The Hanoi Bicycle Collective 1st Anniversary

Sun 31 Mar 2013
The Hanoi Bicycle Collective
44, lane 31 Xuan Dieu Str, Hanoi

Pedaling pedaling it already pass one year! pedals, tubes, inner tubes, beers, sandwiches, salads, gin tonics… A year full of great clients, awesome cyclotourists, great employees, Positive Mass, Cinema, Music…

Join us March 31, 2013 for a day of fun, drinks, food, music and (naturally) bicycles as we celebrate our first birthday THBC style!

The plans for our day-long festivities include a bicycle ride around West Lake, 2 hours of activities for kids, great food, live music, and, of course lots of fresh beer.

In order to ensure that there will be plenty of room for all our friends, we’ll be breaking the party into two sessions so you’ll be able to have some elbow room, and generally relax and enjoy yourself.

9am to 11am: west lake bicycle ride. Meeting point: THBC
12pm to 2pm: clowns, face painting…
2pm to 8pm: Phuong Dang, Hi Jinks, Evan Thompson, Dana, Stephanie, Thu, Jax, Christophe, Belly Dance, Jazz…

Detailed list of activities for the 1st Anniversary of THBC

1. Morning: Bicycle ride: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Start from THBC to all quarters, visit the Fusion Body Works and ride around Westlake.

2. Afternoon(12:00 pm – 2:00 pm): Entertainments for kids

- Games with baloons
- Magic performmance

3. Music concert( 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm)

- 2:30 pm – 3:30pm: Dana’s performance with her instrument
- 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Matsumoto with his guitar
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Hi Jinks
- 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Vietnamese traditional dance( with lotus). from Thu Giang Duong and her team
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Phuong Dang

All Day – Free entry.

HCMC – Easter Time and Fairy Tales

Sat 30 Mar 2013, 9 am – 5 pm
Goethe-Institut HCMC
18, Str. 1, Cu Xa Do Thanh, District 3, HCMC

Easter time is about to come. This is the time where the Christians remember the death of Jesus and celebrate his resurrection. For children Easter in Germany comes along with Easter rabbits made from chocolate and colourful painted Easter eggs. We invite all learners of German in HCMC to expe- rience the “Fairy Tale Day” on saturday, march 30th at the Institute. We will paint eastereggs and show fairy-tale-movies from “The Brothers Grimm”.


“The Frog King”: The beatiful princess lost her valuable golden orb. A speaking frog offers his help to her with one little condition: The princess has to share her table and her bed with the frog. The frog helped to get back the princess’s golden orb, but it seems, the princess had forgotten the condition.

“The Bremen Town Musicians”: Four old animals (donkey, dog, cat, cock) are not able to work on their farm any longer, so the owners decide to kill them. The animals escape to Bremen. They want to become famous town musicians there. On their trip they have a lot of adventure.

“Cinderella”: The young miss cinderella is treated in all imaginable bad ways by her stepmother and stepsisters. When she dances with the prince of the land on big prom, her life turned to the better.

“The Wishing-Table”: “Seven in one fell swoop” – announced the young hero, who made seven flys at one swoop. He feels to go out and travel all around the world. He meets giants and has to pass many adventures and eventually he got married to the beautiful daughter of the king.

Screening schedule:

09:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room 5: Cinderella (Vietnamese synchronisation)
Room 6: Cinderella (Engl. subtitles)

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Room 5: The Bremen Town Musicians (Vietnamese)
Room 6: The Bremen Town Musicians (Engl. subtitles)

02:00 p.m. – 03:00 p.m.
Room 5: The Wishing-Table (Vietnamese synchr.)
Room 6: The Wishing-Table (Engl. subtitles)

03:15 p.m. – 04:15 p.m.
Room 5: The Frog King (Vietnamese synchronisation)
Room 6: The Frog King (Engl. subtitles)

Free admission.

HCMC – Art Exhibition “Vol de Nuit – Night Flight”

Opening: Sat 30 Mar 2013, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: 30 Mar – 04 Apr 2013
HCMC Fine Arts Museum
97A Pho Duc Chinh, D1, HCMC

“VOL DE NUIT, NIGHT FLIGHT”, a collaborative art installation in a variety of mediums, featuring Daisuke Terashima (JP), Tran Minh Duc (VN), Nguyen Kim To Lan (VN) and Kawayan de Guia (PH/DE).

Vol De Nuit – Night Flight brings together four artists with their own unique methods, techniques, and media approaches into one shared exhibition space, aiming to push towards new horizons of exploration by creating an atmosphere where curiosities suspend our perceptions of reality.

Nguyen Kim To Lan’s photographs and paintings of clouds circumnavigate the exhibition space, literally creating an artificial horizon.

Daisuke Terashima’s multilayered experiments on paper emphasize the endless process of layering and erasing to create a tension between depth and flatness, echoing the deterioration and improvement of the natural order.

Kawayan de Guia references the radio-shaped, cement spittoons that were placed along the roads in his mountain city home in the 1950s so the betel-nut chewing enthusiasts from the surrounding villages would have a proper place to expectorate the blood-red remnants of their pass time (leaving the roads free and clean). People gathered around these radio-shaped boxes as if listening to the latest news, but of course there was no sound coming out… but what if there was?

Tran Minh Duc’s installation features a vintage parachute dyed in pink. It lies indolently like a dream. It has landed in a nameless place–it could be a moment in anyone’s memory, a dream land, or a weigh station in an endless journey of self-discovery. An artefact turned pink, soliciting memories of the past and a bright outlook for the future.

The currency of art, as with this exhibition, relies on curiosity. Their artworks succeed in the persistence of creating objects and works which make us curious and suspend our own inner curiosities.

Their artworks make use of the ordinary as a vehicle to fly from the familiar, the conventional, the known–a flight of fancy towards an enrichment of imagination.

These four artists create horizons. Their artworks invite us to perceive them as they are and as they are not. As horizons, they continue to remain necessarily distant from us, yet we are invited to speculate and approximate between these spaces, these distances that separate us. As they invite you to navigate the distances between ourselves and their artworks, so too do they invite you to navigate and experience the distances between art and life.

*Artist talks and Cooking: Daisuke Terashima (JP) and Nguyen Kim To Lan (VN); Kawayan de Guia (PH/DE) and Tran Minh Duc (VN) 2pm – 8pm March 24th/2013 @ Flying Art Space – B511, C/c Phạm Viết Chánh, Q. Bình Thạnh, Tp. HCM

Electric Friends: Sebastien Gesell, Tri Minh and Vu Nhat Tan

Fri 29 Mar 2013, 9 pm
73a Mai Hac De, Hanoi

Celebrating Sebastien Gesell’s one year anniversary in Hanoi, his monthly meeting of electronic music lovers, Electric Friends has a very special line up.

Joining Sebastien will be two of Vietnam’s highest profile electronic musicians, Tri Minh – taking time out from putting together next month’s Hanoi Soundstuff Festival – and regular Vu Nhat Tan.

Expect minimal house, techno, improvisation, collaboration and the unexpected.

Free Entry.

UK Artists at Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival

UK will also participate in the Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2013 with the performances of two electronic artists on the first day of the Festival.


Leafcutter John was brought to Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2013 thanks to the support from British Council Vietnam.

Yorkshire come London lad, John Burton has graced the planet with his remarkable contributions to electronic, folk and experimental music since his primary explorations with an old computer, originally bought to write his Art School dissertation in 1998. Since then he has released 5 critically acclaimed albums which combine elements of music-concrete and electro-acoustic music with voice and guitar work more commonly found in folk music. He has performed his award winning work extensively throughout Europe and Australasia and has performed on television and radio.

Currently John is in the Leaf-lab developing a Light controlled music interface, which opens up new avenues for laptop performers. Currently on it’s third prototype the system offers expressive and very responsive gestural control over sound generation.

Recently John composed the music for a major new production by Handspring, the pioneering puppetry company responsible for Warhorse which ran at the National Theatre before going on to the West End and Broadway. ‘Crow’ combines puppetry, dance, and music. It is based on the Crow poems by Ted Hughes and premiered at the 2012 London festival in May.

John is also a full time member of the Mercury Music Award nominated contemporary Jazz band Polar Bear, providing electronics, guitar, and vocals.

Horacio Pollard (UK)

Half English, half Argentine “noise-eccentric” HORACIO POLLARD has been active in the field of experimental music since 2002 and has released numerous vinyl, tape & CD releases on various international labels such as Wrong Musis (UK) & Altered Tape (DE). A member of noise rock bands  CLIFFORD TORUS and FULLY BLOWN DENTAL REFORM, he also runs his own label Neigh Music.

He has toured South America, Europe, Asia, Australia with acts such as Moha, DJ Scotch Egg, Torturing Nurse, Alan Courtis, Casper Brotzmann, Noxagt, Boredoms & Lightning Bolt.

His music is extreme and uncompromising, a real treat to behold!

Hanoi Sound Stuff Pre-event at Umbrella

Sat 30 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Umbrella Club
61 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

With the upcoming 2013 Festival, Hanoi Sound Stuff in collaboration with Umbrella Bar, will kick things off on March 30 with the Pre-Event party!

Both international and local artists will perform at Umbrella Bar, starting from 8PM.

The line-up includes musicians such as Josh Kocepek from UK, Bill live on guitar arriving from the US, and well-known Tri Minh amongst many others.

More info on Hanoi Sound Stuff, visit Hanoi Grapevine’s previous post.

More info on Umbrella Bar:

Umbrella is an up-and-coming bar where you will find not only great drinks and music but also lots of culture and art. It transforms from a chill hangout spot in the afternoons to a lively bar with a promise of fun-filled nights.

Free entry.

‘The Desiring Garden’ in Hanoi

Opening: Fri 29 Mar, 6.30 pm
Artist’s Talk (tbc): Sat 14 Apr, 3 pm
Exhibition: 30 Mar – 30 Apr 2013
Manzi Art Space
14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi

Manzi art space presents the photography exhibition ‘The Desiring Garden’ showing a series of fascinating works by Jamie Maxtone-Graham, an American photographer based in Hanoi.

Produced within intensely urban Hanoi, Vietnam, the images in The Desiring Garden are the record of a place that exists between the projected and the perceived.

“The images in The Desiring Garden prey on the Western perception of the exotic; a Rousseau-like play on an environment – here, the urban center of Hanoi – in which certain indigenous species of plants, some items of human utility and sources of nourishment are presented together in some arrangement alongside people with an uncertain relationship to these objects”

The physical view of the people inhabiting the frame, observed within these embellished environments, is that of an outsider; of one who looks upon the scene – but not in – and, in turn, is unnoticed.’

Jamie Maxtone-Graham has a professional background of more than 20 years in commercial and narrative cinematography in New York and Los Angeles.  He became a Fulbright Fellow in 2007 when he moved to Hanoi where he currently lives.

His still photography has exhibited in London, Netherlands, Bangkok, France and Hanoi and has been published online at burn Magazine, Trans Asia Photography Review, Photography And Culture, tiny vices, Cultural Hall and other print and online publications.

Manzi’s art programme is supported by Hanoi Grapevine – our communications partner

Electronic Night “Just Add Sound”

Fri 29 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Hanoi Rock City
27/52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho

JUST ADD SOUND is an exciting night of electronic, live and experimental music bringing together a stirring collective of musicians who are presently pushing the fences and reshaping the music scene. The night incorporates performances by the artists, live visuals and will begin with a short documentary by Eric Boros on his Solar Soundsystem Project, of which details are provided below.

Artists performing:







Current, relevant and cutting-edge independent artists based in Hanoi will be joined by international underground artist and member of French duo/collective Vialka, Eric Boros.

We cannot express enough how bold a time it is in the capital for alternative sound and music_art and performance, though are optimistic and delighted to work welcome these performers to add to the dynamic on Friday night.

Free entry.

Japanese Artists at Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival

Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2013 will welcome a lot of well-known international and local artists. And from Japan, there are two outstanding electronic musicians who will play the first day on 12th April.

Daito Manabe was born in 1976, and had an academic background in Mathematics, Technology, Sensory Programming. He graduated from Tokyo University of Science and International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Japan and currently is described as an “artist, programmer, designer, DJ, VJ, composer”.

His “specialty” is the face performance “Face visualizer, instrument and copy” which has help brought him to about 30 music/art/film festivals, such as the Sonar Festival (Barcelona) and Transmediale (Berlin). He has won the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Prize twice, and no doubt is one of the most famous artists in his field worldwide.

Coming to Vietnam, Daito Manabe will make sure to bring an exciting act to the audience.

Ametsub is based in Tokyo. He has played in various prestigious music festivals such as SonarSound Tokyo, SummerSonic Festival, NagisaMusic Festival, Unit-CountDown Night, TaicoClub Festival Show, DeLaFantasia Festival and Ruxpin(n5MD) in Reykjavik, ICELAND.

His music often evokes the feelings of drifting melodies that seems to remind an endless trip in the strong sound-scape like a drawn spectacular nature, the solemn horizon, the silence of the evening, fluttering reminiscence in the old tape, magnificence red landscape like an album artwork.

Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2013: 29 Mar – 13 Apr 2013
Various venues in Hanoi (see program below for details)

Main event – Day 1: Fri 12 Apr 2013, 6 pm – 10.30 pm
Vietnam National Museum of History

Main event – Day 2: Sat 13 Apr 2013, 6 pm – 10.30 pm
Chu Van An stadium

Talk “How to Live a Meaningful Life”

Thu 28 Mar 2013, 9 am
Vietnam Women’s Museum
36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hanoi

Are you student? You have a good health with a nice dream for your future …. Have you ever thought that whether you live a meaningful life or not?

We are telling you about a woman who has suffered from muscular dystrophy when she was 10 years old. Each passing day, she always tries her best to fight against the disease to overcome her destiny. During more than 20 years, she is not only alive, but also actually lives a meaningful life for herself, for her family, and for the society.

To get these achievements, the nearly 40-year old woman with only 30 kg attempted to learn English by herself to become an English teacher, and now is a successful translator with more than 26 books.

Have you ever heard about this famous title: “Slumdog Millionaire”? It was translated from English to Vietnamese by the translator Nguyễn Bích Lan. She also translated these books “Life Without Limits” and “Unstoppable” of author Nick Vujicic, the world’s famous speaker with no limbs. In addition, she is also a writer having a memoir entitled “Never Collapse” which left a deep impression on readers.

We are here to help you see her, hear an incredible story of hope in her real life. After the conversation, it is sure about the thing “The life will be more meaningful if we dare to fight and win”

You will have chance to get her gifts.

Number of participants: 200 people.

Language: The talk is in Vietnamese.

To register, please contact: 0985770745 (Ms Thùy Linh), email

Performance of Works by Three Prominent Vietnamese Composers

Van Cao - Pham Duy - Trinh Cong Son
Wed 3 Apr 2013, 8 pm
Cultural Palace Vietnam-Soviet Friendship
91 Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi

You are invited to a music night with compositions from three of the most famous composers in Vietnam who are often referred to as “three most salient figures of modern (non-classical) Vietnamese music”.

Van Cao was the composer of the official national anthem of Vietnam, while Pham Duy contributed more than a thousand songs combining folk with modern melodies, and Trinh Cong Son was named “Vietnam’s Bob Dylan” by Joan Baez. Their music has been loved by many generations of Vietnamese.

Knowing about these three figures and their compositions will help anyone understand a lot about music in Vietnam, especially the important period before, during and after the war.

Tickets: from 300,000 to 1,500,000 VND.
Call these numbers to book tickets: 04.2230 8888 – 04.2230 8899 – 0914 387 757 – 0123 318 1199.    

HCMC – Screening of A Royal Affair

Sat 30 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Saturday Cafe (Ca Phe Thu Bay)
1st Floor, Trung Nguyen Coffee
19B Pham Ngoc Thach, D3, HCMC

Welcome to the screening of the film A ROYAL AFFAIR (Denmark, 137 mins) by director Nicolaj Arcel. There is a discussion after the screening with director/critic Ba Vu.

The movie is based on a true story about a love affair between Queen Caroline Mathilde and the German Royal doctor – Johan Friedrich Struensee. The movie won 2 Silver Bears at Berlin International Film Festival and nominated for Oscar of the year 2013. For more information about the content, you can see below:

At the end of the 18th century, the rose of England Caroline Mathilde was sent to Denmark to marry her unstable mental cousin, King Christian VII. In despite of her husband’s erratic behavior, Caroline completed her duty and brought out the heir.

Then, Christian was on the go to travel around Europe, and chose Struensee to be his own doctor.

On their return, the private doctor of the king began to have an affair with Queen Caroline. Lovers together participated in a political plan to introduce the innovative reform of the society by tricking the king to sign the law needed!

Free entry. Seats are limited, please contact with Mr. Duy Thang in advance via 01217799316.

Language: Original language with Vietnamese subtitles.

Hanoi Live Lounge

Sat 30 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Hanoi Rock City
27/52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho

This Saturday will get crunchy and fizzy with local talents mixed with international and expat musicians.

Headliner Scott Allan Knost will start his summer tour this year with Hanoi.
Celebrating Live Lounge down at HRC with 4 live bands / solo artist:

::: Tips Lips (Japan)
::: Hi-Jinks (Vietnam) (Synergy)
::: AC/EC (Vietnam)
::: Scott Allan Knost (US)
::: Davey Dao (Indie DJ)


Performance of Opera “Yuzuru”

29 and 30 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House
1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Come to the performance of Opera “Yuzuru”. The show is one of the events set to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two nations. Four Japanese artists, including famed vocalists Ieda Noriko and Mochiki Hiroshi, will perform.

The opera will feature a Vietnamese stage manager, People’s Artist Le Hung, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra –led by Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji – the Ha Noi Children’s Cultural Palace choir, and dancers from Youth Theater in Hanoi.

The Yuzuru opera was composed in 1951 by Ikuma Dan, based on the play of the same name written in 1949 by Junji Kinoshita. The opera tells the story of a poor peasant farmer (Mochiki Hiroshi) who is lured by the prospects of wealth. His beautiful and gentle wife (Ieda Noriko) is the incarnation of a crane bird that he had saved.


Ieda Noriko – Tsu
Mochiki Hiroshi – Yhyo
Makino Masato – Unzu
Mine Shigeki – Sodo
and the children Choir, artists of Youth Theater, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.

Ticket prices: 250,000 VND. All Tickets available at Hanoi Opera House – 1 Trang Tien or can book over
For free delivery Call: 0913489858, 0983067996.

Introduction of the Book “The Italian Travelers in the Journey of Vietnam Discovery”

Tue 26 Mar 2013, 5 pm
Nguy Nhu Kon Tum Hall
19 Le Thanh Tong, Hanoi

You are invited to the introduction of the book “The Italian travelers in the journey of Vietnam discovery” – a bilingual book in English and Italian. At the launch of this book there will be the presence of the author of the book: Ambassador Mario Sica and Professor Nguyen Qui Binh, Deputy Director of Department of International Studies – Hanoi University.

The book is the work of an Italian diplomat, Ambassador Mario Sica – who had the first diplomatic tenure in Vietnam, where he met a girl who taught him English and later became his wife. The book is a collection of notes, writings by Italian travelers who were in Vietnam a long time ago: from the time of Marco Polo to 1950, the missionaries, naturalists, geographers, writers, diplomats, etc. Their stories are not expected to contribute more than what the French, Portuguese, English American people have written, but it is a kaleidoscopic provides unique and interesting view about Vietnam. In addition, a country like Italy, with similar shape and historical features, can fully understand and express the soul and culture of Vietnam.

Book price: 90,000 VND. Book price at the launch: 50,000 VND.

Music Night with DJ Spectrum

Every Saturday Night, 9 pm
Umbrella Club

Saturday nights with Absolut Vodka is a regular, buzzing club night at Umbrella. Spectrum spins the decks with irresistible beats brought straight from London. With almost a decade of experience, Spectrum sure knows how to get his crowd bouncing.

All mixed drinks with Absolut are 40,000 VND, throughout the night.



61 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Exhibition from the Book “Hanoi, From one City to Another”

Meet with Artist: Mon 25 Mar 2013, 5 – 6.30 pm
Exhibition: 20 Mar – 06 Apr 2013
Livres & Co
63 Ngo Hue, Pho Hue Str, Hanoi

Vincent Bertholon shares is life between France, Vietnam and other countries. Wherever he goes, he brings along his camera, sketch books, charcoal, ink and watercolors to capture the poetry of both sceneries and everyday’life scenes that he comes across. Sometimes waiting up to a day to capture a single scene in the right light.

Together with Clement Musil, researcher on urban development, Vincent Bertholon came up with the idea of publishing a book about Hanoi and its fascinating changing pace. It gave birth to “Hanoi, from one city to another”, published in 2010. Today the adventure continues through the not to be missed exhibition.

Sign up to meet with the artist Vincent Bertholon at (due to limited space, registration is compulsory)

HCMC – Program “British Musical Journey”

Fri 29 Mar 2013, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC
Tel: 08 38299976

You are invited to the program with the cooperation of HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera and British Council.

The program consists of two parts. Part one is British Musical Journey with famous works from pre-classical to music in 20th century. Part two presents modern ballet ”Dream Puzzles” of two young Vietnamese choreography Phúc Hải and Phúc Hùng.

Detailed program

Part I: British Musical Journey from Classical to Musical

George Frideric Handel: “Halleluja” from “Мessiah”
Edward Elgar: Ave verum
Freddie Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody
Andrew Lloyd Webber: “Medley” from “Phantom of the Opera”
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Jellicle Songs from “Cats”

Choirmaster: Trần Nhật Minh
Performance: Choir, Piano and Band

modern ballet Dream Puzzles 2

Part II: Modern Ballet ”Dream Puzzles”
Script & Choreography: Nguyễn Phúc Hải, Nguyễn Phúc Hùng
Music: Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Max Richter
Vũ Việt Anh, Nguyễn Mạnh Duy Linh
Performing: HBSO Ballet

Cooperation with British Council of HCMC


Ticket price: 400.000 – 350.000 – 200.000 – 80.000(for students only)VND
All tickets are available at:
HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera, 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC. Tel: 08. 38237419

HCMC – Screening of Norwegian Film “Kon-Tiki”

Sat 23 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Saturday Cafe (Ca Phe Thu Bay)
1st Floor, Trung Nguyen Coffee
19B Pham Ngoc Thach, D3, HCMC

You are invited to the screening of Norwegian film “Kon-Tiki” (2012). The film is in English with Vietnamese subtitle. There is also introduction and discussion about the film by director/film critic Ba Vu (in Vietnamese).

For further information about the film “Kon-Tiki” please see below:

Thor Heyderdahl (1914 – 2002) was an Norwegian anthropologist and explorer. Even when he was young, Thor revealed his love of expedition to test the hypothesis of anthropology. In 1947, Thor made his most famous voyage on a raft called the Kon-Tiki (God of Sun Inca, according to Peru Aboriginal) to prove that 1,500 years ago, the Inca people in Peru crossed the sea to settle in the islands of the South Pacific, not from Asia as in previous theories.

Departed from Peru, after 101 days on the sea, Thor’s group reached the target at Tuamotu Islands on 7 August 1947. The raft passed over 6,980 km, and proved that the natives of South America absolutely were able to make the same trip in the past.

The book records the trip called Kon-Tiki Journey by Thor has been translated into over 50 different languages, and Thor and the famous voyage has become the pride of Norway. During the voyage, Thor and his group also carried a 16mm -film camera to record the journey. The film later was produced by Thor himself and was named Kon-Tiki.

With Kon-Tiki, Thor continued to bring glory to the country with the Oscar award for best documentary film in 1951. Up to now, it is still the only Oscar achieved by Norwegian cinema.

The film being screened this Saturday is a remake from the 1951 original documentary.

Free Admission. Seats are limited, so please contact Duy Thang to book in advance, phone number: 01217799316. 

Enrollment for Feature Film Class

Deadline: 31/03/2013

After nearly three years of implementation, with more than 30 filmmaking classes in Hanoi, Project “We are film makers” has trained nearly 300 students, launched 150 documentaries, 50 short films. Besides, the project also has developed  a community of youth who share the passion for cinema.

Our current enrollment is feature film class H1301 with course consists of 14 sessions. Our course will provide knowledge and training in:

    Script writing (finding idea, developing the script…): 4 sessions
    Director’s skill (Acting, art director, producer, production,…): 8 sessions
    Technique (sound, image..): 2 sessions

Amount: 20 students
Duration: 1 session / week (Sunday morning or afternoon)
Deadline: 31/03/2013
Target: all young people reside in Hanoi.
Tuition fee: For graduated student from TPD’s documentary class: 1.250.000/course
For other registrations: 1.400.000VND/course
Language: Vietnamese

Application process:

    Register for recruitment: You can apply by mail, on site at TPD’s center or via email
    Test + interview: TPD will contact you shortly after receive your application to arrange the schedule. (Documentary classes’ students can get through this step))
    Get exam results + letter of admission if there
    Complete the document and tuition fee,

Application letters should be sent to:


The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD) – Vietnam Cinema Association
Address               : No 51, ​​Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Tel                         : + 84 4 39 366 559
Email                    :
Notice                 : Any questions or registration via e-mail should have subject “PT_ H1301″.

HCMC – Combi Event: Artist’s Talk and Open Studio 2

Artist’s Talk aka. Roundtable Discussion with Phan Quang: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 4 – 5.30 pm
Sàn Art

‘Open Studio 2/Session Two: San Art Laboratory’: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 6 pm
Sàn Art Laboratory

Come to Combi Event this Saturday with Artist’s Talk by Phan Quang & Open Studio 2.

In relation to the exhibition Space / Limit, Phan Quang, will share his ideas and thoughts by answering questions regarding his art practice in conversation with journalist Trần Công Khanh with the appearance of visual artist Ưu Đàm.

Trần Công Khanh is a senior writer and journalist, whose articles cover art, culture, cuisine and architecture. He has worked for more than 10 years at SGTT Newspaper and is currently Managing Editor there.

From 6pm : ‘Open Studio 2/Session Two: San Art Laboratory’ – Party
@Sàn Art Laboratory

You are invited to the artist studios of 3 artist-in-residence Trần Xuân Anh, Nguyễn Hữu Trâm Kha, Ngô Đình Bảo Châu, and New Yorker writer – artist Christopher Myers.

What to look forward to?

This is the last Open Studio before the artists exhibit the final show as result of their 6-month residency at San Art Laboratory. So you will have a chance to see the process experimenting ideas into physical artworks. Bảo Châu examines the contrasts among forms, materials and sculptural practices. Xuân Anh confronts Vietnamese norms of art and craft, while Trâm Kha merges printmaking, drawing and sewing techniques with personal history. Besides, Christopher Myers will show designs for traditional Indonesian style shadow puppets telling the dramatic journals of father of modern dance.

Sàn Art
3 Me Linh, Binh Thanh Dist, HCMC
Sàn Art Laboratory
40/18 Pham Viet Chanh, Binh Thanh Dist, HCMC

Creative World – Special Event for Handmade Community

Sun 24 Mar 2013, 9 am – 10 pm
Chu Van An Highschool
No 10 Thuy Khue, Hanoi

“Creative World” will be held by Mintown Project as a national event aiming to provide handmade lovers opportunity of joining a so-called “handmade atmosphere”. The “Creative World” includes 6 “continents”: Handmade stalls, Japanese Culture, Handmade Exhibition, Workshops, Food & Beverage, Charity corner.

In addition to the colourful handmade products which are meticulously chosen, by the end of the day, the spotlight will shine straight to the film show area where projects various meaningful short movies with the spirit “Creative”. The workshop will definitely bring you interesting experiences with making handmade stuffs by your own hands.

The special point of this event is the Handmade Exhibition where displays 6 types of handmade arts: wire art, handmade clay, balloon art, dream-catcher, quilling and paper craft. Stepping into the Japanese space, you will be surrounded by the beautiful Japanese traditional dance called Yosakoi. Additionally, special guest in the event will be the young talented Bao Tram coming from Vietnam Idol 2012 who is also the representative of Earth Hour 2013 in Viet Nam.

Come to our event and explore the “ creative world” with 6 unique “continents” in  the space of sparkling products.

Ticket price:

Purchase before 24th March: VNĐ 20.000

Purchase at the entrance of event: VNĐ 25.000

(each ticket includes one beverage, one gateaux and one free seat at night mini cinema)

For more information:

Hotline: 01675652670 

Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2013

Main event – Day 1: Fri 12 Apr 2013, 6 pm – 10.30 pm
Vietnam National Museum of History

Main event – Day 2: Sat 13 Apr 2013, 6 pm – 10.30 pm
Chu Van An stadium

Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival aspires to create a unique world of quality electronic and experimental music and art with boundary-pushing sounds, creative performances and collaborations between International and Vietnamese artists to spur an interest among young Vietnamese audiences.

The Festival supports disadvantaged and disabled children’s development.

Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2013 marks the sixth time the event will take place and this year’s programme is packed with an assorted mix of International and Vietnamese artists focus on Audio and Visual, also new collaborations and activities with the aim to reach an even broader range of audiences and music students to join electronic and experimental performances and events.

In 2013, the Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival will collaborate with Nguyen Dinh Chieu Blind School for disabled children.

The two main festival events are organised on April 12 and 13 in Hanoi. Day 1 (April 12) is a sit-down electronic event with a mix of Japanese, Austrian, UK, Sweden and Vietnamese artists organised in the courtyard of the Museum of History. The April 13 event will also include a fundraising for challenged and disabled children’s. Day 2 (April 14) is a DJ dance event with artists from Germany, England, Austria, Swiss, Israel and Vietnam and with Hanoi Doclab, Hanoi Future Shorts showing sets of new short films.

In 2013, this year, Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival will also organise a number of master classes for musicians and music students in both Hanoi and Hue. The master classes will be taught by the International artists and will be organised in collaboration with Hanoi Cultural University, Goethe Institue, Manzi Artspace. Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival will collaborate with Goethe Institut and Hanoi Grapevine to organise Art Talk event in Hanoi. This will is an opportunity for interested audiences to hear and talk with all International, and Vietnamese artists about their experiences as experimental and electronic artists.

Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival in 2012

Programme for Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2013
Date / Time     Event     Location
March 29
18.00-22.30     Co-organize Fund raising diner for Music Bridge-Under 25 program     Rooftop, 19 Ly Thuong Kiet street
March 30
09.00-11-00     Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2012 Press Meeting     Goethe Institute Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
March 30
18.00-22.30     Hanoi Sound Stuff Pre-event: Local and International artists Boost up for Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival 2013     TBC
April 06
13.30-16.00     Training: sound artist josh kopecek from UK will have a training section with Blind school for Worldwide Sound Walk project     Nguyen Dinh Chieu Blind school, Ha Noi
April 06
20.30-22.00     Exclusive Performance: Tri Minh and friends will host a special event the well-known Chula house of design.     Chula Design, 06 Ven Ho Street.
April 10
8.30-16.00     Electronic Music Master Class: Artists from United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Japan and Vietnam will teach music students and artists interested in electronic music.     Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi
April 11
8.30-16.00     Electronic Music Master Class: Artists from United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Japan and Vietnam will teach music students and artists interested in electronic music.     Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi
April 11
17.00-18.00     Meetings: Mimetic from Electron Festival, Glitterbug from C-sides Festival will meet with Vietnam Composer Association.     51 Tran Hung Dao
April 11
19.00-20.00     Artists presentation for students: Artists who participate in the festival will have a small presentation about their music to students     Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi
April 11
21.00-23.00     Hanoi Sound Stuff 2013 exclusive reception: in collaboration with top stop in Hanoi, Rooftop will host a special exclusive reception for Hanoi Sound Stuff artists and sponsors and supporters of the festival     Rooftop, 19 Ly Thuong Kiet street
April 12

Festival Day 1: the first main event is an electronic sit down concert (500 seats) with-Fund raising event:

Richard Eigner (Austria)

Daito Mannabe (Japan)

The Six Tone with Guest (Sweden and Vietnam)

John Leftcutter (UK)

Horacio Pollard (UK)

The sound wee see (group artists)
Vietnam National Museum of History, 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hanoi
April 13
18.00-22.30     Festival Day 2: a DJ dance event:

Daito Mannabe/Ametsub (Japan)

Pitch Tuner (Germany)


Glitterbug (Israel)

DJ Kruise (VN)

DJ Slim and Guest artist (VN)

Future Shorts & Guest DJ (wireless headphone DJ)

Indian HOLI Festival in Hanoi

Sun 31 Mar 2013, 10.30 am
American Club
19–21 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

Let’s celebrate Holi in its true “Gulal” colors and showcase this truly unique festival to “One and All” in Hanoi. Come prepared this time to bathe yourself in beautiful colors of Joy and have loads of Fun. Dance your way through peppy Bollywood numbers and treat yourself with unlimited Drinks and mouthwatering gourmet Indian Food at the “Grand Holi” celebrations. For more information about tickets, see below:

Entry Tickets valued at :
250,000 VND (Members)
350,000VND (Non Members)
100,000 VND(children between 8-12 years)
Complimentary for Kids below 8 Years of age

Entry Tickets are Available at :
Incham Office (Ph: 0437724248, 0903222908)
Namaste Hanoi (Ph: 0439352400)
Tandoor restaurant (Ph: 0438245359)
India Palace (Ph: 0437181380)
Food Shop 45 (Ph: 0437162959)
Tracy’s Sports Pub (Mr.Mac: 01226232846)

Holi, the festival of colors, is a traditional festival celebrated by Hindus in India and a few other countries. The most popular activity in this festival is people throwing colored powder at each other. 

Screening of “The Fairy”

Hanoi: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 8 pm
22A Hai Ba Trung Str, Hanoi
HCMC: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 8 pm
31 Thai Van Lung Str, Dist 1, HCMC

You are invited to the screening of the Belgian film ‘ The Fairy’ directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy. A real funny poem full of tenderness and humor, in which innocence and optimism expressed through fluent dance image, the film “The Fairy” is a moment of pure happiness (Nouvel Obs magazine).

Film’s synopsis: “Dom is the night-shift staff at a small hotel in Havre. One evening, a woman appeared at the receptionist of the hotel, with bare feet and no luggage. Her name is Fiona. She told Dom she is a fairy and gave him three wishes. The following day, two wishes became true but Fiona vanished. And Dom, who was already in love Fiona the fairy, really wanted her to be back ”

Language: Film is in French with Vietnamese subtitle.


In Hanoi: Invitation tickets, register:

In HCMC: Buying tickets at IDECAF.

The film is a part of the Sixth Francophone Film Festival in Vietnam.

Exhibition “Bridging Two Centuries”

Opening: Tue 19 Mar, 5 pm
Exhibition: 19 – 29 Mar 2013
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi

Come to the exhibition “Bridging Two Centuries” of artist Pham Luc, the painter recognized by more and more foreigners and Vietnamese as a Van Gogh of Vietnam. His paintings are a genius combination of the French painting techniques (influenced by the Indochina Fine Art School founded in 1925) and the Vietnamese traditional ones. All these 70 paintings are a very small part of the painter’s enormous heritage.

The Sixth Francophone Film Festival

Hanoi: 15 - 29 Mar 2013
L’Espace and Cinematheque
HCMC: 19 Mar - 06 April 2013
Vinh: 15 - 31 Mar 2013
French Language Center of Vinh
Hue: 19 Mar - 17 Apr 2013
Hue Knowledge Institution and the Institut Français

Francophone Film Festival 2013 is organized by Group of embassies, delegations and Francophone organizations in Vietnam in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, and for the first time, in Vinh.

Festival shows the cultural diversity of the Francophone Community. This year’s festival program includes 12 films (feature films, documentaries, animations) of 9 countries: Belgium (Wallonie-Bruxelles Delegation), Benin, Canada, Egypt, France, Morocco, Senegal, Switzerland and Vietnam.

Languages: Foreign films have Vietnamese subtitle, Vietnamese films have French subtitle.

Please view showtimes and more information about the movies here.

Audiences in Hanoi are welcomed to participate in a contest to understand about the films in the festival, with awards such as digital cameras, MP4/MP3 reader, dictionaries, and many other interesting gifts.


In Hanoi: 10 000 VND tickets are available at l’Espace, free admission at Cinemathèque
In HCMC: 15 000 VND ticket are available at IDECAF, free for students of IDECAF
Hue: Free admission
Vinh: Free admission

24 Trang Tien, Hanoi

22A Hai Ba Trung Str, Hanoi

31 Thai Van Lung Str, Dist 1, HCMC

French Language Center of Vinh
36 Nguyen Duc Canh Str, Vinh

Hue Knowledge Institution and the Institut Français
01 Le Hong Phong, Hue

In Response to Earth Hour 2013 ”I will if you will”

Sat 23 Mar 2013, 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Indochina Plaza Hanoi
241 Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi

“I will if you will” was launched by WWF as an international campaign aiming to promote individuals, communities, singers, and government agencies to bring their own challenges to protect the planet. Each challenge will inspire more people to join their hands in action.

In the spirit “Every hour is Earth Hour”, a Vietnamese version titled “I will if you will – Let us act together” is held. With the slogan “We can all protect the environment, what you need is a driving force”, over a year of operation, the project has greatly contributed in changing perceptions and actions of the people on the issue of environmental protection.

In response to Earth Hour 2013 and summarize the achievements that I Will If You Will has been achieved, the project coordinator will organize the event “Earth Song 2013″ with the participation of singers such as Dinh Manh Ninh, Lynk Lee, Sign In band …

In addition, I Will If You Will will provide 100  T-shirts “60+” for teenagers for 100k each.

To order T-shirt(s) please contact: Ms. Hoang Anh 0984630288

Hue – Photography Exhibition “Mizumachi”

Opening: Sat 23 Mar, 4.30 pm
Exhibition: 23 Mar – 03 Apr 2013
New Space Arts Foundation, Hue
2nd Floor, 15 Le Loi Street, Hue City

Come to the Photography  exhibition “Mizumachi” by Artist Hasegawa Taro (Japan). According to the artist: “You all will see the strong bond between life of Hue people and the small surrounding rivers. With days living here in Hue, I have enjoyed riding bicycles around the city, watching the rivers run, thinking of how to convey “these fullest of real vitalities” to everyone. With these thoughts, I have brought them into my works. I have chosen the moments of late nights and early mornings of which I could capture the purest and simplest shots… Through these pictures, I love to sense deeper and deeper contemporary Viet Nam.” 

Concert with the Group Jesers

Fri 29 Mar 2013,  8 pm
28 Le Thanh Ton, Distr 1, HCMC

You are invited to a concert with Jesers. Songwriter of the French «nouvelle scène», Jesers is a lover for lyrics and their senses. Originated from an incredible family of musician with roots between Praia, Dakar, London and New-York, his passion for beauty brings him naturally closer to the art of the mosaic and rhythmical literary piece.

Mixed roots citizen and story-teller, his musical universe is an exchange between several cultures, an amazing insight into the world of ethnic song and urban poetry.


Entrance: 100.000 VND (50% discount for students)
Tickets on sale at the IDECAF. Tel : (08) 38 23 99 68

Jesers also plays at L’Espace Hanoi on Wed 27 Mar.

Fundrasing Event with Van Ho Ba

Wed 27 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Green Mango
18 Hang Quat, Hanoi

The Van Ho Ba are back for one night only. Entry is by donation of any amount, with 100% of the proceeds going to HSCV. Hanoi’s loudest funk racket, The Van Ho Ba, will be shaking the Green Mango dance floor. Dance shoes are optional, jiving is likely!

Just announced: DJ GiMiX NoMad (Synergy & Bebop-swing), Selecta Elpee (Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady and more!l)

Entry is by donation and all proceeds will go to Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam.

Exhibition “100 Years – 100 Posters”

Exhibition: 19 – 24 Mar 2013, 8 am – 8 pm
Hanoi National Library
31 Tràng Thi, Hà Nội

The exhibition consists of 101 posters since the beginning of the 20th century, from the collections of the Lahti Poster Museum of Finland.

Surprising, colorful illustrations depict in a refreshing way not only the development of graphic design, but also the development of Finnish society and economy. The exhibition gives a broad picture of sports, tourism, advertising, education etc. Many of the posters are early advertisements of well-known Finnish companies, such as Finnair, Nokia, Fazer and Sinebrychoff and others.

The exhibition is part of the jubilee year program for the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Viet Nam in 2013.

Screening of “Kahara Has no Walls”

Wed 20 Mar 2013, 7 pm
The Hanoi Bicycle Collective
44, lane 31 Xuan Dieu Str, Hanoi

Come to the next session of Cinexin Hanoi this week with the screening of “Kahara Has no Walls”.

Yemen joined in with the protests immediately after the start of the Arab Spring. Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, however, the country’s authoritarian regime did not collapse but instead responded with violence. Consequently, the protests were followed by what in effect was a civil war that remains unresolved. The crucial date was 18 March, when a demonstration called the Friday of Dignity (Juma’at El-Karama) was held.
Plainclothes snipers blocked the street with a wall and fired into the crowd from behind this barrier and surrounding roofs. Fifty-three people died and up to a thousand were injured. Three young cameramen recorded the course of events on that day from the heart of the ill-fated demonstration. Consequently, this documentary shows the brutality of the crackdown at close proximity. This eloquent visual testimony is complemented by commentaries and interviews with survivors. Besides the shocking violence, the film also reveals the desperate determination of the civilians who literally put their own bodies on the line to take a stand against the bullets. The violence only consolidated their determination to protect human dignity and precipitate a broad wave of solidarity with the protesters throughout Yemen.

Free entry.

The Introduction of DomDom Project in Hanoi

Kim Ngoc, founder of the newly formed NGO, DomDom – Hub For Experimental Art & Music, announces a new international music training program in collaboration with Vietnam Academy of Music, Malmoe Academy of Music and ensemble Ars Nova from Sweden, offering upcoming artists a chance to explore their creative potential.

Q&A- information days:
• Wednesday 20/3/13 at 11:30am at the library of Vietnam Academy of Music – 77 Hao Nam, Dong Da, HN
• Thursday 21/3/13 from 5:00 to 6:00pm at Hanoi Doclab – 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, HN

Application deadline: 9:00 am, 25/03/2013

Dom Dom is offering upcoming artists a chance to explore their creative potential. Founded by Kim Ngoc, Dom Dom is positioning itself as THE centre for Experimental Music and Art in Hanoi.

From April 2013 three internationally recognized programs: Electronic Acoustic Music (EAM); Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM); and Improvisation are taught by international leaders in their respected fields. This unique chance to create and perform in an international environment is not to be missed!

You can visit their Website for more information or email

CDEF Announces Talent Prize 2013

Time for submission: 01 Mar – 31 Jul 2013

The Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF) of the Embassy of Denmark launch the Talent Prize Competition 2013. This year’s theme is Architectural Ideas for Improving Urban Spaces.

The Talent Prize 2013 is based upon the Danish architect Jan Gehl’s notion that an urban area is normally created by a set of buildings, and its real value lies in the spaces between those buildings. Buildings contribute to defining value and feature of the space. Characteristics of buildings in terms of usefulness, appearance, materials, colour, style or kind of openness and closeness, solidness or hollowness have large impacts on the value of public spaces.

In this competition, CDEF would like to represent a basic concept of urban planning: buildings are an instrument, but not a goal, of urban planning. The space between buildings, where communities actively exist is of greater importance.

Participants in the competition are architects, construction engineers, urban planners & landscape architects. Participants will choose a particular Vietnamese urban area, analyse the relationship between the buildings and the public space and propose a redesigning plan for the buildings by adding, deleting and/or changing the buildings to create more attractive public spaces.

In a comment, Danish Ambassador, John Nielsen, states, “The competition seeks to find original and creative architects and to promote projects that are innovative and contribute to improving public spaces in cities in Vietnam. We also want to initiate involvement from public in judging the importance of public places and the role of architecture in designing public activities in cities”.

The applications will be assessed by a Review Board including Danish Ambassador John Nielsen, Vietnamese architect Mr. Pho Duc Tung, Mr. Nguyen Huu Thai and Danish architect Hans Peter Hagens. The Jury Prize for the winner is a one-week visit to Denmark early 2014.

Additionally, a competition website will be available for the public to comment on and vote for the initiatives. The initiative receiving the highest votes will get the Audience Prize, valued at VND 10 million.

The Danish Vietnamese Cultural Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF) was established in 2006 with the aim to provide support to contemporary cultural performances in Vietnam and to cultural exchange activities between Denmark and Vietnam.  The Fund has supported more than 100 projects in Vietnam and Denmark since 2006 and organized 4 Talent Prize competitions for young Vietnamese artist within art sectors such as experimental music, contemporary dance, performance art and paintings.

For more information, please contact:

Ms.Dang Thi Huong Lan,

Cultural and Press Manager

Embassy of Denmark

19 Dien Bien Phu street, HanoiMini Doc Fest 2013

Mini Doc Fest 2013

22 – 24 Mar 2013
Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học

From 22nd of March to 24th of March 2013, the Mini Doc Fest 2013 will present documentaries by young Southeast Asian filmmakers and artists.

At the opening night the internationally award-winning documentary Story of Kindness (1987) by Tran Van Thuy and a short film with footage of his grandfather edited by Tran Luong will take the audience on a journey into Vietnam’s past.

On the second day, the festival special program Voices from Myanmar, which was presented at the Chopshots Documentary Film Festival 2012, provides an insight into Myanmar. Different short films will show the beauty, but also the conflicts of our neighboring country.

The highlight of the Mini Doc Festival will be the latest productions of the last DocLab Basic workshop. Impulsive, honest, entertaining – the contributions of DocLab reflect the spirit of Vietnamese society today and are closely connected to the people.

The Mini Doc Festival will close with several documentaries by young independent Vietnamese filmmakers on Sunday.

Join us on the journey through Vietnam and Myanmar with different and multifaceted films. It is all about social taboos, complex family structures, identity problems of a young generation and a kitchen!

After last year’s Mini Doc Fest 2011 we are looking forward to welcome you again to an exciting weekend full of film screenings, debates and opportunities for exchange.

See the program below:

Friday 22.3.2013, 7pm | Journey to the past

Spring and Festivals (17´)
Shot by Nguyen Van Vinh (1953/54) edited by his grandson Tran Luong (2012) (17´)
Story of Kindness by Tran Van Thuy (43´)
Followed by a Q&A with the director Tran Van Thuy

Saturday 23.3.2013, 3pm | ChopShots presents “Voices of Myanmar”

Burmese Butterly - Hnin Ei Hlaing (12´)
Sweetie Pie - Sai Kong Kham (7´)
Unbounded unlimited - Tin Win Hlaing (12´)
The Social game - Seng Mai (11´)
Again and again - The Maw Naing (13´)
Followed by Q&A with Ulrike Schaz (mentor for YFS)

Saturday 23.3.2013, 7pm | Film Screening of DocLab Basic Workshop Films

Kitchen – Chu Kim Duc (8’)
TV – Khong Viet Bach (8’)
Grandfather – Dong Phuong Thao (11’)
From Womb to Tomb – Nguyen Hoang Giang (2’)
Blue/Green – Vu Thi Lan Huong (9’)
ID – Nguyen Minh Tung (11’)
The Cage in the Bird - Ta Minh Duc (6’)
Thu Thiem Ferry Crossing – Tran Ngoc Sang (10’)

Sunday 24.3.2013, 2pm | Film Studies Group Launch
Sunday 24.3.2013, 4pm | Short Documentary Films from TPD

The Journey – Pham Quoc Dung(17´, 2012)
Who Are You? - Hoang Thi Huyen My (19’, 2012)
Hao Rock – Nguyen Hoang Giang (14’, 2011)

Sunday 24.3.2013, 7pm | Film screening

ESL- Phan Dieu Hien (85´)

A Night at the Opera – Puccini’s Turandot

Friday 22 March 2013, 7.30 pm
Hanoi Cinematheque
22A Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội

Come to the screening of a classic production of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, Puccini’s final opera. The composition of Turandot was incomplete when Puccini died in 1924, and was subsequently completed in 1926 from notes that Puccini left behind.

The opera story, set in China, involves prince Calàf who falls in love with the icy princess Turandot. To obtain permission to marry Turandot, a suitor has to solve three riddles; any false answer results in death. Calàf passes the test, but Turandot is still reluctant to marry him. The prince offers her a way out: he agrees to die if she can guess his real name.

The music is composed around a traditional Chinese melody, with several well-known arias.

The opera will be screened in the original Italian with English subtitles.

For those with membership at the Cinémathèque, make a reservation as usual by phoning the Cinémathèque, daily between 14:00 – 21:00 at 3936-2648. A limited number of tickets are also available through the Opera Guild, send an email to A donation of VND 50,000 is suggested.
A Night for Dien Bien

Sat 23 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Gardenie + Orchid Room, Daewoo Hanoi Hotel
360 Kim Ma, Hanoi

Your attendance for Saturday’s Fundraiser are already a big help!

Bring your loved ones, your friends, and your hearts and join us for a night of glitz, glamour and great acoustic pop music for a new year event at one of Hanoi’s fanciest locations! Featured Artists: Singer Hong Hai, Thanh Tung (monochord, zither player).

Entrance (pre-registration here): VND 200,000, Entrance (at the door): VND 250,000.

All proceeds will go to charities. 100% of all funds raised will go towards Ao am Bien cuong, meaning Warm clothes for the Frontiers.

Cabaret Night in March

Sat 30 Mar 2013, 8.30 – 9.30 pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Cabaret Night at L’Espace is the stage for new music talents. Come here to enjoy great drinks and listen to fabulous French, English and Vietnamese songs.

If you are a song-writer, singer or you can sing in French, Vietnamese or English, contact Cédric Drouard to participate in the Cabaret Music Night at L’Espace:

Free admission.

Performance of Moon Duo

Wed 20 Mar 2013, 8.30 pm
73a Mai Hac De Str, Hanoi

American Electro-Psych two-some Moon Duo performs in Hanoi with the intention of taking the city by storm. Cramb in and scuzz out on Wed 20 March.

Formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo’s first two critically acclaimed EPs, Killing Time (2009) and Escape (2010), fused the futuristic pylon hum and transistor reverb of Suicide or Silver Apples with the heat-haze fuzz of American rock ‘n’ roll to create tracks of blistering, 12-cylinder space rock.

Entry: 150 000 VND (free before 8pm)

Discussion about Director Paul Thomas Anderson

Sat 16 Mar 2013, 2 pm
Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents
51 Tran Hung Dao Str (4th floor), Hanoi

You are invited to a discussion about director Paul Thomas Anderson. In this program, we will also introduce his film The Master.

Only six films was produced ​​in his career, however, Paul Thomas Anderson has been regarded as one of the world’s master director. After the huge success of “There Will Be Blood” in 2007 as well as the great products in the past such as Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Paul Thomas Anderson was recognized by many film magazines, for instance Total Film, TheGardians, Entertainment Weekly, and he is ranked one of the most talented directors in modern time.

Program includes 3 parts

- 14h: Introduction about Paul Thomas Anderson by director Phan Dang Di.
- 14h15: Screening of film The Master (with English subtitles)
- 16h: Discussion about the film (Vietnamese)

Discussion is for learning only. Free entry.

    The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents was established with the purposes of designing and implementing programs to assist and develop movie talents and other activities for the development of Vietnamese cinema.

Beat Connection with Vu Nhat Tan and Tran Xuan Hoa

Sat 16 Mar 2013, 9 pm
73 a Mai Hac De, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
Fri 22 Mar 2013, 8.30 pm
6 Nhat Chieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi

On Saturday March the 16th we’re clearing out the furniture to make way for the rhythmic assaults of percussionists Tran Xuan Hoa and Augustin Quenel who will be keeping time for electronic musician Vu Nhat Tan.

As lead percussion for the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet and the founder of the percussion quartet Go Group, Hoa has established himself as one of the country’s foremost timekeepers. One man he thinks can keep up with him is Augustin Quenel who’ll be joining on drums.

The night will start with Vu Nhat Tan‘s sonic explorations, before Hoa and Augustin take to the floor for dual drum solos. Then it’s open season as Tan cranks up the bass and ethnic samples for the percussion duo to freestyle over.

Dancing shoes a must.

Vu Nhat Tan and Tran Xuan Hoa then pair again for a night at Chula on Friday March the 22nd.

Tickets: 100,000 VND at door (Free before 8 pm at ATK).

Crystal Sun – An Introduction to Trịnh Công Sơn

Sat 16 Mar 2013, 8 – 11 pm
Hanoi Social Club
6 Hoi Vu, Hanoi

Regarded as one of the three most influential figures in modern Vietnamese music, Trịnh Công Sơn was nicknamed “Vietnam’s Bob Dylan” by Joan Baez. This is a special chance to engage with this very important part of Vietnam’s culture. Key translations and explanations will be given for many songs. Translated books of lyrics available to early arrivals. Accompanied by handmade paper installation by master calligrapher, Trinh Tuan. Featuring Van Dao: guitarist, Hong Nhung: female vocals & Anh Van: male vocals.

Tickets: 100 000 VND.

Concert “Melody and Virtuosity of Italian Music”

Thu 21 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House
1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Come to the concert to celebrate 40 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Italy with the performance of ”I Solisti Veneti” chamber orchestra. “I Solisti Veneti”, conducted by Claudio Scimone, is the most popular chamber orchestra in Italy and abroad. During the last fifty years, they have exported Veneto and Venetian music in the whole world, having performed 5000 concerts in more than 80 countries and having taken part in the main international festivals. Furthermore, their discographical production is impressive, comprising more than 350 titles for the most important record companies in the world.


ALBINONI Concerto in F major op. 5 n. 2
VIVALDI “The four Seasons”
PAGANINI Variations op. 10 on “The Carnival of Venice” for violin and strings
or VIVALDI Concerto RV 208 “Grosso Mogul” for violin and strings
PONCHIELLI “Capriccio” for hoboe and strings
DRAGONETTI Concerto A maj. for double bass and orchestra
or BOTTESINI “Gran Duo concertante” for violino, double bass and strings
ROSSINI Variations in E flat maj. for clarinet and strings on themes from “Mosè in Egitto” and “La Donna del Lago”

Ticket prices: 300000, 500000, 700000, 1000000 VND. All Tickets available at Hanoi Opera House – 1 Trang Tien or can book over
For free delivery Call: 0913489858, 0983067996, 35651806, 66617859.

Music Night with Jesers

Wed 27 Mar 2013, 8pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Welcome to the music night with Jesers and the Trio. With experience performing on stage, Jesers, together with his trio, always brings full of energy and surprises to the audience.

Composer, singer of French « modern music », Jesers adores lyrics and semantics. Born in a family of musicians living in many places such as Praia, Dakar, London and New York, his passion for writing brought him to the art of coordinating words and rhythms in a natural way. With extensive experience of performing on stage (such as the music festival Le Printemps de Bourges, Les Francofolies de Montréal, Les Eurockeennes), or more overseas tours and in addition, performances with MC Solaar, Gad Elmaleh, Sergent Garcia or Renan Luce, Jesers, and his trio always bring energy and surprises to the show.

Serge Moniz : vocal
Philippe Moniz : drum
Marc Geschickt : guitar
Frank Albisser : sound

Ticket price: 120 000 VND
Price for members of L’Espace and students: 60 000 VND
Tickets available at L’Espace from 27 Feb.

Workshop: The Outlook of Contemporary Photography

Time of course: Mid – March – late of April, 2013 (10 sessions)
Deadline for registration and submitting works: 25 Feb
Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Ba Đinh, Ha Noi

This workshop, combines theory and practice of photography, is to help students to discover how to look and sense the images; learn the meaning of the implementation of works and how to read the photographic work.

In the workshop, participants will 1) actively and regularly review the work of the artist photographer and film in the world, 2) self-made personal studies and research then present them in the workshop on their own and 3) implement of an independent personal work based on the idea of the workshop for a group exhibition.

We will review the work of photographers such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Robert Frank, William Eggleston (and some filmmakers: Chris Marker, Gia Truong Kha, Nicolas Philibert) then consider their ideas about the still, the concept, layout and how to communicate via visual form.

During the workshop, participants will make their personal projects – either in photography or film – to make a group exhibition. The theme of the exhibition will be determined by the student and the instructor – photographer Jamie Maxtone-Graham, but the main idea of the workshop – mainly on idea, vision và visual language and its operation.

To register, you need to create and submit on time a series of photos on request: 5-7 photographs on the theme “Self – portrait” with a short statement about the work. Registration records will be selected primarily based on creativity, ideas and efforts, not the technical evaluation. You can submit photos or video files. English speaking is not required (however it would be more favorable if you can speak English). The class will consist of 10 students.

Workshop is free to attend.

For more information and registration please send an email to:

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Screening of “Le Chat du Rabbin”

Fri 22 Mar 2013, 8 pm

Welcome to the screening of ” Le Chat du Rabbin” by Joanne Sfar, Antoine Delesveaux (French, 2011, 100’). According to Figaroscope Newspaper: “A lively, colourful and poetic one, this movie will satisfy everyone …from 7 to 77 years old.”

Language: The film is in French with Vietnamese subtitles.

For more information about the synopsis, please refer to the Vietnamese version of this post or to L’Espace website in French.


Ticket price: 10 000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Screening of “L’Enfant d’en Haut”

Tue 26 Mar 2013, 8 pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the screening of the film “L’Enfant d’en Haut” by Ursula Meier (Swiss, 2012, 100’). The film was proposed by Switzerland with the support of the International Organization of Francophonie (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie), the Embassy of Switzerland in Vietnam and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam.

Language: The film is in French with Vietnamese subtitles.

For more information about the synopsis, please refer to the Vietnamese version of this post or to L’Espace website in French.


Ticket price: 10 000 VND

Tickets are available at L’Espace.

HCMC – Exhibition “Please, Handle With Care!”

Opening: Thu 21 Mar, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: 21 Mar –  11 Apr 2013
Craig Thomas Gallery
27i Tran Nhat Duat, HCMC

Come to a solo exhibition of new works by Hanoi-based artist Nguyen The Hung titled Please, Handle With Care!.  Please, Handle With Care! features the artist’s latest series of paintings done in acrylic on do paper and canvas.  Sensual figures of modern-day women are juxtaposed with traditional Vietnamese and Buddhist patterns taken from temples and classical architecture, presented in vivid and colorful compositions.

Nguyen The Hung’s latest collection emanates from the artist’s musings on the differences between ancient and modern designs, and the contrasts between rural-traditional values and newly urbanized and internationalized attitudes.

Concert Evening with To Loan (Soprano) and Vu Manh Dung (Baritone)

Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học
Ba Đình, Hà Nội
29 and 30 Mar 2013, 8 pm

The soprano To Loan, who was born in 1986 in Thai Nguyen, has been studying at the Vietnam National Academy of Music since 2006. She became known for her first place in the chamber music category at the competition Sao May in 2011. To Loan introduces herself to the audience with a concert night with German operas and Vietnamese songs of her latest music album, together with Vu Manh Dung (baritone) and accompanied by Tam Ngoc (piano).

In 2012 she had appearances at the German Opera Night of the Goethe-Institut at the opera houses in Hanoi and in Hai Phong. At these concerts To Loan proved her outstanding vocal power under the direction of the German conductor Jonas Albert.

With the aid of a talent-scholarship from the Goethe-Institut, To Loan has studied several weeks in Germany in 2012. She has attended lectures by renowned German mezzo-soprano and vocal pedagogue Hedwig Fassbender.


    1.    Johann Strauss (1835 – 1899)

„Laughing Song

    2.    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

„Tortures of all kinds“

    3.    George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)

“Bess, You Is My Woman Now” – duet with Manh Dung

    4.    An Thuyen (1949)

“Ở rừng nhớ anh” (“I miss you in the forest”)

    5.    To Loan (1986)

“Nào ta cùng đón xuân” (“We welcome spring”)

Free Tickets are available from Monday, March 25th (10 am) at the Goethe-Institut

Screening of “L’Homme qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie”

Fri 29 Mar 2013, 8pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the screening of the movie “L’Homme qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie” directed by Eric Lartigau (French, 2010, 115 ‘). According to 20 Minutes Newspaper, this is “A film which is both thrilling and emotional.”

Language: The film is in French with Vietnamese subtitles.

For more information about the synopsis, please see the Vietnamese version of this post or on L’Espace website in French.


Ticket price: 10 000 VND

Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Concert of Prof. Epstein

Wed 20 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House
01 Trang Tien Str, Hanoi

Professor Epstein will produce the present program of concert with the orchestra of the Vietnam National Academy of Music, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Hanoi. The concert starts with the Overture to “The Flying Dutchman” by Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthday is celebrated around the world this year.


1. Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
The Flying Dutchman – Overture

2. Carl Reinecke (1824 – 1910)
Concert for flute and orchestra in D major, Op. 283
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Lento e mesto
III. Moderato

3. Robert Schumann (1813 – 1883)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120
I. Andante con moto – Allegro di molto (D minor)
II. Romanza: Andante (A minor)
III. Scherzo: Presto (D minor)
IV. Largo – Finale: Allegro vivace (D major)

Bernhard Epstein

Bernhard Epstein studied piano, ensemble conducting and conducting at the music academies in Stuttgart, Hannover and Berlin and graduated with honors. As a pianist and conductor, he was awarded with several prizes and scholarships. From 2004 to 2006 he worked as a conductor at the State Opera Hannover and from 2006-2009 also as a conductor at the State Opera Stuttgart. Since 2009 Bernhard Epstein has been working as the Artistic Director of the Opera School, he is also professor of correpetition since 2007 at the college of music in Stuttgart. Besides an extensive range of opera repertoires Bernhard Epstein has also conducted numerous contemporary musical theatre productions and premieres.

Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra – Vietnam National Academy of Music

The Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the best orchestras in Vietnam. At present, the Orchestra comprises of professors, lecturers and good students of Vietnam National Academy of Music. Many musicians graduated from many well-known international music conservatories abroad. Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra performs annually with foreign guest conductors. Every year, the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra plays several concerts not only in the capital Hanoi, but also in different provinces and cities such as Quang Ninh, Haiphong, Hue, HCMC. The last great trip abroad of the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra was in 2012 to Japan.

Tickets are available from 07th March 2013 at:
+ Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hanoi
+ National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam, Hanoi
+ Opera House, 1 Trang Tien, Hanoi
Ticket reservation contact Mr. Phuong, 0983 067 996
Ticket prices: 500.000 VND – 350.000 VND – 250.000 VND – 150.000 VND, 50% discount for Students.        

Fashion via Polaroid Photographs

Opening: Wed 20 Mar, 8 pm
Exhibition: 20 Mar – 20 Apr 2013
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Professional fashion photographer who is currently working in Vietnam, Boris Zuliani will bring to L’Espace a collection of Polaroid photographs that was made at the Paris Fashion Week.

The exhibition will be opened with a fashion show of French collection of Spanish fashion in Hanoi, Chula, introduced by Laura Fontán and Diego Cortizas.

Inspired by the famous works of Paris and the French colors, this collection represents the philosophy and humor of Chula fashion on the Vietnamese silk dresses.

This collection was invited to presented on a boat on the Seine river.

Free entry.

Screening of “La 5ème Corde”

Mon 18 Mar 2013, 8pm

Welcome to the screening of “La 5ème Corde” by director Selma Bargach (Morocco, 2011, 98’). Please click here for synopsis (in French).

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle.


Price: 10 000 VND
Tickets available at L’Espace.

Street Photography Course

Street Photography Course: 16 – 19 May 2013
Manzi Art Space
Deadine to register: 22/04/2013

An intensive 4 day workshop designed by Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) for beginners to intermediate photographers who want to appreciate and study street photography, whilst exploring personal perspectives and narratives of Hanoi, one of Asia’s most charming, enigmatic cities.

The course will include portfolio reviews and explore concepts from practical photography to editing and curation. Participants will develop their skills and photographic voice in tune with the practice and sensibilities of contemporary street photography. The workshop will be led by Kevin WY Lee, founder of IPA, along with veteran Vietnamese photographer Hai Thanh and guest mentor Maika Elan, recent World Press Photo 2013 Winner.

FEES: USD$450 (Limited spots available. Register by clicking ‘Add To Cart‘)

We are offering local Vietnamese Photographers a subsidized Fee of $USD185 to participate in this workshop (To register, please contact us at

For more information or alternative methods of registration and payments, please contact us at

Manzi Art Space
14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi

Web Wednesday Networking Events

Hanoi: Wed 20 Mar, 6 pm
Southgate Hanoi
28 Tong Duy Tan, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi

HCMC: Wed 13 Mar, 6.30 pm
Roadhouse Saigon
133A Nguyen Dinh Chinh, Phu Nhuan Dist., HCMC

Web Wednesday is a regular networking event for anyone who works within or is interested to learn about Digital media and Internet industry in Vietnam, and how it can benefit you.

Web Wednesday has its beginnings in Ho Chi Minh City in 2009 and now it’s also in Hanoi.

For Hanoi’s inaugural Web Wednesday’s networking session, we have the pleasure to welcome Aaron Everhart, Business Director of Landor Associates, speaking on “Brand Communications in a Digital Context”.

In HCMC, we invite Terra Motors’ Shingo Hayashi to come and talk about their project to bring electric motorbikes to Vietnam. Terra Motors started in 2010 and achieved the No.1 market share in Japan in 2 years and is currently moving into two new markets: the Philippines and Vietnam.

Language of the talks: English

Free entry. Also free 1st drink for 50 guests in Hanoi; Free food for guests in HCMC.

Screening of “The Passion”

Mon 25 Mar 2013, 8 pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Welcome to the screening of “The Passion” by director Phi Tien Son (Vietnamese, 2012, 97’).

Language: Vietnamese with French subtitle. For more information please refer to the Vietnamese version of the post.

Ticket price: 10 000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.