(No.10, Vol.6,Dec-Jan 2017 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)
‘Forever with the Capital’
Till 3 January, 2017
The exhibition ‘Living Forever with the Capital’ is on at Thang Long–Hanoi Cultural Heritage Conservation Centre till 3 January, 2017. It displays the documents, artifacts and photographs from the Hanoi Museum and the Thang Long–Hanoi Cultural Heritage Conservation Centre during the French war (1945-1954).
Thang Long–Hanoi Cultural Heritage Conservation Centre, 19C Hoang Dieu St, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi.
Through the looking glass
Till 16 January, 2017
The exhibition ‘Scry’, including lacquer paintings on glasses, of artist Phi Phi Oanh is on display till 16 January at the Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich St, Hanoi. Free entry.
‘Scrying’ is the act of divination through focused gazing into a glass or reflective medium. In this exhibition, magnifying glasses are used to view the lacquer skins. For this series of paintings, the dimensions of the skins emulate that of a touch tablet screen. Using this visual trope, through lacquer painting, the artist loosely reflects on contemporary imagery—that which new technologies such as drones, digital, satellite, and nanotechnology can visualize. They too are a kind of looking glass through which we can grasp our surrounding and material world.
Till 31 January, 2017
The entertaining and interactive exhibition with the theme ‘Bananas’ of overseas Vietnam Trong Gia Nguyen till 31 January at the L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. Free admission.
With a pejorative connotation, in English the term ‘bananas’ refers to an Asian-originated person who has broken the link with the cultural identity of his/her parents. The image of the banana highlights the fact of being ‘yellow on the outside and white on the inside’. In English, ‘bananas’ refers to an unbalanced person, in other words, a madman. Like this fruit, his installations give a question on the notion of his own ‘status’. Nguyen was born in Ho Chi Minh City, raised in the United States from the age of 4 and has been living in Vietnam for twenty months.
11 January, 2017
‘Happiness concert’ will be on at 8 p.m. at Hanoi Opera House with conductor Honna Tetsuji, violin soloist Bui Cong Duy and artists from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. The program includes pieces music by Otto Nicolai, Johann Strauss, Fritz Kreisler, P.I Tchaikovsky and Maurice Ravel.
Ticket prices: VND 200,000, VND350,000 and VND500,000 at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi.
15 January, 2017
Classical ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ directed by Pham Anh Phuong and performed by 50 dancers of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet at 8 p.m. on 15 January at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi at the prices starting from VND300,000 to VND700,000.
19 January, 2017
A night of concert and ballet ‘Voices of Spring’ with artistic director Pham Anh Phuong is shown at 8 p.m. on 19 January at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi. Ticket prices: VND 300,000, VND400,000 and VND600,000.
Part 1: A concert with conductor Le Phi Phi and artists from Vietnam National Opera &Ballet.
Part 2: Classical ballet ‘Les Sylphides’ with music of Frederic Chopin, Choreographer Mikhail Fokine and dancers from Vietnam National Opera & Ballet.
Vietnam/Korea food fest
Till 22 January, 2017
The Vietnam-Korean Giant Festival 2016 is running till 22 January at LePARC shopping mall, Phap Van St, Hoang Mai Dist, Hanoi. The event includes decorations of giant lanterns, performance by artists from Vietnam and foreign countries, K-POP cover dance contest and 200 booths selling Vietnamese and Korean dishes. Ticket: VND80,000
Heaven’s Kitchen serving up blessings
2 February till the end of April, 2017
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 the 6th first lunar month till the end of third lunar month. This year the festival falls from 2 February till the end of 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.
NGHE AN PROVINCE
Till 5 January, 2017
The first sunflower festival takes place in Nghia Dan Dist, Nghe An Province from 25 December to 5 January. Nearly 60 ha of sunflower cultivations are expected to promote the local tourism industry’s development. The festival gives visitors more space to contemplate sunflower blossoms, attend a beauty contest, souvenir exhibition and play folk games.
NAM DINH PROVINCE
Good luck market
4 February, 2017
Vieng Market is held only once a year, on the 8th of the first month in the lunar calendar (4 February), in Trung Thanh Hamlet, Kim Thai Commune, Vu Ban District, Nam Dinh Province. Trading is expected to begin at midnight and go into the morning of 4 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.
Till 5 January, 2017
‘Royal Treasures of the Nguyen dynasty’ is on display at the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum till 5 January. The symbols for the legitimate and supreme power of the Nguyen emperors such as various precious seals, golden books, swords and hats are included. They are items for royal daily life or stationery in the Nguyen royal palaces delicately made in diversified types and with precious materials such as gold, silver and jade. They reflect the subtle sense of art and the rich spiritual life of the Nguyen emperors.
Hue Royal Antiquities Museum, 3 Le Truc St, Hue. Open: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
QUANG NAM PROVINCE
Festival for Mother
9 March, 2017
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, from the 12nd second lunar month (9 March). The celebrations include boat races, a palanquin procession and folk games.
Quan The Am Festival
14 to 16 March, 2017
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 runs from 17, 18 and 19 third lunar month (14 to 16 March).
HO CHI MINH CITY
The games children play
Till 15 January, 2017
An art exhibition by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Da Quyen and Danish Christopher Skouenborg on the theme, ‘Games of Childhood’ is showcased till 15 January, 2017 at Xua Restaurant, 69 Ngo Tat To St, Binh Thanh Dist., Ho Chi Minh City. The artworks feature mixed media, acrylic and photography.
Till 22 January, 2017
The exhibition, themed ‘The Prolonged Interventions’, by artist Le Phi Long is on till 22 January at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di St, Thao Dien Dist, Dist.2, Ho Chi Minh City. Free entry.
The exhibition includes photographs, installation and video documentary. These artworks explore both Le’s fascination with sites and his preoccupation with the overwhelming presence of waste in both urban and rural environments. The photographic series ‘Hidden Future’ is documentation of a site-specific project that Le produced as part of a larger environmental endeavour called ‘Clean up the Beach’, organized by Open M Corp. In this project, Le juxtaposes the natural wonder of Ly Son, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, with the waste of human life, posing the question of ecological repercussions of modern consumer attitudes.
‘Gone through love’
19 January, 2017
A concert and contemporary dance ‘Gone through love’ will be performed at 8 p.m. at HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist.1, HCMC. The prices start from VND200,000.
The first part will play contemporary artworks of Vietnamese artists.
The second is the contemporary dance ‘Gone through love’ choreographed by Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung. The dance was introduced in July 2016 and highly appreciated by the experts and audience.
Spring has sprung
The annual spring flower festivals in Ho Chi Minh City will be held at Turtle Lake, International Square, Dist.1 and Tao Dan Park, Truong Dinh St, Dist.1 from 22 January to 6 February, 2017.
Additionally, to celebrate lunar New Year, there will be Tet flower markets from 20 January to 27 January, 2017 at Gia Dinh Park, Hoang Minh Giam St, Tan Binh Dist.; 23 Thang 9 Park, Le Loi St, Dist.1; and Le Van Tam Park, Hai Ba Trung St, Dist.1.
Of particular note, there will be flower floating markets in Dist.7 and Tau Hu Canal in Dist.8 from 12 January, 2017.
25 to 31 January, 2017
The 720m-Nguyen Hue Flower Street will be opened from 25 to 31 January. Its theme is ‘The city named President Ho Chi Minh—glorious inspiration’ describing Ho Chi Minh City as a dynamic, civilized, and modern city. This year, the event will bring more beautiful unique flowers from other countries.
The flower show is one of the events receiving the highest expectations of people during Tet holidays and attracting more than a million of visitors.
Annual fireworks display
1 January, 2017
To welcome the New Year, there will be a performance of fireworks show at 0.00 a.m. on 1 January, 2017 at Saigon River Tunnel, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City and Dam Sen Cultural Park, Dist.11, Ho Chi Minh City.
Till 20 May, 2017
Come to Saigon Soul Pool Party every Saturday till 20 May, 2017 at the largest pool in Saigon of New World Hotel. The party has beverages and mouth-watering dishes. Also, the atmosphere will be stirred up with world-class DJs.
New World Saigon Hotel, 76 Le Lai St, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Ticket: VND150,000