Events in Hanoi this weekend

The weekend calendar is packed with arts performances, live music, exhibitions and blockbuster theater shows and here are our recommendations.

K-pop Lovers Festival and Qualifying round of Changwon K-pop World Festival 2019

Events in Hanoi this weekend

You are invited to the K-pop Lovers Festival and the qualifying round of Changwon K-pop World Festival 2019.

This year, K-pop Lovers Festival will continue to attract young K-pop fans to the colorful and bustling showcase of K-pop idol merchandises, introduction, Korean cultural, tourism and cuisine experience, as well as street performances by GORPHY (performing Korean art of drumming), kimchi making, fanclub meetings and K-pop dance, drawing Korean idol chibi-style, and Korean makeup, etc.

The qualifying round of Changwon K-pop World Festival 2018 will take place at 6:30 pm on May 12 in Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square. At night, 18 individuals/groups of excellent candidates who passed 2 knockout rounds in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the past 1 month will have the opportunity to shine on stage, and live to the fullest with their love for K-pop K-pop stars alongside Vietnamese guest artist – Min and Seoul dance crew B-boy Crew from Seoul, South Korea.

Time: Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12

Venue: Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, Hoan Kiem walking street, Hanoi

Theater Performance “Woyzeck”

Events in Hanoi this weekend

“Woyzeck” is an excerpt from a play written by the German doctor and poet Georg Büchner (1813-1837). It was first performed in 1913 in Munich. Since then, it has been translated into numerous languages and reinterpreted many times. It is one of the most played and influential dramas of German literature, which inspired numerous artists to create their own works.

“Woyzeck” performance will be presented for the first time in a public reading by actors of the Youth Theater. Through the performance, we would like to raise a question of whether this work of literature should be further developed into a play.

Time: Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 pm

Venue: Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Book Presentation: “Die Welt im Rücken” by Thomas Melle

Events in Hanoi this weekend

A presentation of the book “Die Welt im Rücken” by Thomas Melle awaits you this weekend.

How does it feel when you can never be sure of your own personality? And you cannot rely on anything you’ve trusted yet? Thomas Melles “Die Welt im Rücken” provides an insight into such a life.


He suffers from bipolar disorder, a disease in which high-altitude flights and deep depressive episodes are close to each other. Having slept with Madonna or met Picasso in Berghain is just as much a part of Melle’s life as years of staying in nothingness. In his novel, he seeks for origins and causes of his illness, in full awareness, never to be able to grasp them completely. Melle does not spare or embellish, thus highlighting the radical nature of his bipolar disorder. His sober descriptions give the reader an immediate insight into the author’s life. An autobiographical work with tragic and bizarre stories.

The translation of “The World in the Back” was part of a social translating project funded by Merck. Ten translators from Asia met online with the author to exchange ideas and clarify details with the author. Le Quang translated the novel into Vietnamese. He translated, among others, Bernhard Schlink’s “Der Vorleser”, Daniel Kehlmann’s “Die Vermessung der Welt” and Daniel Glattauer’s “Gut gegen Nordwind”.

Time: Saturday May 11 at 6:00 pm

Venue: Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Book Presentation: “Love Flights” and “Summer Lies” by Bernhard Schlink

Events in Hanoi this weekend

Goethe Institut is loaded with book activities. The introduction of the books “Love Flights” and “Summer Lies” by Bernhard Schlink takes place at the same day, same place.

The world-famous bestselling author Bernhard Schlink writes straightforward about the big topics in life.

Translator Le Quang will present two volumes of the author’s story.

In Bernhard Schlink’s short stories “Liebesfluchten”, the title stands for the program: Seven love stories about desire, closeness and loneliness. The protagonists plunge into love and out of love or flee from love.

Schlink’s “Summer Lies” brings together life plans and riddles, love hopes and emotional illusions. In a simple and clear language Schlink creates contributions full of melancholy.

The translation into Vietnamese was written by Le Quang. In addition to these two books, Le Quang also translated Schlink’s best-selling novel “The Reader” and “The Woman on the Stairway.”

Bernhard Schlink (* 1944) was Professor of Public Law and Philosophy of Law at the Humboldt University, Berlin, until his retirement. He published crime novels and gained worldwide fame with his book “Der Vorleser”.

Time: Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 pm

Venue: Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi


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