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Entertainment Events in Hanoi & HCMC June 29-July 5


Hanoi- Literature talk

7pm, July 1

Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ích Street

A talk to discuss Vietnamese literary pieces

The talk, named Wounds That Can’t Be Bandaged: The Imperfect Translation of Women’s Suffering in The Tale of Kiều and The Sorrow of War, will be led by speaker Ha Trang. Trang will share results of her research on two of Vietnam’s most important literary pieces that were translated into English – Truyện Kiều (The Tale of Kiều) and Nỗi Buồn Chiến Tranh (The Sorrow of War).Truyện Kiều was written by Nguyễn Du in the early 19th century (translated by Huỳnh Sanh Thông) and Nỗi Buồn Chiến Tranh was penned by Bảo Ninh in 1987 (translated by Frank Palmos).

Free entry.



Hanoi-Exhibition: Musical Painting

Until August 31

L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street

“Some people choose the straight path, others follow the unknown turns.” I belong to the second group. At the age of 16, I started working as a shift worker in a factory … and also started painting. At the age of 17, I was adventuring here and there. At the age of 20, I did my first solo exhibition. After a few years, I retired from painting because I was too hungry to explore other art forms such as theater, music and cinema. More or less, all of them have brought me happiness … During that time, I had the opportunity to meet famous artists and learn a lot.

In the end, I’m back with painting, in a serious way. And because music is my passion, so I’ve always pain with music. And now, I’m painting music.

Free entrance 

Hanoi- Exhibition: “Built Environment – An Alternative Guide to Japan”

Until July 5, 8:30 – 16:45,

Vietnam Fine Art Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Embassy of Japan in Vietnam proudly present a travelling exhibition “Built Environment – An Alternative Guide to Japan”.

Hanoi-Exhibition: An Unseen World

Until June 30,
First Floor Gallery, Art and Coffee, 168 Ngo Xa Dan 2, Ho Dac Di Street.

Join us for the opening of a new art space in Hanoi and the showcase of a new series of artwork from artist David Evans!

The show will feature David’s latest project here in Hanoi with a series of portraits on the subject of consciousness. Inspired from the New York School and the German Neo-expressionist.

David Evans is an American artist who has been heavily influenced by the street art in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side of Manhattan along with the Jazz scene in New York. David takes the primitive and primordial aspects of modernity and forms portraits littered with texts, not of the visual world but rather of the unseen.

Ultimately this project depicts the tension between notions of modernity which are in constant conflict with the inherent primitive state of humanity and its need for the unseen world.

The works will be on display for a limited time after the event.

Hanoi-Exhibition shows artworks inspired by music

Until August 31,

French Cultural Centre L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street

With a smartphone, visitors can scan the QR code on the painting by Jacob Reymond at an exhibition which has opened in Hanoi, then listen to the song that inspired him to create the painting. 




Defender Van Hau leaves SC Heerenveen for V.League 1 side

Defender Doan Van Hau is due to return to Vietnam to compete in the second half of the V.League 1 2020 season following the expiry of his loan contract with Dutch team SC Heerenveen, announced his club Hanoi FC on July 10.

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Although Van Hau’s loan contract expired on June 30, he was able to continue training with the Dutch team, with Hanoi FC offering to help pay Van Hau’s salary to stay at SC Heerenveen, providing they prove they want to keep the leading Vietnamese player.

Despite the Dutch side’s intentions, the impact of the novel coronavirus has caused a headache for SC Heerenveen, and the team had also bid farewell to eight other footballers.

Following a period of protracted negotiations, Hanoi FC were unable to reach an agreement with the Dutch side. The V.League 1 champions therefore announced their decision to recall Van Hau in order for him to play in the second half of the V.League 1 season, and the national team defender is set to arrive in a few days.

The return of Van Hau marks a joyous moment for Hanoi FC, as many of their football players are suffering from injuries. His return also provides another option for the Vietnamese men’s national football team when they compete in the ASEAN Football Federation Cup 2020 and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2021.VOV


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Veteran musician opens book cafe

Hundreds of books are displayed at Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ (Youth Library-Saturday Cafe), a reading room cafe in HCM City launched by veteran musician and music teacher Dương Thụ. — Photo courtesy of Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ

HCM CITY — Veteran musician and music teacher Dương Thụ has launched a “reading room” cafe to attract young people in HCM City.

The venue, called Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ (Youth Library-Saturday Cafe), has hundreds of titles of rare and best-selling books about literature, culture, history, science and politics.    

Highlighted books include those by famous Vietnamese authors and scholars in the 1930s such as Phạm Quỳnh, Phan Khôi, Đào Duy Anh and Vũ Bằng.

Most of the books were donated by cultural researchers, historians, scientists and mathematicians, including maths professor Ngô Bảo Châu and Dr. Nguyễn Xuân Sanh, a maths expert.   

Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ has computers to help readers access the internet.

According to Thụ, the venue is free to people of any age or background. “Reading good books helps young people improve their knowledge and discover the world,” said the 77-year-old Thụ

Thụ, who began his music career in 1982, has composed more than 100 songs in pop and contemporary folk music. Many of his works were top hits and performed by music stars. 

He has worked as a music lecturer at several universities and colleges in Hà Nội and HCM City.   

Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ is part of a cultural programme titled Cà Phê Thứ Bảy (Café Saturday) launched by Thụ and his partners in 2009. The programme introduces Vietnamese culture and music to young people.

It offers seminars and forums in fine art, literature, painting, photography, film and theatre. The events are hosted by well-known cultural researchers, musicians, writers and artists. 

Screenings of Vietnamese and famous foreign films are also included.   

Thụ received the Culture and Education prize presented by Phan Châu Trinh Culture Foundation in 2018.

The annual Phan Châu Trinh Awards, launched in 2008 by Phan Châu Trinh Culture Foundation, honours individuals and groups for their contributions to Vietnamese culture, translation, research and Vietnamese studies.

The awards also honour the national hero, poet and cultural expert Phan Châu Trinh of Quảng Nam Province, who fought in the resistance movement against the French.

Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ is open from 7am to 10pm every day at 38 Võ Văn Tần Street in District 3. — VNS


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HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera presents concert of songs from popular films

Vocalists and musicians of the HCM City and the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will perform at a concert featuring music from popular movies at the Opera House on July 11 and 12.

HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera presents concert of songs from popular films
Soprano Pham Khanh Ngoc will perform in a concert featuring songs from popular movies at the Opera House on July 11 and 12. — Photo courtesy of HBSO 

The concert will open with music from the films The Magnificent Seven, Gladiator, and The Dark Knight Rises.

The highlight will be the Harry Potter Symphony Suite composed by John Williams.

Williams has won five Oscars, four Golden Globes, seven British Academy Film Awards and 22 Grammy Awards for his compositions. He was the first film score composer to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 2016.

The music will be performed by the HBSO orchestra.

The HBSO chorus will sing Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World from the animated film Finding Dory, and Elton John’s Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King. 

Soprano Pham Khanh Ngoc will continue the night with a song from La Califfa (Lady Caliph), a 1970 French-Italian co-production directed by Alberto Bevilacqua. The song was written by Italian composer Ennio Morricone.

Baritone Dao Mac will sing Freddie Mercury’s Don’t Stop Me Now from the film Shaun of the Dead, and Always Remember Us This Way from the musical drama A Star Is Born.

Pop singers Vo Ha Tram and Ho Trung Dung will perform Shallow, which won the Best Original Song at the Oscars 2019.

Tram will have a solo performance of Into the Unknown from the animated movie Frozen II, while Dung will sing The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha.

Violinist Tang Thanh Nam and cellist Nguyen Tan Anh will perform John Williams’ Chairman’s Waltz from Memoirs of a Geisha.

Conductor Tran Nhat Minh, who has a Master of Music in Conducting at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, will lead the concert.

The concert will begin at 8pm at the Opera House at 7 Lam Son Square in District 1. Tickets are available at the venue’s box office and at  VNS


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