Top 10 events that shaped Hanoi in 2017

Free Christmas concert by classical music group Saigon Classical Music Group will offer a free Christmas concert on December 16. Photo courtesy of the organiserSaigon Classical Music Group will perform a free concert on December 16 featuring traditional carols like Nebo I Zemlya (Heaven and Earth), Angels We Have Heard on High, and O Holy Night and compositions by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt.“Sounds of Heaven” will see young musicians and singers such as Phạm Khánh Ngọc, Vũ Minh Trí, and Thái Ngọc Thùy Trang perform.The concert, at the HCM City Association of Literature and Arts, 81 Trần Quốc Thảo Street,…... [read more]

A selection of noteworthy artistic and cultural events will take place in in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. HANOI PERFORMANCE Music Night “Parallel Asteroid”8 pm, November 17Manzi Art Space14 Phan Huy Ich street, Ba Dinh districtCome to ‘Parallel Asteroid’ – an electro-acoustic composed improvisation for saxophone and synthesizer.‘Parallel Asteroid’ connects experimental, acoustic and electronic sounds with the aesthetics of contemporary music. Their work is a research into the relationship between electronic and organic sounds.The musicians are Vietnamese pianist and synthesizer player – Cao Thanh Lan and Gregor Siedl from Austria on clarinet/saxophone, gamecalls and tubes. “Parallel Asteroid” have been…... [read more]

Silk painting exhibition opens in Da Nang Young Woman Portrait, silk painting by Hoàng Đặng.Artists from Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam and northern provinces have exhibited their 26 silk paintings at the Đà Nẵng city’s Fine Arts Museum till December 4th.Museum representatives said 11 artists were invited to create the silk paintings.The exhibition features the beauty of the culture of different regions of Việt Nam and ethnic groups in rural areas.Silk painting was seen as a unique art in Việt Nam and Asia, but the art is gradually disappearing in modern Việt Nam, with only few young artists training at fine…... [read more]

Kenya’s athletes dominated at the 2017 Techcombank HCM City International Marathon held in HCM City on November 26. Athletes compete at the 2017 Techcombank HCM City International Marathon on November 26. Jane Rotich of Kenya took gold in the women’s 42km with a time of 3:2.34. Caroline Kigen of Kenya took the silver medal with a time of 3:15.05, while the bronze medal went to Vietnamese Nguyen Chi after clocking a time of 3:22.04.On the men’s side, Peter Keter of Kenya also triumphed with a time of 2:28.47. The runners-up were Birgen Geoffrey of Kenya with a time of 2:35.46 and…... [read more]

A selection of noteworthy artistic and cultural events will take place in in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this week. HANOI PERFORMANCE Vietnamese Ethnic Music Concert8 pm, December 12Hanoi Opera House1 Trang Tien Street, HanoiCome to join the debut ethnic music concert “Dem vo thuc ban Dia” (rough translation: Night of Indigenous Unconscious) of SEAPHONY – the 1st Ethnic Orchestra in Vietnam. One night only!With more than 50 composers, musicians and ethnic artisans across Vietnam participating.Ticket rates: VND 500,000 – VND 800,000 – VND 1,200,000 – VND 1,500,000 – VND 2,000,000 Brahms Recital with Pianist Luu Duc Anh8pm, December…... [read more]

Charity Christmas show to be held in HCM City The International Choir and Orchestra of HCM City will present a Christmas charity concert at St Paul’s Convent Chapel on December 2-3. Photo from the group’s FacebookThe International Choir and Orchestra of HCM City will perform traditional Christmas carols at a charity concert A Choral Christmas on December 2 and 3.All proceeds from the show will be given to the Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program to help disadvantaged children in remotes areas.The concerts will start at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Convent Chapel, 4 Tôn Đức Thắng Street in District 1. Entry at door…... [read more]

HANOI PERFORMANCE Flamenco Dance Show “The Small Things”8pm on November 6Vietnam National Academy of Music77 Hao Nam Street, Dong Da District,The flamenco dance show “The Small Things” features the performance of dancer Úrsula López.“The Small Things” is the latest flamenco project by Spanish dancer Úrsula López. In “The Small Things”, she ‘confronts’ the dance floor with her experience, showing us the little details that make up flamenco – her world. Night of Experimental Music “Sound of the Mountain”8pm on November 10Manzi Art Space14 Phan Huy Ich Street, Ba Dinh Street,‘Sound of the Mountain’ is an experimental concert featuring the Canadian…... [read more]

The National Tourism Year will open in October in Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park with 16 main events to mark the 999th birthday of Thang Long – Hanoi.Among 16 events, the flower street festival will be the focus along with culinary activity, kite festival and traditional and modern ceramic exhibition.The first flower street festival was held along Hoan Kiem Lake during the last New Year festival.The National Tourism Year in Hanoi is held coinciding with the celebration of the capital city’s Liberation Day (October 10). Apart from traditional cultural activities, there will be also contemporary art performances and international exchanges with…... [read more]

The capital city has saved 240,000 kilowatt hours, an equivalent of over VND400m for turning off unnecessary lights for one hour during the Earth Hour on March 22. The data was provided by the National Load Dispatch Centre, under Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN). This year tagline for Earth Hour campaign is "Use your power to change climate change." The event is jointly held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam, EVN and Daikin Air Conditioning JSC. Hanoi held the event six days earlier than the global official date. Many people participated in the event and…... [read more]

MUSIC & PERFORMANCES Vietnam Concert Tour by German Band DER RINGER Hanoi: Thu 26 Oct 2017, 8 pm Youth Theatre, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, Hai Ba Trung District — Da Nang: Tue 31 Oct 2017, 7 pm Nguyen Hien Dinh Theater, 155 Phan Chau Trinh, Phuoc Ninh Ward, Hai Chau District — Hue: Wed 01 Nov 2017, 7 pm, Hue University’s College of Education, 34 Le Loi Street — Ho Chi Minh City: Sun 05 Nov 2017, 7 pm Ben Thanh Theatre, 6 Mac Dinh Chi, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist 1,  From Goethe Institut: The German newcomer band DER…... [read more]