Events in Hanoi & HCMC on March 12-18

Hanoi-Concert “Night Rain”

Mar 17, 8pm 

Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District,

The concert features the participation of the Hanoi New Music Ensemble.

HCMC-Slam Night “The Links – Kwal”

Mar 13, 8pm 

IDECAF, 28 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1,

A show performed by the French trio consisting of singer Kwal, pianist Todd Baker and violinist Hélène Lefebvre.

Kwal will perform songs from his album “The links”.

Tickets: VND300,000 – VND200,000 – VND100,000 (for students and IDECAF members)


Hanoi- Photo Exhibition “Midway” by Duy Phuong

Opening: Mar 16, 6 pm

Workshop: Mar 15 and 16
Talk: Mar 16, 4 pm
Exhibition: Mar 16 – May 10, 9 am – 8 pm (longer opening hours on event nights at L’Espace)

L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street

Globalization has changed the rural landscapes and caused individualism to flourish in urban areas in Vietnam. From the wreckage of old residential areas, new buildings arise. Someone’s hope is rising from someone else’s sadness. The exhibition “Midway” by photographer Duy Phuong records the tangled emotions that were born out of the urbanization process in Vietnam.

Free entry

Hanoi- Travelling Exhibition “Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke”

Until Mar 15, 8.30 am – 6 pm

Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District

An innovative contemporary crafts exhibition presenting 65 works by contemporary netsuke carvers and artists. 

A netsuke is a non-slip toggle that has been used since the Edo period (1603-1868) to secure the small personal items such as money pouches, inro-(medicine container), or tobacco containers worn suspended on cords from the obi (a sash worn with kimono). 

These practical objects were created by and for the common people and greatly enjoyed by them. As Western clothing was adopted from the Meiji period (1868-1911) on, however, netsuke disappeared from daily life in Japan. 

Meanwhile, with the interest in Japonisme in Europe and America in the late nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, netsuke came to be exported in large numbers and were highly regarded as art or craft objects in other countries. 

In Japan, meanwhile, some netsuke enthusiasts and carvers managed to keep the tradition alive. Since the 1970s, a new genre, contemporary netsuke, has taken shape, inspired by new sensibilities and ideas. Today, contemporary netsuke carvers continue to ply their craft, steadily producing to new works.

This exhibition is designed so that people, regardless of time or place, can savor tactile encounters with others and think of them through these works. We hope that as it tours, netsuke will take on a new practical role as a ”toggle”, connecting Japan and the world.

Free admission

Hanoi-Solo Photography Exhibition “DISCARDED” by Nana Chen

Opening: Mar 10, 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Exhibition: Mar 11 – 25 

1st Floor, Dolphin Plaza, 6 Nguyen Hoang (for car) | 28 Tran Binh (for bike), My Dinh 2,

A solo photography exhibition of Nana Chen, a Taiwanese artist.

Introducing an ongoing photographic project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where the artist currently resides. Looking at urban change and displacement, DISCARDED seeks to document the debris left behind by inhabitants when they evacuate their domiciles. From these images, one contemplates the remains of once-lived lives amidst the rapid urban transformation.

Hanoi-”City and Memory” – Solo Exhibition by Artist Nguyen The Son

Until Mar 31, 9 am – 7 pm


12 Hoa Ma Street

A collection of Son’s comprehensive work that spans several years of research and acute observation. 
In 2008 Son took a 5-year leave of absence from his teaching duties at the Vietnam Fine Arts University to procure his masters in photography at CAFA, Beijing, the leading art institution in Asia. 
There Son developed a series of three dimensional photographs depicting the rapid development in Vietnam that are not only innovative but also thought provoking, challenging the viewer to examine this transformation and its effect on the society. 

For the first works in this series Son created works of the precious street frontage of the quintessentially narrow Vietnamese house known as a symbol of power and prosperity, the Nha Mat Pho (house facing the street). 

For this Nha Mat Pho photo relief series Son was awarded the talent prize at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts Master’s Program in Beijing in May 2012.

Son continued this work with his Nha Tay Transforms series of the French villas built over 100 years ago and their current transformation, following with his Nha Tap The series, a collection of 60s, Soviet styled apartment blocks.

Hanoi- Exhibition "About Time"

Exhibition Centre of Fine Arts and Photography

29 Hang Bai Street, Hoan Kiem District,

Featuring more than 100 artworks by non-professional artists from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The artworks were created using different materials including: gouache, charcoal, watercolor, and oil paint… and are of different painting types: landscapes, portraits, sketches…

Hanoi- Exhibition “Diary of a Cricket – Touch the Worlds”

Vincom Centre for Contemporary Art (VCCA)

B1 floor, R3, Vincom Megamall Royal city, 72 Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan District,

“Diary of a Cricket – Touch the worlds” will bring to life the characters of the literature masterpiece “Diary of a Cricket” by the late Vietnamese author To Hoai, with 3D pop-up illustrations, figurines and original sketches.

The illustrations were created by many generations of artists including Ta Huy Long, Ngo Manh Lan, Truong Qua, Thanh Chuong, Vu Xuan Hoan and Dau Dua (Dau Thi Ngoc Vinh).
Free entry

Hanoi-Exhibition “Mother and Nature”

Vietnamese Women’s Museum, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District,

Introducing paintings of women in natural settings by artist Van Duong Thanh, which were created with a combination of Vietnamese and Western techniques.

Hue – Exhibition “Hope”

Until Mar 24

Institut français de Huế, 1 Le Hong Phong Street

A showcase of 20 acrylic and lacquer paintings by young author Nguyen Thi Quynh Huong.

The exhibition was inspired by the innocent smiles of children with cancer who, against all odds, stay positive and keep their hopes up. It is also a reminiscence of the author about her time studying at Huế College of Medicine and Pharmacy.

A senior medical student without proper training in fine arts, Huong does not hope that her paintings will receive critical acclaim but that they will show her supports towards the children. She hopes to lessen the pain and light up their faces, like sunflowers in the sunshine.

Free entry

HCMC-Group Exhibition “Alluvium”

Galerie Quynh, 118 Nguyen Van Thu Street, Dakao, District 1

Introducing works by 11 Vietnam based artists: Nadege David, Do Thanh Lang, Ha Manh Thang, Hoang Duong Cam, Hoang Nam Viet, Le Hoang Bich Phuong, Sandrine Llouquet, Nguyen Huy An, Nguyen Manh Hung, Nguyen Quang Huy, and Trong Gia Nguyen.

The geological term ‘alluvium’ – embodying a sense of movement – refers to the sedimentary matter washed ashore by flowing bodies of water.

HCMC-Exhibition “In One’s Breath – Nothing Stands Still” by Tuan Mami

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2, 

The project is inspired by the ancient Muong epic ‘De Dat De Nuoc’ (‘The Birth of Soil and Water’), from which emerges a belief that there is spirituality in all beings, that the creation of the world is constantly in a state of chaos where humans struggle to cohabit harmoniously with other creatures, and especially with themselves.

Tickets: VND35,000 - VND25,000 (with appropriate student ID) - free for children under 16 (with appropriate ID)



Hanoi-Everlasting Youth movie month: You Are the Apple of My Eye (2011)


Mar 16, 7.30 pm

The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents, 51 Tran Hung Dao Str (4th floor), 

109′ | Comedy • Drama • Romance
Directed by Giddens Ko

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Taiwanese author Giddens Ko, who also made his directorial debut with the film. The film stars Ko Chen-tung as Ko Ching-teng, a prankster and a mischievous student who eventually becomes a writer. Michelle Chen stars as Shen Chia-yi, an honor student who is very popular amongst the boys in her class.

You Are the Apple of My Eye was filmed almost entirely on location in Changhua County, including at the high school which Giddens attended. The film’s world premiere was at the 13th Taipei Film Festival on 25 June 2011, and it was subsequently released in Taiwanese cinemas on 19 August.

Well received by film critics, the movie set box-office records in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Ko Chen-tung won the Best New Performer award at the Golden Horse Awards for his role in the film. [Wikipedia]

Language: Mandarin with Vietnamese subtitles


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