Exhibition “Everything is Golden” by Michelle Wise

Opening: Thu 29 Oct 2015, 6 pm
Exhibition: 29 Oct – 12 Nov 2015
Spacebar Cafe
15/76 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho Dist, Hanoi

Join us for the opening of “EVERYTHING IS GOLDEN”, a selection of paintings and contemporary lacquer by Michelle Wise.

“EVERYTHING IS GOLDEN” is a series of works developed out of Wise’s personal interest in using colours and simple geometric shapes to explore how spatial and color 

relationships have the power to evoke emotional responses. Inspired by non-objective abstract expressionists such as Joseph Albas and Mark Rothkoe and drawing on 

Vietnamese and other Asian cultural artistic traditions, this series utilizes lacquer work and gold leaf in contemporary ways. Her work thematically focuses on shape and 

form within these media; eliciting a sense of spiritualism while avoiding reference to religious iconography.

Born in 1975, Michelle comes from Whanganui, New Zealand. She hitchhiked out of town with nothing but a “Christchurch” sign and a backpack when she was 17 years old 

to start a Fine Arts degree at the Canterbury School of Fine Art where she majored in Sculpture. During her time there she received a number of scholarships including the 

prestigious Ethel Susan Jones Travelling Scholarship, which took her to China at age 23 to develop her work after topping her school in her final year. She has exhibited in 

Christchurch, Berlin, Sydney and Cambodia since then and after studying a Masters in Teaching at University of Sydney received an award for excellence in Art Education. 

Michelle has been teaching art at international schools for 14 years, from Kindergarten through Diploma Program. She regularly presents at international symposia and 

workshops and currently resides in Hanoi, teaching at the United Nations International School.

Hanoi Gift Show 2015

27 – 30 Oct 2015, 10 am – 8 pm
Vietnam Exhibition Fair Center
148 Giang Vo, Hanoi

Hanoi Gift Show 2015 welcomes the participation of 300 Vietnamese and foreign exhibitors with a total of 550 exhibiting booths.

Major product ranges at the Fair:
– Home decor and Handicraft
– Indoor and Outdoor furniture
– Home textiles and embroidery
– Gifts & Ethnic Items
– Personal accessories

Time of the Fair:
– Opening Ceremony at 09 a.m on October 27th 2015
– 10 a.m – 8 p.m from Oct 27th to Oct 30th, 2015

Free entrance.

For more information:
Email: info@hanoigiftshow.com
Tel: 04 3936 9284

Launching Article Collection of Author Dang Hoang Giang

Sat 31 Oct 2015, 9.30 am


24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the launching of Dang Hoang Giang’s collection with the participation of author Dang Hoang Giang, director Tran Thuy and the editor Nguyen My Linh.

The collection consists of about 30 articles, each of which offers a perspective, an analysis, an assessment of cultural, social and economic phenomena emerged in Vietnam in recent years. Different areas are mentioned as: reading auto-formation books, cosmetic surgery, worship books, reality shows, civil architecture, mass travel and many other social phenomena.

Language: Vietnamese

Free entry.

HCMC – Standpoint Theories – Album launch: Legends of Vietnam Remix

Thu 29 Oct 2015, 9 pm


5/7 Nguyen Sieu street, Ben Nghe ward, Dist 1, HCMC

Surprise! We can’t wait until Quest Festival to get our music back out there, so join us for a celebration of the Vietnamese Legends we focused on by building a graphic novel of six Vietnamese legendary myths by using the means of Vietnamese text, live visual art/3D mapping and live electronic music fused with an urban twist.

*NOTE* Due to the smaller space, there will be no dance performances by X_Clown or Oh Dance Team. BUT we expect to see you all out there on that dance floor grooving to the tunes of Legends of Vietnam Remix.

Standpoint Theories has established itself as one of a select number of productions that feature multi-disciplinary arts within the local Vietnamese and expat community. It was accepted into the Amsterdam Fringe Festival and has been published in the Contemporary Dance World Almanac 2015.

We focused on interpreting these six well-known Vietnamese Legends:

– The legendary story of Âu Cơ, an immortal mountain fairy who married Lạc Long Quân

– The god of Tản Viên Mountain known as, Sơn Tinh

– Phù Đổng Thiên Vương

– Chử Đồng Tử – a marsh boy

– Princess Liễu Hạnh, a heavenly spirit and Mother Goddess

– Bà Chúa Xứ known as Lady of the Realm

A collaboration under the direction of American choreographer Emily Navarra featuring X_Clown Dance Crew and Oh Dance Team, DJ Jase Nguyen (Vietnam) and musician, Andre Ngo (France), electronic duo Space//Panther (America), bassist Gareth Katz (America), percussionist Eric Meftah (America), illustrator Hoang Trung (Vietnam), animator/scenographer Julien Noyer (France), costume designer Linda Mai Phung (France) and visual artist/scenographer Daniel Day Long (America).

Ticket: 50.000 VND/each

Painting exhibition “Kệ” by Vu Tuyen

Exhibition: 24 Oct – 06 Nov 2015, 8 am – 7.30 pm

Exhibition House

16 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi

From the organizer:

With an endless love for lotus and painting – Vu Tuyen continuously organizes new exhibitions with emotional artworks on Lotus.

These paintings give the feeling of comfort, relaxation and help to set aside the hustle, busy life.

Artist Talk with Nguyen Huy An

Sun 25 Oct 2015, 4.30 pm

Nha San Collective’s new space

15th floor, Hanoi Creative City Building, 01 Luong Yen, Hanoi

Nhasan Collective would like to invite you to an art talk with artist Nguyen Huy An on the occasion of his works being exhibited in the 14th Istanbul Biennale, taking place in Turkey. In this talk, he will introduce his art practice journey, starting from the very first installation done a decade ago to the current stage.

In his practice, Huy An tends towards a minimal way of expression, using dark materials from everyday life associated with memories and personal experiences. They reflect the contemplation of the artist on the position or relation of human power with the outside world, examine and deconstruct the sizes of significant images or concepts with a patient, delicate and meticulous approach. Hanoi streets are 36 rolls of black thread, the tallest building in Vietnam is a stack of paper, concrete bridge is a dusty table, monuments are forms of shadows.

In this conversation, Huy An also intends to share these observations and personal questions about art in the continual change of time, between the creative scenes in different dimensions.

Nguyen Huy An (1982) is living and working in Hanoi. He’s been participating and practicing in the art community of Nhasan, with artists of the same generation such as Nam Tran, Vu Duc Toan Phuong Linh, etc… Huy An’s works have been exhibited at many notable events as Salt Water, Istanbul Biennale 14 in Turkey (2015); Miền Méo Miệng/ Contemporary Art from Vietnam, Bildmusset, Sweden (2015); Disrupted Choreographies, Carré d’art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nimes, France (2014); 78 rhythms, solo exhibition at Gallery Quỳnh, Vietnam (2014), If the world change, Singapore Biennale (2013), Lim Dim, Sterneson Museum, Oslo, Sweden (2009), Tầm tã, Sàn Art, TP. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (2009). Beside, Huy An is also a founder and member of a performance group named Appendix.

The talk will be conducted in Vietnamese. English speaking listeners will be assisted by our interpreter.

Mini DocFest 2015

30 Oct – 02 Nov 2015
Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

On the occasion of the fourth Mini DocFest, filmmakers from all around the world will present their documentaries and experimental films in Hanoi. Hanoi DocLab will showcase short films, documentaries and video art, with the supports of the filmmakers themselves in the forms of lectures, audience discussions and artist talks. 

Accompanying these events are various screenings of selected films from Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Germany and Central Asia that capture not only the universal social issues but also the personal perspective of the filmmakers.

Enjoy a weekend with many creative filmmakers and artists – their works ranging from daily life to experimental, poetic to abstract, fictional to documentary.

Already before the official start of the festival, the audience will be warmed up with a Documentary Script Writing workshop with the French filmmaker Jacques Deschamps.

The festival kicks off on Friday evening, 30.10.2015, with a selection of short films produced during the DocLab Workshop “Neighbourhood”. This new productions reflect the filmmakers’ perspectives on their homes, their neighbourhoods and the people close to them.

The second festival day starts with the screening of South Korean filmmaker Kim So Young’s documentary “Heart of Snow, Heart of Blood”. The movie deals with the 150 years of history of the Russian-speaking Korean minorities (Koryo), their tragic deportation to Central Asia and their being in today’s world as shaped by migration and resettlement.

On Saturday noon, an artist talk on the genre Found Footage featuring Hanoi-based Truong Que Chi takes place and DocLab introduces a selection of films from Basic Workshop 2014.

On the second day’s evening, curator Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa and director Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke presents the Thai programme “Filmvirus Wildtype – A brief history of the age of anxiety” in two parts. The included movies focus on the repetitive pattern of events in the difficult and changing history of Thailand’s politics. A mix of past and future, dream and reality – in an age of anxiety.

The last day of the festival starts with a presentation of the Vietnamese documentary project “Zone 9” and an online discussion together with director Nguyen Anh Thu. Her project, which was financed with crowdfunding, shows construction and demise of Zone 9, an Hanoi artist zone which developed in an old factory building.

At noon, Doclab will introduce a series of films which were born in the Haiku Happens workshop last year. After the screening will be a talk with director Pham Thi Hao about Haiku films, which are inspired by the art of Japanese Haiku-poetry: make a movie out of three moving images.

In the afternoon, German filmmaker and video artist Michael Brynntrup will present his own experimental short films under the title of “Portrait Michael Brynntrup”. Brynntrup’s films go beyond conventions of movies and universal habits of watching them. As one of the most productive German filmmakers active in the underground scene, this is an insider’s tip for everybody interested in filmmaking. The screening is followed by an artist talk, followed by a selection of works of Brynntrup’s students from the Braunschweig University of Art.

Sunday will be concluded with the movie “The trip to hometown with my parents” and a discussion with the director Duong Mong Thu. Her film deals with the life story of her father and the fulfillment of his last wish.

On Monday, the Mini DocFest 2015 ends with the Mini-Workshop “Jesus – A collective film project” by Michael Brynntrup, where filmmakers will discuss about possibilities and chances of collaboration, on the basis of the collective film project “Jesus – The Film”, and share ideas.

The festival’s program offers audience discussions, film screenings, artist talks, and also plenty of opportunities to connect and talk with those who share interests in films.

See Mini DocFest 2015 Program

Free admission.

Photo Exhibition “Tohoku through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers”

Opening: Fri 30 Oct 2015, 9.30 am
Exhibition: 30 Oct – 13 Nov 2015, 8.30 am – 4.45 pm
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, proudly present a travelling photo exhibition “Tohoku through the eyes of Japanese photographers” from 30 October – 13 November December at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi.

The great earthquake that assaulted Japan on March 11, 2011 devastated the Tohoku region. Everyone has vivid memories of the riveting photo and video images that were quickly broadcast around the world by the mass media, and we also remember how they were quickly answered by waves of sympathy and support for the recovery effort. This exhibition of photographs of Tohoku does not attempt to document the damage or recovery but instead uses photography to show the natural and cultural environment of Tohoku along with its people and their way of life.

This exhibition is composed of photographs of the Tohoku taken by nine individual photographers and one photographers’ group. Teisuke Chiba and Ichiro Kojima photographed Tohoku in the 1950s and 1960s. Hideo Haga, Masatoshi Naito, and Masaru Tatsuki have recorded festivals and folk religious rites throughout the region. 

Hiroshi Oshima and Naoya Hatakeyama have combined their personal histories with the landscapes of their home regions. Meiki Rin turned his camera toward the beautiful natural environment. Nao Tsuda searched for the source of the Japanese spirit in relics and artifacts of the Jomon period. A group of photographers led by Toru Ito have created the Sendai Collection, a series of photographs of anonymous scenesin Sendai, Miyagi prefecture.

Jomon culture is the deepest stratum of traditional Japanese culture, which gradually seems to be fading away, but the legacy of Jomon still lives and breathes in Tohoku. This exhibition gives glimpses of the primal landscape of Japan, and we hope that it will provide an opportunity for viewers to consider the nature of the Japanese people and think about the future of Tohoku.

These photographs represent the varied faces of Tohoku, and we hope that this relatively unknown region will be rendered more familiar by the brilliant artistic expression of these marvelous Japanese photographers.

Free of admission.

Film Screening “Le Dernier Diamant” at L’Espace

Fri 30 Oct 2015, 8 pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the film screening “The Last Diamond” (France, 2014, 108 mins).

“We can only welcome the audacity of The Last Diamond, which is also a successful screenplay written with a line that goes straight.” – Le Point

For more information about synopsis, please see L’Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post.

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle.

Ticket price: 50 000 VND
Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40 000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Classical Concert with Group Passion

Fri 30 Oct 2015, 8 pm
Heritage Space
Dolphin Plaza, 28 Tran Binh, My Dinh, Ha Noi

You are invited to the classical concert in Oct with group PASSION whose members have studied at Vietnam National Academy of Music over 10 years and performed in many local events.

PASSION group’s music is a combination between gentle ballad melodies and rhythms of modern life.


Entrance ticket: 200 000 VND
Special ticket for students: 150 000 VND
Hotline: 090 282 6769

Film Screening “Jean de la Lune”

Sun 25 Oct 2015, 4 pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the animation screening of “Moon Man” (“Jean de la Lune”) (Germany, France, Ireland, 2013, 95 mins).

Director : Stephan Schesch
Cast : Tomi Ungerer, Katharina Thalbach, Ulrich Tukur

Based on the much loved best-selling children’s book by Tomi Ungerer, “Moon Man” invented a small astral hero who descends on the earth to save human from a dictator.

For more information about synopsis, please see L’Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post.

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle.

Ticket price: 50 000 VND
Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40 000 VND

Opening of Nguyen Khac Chinh’s Studio

Opening: Wed 21 oct 2015, 5.30 pm
Open from 9 am – 5 pm, 22 – 31 Oct 2015
No 24/61 Giang Van Minh, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

The opening of Nguyen Khac Chinh’s Studio will feature his new art space to all art lovers. Nguyen Khac Chinh’s Studio is located in the central of Hanoi, at 24/61 Giang Van Minh – Ba Dinh. It is originated from an idea of ​​combining work and exhibition space to create a meeting platform for the artist and the public.

Painter Nguyen Khac Chinh was born in 1984 in Cat Que, Hoai Duc – Hanoi. Graduated from Vietnam University Of Fine Art in 2006, he had participated in group exhibitions since he was a student and continued until now with many local and international exhibitions, especially the series “Life of Mannequins” at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in 2014 and HCMC Fine Arts Museum in 2015.

London Exhibition of Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art

Exhibition: 06 – 11 Nov 2015, 11 am – 6 pm
Guy Peppiatt Gallery, 6 Mason’s Yard
Duke Street, St James’s London

Raquelle Azran is pleased to announce ‘Nudes and Narratives from the Mekong’ as part of the prestigious Asian Art in London annual event. Artists exhibited include the past generation – Luu Cong Nhan and Hoang Tich Chu – and current artists Dinh Thi Tham Poong, Dinh Hanh and Phung Pham.

Photo Exhibition “Writing with Light” by Ziv Koren

Exhibition: 23 Oct – 01 Nov 2015, 9 am – 12 pm and 2 – 6 pm
Exhibition House
45 Trang Tien, Hanoi

From the organizer:

Come to enjoy the photo exhibition “Writing with Light” by Israeli photojournalist Ziv Koren.

The exhibition is influenced by Ziv Koren’s internal world and his unique worldview, which succeeds in capturing the essence of light in all its varied forms: sunlight, fog, nighttime shadows, the penetrating ray, the illuminated city, the street light and the dark alley, and, especially, the human being as he appears in the light, in the shade, and in the space connecting them.

Film Screening Series on Katsushika Hokusai

Sat 24 Oct 2015, 7 pm
Nha San Collective’s new space

From Nha San Collective:

Come to the screening of film series on Hokusai:

– “The Private Life of a Masterpiece: The Great Wave” (2001) – Samuel West & Tim Pigott-Smith – 50 min
– “Hokusai” (1953) – Hiroshi Teshigahara – 23 min

About Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and print-maker of the Edo period. He was influenced by painters such as Sesshu, and other styles of Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.

About The Great Wave

The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is a woodblock print by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. It was published sometime between 1830 and 1833 in the late Edo period as the first print in Hokusai’s series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. It is Hokusai’s most famous work, and one of the best recognized works of Japanese art in the world. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the prefecture of Kanagawa. As in all the prints in the series, it depicts the area around Mount Fuji under particular conditions, and the mountain itself appears in the background.

When The Great Wave was first issued, in about 1830, Japan’s contact with the outside world was strictly regulated. It was only in 1859 when Japan, under pressure from America and other powers, opened a few of its ports that Japanese prints began to be exported to Europe. They were quickly discovered and celebrated by European and American artists like Whistler, Van Gogh and Monet. The Great Wave inspired Debussy’s symphonic sketches La Mer and has become one of the most iconic images of the power of the sea.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Language: With subtitles in English and Vietnamese

*To support Nha San Collective’s activities, we have a suggested donation of 30k each, including 1 free drink.
15th floor, Hanoi Creative City Building, 01 Luong Yen, Hanoi

Electronic Music Night with Duo “Me & her”

Fri 23 Oct 2015, 8 pm
73a Mai Hac De, Hanoi

Phuong Le (Switz) will perform a solo set of Ibiza-Berlin influenced house & minimal techno.

“ME & her” are a duo – known to have cemented their status on the European electronic music circuit – having been courted by Sankey on Ibiza, Sisyphos in Berlin, ISF Festival and Gate Clubbing in Italy, Lightbox in London, Montreux Jazz Festival, Electron Festival Geneva, and finally, Carpe Diem Beach in Croatia in company of some of the biggest artists and DJs in the world.

It was a musical love at first sight between Phuong – a Swiss girl of Vietnamese origin, and Jen – a young Eastern German woman. Two fundamentally opposed women, one swearing by the old school, while the other has been raised in the spectres of Leipzig & Berlin techno, their fusion instantly works in the “ME & her” project. Materialized thanks to their first releases in 2014, “ME & her”‘s chemistry became a reality through their first EP, which confirms the common history of the two artists.
Tickets: 50,000 VND at the door

HCMC – Exhibition “The Power of Semiosis” by Yohei Yama

Opening: Fri 23 Oct 2015, 6 pm
Exhibition: 23 Oct – 15 Nov 2015
6 Lê Văn Miến, Thảo Điền, District 2, HCMC

Yohei Yama’s debut Vietnam solo show will be showcasing a series of new works in his signature style. The miniature tree symbol is one that has become affiliated with Japanese Yohei’s work. The meaningful symbol came to him after news of the devastating nuclear accident in Fukushima. The event affected Yohei emotionally and he struggled to make any work. The tree motif gave Yohei energy; it was healing him and has become his trademark ever since.

The organizer is excited to be exhibiting the powerful work of Yohei Yama – his colourful and highly detailed take on Op Art not only physically engages the viewer but also encourages you to stop and think about the world we live in.WAFM Film Festival 2015

23 – 26 Oct 2015
Vietnam Cinematography Association, 51 Tran Hung Dao

In this October, the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents proudly introduces WAFM Film Festival 2015 – the first short film festival held in Hanoi themed on “Stories Of Youth”.

Within WAFM Film Festival 2015, the best projects by young directors who attended film-making courses and projects by TPD will be screened including Bui Thac Chuyen, Nguyen Hoang Diep, Phan Xine, Do Quoc Trung, etc.

The selected films are highly appreciated by field experts, offering different viewpoints and personal feelings towards life.

Four sessions from 23 – 26 Oct will bring 4 different cinema spaces with four stories.

Screening schedule:

Session 1: Festival opening – Film screening of Loneliness
Time: Fri 23 Oct 2015, 6.30 pm
Place: Vietnam Cinematography Association, 51 Tran Hung Dao Street
. Ngươc dòng (2012) – Le Hoang
. Đóng vào mở ra (2014) – Do Quoc Trung
. Sắc màu dịu êm (2014) – Nguyen Trung Kien
. Hạt cam và con mèo vàng không tuổi (2014) – Nguyen Le Hoang Viet

Session 2: Borderlines
Time: Sat 24 Oct 2015, 7 pm
Place: Vietnam Cinematography Association, 51 Tran Hung Dao Street
. YRML (2012) – Tran Thanh Van
. Yên lặng (2015) – Du Ngan Linh
. Như vậy đó, Ánh (2015) – Nguyen Hoai Nam
. Ngày mai (2015) – H1405 group
. Làm bạn ma (2012) – Do Thanh Ha

Session 3: Families
Time: Sun 25 Oct 2015, 7.30 pm
Place: Vietnam Cinematography Association, 51 Tran Hung Dao Street
. Làm bố (2015) – Ha Minh Tien
. Người Đan Khăn (2015) – Dao Huong Anh
. Văn minh xí xổm (2015) – Hoang Quoc Nhat
. Ngoài kia có gì (2013) – Nguyen Diep Thuy Anh

Session 4: Sorrows
Time: Mon 26 Oct 2015, 7 pm
Place: Vietnam Cinematography Association, 51 Tran Hung Dao Street
. Cuốc xe đêm – Bui Thac Chuyen
. 2, 4, 6 – Nguyen Hoang Diep
. Thằng chó chết – Phan Gia Nhat Linh (Phan Xine)
. Sân thượng – Nguyen Ha Phong

After the screening will be Q&A session with directors from TPD.

Film Screening “The Walk”

23 Oct – 01 Nov 2015
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Come to L’Espace to discover the breathtaking scenes of the greatest ‘illegal’ performance in history!

Director: Robert Zemeckis (USA, 2015, 123 mins)
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon

A new film by Robert Zemeckis (director of Forrest Gump) on the famous French tightrope walker Philippe Petit, known for having walked on a rope stretched between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. The film features the French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon.

Screening schedule

23 Oct: 17:30
25 Oct: 13:30, 18:00, 20:30
27 Oct: 18:00, 20:30
28 Oct: 18:00, 20:30
29 Oct: 18:00, 20:30
30 Oct: 17:30
31 Oct: 13:00, 15:30, 18:00, 20:30
01 Nov: 13:30, 20:30

Language: English with Vietnamese subtitles

Ticket price: 60 000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Berlinale Shorts Films in Hanoi

Program I: Friday, 23.10.2015, 10 am – 10 pm
Program II: Saturday, 24.10.2015, 10 am – 10 pm
(The films will be shown in loop the whole day)
Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

A selection of short films of the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 is travelling to Asia as part of the “Berlinale Shorts Go Abroad” series of events. In Hanoi, the Goethe-Institut will present in Cooperation with Manzi Art Space ten exclusive short films from six different countries. The screenings take place in a special way at Manzi Art Space – Café: On both occasions the particular movies can be seen the whole day in loop from 10 am till 10 pm and welcome the guests to stay and exchange. The Berlinale Shorts also move to Ho Chi Minh City and Hue, thereafter they will continue their journey to more countries in Southeast Asia.

This year’s edition features movies of different nature: from documentaries to fictional stories, to animated movies. Central themes are personal life stories and rituals, portraying longing, love, cruelty and absurdism. Some of the films give thought-provoking impulses, others open up a whole new world to the viewer.

The Berlin International Film Festival, more commonly known as Berlinale, ranks among the most important film festivals in the world. Movies of all genres, lengths and formats are awarded. Since 2007, the Berlinale Shorts also awards prizes to short films, mostly works of talented young artists.

Films in original language with Vietnamese and English Subtitles.

Free admission.

Berlinale Shorts in Hanoi – PROGRAM I
Screening │ 23.10.2015, 10 am – 10 pm: all short films will be shown in loop the whole day
Venue │ Manzi Art Space – Café, 14 Phan Huy Ích, Hanoi
Original language with Vietnamese and English Subtitles

PLANET ∑ | France 2014, 12’
Director: Momoko Seto
Audi Short Film Award 2015
Planet Sigma: Fire and ice, life and death. The proceedings on the planet, recorded in impressive pictures.

SHADOWLAND | Schweden 2014, 15’
Director: Vibeke Bryld
North Korea: Harmonia lived a happy life, until one day she realised the truth. She flees to South Korea, but she is too late.

DISSONANCE | Germany 2015, 17’
Director: Till Nowak
Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards 2015
Reality and fantasy merge – a pianist is fighting against blurring boundaries. 3D animation and live action, an odyssey through time and space.

TAKE WHAT YOU CAN CARRY | USA/ Germany 2015, 30’
Director: Matt Porterfield
Lilly’s journey through day and night, drifting between worlds and places. The longing to arrive.

Berlinale Shorts in Hanoi – PROGRAM II
Screening │ 24.10.2015, 10 am – 10 pm: all short films will be shown in loop the whole day
Venue │ Manzi Art Space – Café, 14 Phan Huy Ích, Hanoi
Original language with Vietnamese and English Subtitles

SNAPSHOT MON AMOUR | Germany 2014, 6’
Director: Christian Bau
“Genpatsu-Rikon“ – on the trail of a new Japanese word and the connection of the wedding rocks and Fukushima.

Director: David Muñoz
A Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon: Refugees are hiding from the war, children play hide and seek, and the film crew is hiding as well. The synergies of reality, fiction and the filming process itself.

DÄWIT (DAEWIT) | Germany 2015, 15’
Director: David Jansen
A wolf child, a cat, an angel. Daewit embarks on a journey – he tries to find himself. In this animation film narration meets association and vice versa.

YÚYÚ | France/Spain/USA 2014, 15’
Director: Marc Johnson
In the Chinese province of Chongqing, a traditional rite of spring: A body is entirely covered by bees. The buzzing dominates everything.

SYMBOLIC THREATS | Germany 2015, 15’
Mischa Leinkauf/Lutz Henke/Matthias Wermke
Brooklyn Bridge in New York City: Two white American flags are hoisted. Poetry or threat?

Documentary Film Screening “Green Meadow”

Thu 22 Oct 2015, 7.30 pm
Hanoi Cinematheque
22A Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội
At the end of the alley leading to Artist’s Hotel

This month FVH would like to present the documentary Film “Green Meadow”.

Filming, narration and script was all accomplished by a group of seven young children.
“Green Meadow” was their effort to show people about the true life of people in Bai Giua, (“Middle Bank”) a small area near the bank of the Red River, where around 20 families live in floating houses on the river.

The documentary was not pre-scripted or directed towards any topic but was purely composed and formed from the reality of the children footage.

Living in Bai Giua is a hard life, but to these children, it’s a life full of love because people are equal. They are not a subject to be defined by others.

Each child filmed their own footage, according to their own decisions and the children jointly developed the overall story line through consensus.

The films total time 45 minutes. Vietnamese with English subtitles

Cost: 120,000vnd
Limit: 90 participants
To reserve seats contact Hang: nguyenvu_nganhang@yahoo.com
Your reservation is not confirmed until you receive our email.
Please pick up and pay for your tickets on the evening of the event at the cinema (7:00 to 7:15 pm). As a courtesy to those on the waiting list please cancel if you can’t come (phone 090 602 0960). Reserved seating tickets are allocated on a first come – first served basis.
We don’t pre-book seating but if you come early you can pick your favorite seats.

Vietnam-Korea Art Exhibition “Love”

Exhibition: 15 – 26 Oct 2015
Korean Cultural Centre
Korean Cultural Centre
49 Nguyễn Du, Hà Nội
Tel: 39445980
Opening hours: 9 am-12 pm, 1.30-6 pm from Mon to Fri, Sat: 9 am-12 pm, 1.30-5 pm

You are invited to the Vietnam-Korea art exhibition titled “Love” with 42 photographs and prints by Korean photographer Lee Sang Bok and young female artist Vu Bach Lien.

Lee Sang Bok works as a teacher in Vietnam. He has fallen in love with the country and thus, has tried to capture meaningful moments wherever he goes. Whereas, young artist Vu Bach Lien is interested in exploring contemporary visual art through prints and digital art. Her works reflect deep feelings toward Korean culture.

Concert “Virtuosos of Highs and Lows: Thrilling Moments and Quiet Meditations”

Sat 17 Oct 2015, 8 pm
V-art Club
2nd floor, 75th Tran Hung Dao street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

For those who love classical music and want to immerse in melodies of Bach, Aaron Copland, Anthony Plog, please come to enjoy the most special music night of October.

After performing in Singapore, chamber performers from United States have chosen Vietnam as the 2nd destination for their first tour.

In this classical night – the highlight of this October, there will be famous violist Pamela Foard from Milwaukee orchestra of United States along with her son – Tuba player Aubrey Foard and Vietnam violist Nguyet Thu. Not only do we bring “Virtuosos of Highs and Lows: Thrilling Moments and Quiet Meditations” to our audience, we also offers you a Visual art show of artist Lawrence D’Attili, who is violist Pamela’s husband. During the interview, Mr. Lawrence D’Attili informed that: “Room will be romantically decorated with sparkle candles to ensure the best performance. This is a therapy – music and visual art – for an illness which needs to be cured. Come to enjoy and let music help you.”


1/ Hoedown from Rodeo by Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Artist: Pamela Foard, violin

2/ Sonata Anthony Plog (b. 1947)
I. Calm and flowing
II. Presto
III. Slow and with freedom
Artist: Aubrey Foard, tuba

3/ Theme from “Schindler’s List” by John Williams (b. 1932)
Artist: Pamela Foard, violin

4/ Suite J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Thu Nguyen, viola

5/ Sonatine Jacques Castérède (b. 1926, d. 2014)
pour Tuba ut, ou Saxhorn basse Si b, et Piano
I. Défilé
II. Sérénade
III. Final
IV. Allegro
Artist: Aubrey Foard, tuba

6/ Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935),
with a film by LarryD’Attilio
Artist: Pamela Foard, violin

7/ Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra Mark Petering (b. 1973)
II. Flashback II
Artist: Aubrey Foard, tuba


Price: 200.000 VND
Phone number: 04 62601459
Email: v.art75tranhungdao@gmail.com

Vietnamese Fine Art Exhibition in Paris

Exhibition: 22 – 26 Oct 2015
8e Avenue
Champs Elysees, Paris

Raquelle Azran is pleased to announce her upcoming October Paris exhibition, in the debut edition of 8e avenue, on the Champs Elysees just outside FIAC. Artists exhibited include Vu Duc Trung, Phung Pham, Vu Thu Hien.

About the artists:

Vu Thu Hien combines traditional figures, both fairytale and real, shimmering and equivocal, with natural foliage and exotic interiors to weave timeless melodies in celebration of nature’s patterns and human passions.

Vu Duc Trung‘s lacquer paintings are imbued with the poetry of the Impressionists. The subtlety and delicate shadings of his palette are enhanced by his studies with Trinh Tuan in Hanoi and in the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris.

Contemporary Halloween Party “Dance with the Ghost”

30 and 31 Oct 2015, 7 pm

The Yard

67 Phó Đức Chính, Hà Nội

Contemporary Ballet Gala brings together the artists from Vietnam Ballet Theater and the young singers. This is the opportunity for young people immersed in Halloween: carnival program, culinary festival and other events most famous today – The Yard.


* Free Workshop Dance / Fitness Free experimental contemporary dance

Chain workshop will be held completely free for you to learn and become familiar with contemporary dance. Classes are led by professional artists group Theatre Ballet in Vietnam.

Time and place: access fan page The Yard

* Costume party night / Costume Gala

* EDM Music / Music Power Tue


• Choreographer: Nguyen Viet Ha

• DV Dance: Contemporary Dance Group Hanoi

• Singer: Trang Thien, Tung Anh

Contemporary dance, “The Beginning” draw up the ghost world in human heart. It is the language movement and interactive connection between man and the devil, between emotion and reality. In “The Beginning” people found the encounter, intersection, knowledge, wishful thinking and shattered feeling.

The emotions expressed in body language, combined with sound, music and light, making the totality of aestheticism. The music was sung completely natural and totally “live”, with the singer hiding in the crowd, so that when they sing, the music will make the audience laugh or to cry with emotion experience.


Ticket price: 150.000 VND / 1 combo party

Buy online tickets here:

Or you can buy directly at:

– The Kafe – The Yard 67 Phó Đức Chính, Ba Đình, Hà Nội

– Room 317 – VCCI Tower, No 09 Đào Duy Anh, Hà Nội (during working hours)

HOTLINE: 0934459437

Concert Tour of the German Band GOLF

Hanoi: Tue 27 Oct 2015, 8 pm
Youth Theatre Hanoi

Danang: Thu 29 Oct 2015, 8 pm
Danang University

Hue: Fri 30 Oct 2015, 8 pm
Cultural Center Hue

HCMC: Mon 02 Nov 2015, 8 pm
Ben Thanh Theatre

From the 24th October until the 8th November 2015 another amazing German band will go on tour in Southeast Asia this year. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Manila, the Goethe-Institut Vietnam invites the newcomer band GOLF from Cologne to present their new songs in Hanoi, Da Nang, Hue, HCMC and Manila.

During their tour, GOLF will meet with language students of the Goethe-Institut, from PASCH partner schools and local universities for workshops and talks. Next to that, they will play a total of seven concerts to which everybody is welcome to join and enjoy new, German electropop music.

Jonathan Heitkämper (drums), Nils Asthoff (base), André Hörmeyer (vocals, guitar) and Wolfgang Petrasch (vocals, guitar, keyboard) have known each other since kindergarden. Nevertheless, GOLF was only founded last year. A lot has happened since: Showcase gigs for big labels, recordings with Tom Hessler, a member of the popular band “Fotos” and successful concerts, for example at the well-known c/o pop festival in Cologne and the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.

GOLF is one of the most interesting bands in the German music scene right now. Their songs combine danceable electronic beats with funky pop, resulting in catchy tunes and lyrics that will stick around in your head all day. GOLF uses the noises of everyday items, such as key chains, coins, vacuum cleaners and frying pans, to create their very own, innovative sound. A unique musical experience which should not be missed.

Tour dates

27.10.2015, 8 p.m. | Youth Theatre Hanoi
11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

29.10.2015, 8 p.m. | Danang University
131 Luong Nhu Hoc, Quan Cam Le, Danang

30.10.2015, 8 p.m. | Cultural Center Hue
41 Hung Vuong, Hue

02.11.2015, 8 p.m. | Ben Thanh Theatre
6 Mac Dinh Chi, Phuong Ben Nghe, Quan 1, Ho-Chi-Minh-City

04. – 06.11.2015 | Manila, Philippines

You can get free tickets at the following locations:

Hanoi | starting at 12pm, 21.10.2015
Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyen-Thai-Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Danang | starting at 8am, 22.10.2015
German Language Centre Ngoi Nha Duc
Kiet 31/2 Le Hong Phong, Hai Chau, Da Nang

Hue | starting at 8am, 23.10.2015
Cultural Center Hue
41 Hung Vuong, Hue

HCMC | starting at 10am, 26.10.2015
Goethe-Institut Ho-Chi-Minh City
No.18, Street No.1,Cu Xa Do Thanh, Ward 4, District 3, HCMC

Exhibition “Memories”

Opening: Sun 18 Oct 2015, 5.30 pm
Exhibition: 18 – 27 Oct 2015
Heritage Space
Dolphin Plaza, 28 Tran Binh, My Dinh, Ha Noi

You are invited to the exhibition “Memories” featuring over 30 lacquer artworks by two painters Tu Ninh and Nguyen Kim Son.

After graduating from Hanoi University of Drama and Cinematography in 1982, Tu Ninh has been working as a lacquer painter for more than than 30 years. Being the son of writer Kim Lan, he is also passionate about village and family, about the traditions of Vietnamese people. His paintings has been sent to many international exhibitions all over the world.

Painter Nguyen Kim Son was born in 1956 in Hanoi. After graduating from Hanoi University of Drama and Cinematography in 1982, he has been working on different materials as lacquer, oil color, Do paper, etc.

Art Classes in Drawing, Watercolour and Art Appreciation with Ilza

Starting Date: Mon 26 Oct 2015

Artist Ilza Burchett (MA), who also writes Art reviews for Hanoi Grapevine, offers ongoing classes in Drawing, Watercolour and Art Appreciation at her studio / home.

Ilza has forty years of professional experience as a practicing artist internationally and has previously conducted lectures and workshops for art educational institutions in Sydney, Australia.

Art classes: Learning the more structured, professional approach to art, exploring one’s artistic abilities and the materials at hand.

Learn the fundamentals of drawing: how to use a line, depict shapes and forms, compose.

Each lesson will be treated as a step by step progression of acquiring and refining the artistic skill of drawing.

– Drawing – Weekly: Monday and Thursday, 1:30pm – 3pm; 600,000 VND per lesson

Learn the fundamentals of watercolour technique: colour and its application.

Each lesson will be treated as a step by step progression of handling colour and watercolour technique.

– Watercolour – Weekly: Tuesday and Friday, 1:30pm – 3pm; 600,000 VND per lesson

Learn about Visual Art and how to analyse a work of art.

Each lesson will be treated as a step by step progression of acquired and applied art – knowledge.

– Art appreciation – Weekly: Wednesday, 1:30pm – 3pm; 1,000,000 VND per lesson

To register and for more information / details please e-mail: ilza@ilzaburchett.com.

Inaugural Concerts “Generations” of the Hanoi New Music Ensemble

Sun 25 Oct 2015, 8 pm

Old Quarter Exchange Cultural Center

Thu 29 Oct 2015, 8 pm

Manzi Art Space

Sat 31 Oct 2015, 8 pm

Vietnam National Academy of Music

The inaugural concerts of the Hanoi New Music Ensemble will focus exclusively on Vietnamese composers in three concerts October 25 at the Old Quarter Cultural 

Exchange Center – 50 Dao Duy Tu Str. in the Old quarter, October 29 at the Manzi Art Space – 14 Phan Huy Ich in Ba Dinh dist, and October 31 in the Grand Hall of the Vietnam National Academy of Music in 77 Hao Nam Str., in Dong Da Dist. 

Conducted by the group’s artistic advisers, Grammy Award-winner Jeff von der Schmidt, the three programs will include music by Nguyen Thien Dao, Vu Nhat Tan, Kim Ngoc Tran, Dang Huu Phuc, Dang Hong Anh and Nguyen Minh Nhat.

Mr. Jeff von der Schmidt says from Los Angeles: “I’m excited to begin this important ensemble with a very interesting set of works by Vietnamese composers spanning three generations. Vietnam is, for me, one of the most interesting places in Asia for new music, with composers across generations having studied with 20th century giants Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen, among others. Given hard work together over the next few years, I think the energy of my home city of Los Angeles will mix well with the energy of Hanoi, yielding international results and bringing Vietnamese new music to the world scene.

The program is made possible by the cooperation of:

– Vietnam National Academy of Music

– Song Hong Group

– Dom Dom the Hub for Experimental Music

– Los Angeles International New Music Festival

– Jeff von der Schmidt conductor


1. Sun 25 Oct 2015, 8 pm

Old Quarter Exchange Cultural Center

50 Dao Duy Tu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi


– Đỗ Nhuận: “Tây Nguyên” string quartet

– Đặng Hồng Anh:”Hội đêm rằm” string quartet

– Kim Ngoc: “Dậy thì”

– Vũ Nhật Tân: “Phố”

2. Thu 29 Oct 2015, 8 pm

Manzi Art Space

14 Phan Huy Ich, Ba Dinh, Hanoi


– Đỗ Nhuận: “Tây Nguyên”

– Đặng Hồng Anh: “Hội đêm rằm”

– Vũ Nhật Tân: “Mưa”

– Kim Ngoc: Dậy thì

3. Sat 31 Oct 2015, 8 pm

Vietnam National Academy of Music

77 Hao Nam, Dong Da, Hanoi

Contemporary chamber concert with conductor JEFF VON DER SCHMIDT:

1. Vũ Nhật Tân: Tứ tâu dây “Mùa Mưa”

Sông Hồng Chamber Music

2. Đặng Hữu Phúc: Tứ tấu dây “Pizzicato”

Hanoi Ensemble: vn1: Mỹ Hương, Vn2Công Thắng, Vla: Thu Bình,

Cello: Hồng Ánh

3. Nguyễn Minh Nhật: Piano quintet “Tiếng Ve”

Sông Hồng Chamber Music

4. Đặng Hồng Anh: Dàn Dây: “Capriccio Tây Nguyên”

Violon1: Hoàng Linh, Trọng Bình, Công Thắng

Violon2: Trường Sơn, Mỹ Hương

5. Trần Kim Ngọc: Dàn nhạc thính phòng: “Dậy Thì”

Oboe: Việt Cường / Cla: Quốc Bảo / Horn: Quốc Trung .

2 Violon: Trọng Bình, Mỹ Hương

2 Cello: Hồng Ánh, Hà Miên / D-Bass: Đăng Khoa

6. Trần Kim Ngọc: Dàn nhạc thính phòng: “Phúc hồn kính tặng cha”

Flute + Piccolo: Trọng Bằng / Bass Clarinet + Eb Cla: Quốc Bảo

Violon: Công Duy / Cello: Hồng Ánh /

Piano: Quỳnh Trang

Percussion: Duy Anh, Nguyên Anh

7. Vũ Nhật Tân: Dàn nhạc thính phòng: “Phố”

Flute: Trọng Bằng / Oboe: Việt Cường / Cla: Quốc Bảo / Basson

Đàn Bầu: Lệ Chi

Violon1: Trường Sơn, Hoàng Linh,

Violin 2: Công Thắng, Mỹ Hương,

Viola: Anh Tuấn, Thu Bình

Cello: Hồng Ánh Hà Miên, / D-Bass: Đăng Khoa


– Performance on 25 Oct: 100,000 VND, free for students

– Performance on 29 Oct: 100,000 VND including one free drink

– Performance on 31 Oct: 200,000 VND

Book tickets via: 0913 528 586 / 0903 230 685

Email: sonviolin@yahoo.com

Filters: Vietnam Contemporary Art Exhibition

Opening: Tue 27 Oct 2015, 6 – 9 pm

Exhibition: 28 and 29 Oct 2015, 9 am – 9 pm

3rd floor, Gem Center

08 Nguyen Binh Khiem Str, Dist 1, HCMC

“FILTERS: Vietnam Contemporary Art Exhibition” showcases outstanding talents of selected artist’s groups represent Vietnam’s contemporary art to the international community.

This year compelling exhibition features over 30 ambitious large-scale works including paintings minimum 180cm x 360cm, together with sculptures over 300cm in length by three well-established Vietnamese artists whose have their works exhibited internationally.

The selected artists for this year “FILTERS” project are sculptor Bui Hai Son, painters Le Kinh Tai and Nguyen Quang Vinh. Their current body of work explore the conceptual and cultural currents underlining Vietnam’s contemporary art movement today while inviting viewers to experience contemporary art through artists’ perspectives.

Bui Hai Son: born in Southern Vietnam, Son’s spent most of his life examine the richness of the Mekong region. Through images of the rice seed with its growing progress as a way of observing the maturity of the self over time, Son constructs his works from wood and various type of metals resulting in sculptures that embody dynamics of message toward finding the origin.

Nguyen Quang Vinh: discovered himself from within the vastness of oceans was the reason Vinh started his seascape paintings. His current body of work “The Return” is a continuous dialogue between his state of emotion flux. He borrows the marine’s mysterious characteristics to interpret questions about the self and fragile interdependent relationship between life and nature.

Le Kinh Tai: coming from Da Nang, Vietnam, Tai brought with him the daring traits represented the people there. His spark of humor combined with evocative words embody the idea of internal conflicts that are present in the modern society. Depict the subjects in almost raw and wild manner with the use of intense colors and expressive brushwork brought out the desire for the quest of finding the real self in such turbulent time of change. He expresses his vision of life, the perpetual fight on the path of pursuing happiness.

Traditional Music with Contemporary Poetry by Nguyen Duy

Sat 24 Oct 2015, 8 pm


24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

“Inspired by poem – Completed with music.” – Confucius

When poetry turns into lyrics.

“Xẩm ngọng – Lullabies – Bamboo Green” is a night of Vietnamese traditional music with contemporary poetry by Nguyen Duy.

Nguyen Duy is one of the most important poets of Vietnamese contemporary literary, who fortunately reserves sound and timbre of Vietnamese in his works. The combination of poetry – music made by Nguyen Duy and his friends come naturally. People’s Artist Xuan Hoach, People’s Artist Thanh Hoai, M.A Thanh Binh – the masters of Vietnamese traditional music have rearranged many traditional music genres (Ví, Cò lả, Ru, Xẩm, Hát Văn, Hát Chèo, Ca trù, etc…) and famous works of Nguyen Duy.

Nguyen Duy will come and tell his stories together with his friends in the performance.


Ticket price: 160,000 VND

Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 80,000 VND

Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Concert “From Baroque to Broadway” – Arts for Mobility 2015

Sat 24 Oct 2015, 7.30 pm

HCMC Conservatory of Music

112 Nguyen Du Street, Ward 1, HCMC

You are invited to the concert “From Baroque to Broadway” under the framework of “Arts for Mobility 2015” program, with the participation of 22 young talented artists from Saigon Chamber Music. It promises to be an attractive event to all Chamber music lovers.


Part 1

J. S. Bach | Air on G string

D. Shostakovitch | Gavotte & Waltz

C. Debussy | En Blanc et Noir

A. Dvorak | Humoresque (arranged by Palm Court Trio)

J. Kember | Waltz

F. Mendelssohn | Trio in D minor Op. 49 | Andante con moto tranquillo

N. Hester | The Bull Steps Out

S. Rachmaninov | Suite no.2 op.17 for piano duet | Tarantella

Part 2

W. A. Mozart | Divertimento in F major | 1st movement

E. Elgar | Chanson de Matin

E. Granados | Andaluza

C. Debussy | Claire de Lune (arranged for piano quintet)

A. Arensky | Suite for piano duet | Romance

V. Monti | Czardas

L. Anderson | Plink Plank Plunk

Rogers and Hammerstein | The Sound of Music medley


Ticket price: 500.000 VNĐ

Buy ticket online at ticketbox.vn.

All ticket sales from the concert will go to the wheelchair fund for disabled people.

Film Screening “Dans la Cour”

Fri 23 Oct 2015, 8 pm


24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the film screening “In the Courtyard” (France, 2014, 97 mins).

Director: Pierre Salvadori

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gustave Kervern, Féodor Atkine

“Pierre Salvadori is the painter of painful souls, he brushes sensitive portraits of characters, between laughter and tear.”– Le Figaroscope

For more information about synopsis, please see L’Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post.

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle.


Ticket price: 50 000 VND

Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40 000 VND

Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Film Screening “Le Dernier Diamant”

Fri 23 Oct 2015, 7.15 pm

Institut français de Huế

01 Le Hong Phong, Hue

You are invited to the film screening “The Last Diamond” (France, 2014, 108 mins).

“We can only welcome the audacity of The Last Diamond, which is also a successful screenplay written with a line that goes straight.” – Le Point

Language: Original language with Vietnamese subtitles.

For more information about synopsis, please refer to Vietnamese version of this post.

Free entrance.

Vietnamese Imperial Embroidery Workshop

Thu 22 Oct 2015, 6 – 10 pm

Blossom Art House

94B Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi

Come to join a very special Imperial Embroidery workshop with artist Tram Ngoc Pham and special guest master artisan Vu Gioi.

Embroidery has a long tradition of more than 700 years in Vietnam, and the needle art form archives its best in the royal embroidery, especially the imperial robes. 

Imperial robes – just like many other historical artefacts – reflect cultural values, beliefs and many beautiful symbols. All of them come to life via magnificent hand-stitching. Royal embroidery is always considered the highest rank of this needle art form, which requires not only the best quality materials but also the hands of many master artisans whose techniques and creativity bring both precision and soul to every pattern.

For this workshop, we have Vu Gioi, the one and only master artisan who has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to revive royal traditions in embroidery. 

To Gioi, every robe has its own story, and when you do embroidery, it is not only stitching but to reverently bring a beautiful story into everlasting life. 

To illustrate the Vietnamese royal patterns, he will teach us one of the patterns from Her Majesty The Queen’s robe: its design, color harmony, and the particular combination of stitches.


– 30 minutes – Introduction to Vietnamese Imperial Embroidery

– 10 minutes – Studying a royal pattern

– 10-20 minutes – Participants will be given materials to get prepared and get used to the materials

– 20-30 minutes – Master artisan explain the secret techniques of royal embroidery

– 90 – 100 minutes – Practicing embroidery


20-25 people (15 years old and above). For people who are interested in working with needle arts, fashion and history. You are welcomed to bring along any of your favorite fabrics (should be in plain color).

Level: Beginner / Intermediate.

FEE 300,000 VND per person (materials’ cost is already included).


Please fill in this form through this link

Tram Ngoc Pham is an independent embroidery artist. Graduated from Viet Nam National University of Fine Arts in 2006 and was trained in embroidery at Ecole Lesage in Paris in 2013, she established Meo Meo Atelier – a space specialized in hand embroidery in Hoi An. She has done numerous researches on textile art as well as embroidery techniques during personal trips to France, Indian, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Thailand, Laos, etc… as well as is learning traditional embroideries from the master artisans across Vietnam.

”Lyrical & Cooking”: Swedish Jazz Night with Hakan Rydin Trio

Wed 21 Oct 2015, 8.30 – 10.30 pm

Don’s- A Chef’s Bistro Hanoi

16 Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội

Come to “Lyrical & Cooking”, a music concert by Swedish Jazz Professor, Pianist Håkan Rydin and his trio band with Mattias Hjorth on the bass and Hung Cuong on the drums.

Håkan Rydin was the first Swedish student to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and graduated in 1978. He was the original member of the Swedish legendary group Nexus. The group performed for 20 years with more than 1000 concerts in many parts of the world. Nexus was a pioneer in many ways: it was the first Swedish band to perform at all major jazz festivals in Canada, the first group to organize a private tour in Soviet Union in 1990… Håkan played in Nexus until the group was dissolved in 1994. At that time he had already begun his longtime collaboration with American singer Kim Parker (daughter of the legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker) and together they toured the world over. Shortly after Nexus disbanded, he put together his trio with Hans Andersson and Mårgan Höglund. Their first CD “Beautiful Friendship” released on Four Leaf Records 1996 (FLC CD 146), was very well received and released in more than 10 countries.

In 2005 the trio CD “Tender Silhouette”, recorded in Sun Studio in Copenhagen, was released on the Japanese label “Marshmallow Records”. The CD got 4 stars (out of 5) in Swing Journal, Tokyo and received rave reviews in Sweden. The CD “A Splendored Thing” (Sittel SITCD 9313) with a tenet was released in 2007. A trio CD with Yutaka Kaido on the bass, Makoto Rikitake on the drums and guest artist Hiromi Masuda on alto sax was recorded in August 2010 in Yokohama, also on Marshmallow Records and released in 2013.

In great demand as a pianist, Håkan Rydin has performed with Thad Jones, Pepper Adams, Red Mitchell, Etta Cameron, Enrico Rava, Tim Hagans, Georgie Fame, David Liebman and Swedish jazz artists Jan Allan, Arne Domnérus, Helge Albin, Anders Bergcrantz, Christer Boustedt, Bernt Rosengren and Svante Thuresson, among others. He has given concerts in more than 20 countries including Canada, USA, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Russia, France, Spain, Italy, the Estonia, Lithuania, Ireland, the Netherlands, Greece, Brazil, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Throughout his 40 years of music career, Håkan has performed at many major jazz festivals including Cork International Jazz Festival, Barcelona Jazz Festival, Svedala Jazz Festival, Helsingborgs Jazzfestival, Festival International du Jazz de Montreal, Calgary Jazz Festival, Jazz City Festival in Edmonton, Pacific Jazz & Blues Festival in Vancouver, Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in Saskatoon,Toronto International Jazz festival, Festival Orford in Centre d’Arts, Magog, Molson Harbor, Front Festival in Toronto, EBU International Jazz Festival in Aarhus (Denmark), Montreal (Canada) and Savonlinna (Finland) and North Sea Jazz festival.

Edmonton Journal (Canada) described Håkan Rydin’s style as “lyrical and cooking”.

In April 2013 Håkan Rydin was appointed Professor of Jazz Piano at the Malmö Academy of Music (Lund university – world’s top 100 universities). At the moment, he’s focusing on his Håkan Rydin Scandinavian Trio.

Last but not least, Håkan has played a huge part in developing the jazz scene in Vietnam. He has taught some of the most prominent Vietnamese jazz musicians during their course of study at Malmö Academy of Music. Håkan has been to Vietnam 6 times and given master class to students from the Jazz Department of Vietnam National Academy of Music.

Free entry. Reservation (recommended) via 04 37193719.

Tommy Emmanuel 2015 Live in Vietnam 

Wed 21 Oct 2015, 8 pm

Youth Theater

11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hanoi

For his well-known compositions, Tommy Emmanuel has been nominated for Grammy Awards twice, even though “… I still haven’t had any training, I still don’t read or write music. I can write you a song, I just can’t write it out on paper,” he said in a TEDx session in Melbourne in 2014. With a very natural way of learning and playing the guitar, not following the convention, Tommy has inspired many generations of listeners who admire him.

Born in 1955, Tommy started learning guitar since the age of 4, with a career more than 5-decade long. He has fascinated hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world. His concerts are well-known for his humor and his lively, passionate performances. Performing live for his fans is a very important thing for Tommy. Now at the age of 60, he still has around 300 performances each year.

Fingerstyle – the new genre of solo guitar music in Vietnam – has been thriving in the recent years. One simple way to describe fingerstyle is “one-man band with only one guitar” – only one performer can replace an entire band (integrating the percussion parts onto the guitar). The most unique and captivating aspect of this genre is how the performer can simultaneously play the melody and the percussion by using skillful techniques of hitting the body of the guitar to breathe life into his songs. This is a modern guitar genre, its sound is the melodies of youth. Fingerstyle brings about a whole new perspective of the acoustic guitar.

For more information about the artist, visit his website.


Types of ticket:

– Area 1: 1,200,000 VND

– Area 2: 900,000 VND

– Area 3: 700,000 VND

– Area 4: 500,000 VND

View seat map

Ticket selling venues:

– Website vnguitarconcerts.com

– GuitarPlus | 14B Hao Nam Str.

9h – 21h (all days) – 0168 929 7951

– Sol G | 337 Nguyen Khang Str.

8h30 – 18h (all days) – 04 2216 1102

– Vietnam Youth Theatre – 11 Ngo Thi Nham Str.

8h30 – 19h (Mon – Sat) – 091 261 1766 / 04 2240 9025

– Website ticketbox.vn

* Photo and signing session with the artist before the concert (6:30 PM):

– Only for the lucky 20 tickets in Area 1 bought via this website until the end of 16.10.2015

– The result will be announced on concert fanpage on 17.10.2015

Notice: Not applicable for other ways of buying tickets.

* CD sale: before, after and intermission (only for concert attendees)

Hanoi Slam Presents: “Live Hanoi”

Wed 21 Oct 2015, 7 pm


73a Mai Hac De, Hanoi

Join us for live SLAM action on Wednesday 21st October from 7 p.m., where eight speakers will vie for prizes and microphone glory!

Theme: Hanoi

What does Hanoi mean to YOU? Why do YOU love this unique city? What is YOUR crazy Hanoi story?

For those who have lived here their entire lives, or those who arrived yesterday: everyone has a one-of-a-kind story. Bring it to the stage, help a fantastic NGO, win prizes, and gain microphone immortality.

Limited slots available: Story tellers register now at hanoistoryslam@gmail.com or via our page. Hit us up with your questions.

Tickets: 100,000 VND at the door.

ALL PROCEEDS AT THE DOOR BENEFIT HUMANITARIAN SERVICES FOR THE CHILDREN OF VIETNAM (HSCV) – Helping vulnerable children gain an education across Northern Vietnam.

Battery Dance Company Repertoire – Vietnam Tour 2015

Mon 19 Oct 2015, 8 pm

Hanoi Opera House

1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Battery Dance Company is celebrating its 40th anniversary season with performances in theaters, festivals and educational settings in over 65 countries around the world. The tour is the Company’s second tour in Vietnam; after the first performance on the stages of the HCMC and Hanoi Opera Houses in 2005. The Company’s repertoire is classified by genre as modern and contemporary dance. The Battery dancers are all trained in classical ballet, modern dance and a variety of other styles; and their aesthetic is eclectic but unified by the pursuit of beauty, intricate design and compelling mood and theatricality. No words are spoken by the dancers – their dance serves as the mode of expression; and therefore, there is no literal narrative underlying each work.

– Artistic Director: Jonathan Hollander

– Dancers:

1. Mira Bai Cook

2. Robin Daberath Cantrell

3. Sean O Scantlebury

4. Clement Mensah

5. Bethany Lynn Mitchell


1. Observatory

Choreography: Theo Ndindwa

An abstract display of contemporary choreography for the five dancers of the company, inflected with an African beat that is the signature of South African choreographer Theo Ndindwa and artistic director of iKapa Dance Theatre of Cape Town. Theo was a 2014 Mandela Fellow and was commissioned by Battery Dance Company to create “Observatory” for the 2014 Battery Dance Festival. It has since been performed in South Korea, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and China.

2. Astra

Choreographer: Sean Scantlebury

A quartet that features inventive partnering and imagery that alludes to the movement of the planets and stars in the cosmos.

3. Girl on Repeat

Choreographer and Dancer: Bethany Mitchell

This solo performed by the choreographer represents the repetitive nature of working in an office setting, contrasted with her artistry and passion for dance.

4. The Devil’s Playground

Choreographer: Sean Scantlebury

Created as part of “Autobiographica”, an evening length work choreographed by all of the members of Battery Dance for the 2012 New York Season, The Devil’s Playground has remained in the repertoire as one of the Company’s most powerful works. The music was commissioned from Polarity/1, a composer who is a neighbor of Battery Dance Company in lower Manhattan. The inspiration from the piece comes from science fiction cartoons and the fact that the two male dancers in the original cast were from Algeria and brought certain qualities and characteristics that influenced Sean’s choice of movement.

5. Chimera (2015)

Choreographer: Sean Scantlebury

Dancers: Sean Scantlebury and Mira Cook

Premiered at the Dancing Poznan 2015 Festival, Poland

An interlude between a couple that takes place in a dreamscape featuring elaborate partnering.

6. Beamed Down (2015)

Choreographer and performer: Mira Cook

A tongue-in-cheek romp suggestive of an alien being who has been allowed a short time on earth before being returned to her space ship.

7. …Until it’s gone (2012)

Choreographer and performer: Clement Mensah

A tour de force veering between moments of physical strength and virtuosity and periods of stillness and contemplation.


Ticket prices: 200,000 – 350,000 – 500,000 VND. 

All tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or can book online at ticketvn.com.

For free delivery, call: 0913489858, 0983067996.

Exhibition “Art of Vietnam – Another Look”

Opening: Mon 19 Oct 2015, 6 pm

Exhibition: 19 – 23 Oct 2015

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Hanoi

We hereby cordially presents a piece of art exhibition named “Art of Vietnam – Another look”. The showcase introduces more than 50 features artworks by well-known Vietnamese modern artists since the period of École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine (Indochina Fine Arts College) and beyond. All works are from the private collection of Nguyễn Minh.

Nguyễn Minh’s modern Vietnamese painting collection is worth watching and respecting. With a cultural sensitivity and a considerable investment Nguyễn Minh has acquired numerous paintings from international auctions. And he has done a great job bringing national treasures back to where they belonged.

It can be said that God bless collectors during their approach to artists and artworks. On the other hand, they are talented businessmen investing in the arts while the domestic art market is still rudimental. 

Nguyễn Minh was raised in a family of antique collectors; also his own antique collection is valuable. Later he became friend of Đức Minh’s sons, the art collectors (Bùi Đình Thản), and was considered as the first buyer of some items from Đức Minh’s collection upon its dissolution.

In recent years, Nguyễn Minh changed the mind and started participating in international art auctions of Christie’s, Sotheby’s and others. These works shall probably undergo a chequered fate, due to limitations in storing capacity of Vietnamese collectors. 

Therefore, at any time, the introduction of the precious works of art is a good opportunity for the general public and art lovers, in which the role of the arts in the culture and in the society is evaluated.

In any country, any nation that has come cross too long wars and undergone complicated political regimes, there is not much chance for culture even though it is the country’s survival motivation. 

That is just the case of Vietnam culture context. Near the end of the 19th century, Vietnam was under French colonialism against a powerless feudalism, and a lot of patriotic movements happened. 

The first half of the 20th century witnessed patriotic organised struggles, and finally the Vietnam Communist party played a decisive role in the fight for national independence. 

The country split into two parts for more than 20 years, from 1954 to 1975, and then an arduous reunification. Later came the period of the “Subsidy economy”, post-war recovery, Đổi Mới (the Renovation), Socialism – oriented market economy… 

Over the whole 20th century, Vietnam culture was like mothers in the war nourishing their children, willing to sacrifice all. Many ancient buildings as pagodas, temples, and community houses were destroyed. 

Many antiquities disappeared and were traded abroad. Almost all artists became poor, down and out; lastly their artworks were sent adrift. 

Till today, archiving artworks in domestic collections has been considered to be a great human awakening. And people, who are awakened, in one way or another protect these artworks even under nearly impossible conditions.

Every quality collection can be a face of art and culture in its own way. Thereby, it may be said, Nguyễn Minh’s collection is Art of Vietnam – Another look.

This exhibition also received support from Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Department of Fine Arts and Photography, art critic Phan Cẩm Thượng, ACCAviet the organiser as well as many friends, colleagues and artists. We are deeply thankful.

Nguyễn Minh

Begin his career as collector of antiques, caligraphy and painting, Nguyễn Minh is one of art & cultural unique collectors in Hanoi at this time. His collection stores more than 200 art pieces since the periof of École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine, Wartime, Subsidying time and Doi Moi (the Renovation), lasting from 1940 – 1990 of 20th century. There are many famous names of features artists in Vietnamese Modern Arts, such as Lê Phổ, Vũ Cao Đàm, Mai Trung Thứ, Lê Thị Lựu, Bùi Xuân Phái, Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm, Nguyễn Trọng Hợp, Lê Quốc Lộc, Mai Văn Hiến, Trọng Kiệm, Trần Duy, Nguyễn Dung, Đặng Xuân Hòa, Thành Chương… and others.


ACCAviet is a group of independent curators and event organizers working together to organize exhibitions and art events for local and international artists in Vietnam.

It is the objective of ACCAviet to collaborate, exchange, and generate dialogues and connection with other artists and independent curators, organizations, institutes, art centers within and outside of Vietnam, towards the goals of creating more opportunities for artists, to nurture and enrich the art scene in Vietnam, to promote the development of contemporary art and cultural environment.

Activity-Day of Science Film Festival 2015

Sun 18 Oct 2015, 10 am – 12 pm and 2 – 5 pm

Goethe-Institut Hanoi

56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

The Science Film Festival is back with its fifth edition in Vietnam. As in previous years, the Goethe-Institut Hanoi invites children, adolescents and adults to their popular activity days. This year, they will be held on 18 October and 15 November during both morning and afternoon. Interesting movies, exciting experiments and many fun games will let big and small discover the world of science and technology with their own hands.

This year, the Science Film Festival focuses on the topic of light. As part of the International Year of Light 2015, which was initiated by the UN, we ask ourselves: What exactly are laser beams and how can they be used? Why do rainbows happen? And how can fireflies glow in the dark? These questions and many others we will find answers to. Join us, and bring light into the darkness!

Program of the films and experiments

Sunday, 18 October 2015:

10am – 12pm (for primary school pupils and families):

Glass Engraving (The Show with the Mouse)

nine-and-a-half: Bright Night – How Light Pollutes the Environment

2pm – 5pm (for secondary school students and families):

Header – Pinhole Camera

The Secret of Neon Advertising Signs

Sunday, 15 November 2015:

10am – 12pm (for primary school pupils and families):

Hawkeye: Science of Light

The Light Elephant (The Show with the Mouse)

2pm – 5pm (for secondary school students and families):

The Power of Light and Sound

K for Knowledge – Cockroaches, Geckos and Robots

Registration only via emailApplication form Science Film Festival

Registration: Ms. Do Thi Thuy


Performance of Contemporary Dance “The Roof”

Mon 19 Oct 2015, 8 pm

HCMC Opera House

No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC

Choreographer Bui Ngoc Quan’s contemporary dance work “The Roof” is a fantastically special work with strong movements, artistic visuals with live speaking and singing of the dancers.

Bui Ngoc Quan gathered a group of Vietnamese dancers and encouraged them to freely create, develop and use new body languages. As a Vietnamese with many years of experience living and working in the arts in Europe, he has combined his experience, his visions and different cultures to create this wonderful work. Through the stories the dancers tell, any audience can feel the connection between life and this work of contemporary dance.

Set in a maze on a roof, the audience can find in this a world where anyone can escape the everyday busy lives. A day on this roof seems to be a time when anybody can freely express, find our yearnings and passions and imagine new lifestyles. Are we becoming smaller and more fragile as we drown ourselves in our work?

Contemporary Dance “The Roof”

– Script & Choreograph: Bùi Ngọc Quân

– Performing: Trần Hoàng Yến, Nguyễn Thu Trang, Đỗ Ngọc Thủy, Phan Tiểu Ly, Đàm Đức Nhuận, Sùng A Lùng, Phan Thái Bình


Ticket price: 550,000 – 400,000 – 350,000 – 200,000 – 80,000 VND (for students only)

Booking and delivery: 08 38237419, Ms. Huong: 0989874517, Ms. Huong Ly: 0908057972

At HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square

Online Booking: www.ticketbox.vn

Massive Open Online Course: ART of the MOOC – Merging Public Art and Experimental Education

ART of the MOOC: Public Art and Experimental Education course – Calls for registration

Course duration: 19 Oct – 06 Dec 2015

Join thousands around the world in this free, six-week online course that is also a work of public art.

ART of the MOOC functions simultaneously as a socially-engaged public art form and a survey course on that very subject. Taking full advantage of the global scale yet intimate environment that only a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) can offer, this course merges traditional classroom practices with new technology and aesthetic experimentation.

The course is open to those without previous experience, as well as more advanced students and practicing professionals.

Course at a Glance:

– 7 weeks of study

– 4-6 hours/week

– Language: English


1. Pedro Lasch

– Visual Artist and Associate Research Professor

– Duke University

2. Nato Thompson

– Creative Time

– Art Journal Award for distinguished writing

Film Screening “La Cour de Babel”

Sun 18 Oct 2015, 6 pm


24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the documentary screening of “School of Babel” (France, 2014, 89 mins) directed by Julie Bertuccelli.

“They come from all over the world and learn French in a Paris school. This beautiful documentary tells their integration, their doubts and their hopes.” – Le Parisien

For more information about synopsis, please see L’Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post.

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle.


Ticket price: 50 000 VND

Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40 000 VND

Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Talk “Stories of Queer”

Sun 18 Oct 2015, 4 pm

Nha San Collective’s new space

15th floor, Hanoi Creative City Building, 01 Luong Yen, Hanoi

The talk will be conducted in Vietnamese. For more information, please refer to Vietnamese version of this post

Language: Vietnamese

Free entrance.

Film Screening “Les Vacances du Petit Nicolas”

Sun 18 Oct 2015, 4 pm


24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the film screening “Nicolas on Holiday” (France, 2014, 97 mins).

– Director: Laurent Tirard

– Cast : Valérie Lemercier, Kad Mérad, Dominique Lavanant, François-Xavier Demaison

“Laurent Tirard revives the good humor and fantasy of the childhood. In a more comic and burlesque atmosphere, the gags are linked as sunny humorous pellets. “- Le JDD.

For more information about synopsis, please see L’Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post.

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle.


Ticket price: 50 000 VND

Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40 000 VND

Tickets are available at L’Espace.

A Jazz Night with JumpforJazz

Sat 17 Oct 2015, 8 – 9 pm

Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly presents its seventh act of the JF Garage Concert, “A Jazz Night with JumpforJazz” in Hanoi on Saturday 17.10.2015.

JumpforJazz is back! After the very successful and well received “Chronology of Jazz” series, JumpforJazz continues to surprise its audience by introducing a unique and original fusion of Jazz and Vietnamese folksongs.

Following its aim to support and encourage young and talented Vietnamese musicians to perform and participate in a wide variety of concerts, this time the JumpforJazz-band includes three well know musicians: Hoang Ha on drum, Vu Ngoc Ha on electric-bass, and Nguyen Huu Vuong on piano and special young talent guitarist Trinh Thy San.

In addition, this time JumpforJazz will spend half of the concert playing original compositions by John Coltrane to tribute to his birthday September 23, 1926. The accompanying jazz variations played are original compositions by Mr. Nguyen Bao Long.

Free admission. All free seats, first-come, first-served.

Solo Exhibition “The Dream” by Jorge Rivera

Opening: Fri 16 Oct 2015, 6 pm

Exhibition: 16 Oct – 13 Nov 2015

Art Vietnam Gallery

24 Ly Quoc Su (2nd Floor), Hanoi

Open Monday-Saturday 10am – 6pm

Art Vietnam Gallery is happy to announce our first exhibition of the autumn season of 2015 with the works of the Spanish sculptor Jorge Rivera, entitled “The Dream”, a reference to the Honda Dream motorbike that was the quintessential luxury of the early 1990’s. This exhibition is the merging of three cultures, Spain, Vietnam and Japan  

that reflects the cooperation of our 3 neighbors at the 24 Ly Quoc Su art zone with the Vietnamese LACA art café, Japan’s Pizza 4P’s and the Spanish designer Diego of Chula. We are happy to invite you to this celebration of the international side of life and art.

Opening reception is Friday October 16 at 6pm.

Jorge Rivera, Spanish sculptor residing in London and Taiwan, Ph.D graduate of Sculpture from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, discovered the marvels of local marble while traveling in Central Vietnam two years ago and has spent months creating his latest body of innovative sculptures for his upcoming solo exhibition at Art Vietnam Gallery in Hanoi.

The title recalls the Honda Dream motorbike, the quintessential symbol of luxury and prestige in the early 1990’s, as the trigger for the fantasies and dreams of the Vietnamese people. Fascinated with the relationship the Vietnamese have with their motorbikes since they are young, to how much of their everyday lives spins around these old machines, how they literally sleep, eat and live on them, the artist expands on this intimate accord.

The artist states: “‘The Dream’ is my personal attempt to portray the spirit, the essence and the strength of the Vietnamese character. My intention is to get close to who the Vietnamese are as human beings, their dreams, identity and aspirations, using the intimate relationship they have with their motorbike as the tool to explore and expand on their persona.”

The show consists of a total of nine marble pieces, a short video projection, three large paintings in silk and a selection of sketches, collages and storyboards of the pieces and the film. The sculptures are variations and extrapolations of different parts of motorbikes. The sculptures work as a dismembered part of a larger body. The body of the  

Honda Dream, the parts are somehow different stages of dreaming. The parts made in marble aim to emphasize not only the obvious physical dimension with those parts but also the more unconscious, emotional and spiritual content hinted in the material of the white marble, burnt wood or stone. The titles of the pieces and the stands are abstractions of mythological motives constantly active in the Vietnamese heritage, traditional art and craftsmanship.

The film intercuts footage of the making of the marble pieces (a moon-like scape of the workshop covered in white dust) with footage that the artist has gathered from his motorbike journeys throughout the country with some references to the mythological animals and elements staged in popular celebrations such as the lion or the dragon dance.

The large paintings on silk portray the body of the motorcyclist without the actual motorbike. The bodies painted on translucent silk are like ghosts or dreamy images floating and being driven in the space by a non existent vehicle.

Rivera has exhibited widely internationally and has participated in artist in residency programs recently in Taiwan, Tokyo and Berlin. His works are in the public collections of Sotheby’s and the Royal College of Art, London, Takumy Museum, Japan, Stanford University, San Francisco, Fundacion Barrie de La Maza, A Coruna, and Fundacion Luis Seoane, A Coruna and in private collections.

”Old Sounds of New days” at Manzi – Encounter 3: From the Delta

Fri 16 Oct 2015, 8 pm

Manzi Art Space

14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi

Red River Delta – home of the Vietnamese culture and civilisation – has conserved a great treasure of folk songs.

As part of Manzi’s “Old sounds of New days” concert series, “Encounter three: ‘From the Delta’” will introduce the most enchanting folk melodies from the Red River Delta: Trống quân, Cò lả, Ví, Quan họ together with other traditional chamber music pieces such as Ca trù, Chầu văn and Xẩm.

Featuring masters Xuân Hoạch, Thanh Hoài, Thanh Bình.

Charge: 200,000VND (incl. 01 free drink).

Due to limited seating capacity (acoustic concert for 30 people only), please email us at manzihanoi@gmail.com before Wed 14 Oct to reserve seats.

“Old Sounds of New Days” is a series of music concerts hosted by manzi as an effort to support and tell an authentic narrative about the different ancient and traditional musical genres in Vietnam.

Previous “Old Sounds of New Days” concerts at Manzi:

– Encounter 1: Xẩm

– Encounter 2: Lullaby

Standpoint Theories – Legends of Vietnam Remix

15, 16 and 17 Oct 2015, 8 – 10 pm

Ben Thanh Theatre

6 Mac Dinh Chi, Dist 1, HCMC

After the success of Standpoint Theories – Vietnam Edition with Lê Cát Trọng Lý in January 2015, Standpoint Theories comes back this October with edition Standpoint Theories – Legends of Vietnam Remix.

The project will be presented as an evening-length interactive dance performance inspired by six well-known Vietnamese Myths:

– The legendary story of Âu Cơ, an immortal mountain fairy who married Lạc Long Quân

– The God of Tản Viên Mountain known as, Sơn Tinh

– Chử Đồng Tử – a marsh boy

– Princess Liễu Hạnh, a heavenly spirit and Mother Goddess

– Bà Chúa Xứ known as Lady of the Realm

A collaborative international project focused on building a graphic novel of six Vietnamese legendary myths by using the means of a blend between modern and hip-hop dance, Vietnamese text, live visual art/3D mapping and live electronic music fused with an urban twist.

Standpoint Theories has established itself as one of a select number of productions that feature multi-disciplinary arts within the local Vietnamese and expat community. It was accepted into the Amsterdam Fringe Festival and has been published in the Contemporary Dance World Almanac 2015.

WHO: A collaboration under the direction of American choreographer Emily Navarra featuring X-Clown Hip-Hop Dance Crew (Vietnam), DJ/Producers Jase Nguyen (Vietnam) and Andre Ngo (Vietnam), electronic duo Space//Panther (America), bassist Gareth Katz (America), percussionist Eric Meftah (America), illustrator Hoang Trung (Vietnam), animator/scenographer Julien Noyer (France) and visual artist/scenographer Daniel Day Long (America).


Ticket prices:

Early Chu Dong Tu: 300,000 VND

Early Au Co: 350,000 VND

Early Lac Long Quan: 470, 000 VND

Early student: 200,000 VND

Conference “How to Become a Global Citizen”

Sat 17 Oct 2015, 9 am


24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Belonging to the 9X generation, Tran Quang Hung is well-known with his outstanding academic achievements and social activities. Having worked at the UN, in 2013, he was the only young Vietnamese invited to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) and Myanmar.

The conference will address the following issues:

– Best experiences of “global citizen” that can motivate the youth.

– Useful and practical knowledge and methods to improve their language skills.

– The promotion of youth in the context of international integration.

Language: Vietnamese.

Free entry.

Free Class “Getting to Know the Harp”

17, 18, 31 Oct and 01 Nov 2015, 9 am – 12 pm

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hanoi

The Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra coordinates with the center for Japanese Cultural Exchange in Vietnam (Japan Foundation) to organize a free “Getting to know the Harp” class.

Instructor: Ms. Aya Matsumoto from Japan.

Registration time: From 7/10/2015 to 15/10/2015.

Enroll at:

Department of Foreign Affairs, The Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra

226 Cau Giay

Tel 04 3833 1448

Email: dnghvn@gmail.com

Priority for pupils aged 6-12.

Concert “Music from Italy”

Mon 19 Oct 2015, 8 pm

HCMC Conservatory of Music

112 Nguyen Du Street, Ward 1, HCMC

In the name of XV edition of the Week of Italian Language in the World, come to concert “Music from Italy” at Concert Hall of Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music.

The concert has the special participation of two Italian musicians: pianist Anna Lisa Giordano and saxophonist Alfredo Cerrito, and the top vocalists from Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music including all the artists Anh Bang, Khanh Trang, Ngoc Tuyen, Khanh Ngoc and Thu Thao.

Anna Lisa Giordano obtained the Graduate Diploma in Piano with the highest honors at the “San Pietro a Majella” Conservatory of Naples (in the class of M° Anna Alvino). In 2014, she continued obtaining the “Master of Arts in Music Performance” at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano (class of M°Nora Doallo). She won the first prize in various national and international competitions.

Afredo Cerrito won many national and international competitions, including jazz ones. He joined the prestigious Wind Orchestra of the Italian Army and performed in many famous theaters until September 2009. Recently he and “Duo 8 e 15″ that founded in 2009 with the pianist Anna Lisa Giordano have successfully performed in many countries all over the world.

Invitation release at HCMC Foreign Affairs office – 112 Nguyen Du, District 1. Hotline: 0903.034.112

Film Screening “L’Homme Qu’on Aimait Trop” at L’Espace

Fri 16 Oct 2015, 8 pm


24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the film screening “In the Name of My Daughter” (France, 2014, 116 mins).

– Director: André Téchiné

– Cast: Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, Adèle Haenel

“Best director” from Cannes comes back with a movie telling a true story about fate and the mysterious disappearance of a casino millionaire’s daughter in France.

For more information about synopsis, please see L’Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post.

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle.


Ticket price: 50 000 VND

Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40 000 VND

Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Seminar “Study Art and Design in the UK”

Fri 16 Oct 2015, 4 pm

Library Ballroom

The London College for Design and Fashion Studies (Hanoi)

No. 98 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho, Hanoi

Join us for a presentation by The University of Gloucestershire, (UK) to find down as much as you can about the opportunity to study Art and Design in the UK, credit transfer and scholarship opportunities.

University of Gloucestershire ranked a top 10 new university in the Guardian University Guide 2016, offering courses in Advertising, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Photography, Photojournalism and Visual Communication.

The university provide a contemporary, creative learning environment with specialist studios and facilities, ranging from traditional print-making to leading digital technology.