes Brahms, ‘Jasmine Flower’ by V. Bond, ‘Piano Quartet Op 47’ and ‘Andante Cantabile’ of Robert Schumann, ‘Requiebros’ of Gaspar Cassado, ‘Salut d’Amour’ of Edward Elgar.



Catching the drift
Till 27 August

Galerie Quynh is holding a group exhibition titled ‘Dérive’ till 27 August. ‘Dérive’, French for ‘drift,’ refers to the ‘psychogeographic’ practice of traveling through various urban environments without any pre-determined itineraries. Developed by Guy Debord and other French situationists in the 1950s, the aim of a ‘dérive’ is to uncover the effects of embodied spaces on mental states (and vice versa), in doing so building up the awareness of the everyday city in all its possibilities and phenomena.
The artists include Ha Manh Thang, Christine Nguyen, Trong Gia Nguyen and Tran Van Thao. They will show artworks depicting chance encounters in the city.
Whether futuristic, historic, muted, feverish, life-like, or stemming from the mind, the contrasting urban landscapes encourage an aimless wandering to discover what is often overlooked, neglected or lost.
Galerie Quynh, Level 2, 151/3 Dong Khoi St, Dist 1, HCMC. Tel (08) 3836-8019
Opening: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays

ITE re-up
8 - 10 September
Following the growth of the tourism industry and the success of ITE HCMC 2015, organizers are proud to present ITE HCMC 2016 on 8 - 10 September at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC), 799 Nguyen Van Linh St, Tan Phu Ward, Dist.7, Ho Chi Minh City. The annual ITE HCMC is an effective trade platform for domestic and international enterprises to explore opportunities for both inbound and outbound travel businesses in Vietnam and the Mekong region. ITE HCMC 2016 provides exhibitors an excellent stage to launch and better understand the tourism market in this region.
At the 12th edition ITE HCMC 2016, it is expected to attract 270 companies and brands from 21 countries and 27 provinces of Vietnam, 20 International media and 30,000 trade and public visitors during the three-day event.


Time to dance
18 August
31 young artists from many countries in Southern Asia will unite and perform in ‘Dance Away Time’ at 7 p.m. 18 August at HCMC Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du St, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City.
VND100,000 – VND150,000

Bolero and ballet
19 August 

HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera is pleased to introduce a show ‘Ballet with Ravel’s Bolero’ at 8 p.m. 19 August at HCMC Opera House, 7 Cong Truong Lam Son, Ben Nghe ward, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tel: (08) 3823-7419
VND200,000 – VND550,000

A O Show
6 p.m. on 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 August and 8 p.m. 21, 27, 28 August

A O Show is a 60-minute performance with a mix of bamboo cirque, acrobatic acts, contemporary dance and theatrical visual art.
It depicts the charming beauty and richness in culture of Vietnamese lives in the countryside and the country’s urbanization. It will be on at 6 p.m. on 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 August and 8 p.m. 21, 27, 28 August at HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC.
Tickets range from
VND530,000 - VND1,250,000


Pedaling for kids
19 and 20 August
‘Bright Lights’ will be held at the Caravelle Saigon at 6 p.m. on 19 and 20 August. ‘Bright Lights’ is a 24-hour static bike ride to keep the hotel sign on Dong Khoi Street lit by pedal power. It is aimed to raise funds for Newborns Vietnam, which will be used to bring UK University and Hospitals specialists to Vietnam train and work with Vietnamese Nurses to drive improvement in survival chances of pre-term and sick newborns. There will be the participation by 24 executives from the British, International and Vietnamese business community.
Caravelle Saigon, 19-23 Cong Truong Lam Son, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Outcast Boho Market
11 September
Outcast’s Bohemian Market is a monthly Sunday market exhibiting unique, handmade, vintage and creative goods.
In September it will take place on Sunday 11 September from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong St, Thao Dien, Dist.2, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tel: 090 236 57 80


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