VietNamNet Bridge – With a new show every weekend, Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in downtown HCM City has never been more fun!


Saturday night lights: The show provides HCM City residents and tourists with an entertainment venue every Saturday and Sunday. 

Though street performances have been around for some time, city authorities decided this year to create a more professional event called the Ho Chi Minh City Street Show.

The performances, which take place from 8pm to 9pm every Saturday and Sunday, feature artists who specialise in different genres of street art.

Six stages have been set up along Nguyen Hue Street for performances, according to the city’s Department of Tourism.

Even though the stages do not have high-end loudspeakers or fancy decorations, each stage embraces a signature theme and setting, ensuring that pedestrians will be excited by the “wow” factor.

Since the first day of opening on May 13, the performances have attracted huge crowds of locals and tourists.

“I don’t usually pay attention to backgrounds. But different set-ups make it more memorable, and it’s even more intriguing when I visit each stage,” said Quy Truong, 17. “I particularly like the stage which depicts a corner of Bui Vien Street.”

Thanh Ngoc, 25, said that each stage’s different theme made wandering along the street an enjoyable experience.

Many performances are offered for more than one hour, with “fusion” performances being the highlight of the show.

“I was amazed at the variety of performances,” Ngoc said. “Honestly, I didn’t think that I would enjoy folk music. And then later I discovered that breakdancing and even EDM (electronic dance music) was being played at nearby stages.”

To catch the interest of all generations, many artists have spiced up their performances with a fusion of modern tunes and traditional folk music.

For instance, while a hip-hop dance was accompanied by violin and trong com (Vietnamese cylindrical drum) beats on one stage, EDM was mixed with the sound of dan bau (Vietnamese monochord zither) on another stage.

“What struck me most was when I heard an artist performing Son Tung M-TP’s Noi Nay Co Anh on folk music. Who would have thought such an unexpected combination could be so catchy?” Ngoc said.

“Though the popular song first caught my attention, it was the folk sound playing in the background that kept me until the end of the performance,” she added.

Many older visitors enjoying the show said that pop music was not their usual cup of tea, but they had changed their minds and would search for songs later at home.

“The show has also done a great job introducing different traditional arts such as folk songs and gong dancing to children, teenagers and young adults. It’s hard to inspire them with traditional values these days,” Tan Thuan, 46, said.

Khanh Nha, Thuan’s wife, added that the show had more than just entertainment value and that she would bring her nephews to enjoy the performances for the next show.

In addition to local residents, the show captured the attention of international tourists as many songs were performed in different languages, including Vietnamese, English and French.

“It’s amazing. La Vie en Rose was sung in both French and Vietnamese! I was really digging it,” said Élie, a French tourist on his first visit to the city.

According to Le Huu Luan, director of the city’s Performing Arts and Cinematography Centre, street performances serve as a platform to introduce and promote the country’s culture to international friends.

The deputy director of the city’s Tourism Promotion Centre, Dinh Thi Thai Hien, said the show aimed to demonstrate a modern, friendly side of HCM City while preserving traditional values.

New performances will be offered every week and street art competitions will be held, according to authorities, who also said that an annual international street art festival would be organised in the near future.

Aside from the six stages set up for singing, dancing, flashmobs and circus stunts, among others, several backgrounds with various themes have been installed for visitors to take photos.

The main theme for next month’s Street Show is “Cooling Summer”.


Attracting the masses1: The Ho Chi Minh City Street Show attracted huge crowds on its opening day. 


Eclectic mix: A variety of performances are featured at the Ho Chi Minh City Street Show on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street.

An Phuong


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