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Entertainment and cultural events of the week (July 4-10)

Upcoming entertainment and cultural events in Vietnam's major cities on July 4-10/2022.

Timeless Souls: Beyond the Voyage

Opening: 11 July 2022, 04:30 pm – 07 pm
Exhibition: 12 – 14 July 2022, 11 am – 08 pm
Park Hyatt Saigon
2 Lam Son Square, Bến Nghé, D.1, HCMC

Sotheby’s is proud to spearhead a project that recognizes the importance of Vietnam as a wellspring of culture, history and art. Sotheby’s will be holding a non-selling exhibition in Vietnam, marking it a first for Sotheby’s and any international auction house. Curated by Sotheby’s and Ace Le, an independent researcher and writer on Vietnamese art, the exhibition titled Timeless Souls: Beyond the Voyage – Hồn Xưa Bến Lạ is dedicated to encourage dialogue and awareness about the category of Vietnamese art, colloquially known as “Indochine art”. Alongside the fast growing interest for Vietnamese art amongst institutions and the collecting community, Sotheby’s shares a commitment to seeing continued strength in the markets in Southeast Asia. This unique event will share Sotheby’s unique experience and expertise as an international auction house with new and established audiences in Vietnam.

Timeless Souls: Beyond the Voyage – Hồn Xưa Bến Lạ will feature the works of four great modern masters of the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine (Indochina School of Fine Arts): Le Thi Luu (1911 – 1988), Le Pho (1907 – 2001), Mai Trung Thu (1906 – 1980), and Vu Cao Dam (1908 – 2000). It will be one of the country’s largest publicly staged exhibitions dedicated to these artists, with more than 50 works on display spanning different periods and styles of each artist’s oeuvre. The famous quartet migrated to France in the 1930s – 1940s, and often channeled a sense of nostalgia for Vietnam in their art, which they continued to produce and develop in a new European context. From memory, the artists would include elements of Vietnamese life and culture within their subject matter. Depicting plants and landscapes, families and rituals, culture and architecture, Le Thi Luu, Le Pho, Mai Trung Thu and Vu Cao Dam achieved universally appealing visual styles that weaved intricate threads of their Vietnamese roots.

Exhibition: Arnold Schönberg and the New Viennese School

Opening: 04 pm 08 July 2022, 04 pm
Exhibition: 08 – 22 July 2022
National Library 31 Tràng Thi, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội

The Austrian Embassy in Ha Noi in cooperation with the National Library of Viet Nam, the Viet Nam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO) and the Arnold Schönberg Center is organizing an Exhibition about Arnold Schönberg and the New Viennese School.

Arnold Schönberg, who also developed the twelve-tone technique, and his pupils, particularly Alban Berg and Anton Webern, belong to the most influential composers of the 20th century. They marked a new epoch in music history.

The exhibition will be accompanied by performances of the works of the mentioned composers, by the musicians from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO), Vietnam Academy of Music (VNAM) and Schubert in a Mug (SiaM); under the musical supervision of the Principal Conductor the VNSO, Maestro Honna Tetsuji.

The Opening of the exhibition will take place at 4 pm, July 8, in the National Library. It will be followed by a concert with arrangements of Viennese Waltzes by Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern. Further performances by musicians from the VNSO with works of these composers will take place on 16 and 22 July at 6:30 pm in the National Library.

Performance by Vietnamese-French violinist

Jul 9, HCM City Opera House,

Vietnamese-French violinist Stephane Tran Ngoc will be the featured soloist in the “A Night of Italian Spirit” concert.

Ngọc, a concert master for the Danish Chamber Players, will perform Violin Concerto No 1 written by Italian composer Niccolo Paganini.

Ngọc’s performance will be supported by the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and HBSO Orchestra.

The concert will also introduce Souvenir de Florence, a string sextet scored for two violins, two violas, and two cellos composed in 1980 by Tchaikovsky.


June – July 2022

REC Viet Nam grows from REC Room – A music management and event production team based in Hanoi. REC ROOM was formed in 2014 as a DIY audio recording studio, but has since developed into a community-driven music production team, with particular focus on; live music events, contemporary musical subcultures, management, tour production, and audio/video production for artists based in Vietnam.

Band – Musicans of REC TOUR 2022

PART 1: Hà Nội > Train > Hội An

Tiny Giant – The La Belle et la Bête’s – Lạc Wine – Soul Sistas – Táo Mèo – MẮM – Sami Lee – LinhHafornow – Ognam – FLOW.D – Tomes – Urban Orangutan – Luna Avem – Manuel Orkestar – GIT – À Poil Sous La Douche – ···

PART 2: Măng Đen > Kon Tum > Yok Đôn > Buôn Ma Thuột > Đà Lạt

Tiny Giant – La Belle et la Bête’s – Lạc Wine – Soul Sistas – Táo Mèo – Mắm – Sami Lee – LinhHaForNow – Ognam – Flow D – Tomes – Urban Orangutan – Luna Avem – Manuel Orkestar – Gloria Rant – GIT – À Poil Sous La Douche –

PART 3: Đà Lạt > Nha Trang

7UPPERCUTS – ĐÁ SỐ TỚI – CÚT LỘN – Trashzilla – District 105 – Mèow Lạc – Tiny Giant – La Belle et la Bête’s – Bloodshed – Bamboo Tambourine – Nam Thế Giới – Lạc Wine – Soul Sistas – Táo Mèo – Mắm – Sami Lee – LinhHaForNow – Ognam – Flow D / Noise Psycho – Tomes – Green Means Go – Urban Orangutan – Luna Avem – Manuel Orkestar – Lina Rej G-Rant – GIT – ···

PART 4: Ninh Vân > Gành Đá Đĩa > Qui Nhơn > Tam Kỳ > Hội An

Trashzilla – Limebócx – Tiny Giant – La Belle et la Bête’s – Bamboo Tambourine – Zamina – Lạc Wine – Táo Mèo – S.E.Project – Mắm – Sami Lee – LinhHaForNow – Ognam – Flow D / Noise Psycho – Tomes – Bill_ Mukang Fields – Urban Orangutan – Luna Avem – POLY – G-Rant – GIT – À Poil Sous La Douche – ···

PART 5: Hội An > Đà Nẵng > Lăng Cô

7 Uppercuts – Đá Số Tới – Trashzilla – District 105 – Limebócx – Tiny Giant – La Belle et la Bête’s – Bamboo Tambourine – Ngầm – Lạc Wine – Táo Mèo – S.E.Project – Mắm – Sami Lee – LinhHaForNow – Ognam – Flow D / Noise Psycho – Tomes – Urban Orangutan – Luna Avem – Manuel Orkestar – POLY – G-Rant – GIT – À Poil Sous La Douche – ···

Vietnam Design Week 2022 – Theme “Beyond Expectations”

Deadline: 01 July – 31 Aug 2022
From Vietnam Design Week 2022:

On June 25, 2022 at Complex 01 (Hanoi), Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts (VICAS) and VietNam Design Group will officially launch the Designed by Vietnam 2022 contest within the framework of the program Vietnam Design Week 2022 (3rd season), with the collaboration of many professional partners.

Following the contest Designed by VietNam with the theme “Regeneration” (2000) and “Awakening Traditions” (2021), this year the contest will focus on the theme “Beyond Expectations” in 05 areas: Communication Design, Living Design, Decor & Object design, Clothing Design, Public Design and a special strand of “HaNoi Design City – HaNoi is beautiful every centimeter”.

Deadline and place to receive submissions:

– Deadline: from 01 July to 31 August, 2022 (Hanoi GMT+7)
– Email for receiving submissions:

Photo exhibition highlights beauty of Spratly Archipelago


 Until Jul 18,

122 Suong Nguyet Anh Street, District 1, HCM City 

The Spratly Archipelago and the life of the soldiers there are captured in a photo exhibition by artist Doan Hoai Trung in HCM City.

Featuring 90 photos taken during Trung’s five trips from May 11-19 to the archipelago.

Exhibition “In All Shapes and Forms”
25 June – 04 July 2022
Lim restaurant, 96 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An

The exhibition “In all shapes and forms” is a result of a week-long silk painting workshop, from June 20 to 26, by participants: Pham Kieu Phuc, Vu Khanh Tung, Tran Nhat Le, Mai Le, Loan Phuong Quyt, Van Le, Nguyen Thu Hang, Nguyen Thi Nam Lien, Nguyen Huu Ngoc Tran, Trung Phan, Huyen Vy with the guidance of artist Le Thuy. The exhibition also has the participation of artists: Pham Minh Duc, Anh Khoa, Nguyen Nhu Duc (Duc Bet), Han Giang Ngo Duc Chi, Bui Tien.

After the devastation of the pandemic, with so much pain and loss, people want to return to normal. A recovery, but recovery in what way? In the new normal of the post-COVID era, what have we learned from the trauma and loss. A normality embracing the revival of nature, of human connection, of healing. What do we want from such a recovery? Returning to the old normal to continue our exploitation and destruction that will only lead to a new pandemic that is even more terrible. Or a new normal of love and empathy; of protection and conservation; of genuine human connection, of reverence for nature, art and culture. A new normal where humanity respect each other, cherish beauty, and honor culture. This exhibition is about the connection between art and tradition, with new art on traditional materials, in an old house that has been restored with modern techniques.”

Revival is always colorful. The exhibition “In all shapes and forms” carries a message: each participant practice their art and silk in many ways and each expression with unique nuance, will share their individuality and feelings, tell their own story. The new normal needs participation in all shapes and forms.

Showcase “The Light Inside”


July 1 – 10
The Muse Artspace, 47 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi

Over the past 10 years, Truong Van Ngoc has sorely focused on capitalizing on the theme of lotus and nature. By looking at this period alone, it’s not difficult to notice a powerful motion since his work often directly expresses inner feelings. Nineteen artworks in this exhibition display the concentrated, cultivated shaping elements, which contain the breath of meditation and Ngoc’s transition to abstract. Being in a shifting period of the external environment naturally shows that Ngoc’s transformation has reached the mastery of composition, shaping techniques, thoughts, and feelings during his state of seeking one’s essence within his arts.

The lotus outlines seemed to fade away. These outlines become seamless and alluring; no longer descriptive, but switched to expressing the states and signs of lotus through many gamuts of splashing and smearing colors. Fewer shapes leave room for more negative space and minimal hue with slight gradations. Ngoc’s flexibility in his brush strokes is perfectly utilized. Those are the noticeable changes that can be seen when compared to Truong Van Ngoc’s prior lotus painting.

But what’s more special, in these compositions, beyond the minimal signs of “void” easily recognizable in Zen manner, is a state of “stillness” in the “unrest”, in which is the lotus and nature of Truong Van Ngoc brought. He explained that inside some works’ dark coating, there used to be turbulent contours. Overlaying is how he gives them balance. In other words, through the images of rustling, separated, and shattered lotus, the lotus itself reaches a oneness of balance, silence, and sincerity.

Abstract lotus and nature will still be intriguing when the artist capitalizes on the state of “singularity”. In other words, that is how he mediates in his paintings amid the fluctuations in the external environment.

Exhibition “Impermanence” 

10 June – 24 July 2022
Vin Gallery, 35/8 Nguyen Van Dau, Ward 6, Binh Thanh District, HCMC

This year, Karine Guillermin will be presenting her recent works. Impermanence invites you to hear the silence and seek conversation with yourself.

Impermanence is an invitation to understand your mind. Taming is sometimes the same as finding freedom. Hear the sound of silence in your thoughts. Seek a conversation with yourself. A monologue is personal, impersonal and temporal. It is beyond visual perception where time does not matter.

In this series of her new work, Karine Guillermin explores the space to its limit. She manages to use every corner and gap across tiles through the walls. The arrangement has mesmerised our visuals with the details she displays.

Exhibition: Illuminated Curiosities


Until Dec 2022
EMASI Nam Long
147 Street No.8, Nam Long Residential area, District 7,
EMASI Van Phuc
2 Street No.5, Van Phuc Residential City, Thu Duc District, HCM City

Nguyen Art Foundation (NAF) proudly invites you to the opening of ‘Illuminated Curiosities’, a group exhibition with 26 artists featuring 46 artworks from within and outside NAF’s Collection. Curated by art researcher Ace Le, with the curatorial assistance from Duong Manh Hung and Tam Nguyen, the exhibition will take place simultaneously across the campuses of EMASI Nam Long and EMASI Van Phuc, over the course of six months from May to December of 2022. ‘Illuminated Curiosities’ is a collaborative effort between NAF and Lan Tinh Foundation.

Exhibition spotlights tigers in Vietnam’s ancient art

Until August 31,
Vietnam National Museum of History, Hanoi

Featuring more than 30 exhibits, documents and images featuring tigers throughout over 2,000 years of the country's art history, showing that the image of tigers was widely portrayed in Vietnam’s ancient pottery, carving and folk paintings, among others.

Danish Film Week 2022


Jul 1 – 6, CineStar, 25 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hue City
Jul 2 – 7, Galaxy Danang, Floor 3, COOPMART, 478 Dien Bien Phu Street, Thanh Khe District, Danang City.
Jul 8 – 13, CineStar, 135 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Jul 9 – 14, National Cinema Center, 87 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

‘The Good Traitor’, ‘The Purity of Vengeance’, ‘That Time of Year’, ‘A Perfectly Normal Family’, ‘Daniel’ and ‘Land of Mine’ represent the high quality of Danish film production within recent years. They have all won several awards and nominations at Danish and international prestigious film festivals.

The selected film collection this year will give local audiences a glimpse of the Danish society and life. The narratives of the films are captivating and varied. For example, ‘The Good Traitor’ poses an ethical and personal judgment issue: should one do what he is asked to do in his position or follow his own judgment – even if this action can destroy his career and put him in prison.

‘Daniel’ will take audiences through the heart-breaking and desperate times that Daniel and his family had to go through in the attempt to free him from the capture of ISIS in Syria. Local audiences will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in various life stories, but will also leave the cinema halls with optimistic and hopeful notes and messages.

All films are with Vietnamese and English subtitles. Some are with age limits. Tickets are free and can be collected from 22th June 2022 for Hue and Da Nang and from 24th June for Hanoi and HCM city at the following venues:

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