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The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on Thursday evening held a ceremony to open the Nguyen Hue Flower Street, which is organized annually to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday and is now in its 20th year.

Before the opening ceremony, the flower street had been teeming with visitors.

Most of them expressed their keen interest in statues of cat, the zodiac animal of the upcoming lunar new year, on the street.

Visitors were also surprised at statues of zodiac animals of previous years, which were also erected on the street this year.

Nguyen Hoang Vy, residing in Thu Duc City, said the flower street this year is more interesting and impressive.

“With this feelings, I hope I will obtain certain achievements in 2023 and my family will spend more time together,” Vy added.

Thang from Binh Thanh District, said his family would return to his hometown on Friday, so they came to the flower street from Thursday afternoon.

The family of Nguyen Hoang, a resident in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, takes photos on the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The family of Nguyen Hoang, a resident in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, takes photos on the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

Speaking at the Nguyen Hue Flower Street opening ceremony, Ho Chi Minh City Vice Chairman Duong Anh Duc said the highlight of the flower street this year is 20 statues of zodiac animals at the entrance of the street, which represent the city’s development process over the past 20 years.

The flower street was inspired by the city’s multi-cultural lifestyle with traditional dishes, ca phe bet (drinking coffee on the ground), and smart and technological city.

The flower street this year also includes flower-based artistic works of general consulates of eight countries, including the U.S., Thailand, Japan, and South Korea, in Ho Chi Minh City, Duc said.

The municipal leader also hailed Saigontourist Group, a local tourism firm, for designing, managing the construction and mobilizing resources from other enterprises to develop the flower street.

Over the past two decades, the Nguyen Hue Flower Street has become an entertainment venue for local residents and tourists, a special cultural work, and a new symbol of the city when the lunar new year is coming.

To mark the 20th year of the flower street, the city will extend the flower street’s opening time by one day compared with previous years to January 25, or the fifth day of the new lunar year.

With the theme “Xuan an vui, xuan thinh vuong” (Happy and prosperous spring), the flower street has been a symbol of the city during the Tet holiday.

The flower street is divided into two segments—happy spring and prosperous spring.

Many environmentally-friendly materials, such as spongy, bamboo, bricks, and fabrics, nearly 106,000 pots with 88 kinds of flowers, 18 kinds of leaves, and 300 square meters of grass are used for the decorations on the over-600-meter street.

Delegates cut the ribbon to open the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in celebration of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Delegates cut the ribbon to open the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in celebration of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
An artistic performance at the opening ceremony of the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
An artistic performance at the opening ceremony of the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Delegates visit the flower street after attending the flower street opening ceremony. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Delegates visit the flower street after attending the flower street opening ceremony. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
A family has a look of their photos. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
A family has a look of their photos. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Some female consuls of other countries in Ho Chi Minh City wearing ao dai (a Vietnamese traditional outfit) while visiting the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Some female consuls of other countries in Ho Chi Minh City wearing ao dai (Vietnamese traditional outfit) while visiting the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The flower street opens at 7:45 pm on Thursday. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The flower street opens at 7:45 pm on Thursday. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The Nguyen Hue flower street is crowded with visitors. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The Nguyen Hue flower street is crowded with visitors. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

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The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on Thursday evening held a ceremony to open the Nguyen Hue Flower Street, which is organized annually to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday and is now in its 20th year.

Before the opening ceremony, the flower street had been teeming with visitors.

Most of them expressed their keen interest in statues of cat, the zodiac animal of the upcoming lunar new year, on the street.

Visitors were also surprised at statues of zodiac animals of previous years, which were also erected on the street this year.

Nguyen Hoang Vy, residing in Thu Duc City, said the flower street this year is more interesting and impressive.

“With this feelings, I hope I will obtain certain achievements in 2023 and my family will spend more time together,” Vy added.

Thang from Binh Thanh District, said his family would return to his hometown on Friday, so they came to the flower street from Thursday afternoon.

The family of Nguyen Hoang, a resident in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, takes photos on the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The family of Nguyen Hoang, a resident in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, takes photos on the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

Speaking at the Nguyen Hue Flower Street opening ceremony, Ho Chi Minh City Vice Chairman Duong Anh Duc said the highlight of the flower street this year is 20 statues of zodiac animals at the entrance of the street, which represent the city’s development process over the past 20 years.

The flower street was inspired by the city’s multi-cultural lifestyle with traditional dishes, ca phe bet (drinking coffee on the ground), and smart and technological city.

The flower street this year also includes flower-based artistic works of general consulates of eight countries, including the U.S., Thailand, Japan, and South Korea, in Ho Chi Minh City, Duc said.

The municipal leader also hailed Saigontourist Group, a local tourism firm, for designing, managing the construction and mobilizing resources from other enterprises to develop the flower street.

Over the past two decades, the Nguyen Hue Flower Street has become an entertainment venue for local residents and tourists, a special cultural work, and a new symbol of the city when the lunar new year is coming.

To mark the 20th year of the flower street, the city will extend the flower street’s opening time by one day compared with previous years to January 25, or the fifth day of the new lunar year.

With the theme “Xuan an vui, xuan thinh vuong” (Happy and prosperous spring), the flower street has been a symbol of the city during the Tet holiday.

The flower street is divided into two segments—happy spring and prosperous spring.

Many environmentally-friendly materials, such as spongy, bamboo, bricks, and fabrics, nearly 106,000 pots with 88 kinds of flowers, 18 kinds of leaves, and 300 square meters of grass are used for the decorations on the over-600-meter street.

Delegates cut the ribbon to open the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in celebration of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Delegates cut the ribbon to open the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in celebration of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
An artistic performance at the opening ceremony of the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
An artistic performance at the opening ceremony of the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Delegates visit the flower street after attending the flower street opening ceremony. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Delegates visit the flower street after attending the flower street opening ceremony. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
A family has a look of their photos. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
A family has a look of their photos. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Some female consuls of other countries in Ho Chi Minh City wearing ao dai (a Vietnamese traditional outfit) while visiting the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
Some female consuls of other countries in Ho Chi Minh City wearing ao dai (Vietnamese traditional outfit) while visiting the flower street. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The flower street opens at 7:45 pm on Thursday. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The flower street opens at 7:45 pm on Thursday. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The Nguyen Hue flower street is crowded with visitors. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre
The Nguyen Hue flower street is crowded with visitors. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

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Vietnam’s Giang brothers launch circus photo album after setting new world record in Italy

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The Giang brothers – a Vietnamese acrobatic duo – made their circus photo album in Italy’s Milan, after setting a new world record for a head-to-head balancing walk last Friday.

Circus artists Giang Quoc Nghiep, 38, and Giang Quoc Co, 34, named their album ‘Vietnamese Circus in Italy – A Stage amid Everyday Life.’

The album features their spectacular circus performances during their recent walking tour of many streets and landmarks in Milan. 

This image shows the Giang brothers performing while crossing a street in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

This image shows the Giang brothers performing while crossing a street in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

They went from the Milan Cathedral to the 1,300-year-old Piazza Mercanti square, the 1,500-year-old Sforzesco Castle, and the 164-year-old Arco della Pace (‘Arch of Peace’) built during the Napoleonic period. 

They also performed outside the 16th-century Giureconsulti Palace and the 38.6-ha Sempione Park, among other attractions in Milan. 

The street-performance tour took place for six hours in total, drawing special attention and interest from excited locals.

The two acrobats are seen in another performance also at the ancient Giureconsulti building in Milan, Italy, in this image. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

The two acrobats are seen in another performance at the ancient Giureconsulti building in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

In the past, the Giang brothers created performance photo sets everywhere they performed, not only to record beautiful memories and unforgettable impressions, but also to promote a unique type of Vietnamese circus to the world.

Last Friday, the acrobatic duo earned one more place in the Guinness Book of World Records by successfully performing a head-to-head balancing walk at the Guinness World Record Show in Milan.

After three weeks of preparation, they smoothly walked up 10 steps to a height of two meters, passed through a crossbar 0.4 meters wide and 10 meters long, and then walked down the 10 steps for their gig.

This image shows the Vietnamese acrobatic duo performing their head-to-head balancing walk outside the ancient Giureconsulti building in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

This image shows the Vietnamese acrobatic duo performing their head-to-head balancing walk outside the ancient Giureconsulti building in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

They took part in the show at the invitation of Banijay S.p.A Company more than a year after they broke their own world record in Spain.

After their latest feat in Milan, the Giang brothers said they have determined that this was their last international gig. 

“Everything has its limit. It is better for us to stop at the right time,” Nghiep said.

The Vietnamese acrobatic duo are performing their head-to-head balancing walk at the Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy. Photo Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese acrobatic duo perform their head-to-head balancing walk at the Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

He explained that their parents, wives and children, and friends have long been worried for their safety during their stunts and want them to stop engaging in such adventurous maneuvers.

“We, however, will still continue practice and perform to the public at our own will,” Co said.

This image shows Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep on Dante, an ancient street leading to the Sforzesco Castle in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

This image shows Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep on Dante, an ancient street leading to the Sforzesco Castle in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Five years ago, Co and Nghiep earned a reputation for themselves over daredevil gymnastics routines that booked them a spot amongst the finalists of Britain’s Got Talent 2018. 

The Giang brothers also won several local and international circus prizes, including the Grand Prix Award at the 10th International Circus Festival ‘Circuba 2011’ in Havana, Cuba; three prizes at the 13th International Circus Festival in Italy including a silver medal and two minor titles awarded by internationally renowned circus groups Monte Carlo Circus and Cirque du Soleil; and the Silver Lion Award at the 13th International Circus Festival in Hebei Province, China in 2011.

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The Giang brothers – a Vietnamese acrobatic duo – made their circus photo album in Italy’s Milan, after setting a new world record for a head-to-head balancing walk last Friday.

Circus artists Giang Quoc Nghiep, 38, and Giang Quoc Co, 34, named their album ‘Vietnamese Circus in Italy – A Stage amid Everyday Life.’

The album features their spectacular circus performances during their recent walking tour of many streets and landmarks in Milan. 

This image shows the Giang brothers performing while crossing a street in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

This image shows the Giang brothers performing while crossing a street in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

They went from the Milan Cathedral to the 1,300-year-old Piazza Mercanti square, the 1,500-year-old Sforzesco Castle, and the 164-year-old Arco della Pace (‘Arch of Peace’) built during the Napoleonic period. 

They also performed outside the 16th-century Giureconsulti Palace and the 38.6-ha Sempione Park, among other attractions in Milan. 

The street-performance tour took place for six hours in total, drawing special attention and interest from excited locals.

The two acrobats are seen in another performance also at the ancient Giureconsulti building in Milan, Italy, in this image. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

The two acrobats are seen in another performance at the ancient Giureconsulti building in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

In the past, the Giang brothers created performance photo sets everywhere they performed, not only to record beautiful memories and unforgettable impressions, but also to promote a unique type of Vietnamese circus to the world.

Last Friday, the acrobatic duo earned one more place in the Guinness Book of World Records by successfully performing a head-to-head balancing walk at the Guinness World Record Show in Milan.

After three weeks of preparation, they smoothly walked up 10 steps to a height of two meters, passed through a crossbar 0.4 meters wide and 10 meters long, and then walked down the 10 steps for their gig.

This image shows the Vietnamese acrobatic duo performing their head-to-head balancing walk outside the ancient Giureconsulti building in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

This image shows the Vietnamese acrobatic duo performing their head-to-head balancing walk outside the ancient Giureconsulti building in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

They took part in the show at the invitation of Banijay S.p.A Company more than a year after they broke their own world record in Spain.

After their latest feat in Milan, the Giang brothers said they have determined that this was their last international gig. 

“Everything has its limit. It is better for us to stop at the right time,” Nghiep said.

The Vietnamese acrobatic duo are performing their head-to-head balancing walk at the Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy. Photo Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese acrobatic duo perform their head-to-head balancing walk at the Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

He explained that their parents, wives and children, and friends have long been worried for their safety during their stunts and want them to stop engaging in such adventurous maneuvers.

“We, however, will still continue practice and perform to the public at our own will,” Co said.

This image shows Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep on Dante, an ancient street leading to the Sforzesco Castle in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

This image shows Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep on Dante, an ancient street leading to the Sforzesco Castle in Milan, Italy. Photo: Hai An / Tuoi Tre

Five years ago, Co and Nghiep earned a reputation for themselves over daredevil gymnastics routines that booked them a spot amongst the finalists of Britain’s Got Talent 2018. 

The Giang brothers also won several local and international circus prizes, including the Grand Prix Award at the 10th International Circus Festival ‘Circuba 2011’ in Havana, Cuba; three prizes at the 13th International Circus Festival in Italy including a silver medal and two minor titles awarded by internationally renowned circus groups Monte Carlo Circus and Cirque du Soleil; and the Silver Lion Award at the 13th International Circus Festival in Hebei Province, China in 2011.

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Vietnam introduces new beauty pageant

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports has approved the organization of the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, which is scheduled to take place until the end of the year.

The organizer, Golden Lotus Advertising Commercial JSC, announced the inception of the annual contest at a press conference on Sunday evening.

Luong Thuy Linh (L), Miss World Vietnam 2019, Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc (C), Miss Intercontinental 2022, and Nguyen Thu Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, are introduced as the ambassadors of the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Hoai Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Luong Thuy Linh (L), Miss World Vietnam 2019, Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc (C), Miss Intercontinental 2022, and Nguyen Thu Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, are introduced as the ambassadors of the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Hoai Phuong / Tuoi Tre

The preliminary round began last month and will last until August.

The semifinal will take place in September while the finale is slated for November and December with the participation of 63 contestants.

Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

Luong Thuy Linh, Miss World Vietnam 2019, Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc, Miss Intercontinental 2022, and Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, were selected as the ambassadors of the beauty pageant.

Bao Ngoc will also sit on the board of judges.

Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc, Miss Intercontinental 2022, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc, Miss Intercontinental 2022, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

At Sunday’s event, Golden Lotus also announced the organization of the Miss World Vietnam 2023 contest in either June or July, the Miss Grand Vietnam 2023 in July and August, and the Miss Grand International 2023 in October.

Luong Thuy Linh, Miss World Vietnam 2019, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

Luong Thuy Linh, Miss World Vietnam 2019, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

There has been an explosion in the number of beauty pageants recently.

In 2022, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism officially approved at least 22 beauty contests.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports has approved the organization of the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, which is scheduled to take place until the end of the year.

The organizer, Golden Lotus Advertising Commercial JSC, announced the inception of the annual contest at a press conference on Sunday evening.

Luong Thuy Linh (L), Miss World Vietnam 2019, Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc (C), Miss Intercontinental 2022, and Nguyen Thu Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, are introduced as the ambassadors of the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Hoai Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Luong Thuy Linh (L), Miss World Vietnam 2019, Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc (C), Miss Intercontinental 2022, and Nguyen Thu Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, are introduced as the ambassadors of the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Hoai Phuong / Tuoi Tre

The preliminary round began last month and will last until August.

The semifinal will take place in September while the finale is slated for November and December with the participation of 63 contestants.

Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

Luong Thuy Linh, Miss World Vietnam 2019, Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc, Miss Intercontinental 2022, and Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, were selected as the ambassadors of the beauty pageant.

Bao Ngoc will also sit on the board of judges.

Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc, Miss Intercontinental 2022, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc, Miss Intercontinental 2022, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

At Sunday’s event, Golden Lotus also announced the organization of the Miss World Vietnam 2023 contest in either June or July, the Miss Grand Vietnam 2023 in July and August, and the Miss Grand International 2023 in October.

Luong Thuy Linh, Miss World Vietnam 2019, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

Luong Thuy Linh, Miss World Vietnam 2019, attends the press conference for the Miss National Vietnam 2023 beauty pageant, February 5, 2023. Photo: Handout via Tuoi Tre

There has been an explosion in the number of beauty pageants recently.

In 2022, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism officially approved at least 22 beauty contests.

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Poetry in commotion: Young artists capture Hanoi’s spirit in electronic music

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The vibrance of Hanoi culture is inspiring young musicians – locals and expats alike – to take on electronic music as a new medium to search for the ‘soul’ of the city.

Ever since he set foot in Hanoi during a short exchange program six years ago, Robin Marty, a French student majoring in marine science, has been captivated by the robust life brimming in every corner of the Vietnamese capital city. 

“You always see bunches of young girls and boys driving around on their cheap electric bikes gagging and shouting. Most people smile first, then talk,” Marty wrote in a release note for his 2021 EP Tra Da (Iced Tea).

“And it is not uncommon to see people randomly singing in the street, in a shop, on their balcony.

“I feel like that’s something we have forgotten back home [in France].”

Limebócx performs at a music event at Hanoi Rock City in December 2022. Photo: Hanoi Rock City

Limebócx members perform at a music event at Hanoi Rock City in December 2022. Photo: Hanoi Rock City

Yet, in the meantime, the allure of modernism is gradually taking over the Southeast Asian city as well, Marty noticed.

High-rise buildings are turning the city into a massive construction site, with Western influences existing side-by-side with traditional lifestyles. 

Fascinated by hidden juxtapositions within the capital city, the Frenchman decided to return to Hanoi after his graduation.

Teaching English by day, Marty spends his free time immersed in the local lifestyle, trying to channel it into his chosen art form: electronic music. 

‘Cai Goc’ (The Root), one of his early works on Hanoi, pulled inspirations from words of Huu Ngoc – an Hanoi culture connoisseur who dedicated over seven decades of work on the city.

On the impetuous breakbeat rhythm, the signature sound of Drum’n’Bass music, one originating from the African diaspora in England, mellow melodies of the Vietnamese quan ho folk song ‘Qua Cau Gio Bay’ floats.

As the drum slows down, samples of Huu Ngoc’s narrating voice chime in “Within the setting of globalization, we open the door for the finest of other cultures.”

As one coming from ‘other cultures,’ Marty witnesses this clash of lifestyle first-hand: three years in Hanoi has set him in another routine where he can be more in touch with his authentic self.

Here, he found himself able to wear flip-flops and pyjamas outside without facing much scrutiny – a change from the peer pressure to dress up that he had to conform to in France.

The Limebócx band.

The Limebócx band

Hanoi also marks Marty’s first exposure to the concept of midday nap.

“We don’t nap in Europe, no one I know does. But here in Vietnam people still live by the sun,” Marty told Tuoi Tre News.

“When that after-lunch tiredness hits you, don’t fight it.

“Lie down and sleep for 45 minutes. When I started doing this, I became super productive in the afternoon and evening.”

In Hanoi, Marty also frequented the roadside tra da stalls near the Lenin Park to meet up and practice with House Dance Hanoi – a community of young, spirited dancers in the city.

Each member comes from a different job background, but they manage to come together every night, around plastic chairs, sharing tra da-fueled banters after hours of practice. 

This is where Hanoi youths live their authentic selves, without having to conform to the everyday struggles and societal expectations, the French producer realized.

He found the House music and dance culture – one originating in the 1980s United States with core values of peace, self-awareness, and harmony – cohabitates harmoniously with the Hanoian lifestyle, which urged him to fuse these inspirations in his later releases. 

Ca tru meets electronic

Despite using folk music resources similar to Marty, Hanoi-based electronic duo Limebócx take a different approach – one of local citizens growing up on the sound of Vietnamese music and poetry, while also keeping an open mind to revive folk heritage with modern touches. 

Limebócx started off in 2017 with two members Trang and Tuan, who got to know each other in the alternative music scene of Hanoi: Tuan frequently showcased a knack for beatboxing and electronic instruments on indie stages, while Trang was known as a guitarist of GoLim – a pioneering figure in the post-punk and garage rock movement of Hanoi.

Robin Marty.

Robin Marty

During their early jam sessions, the duo soon found their tastes intersecting with folk influences – including poetry and the string instrument dan tranh.

“We started this band because we wanted to play together,” Tuan recalled during an interview with the lifestyle blog Son Tinh.

“At first, we began by using Western influences, but then Trang started singing and adding Vietnamese poems overtop of the songs.

“We saw that it fit really well with our music.”

The unlikely encounter inspired Trang to add dan tranh – a 16-string zither which has been prominently used in traditional Asian folk music dating as far back as the 13th century – to her musical repertoire.

“I wanted to learn it, but I found that it was too difficult and I ditched it for a long time. It wasn’t until I tried it out with Tuan that I got back into practice,” Trang recounted.

In 2019, the duo launched their debut four-track EP ‘Electrùnic,’ taking on Drum’n’Bass, hip-hop, beatboxing, dub, then combining them with time-honored forms of folk music and poetry, creating a sound of their own. 

A prime example of the band’s eccentricity can be found in ‘Ho Tay,’ the second track from the EP.

Scattered on the post-punk guitar riffs are lines from ‘Vinh Ho Tay,’ a poem by Vietnamese laureate Nguyen Khuyen.

Touches of Drum’n’Bass are laid in through Tuan’s beatboxing performances, drawing an intense emotional parallel from the past to present.

“The song retains the esthetics from the poem [yet] the verses have never sounded so cool,” music blog VNNTB remarked.

“Sometimes traditional Vietnamese music is just too tragic,” Trang noted during her interview with Son Tinh.

“They’re usually stories of people who can’t get together because of life, family or war.

“We just want to make it a little funnier, because I think pure ca tru might not be very approachable, but I really like the elements and I want to put it into modern music.”

Finding familiar in the foreign

Following Tuan’s departure from the band to pursue music study in early 2022, Limebócx’s activities as a duo continued with the addition of Do Tung – a young producer who was known for various electronic projects in the local scene.

The duo’s next project, with new discoveries in folk material, is set for release in 2023. 

Speaking of his approach to traditional music, Tung assumes the position of a ‘street’ practitioner – without any formal training, he decided to take on folk music purely out of passion.

“They were all around me ever since I was little. I don’t have a thorough understanding of them, only an urge to use them,” Tung recalled.

Yet, after discovering their penchant for the time-honored art of ca tru, Tung and Trang found it hardly accessible to youths.

Ca tru practitioners only pass the art down to ones in their family, but not all youths want to take on the trade of their predecessors,” Trang remarked.

“Insiders don’t want to learn it, while outsiders can’t, which is such a waste. Sad to think of it, but the art may soon be lost or lose its authenticity.”

While other artists, namely Ngo Hong Quang or the collective Dan Do, are doing notable work on preserving ca tru as cultural heritage, Limebócx are approaching the matters in hand a little differently.

Robin Marty.

Robin Marty

They define their music as ‘Electrùnic’ – a term combining ‘electronic’ and ca tru, which employs folk material as merely one among many influences to be used.

For the band, foreign touches such as electronic, dub, and post-punk can be used to paint a new coat on the Vietnamese poets’ romanticism.

“Despite having heard [ca tru] throughout my childhood thanks to my father’s CD collection, I can hardly sit through a whole ca tru song without feeling antsy,” Trang shared.

“The taste of people from the 15th and 21st centuries cannot be the same – we can’t feel the same joy or share the same sadness with them.

“For us, the acculturation of traditional music into modern settings can help other youths to fall in love with the art form like we did, which is nice.”

The duo know that what they did is not a first: dub, a go-to style of Trang, also revitalized the traditional Jamaican style of reggae with electronic sounds.

“Just like what we did with Electrùnic,” Trang jokingly pointed out.

A spiritual connection between Vietnamese styles and foreign cultures is also noticed by other artists, including Marty.

“The traditional song [‘Qua Cau Gio Bay’] is warm — it’s about love, but the Drum’n’Bass rhythm is super fast — it’s music that comes from abroad. That’s the same as Hanoi – the city is old, it’s warm inside, but the rhythm is dictated by a modern economy so it’s super quick,” Marty discussed the inspiration behind ‘Cai Goc’ with Tuoi Tre News.

In 2021, prior to his return to France, Marty had released his EP ‘Tra Da’ under the alias Tra Da Connection.

Consisting of four soul-leaning House tracks, the EP encapsulates his range of experience in the city: ‘173 Hoang Hoa Tham’ lifted the Buddhist chanting sounds he heard in the deep alley of Ba Dinh District, ‘Ha Noi Bi Say Ca Phe’ is inspired by the tremblingly heavy ca phe sua da (condensed milk coffee) sold near Huu Tiep Lake, ‘Go Nhay Luon’ is dedicated to the dance culture, and ‘Vietnam Awakens’ is filled with bright and hopeful synths.

Marty sees his releases as a love letter for the passion and vigor of youth that are fueling lives in the thousand-year-old city of Hanoi.

“When I’m in Hanoi, it feels like the city fills my batteries. The city has infinite potential — there are many things no one has done before,” he stated.

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The vibrance of Hanoi culture is inspiring young musicians – locals and expats alike – to take on electronic music as a new medium to search for the ‘soul’ of the city.

Ever since he set foot in Hanoi during a short exchange program six years ago, Robin Marty, a French student majoring in marine science, has been captivated by the robust life brimming in every corner of the Vietnamese capital city. 

“You always see bunches of young girls and boys driving around on their cheap electric bikes gagging and shouting. Most people smile first, then talk,” Marty wrote in a release note for his 2021 EP Tra Da (Iced Tea).

“And it is not uncommon to see people randomly singing in the street, in a shop, on their balcony.

“I feel like that’s something we have forgotten back home [in France].”

Limebócx performs at a music event at Hanoi Rock City in December 2022. Photo: Hanoi Rock City

Limebócx members perform at a music event at Hanoi Rock City in December 2022. Photo: Hanoi Rock City

Yet, in the meantime, the allure of modernism is gradually taking over the Southeast Asian city as well, Marty noticed.

High-rise buildings are turning the city into a massive construction site, with Western influences existing side-by-side with traditional lifestyles. 

Fascinated by hidden juxtapositions within the capital city, the Frenchman decided to return to Hanoi after his graduation.

Teaching English by day, Marty spends his free time immersed in the local lifestyle, trying to channel it into his chosen art form: electronic music. 

‘Cai Goc’ (The Root), one of his early works on Hanoi, pulled inspirations from words of Huu Ngoc – an Hanoi culture connoisseur who dedicated over seven decades of work on the city.

On the impetuous breakbeat rhythm, the signature sound of Drum’n’Bass music, one originating from the African diaspora in England, mellow melodies of the Vietnamese quan ho folk song ‘Qua Cau Gio Bay’ floats.

As the drum slows down, samples of Huu Ngoc’s narrating voice chime in “Within the setting of globalization, we open the door for the finest of other cultures.”

As one coming from ‘other cultures,’ Marty witnesses this clash of lifestyle first-hand: three years in Hanoi has set him in another routine where he can be more in touch with his authentic self.

Here, he found himself able to wear flip-flops and pyjamas outside without facing much scrutiny – a change from the peer pressure to dress up that he had to conform to in France.

The Limebócx band.

The Limebócx band

Hanoi also marks Marty’s first exposure to the concept of midday nap.

“We don’t nap in Europe, no one I know does. But here in Vietnam people still live by the sun,” Marty told Tuoi Tre News.

“When that after-lunch tiredness hits you, don’t fight it.

“Lie down and sleep for 45 minutes. When I started doing this, I became super productive in the afternoon and evening.”

In Hanoi, Marty also frequented the roadside tra da stalls near the Lenin Park to meet up and practice with House Dance Hanoi – a community of young, spirited dancers in the city.

Each member comes from a different job background, but they manage to come together every night, around plastic chairs, sharing tra da-fueled banters after hours of practice. 

This is where Hanoi youths live their authentic selves, without having to conform to the everyday struggles and societal expectations, the French producer realized.

He found the House music and dance culture – one originating in the 1980s United States with core values of peace, self-awareness, and harmony – cohabitates harmoniously with the Hanoian lifestyle, which urged him to fuse these inspirations in his later releases. 

Ca tru meets electronic

Despite using folk music resources similar to Marty, Hanoi-based electronic duo Limebócx take a different approach – one of local citizens growing up on the sound of Vietnamese music and poetry, while also keeping an open mind to revive folk heritage with modern touches. 

Limebócx started off in 2017 with two members Trang and Tuan, who got to know each other in the alternative music scene of Hanoi: Tuan frequently showcased a knack for beatboxing and electronic instruments on indie stages, while Trang was known as a guitarist of GoLim – a pioneering figure in the post-punk and garage rock movement of Hanoi.

Robin Marty.

Robin Marty

During their early jam sessions, the duo soon found their tastes intersecting with folk influences – including poetry and the string instrument dan tranh.

“We started this band because we wanted to play together,” Tuan recalled during an interview with the lifestyle blog Son Tinh.

“At first, we began by using Western influences, but then Trang started singing and adding Vietnamese poems overtop of the songs.

“We saw that it fit really well with our music.”

The unlikely encounter inspired Trang to add dan tranh – a 16-string zither which has been prominently used in traditional Asian folk music dating as far back as the 13th century – to her musical repertoire.

“I wanted to learn it, but I found that it was too difficult and I ditched it for a long time. It wasn’t until I tried it out with Tuan that I got back into practice,” Trang recounted.

In 2019, the duo launched their debut four-track EP ‘Electrùnic,’ taking on Drum’n’Bass, hip-hop, beatboxing, dub, then combining them with time-honored forms of folk music and poetry, creating a sound of their own. 

A prime example of the band’s eccentricity can be found in ‘Ho Tay,’ the second track from the EP.

Scattered on the post-punk guitar riffs are lines from ‘Vinh Ho Tay,’ a poem by Vietnamese laureate Nguyen Khuyen.

Touches of Drum’n’Bass are laid in through Tuan’s beatboxing performances, drawing an intense emotional parallel from the past to present.

“The song retains the esthetics from the poem [yet] the verses have never sounded so cool,” music blog VNNTB remarked.

“Sometimes traditional Vietnamese music is just too tragic,” Trang noted during her interview with Son Tinh.

“They’re usually stories of people who can’t get together because of life, family or war.

“We just want to make it a little funnier, because I think pure ca tru might not be very approachable, but I really like the elements and I want to put it into modern music.”

Finding familiar in the foreign

Following Tuan’s departure from the band to pursue music study in early 2022, Limebócx’s activities as a duo continued with the addition of Do Tung – a young producer who was known for various electronic projects in the local scene.

The duo’s next project, with new discoveries in folk material, is set for release in 2023. 

Speaking of his approach to traditional music, Tung assumes the position of a ‘street’ practitioner – without any formal training, he decided to take on folk music purely out of passion.

“They were all around me ever since I was little. I don’t have a thorough understanding of them, only an urge to use them,” Tung recalled.

Yet, after discovering their penchant for the time-honored art of ca tru, Tung and Trang found it hardly accessible to youths.

Ca tru practitioners only pass the art down to ones in their family, but not all youths want to take on the trade of their predecessors,” Trang remarked.

“Insiders don’t want to learn it, while outsiders can’t, which is such a waste. Sad to think of it, but the art may soon be lost or lose its authenticity.”

While other artists, namely Ngo Hong Quang or the collective Dan Do, are doing notable work on preserving ca tru as cultural heritage, Limebócx are approaching the matters in hand a little differently.

Robin Marty.

Robin Marty

They define their music as ‘Electrùnic’ – a term combining ‘electronic’ and ca tru, which employs folk material as merely one among many influences to be used.

For the band, foreign touches such as electronic, dub, and post-punk can be used to paint a new coat on the Vietnamese poets’ romanticism.

“Despite having heard [ca tru] throughout my childhood thanks to my father’s CD collection, I can hardly sit through a whole ca tru song without feeling antsy,” Trang shared.

“The taste of people from the 15th and 21st centuries cannot be the same – we can’t feel the same joy or share the same sadness with them.

“For us, the acculturation of traditional music into modern settings can help other youths to fall in love with the art form like we did, which is nice.”

The duo know that what they did is not a first: dub, a go-to style of Trang, also revitalized the traditional Jamaican style of reggae with electronic sounds.

“Just like what we did with Electrùnic,” Trang jokingly pointed out.

A spiritual connection between Vietnamese styles and foreign cultures is also noticed by other artists, including Marty.

“The traditional song [‘Qua Cau Gio Bay’] is warm — it’s about love, but the Drum’n’Bass rhythm is super fast — it’s music that comes from abroad. That’s the same as Hanoi – the city is old, it’s warm inside, but the rhythm is dictated by a modern economy so it’s super quick,” Marty discussed the inspiration behind ‘Cai Goc’ with Tuoi Tre News.

In 2021, prior to his return to France, Marty had released his EP ‘Tra Da’ under the alias Tra Da Connection.

Consisting of four soul-leaning House tracks, the EP encapsulates his range of experience in the city: ‘173 Hoang Hoa Tham’ lifted the Buddhist chanting sounds he heard in the deep alley of Ba Dinh District, ‘Ha Noi Bi Say Ca Phe’ is inspired by the tremblingly heavy ca phe sua da (condensed milk coffee) sold near Huu Tiep Lake, ‘Go Nhay Luon’ is dedicated to the dance culture, and ‘Vietnam Awakens’ is filled with bright and hopeful synths.

Marty sees his releases as a love letter for the passion and vigor of youth that are fueling lives in the thousand-year-old city of Hanoi.

“When I’m in Hanoi, it feels like the city fills my batteries. The city has infinite potential — there are many things no one has done before,” he stated.

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