A selection of noteworthy artistic and cultural events to take place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on July 22-28.
Red Eyed Rabbit Album Release Party
9 pm, July 27
Hanoi Rock City
27/52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho, Hanoi
You are invited to a music party marking the release of Red Eyed Rabbit’s new album. Programme:
9:30 – ShiBui – New punk band in town with some old friends
10:15 – RED EYED RABBIT – Playing the album in full. Psychedelic-Punk Rock
11:15 – Monoheart – Alternative-rock powerhouse of the Hanoi scene and a band close to our hearts.
Tickets: VND50,000 at door
‘Lang Toi’ (My Village) by Lune Production
6pm, July 23, 24, 26, 27
Vietnam Tuong Theatre
51A Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem district
Lang Toi (My Village) is a delicate merge of tradition and innovation, where the poetic beauty of Northern Vietnam’s village life is presented through a new cirque approach.
Farming, building activities, traditional games, and the lifestyle of the Northern villagers are recreated through ancestral bamboo props, breath-taking cirque and acrobatics performances, and rhythmic dance, to distinct folk music from more than 20 musical instruments.
Ticket prices: VND700,000- VND1,050,000
The Lacquer Story: Dialogue “Cua Vong”
Cuci Art Studio
2nd floor, 25 Hang Bun street, Ba Dinh district
The exhibition showcases lacquer artworks inspired by cua vong, the decorative door frames at places of worship, by eight contemporary artists including Nguyen Truong Linh, Nguyen Hong Phuong and Cong Quoc Thang.
Widely known – especially in the north – cua vong is a special decorative object found in sacred worship spaces. It is a door frame divided into three parts. The right and left parts are attached to a pair of columns, close to the pair of phrases or text on the horizontal lacquered panel above.
12 paintings and two installations on display illuminate the historic aesthetic of lacquer through time by creating a dialogue between the medium of lacquer and cua vong
Exhibition “Plastic Planet”
Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA)
B1 - R3, Vincom Mega Mall Royal City, 72A Nguyen Trai street, Thanh Xuan District
Six giant artworks on display bring to the community the message of mindful use of plastic and limiting the negative effect it has to the environment.
Participating artists have meticulously and elaborately built 6 installations, sculptures, and interaction works named: Ocean; Field; Tornado; Shelter; Secret box; Family. The works are made from used plastic products such as straws, nylon, water bottles, household appliances.
All create a world of colourful plastic art, but also a prompt and much needed reminder of the real world where plastic is ubiquitous: in nature, in daily life, in and on our bodies, in life of all creatures including humans.
HO CHI MINH CITY
The Mist by Lune Production
6 pm, July 22, 23, 24, 28
Ho Chi Minh City Opera House
7 Cong Truong Lam Son, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
The Mist tells the story of Southern Vietnamese farming life, expressed through neo-classic and contemporary dance performed by skilled artists.
Using rice cultivation as a metaphor to appreciate the farmers’ dedication, from the misty dawn in the fields and the hardship and will power to rise up from the humble muddy soil and brace storms, until the moment they arrive joyously like shining pearls at harvest.
The Mist is an hour of emotions, with a myriad of ups and downs, painted by sensational live music, splendid visuals, and colorful lighting effects.
Ticket prices: VND630,000 - VND1,050,000 - VND1,470,000
Exhibition “am sang” by Nguyen Huy An
118 Nguyen Van Thu street, Dakao ward, District 1
Am sang, a phrase invented by the artist, communicates a sensation of light, shadows, and reflections. While sang is translated as ‘light’, am refers to yin (the female principle in nature) and suggests the spiritual world.
In “am sang”, Huy An finds inspiration in the rich folk and religious traditions of Northern Vietnam – scavenging relics, curiosities and memories from temple sites, theatres and distinguished actors.
Exhibition “Phenomenon ÷ (Time x Space)”
6 Le Van Mien, Thao Dien, District 2, HCMC
Yohei Yama returns to Vin Gallery with his second solo project with the gallery, four years after “The Power of Semiosis” (2015). Yama derives his works from nature, spinning the waves of the cosmos and webbing together the rhythm of natural forces. His oeuvre is distinguishable by its repetition and layering of lines, colours, patterns and more often than not creating optical effects that swell and vibrate.
“Phenomenon ÷ (Time x Space)” envisions the universe and it’s life-cycles where the future becomes the present and the present becomes the past.