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Hanoi-Music Night with The Electric Yard Dogs

Jan 27, 9 pm
Zone 17, 17D Hong Ha

In various incarnations The Electric Yard Dogs have been hanging out in Hanoi for over five years. After the success of their tours in Saigon and Phnom Penh, original members Jez Hartley and Simon ‘Otis’ Redington, who hail from the ‘70s Punk Rock era in London have now been joined by Chris, Mike and Bill on bass, drums and congas respectively in a new revitalised Rock’n’Roll Band.

The music is a highly danceable mix of fast rock, rhythm and swing, a style reminiscent of Dr Feelgood, the Texas Barroom Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds with a touch of Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed thrown in for the hell of it!

Free admission.

Hanoi-Acoustic Garden Session with Scott Allan Knost

Jan 24, 9 pm, Hanoi Rock City, 27/52 To Ngoc Van Street

Wichita-based singer/songwriter SAK. The solo artist has been building his fan base throughout Asia since 2011.

Expect an intimate and engaging performance of original work with choice interpretations from other artists like Cyndi Lauper, John Mayer, MGMT and Prince.

Free entry + Mulled wine at VND60,00

HCMC – Saigon Comedy Nights – Apocalaughs Now

Jan 21, 8 pm, Q4 / Cargo Bar, 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, D.4

Well-known accomplished comics Glenn Wool (Canada) and Mandy Knight (UK) will be flying into HCM City as part of a Southeast Asian tour.

These are both top-notch comics — Mandy Knight presently holds the UK Time Out award for the best female comic while Glenn Wool, with his unique persona is an industry favourite with accolades and TV appearances longer than his arm.

For further information email: saigoncomedynights@gmail.com.

Entrance ticket: VND250,000, including a free icy cold Magners cider.

Hanoi- Music Night with Zea Champagne Unicorns

Jan 18, 8 pm, Hanoi Social Club, 6 Hoi Vu Street

This multi-national trio from France, Canada and Scotland use a combination of traditional instruments like ukulele, flute, cello and saxophone to create a very non-traditional sound. Strong vocal and instrumental melodies are as memorable as they are hard to define. Pop elements, catchy riffs, perfect comic anticipation and genuine feel-good moments take you on a journey of eclectic pop-steria.

The lead singer, Zippy brings a natural, dramatic timing to their songs

Tickets: VND 100,000 at the door

HCMC – Sounds from Macedonia

Jan 19, 8pm, HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, D.1

A special concert titled “SOUNDS FROM MACEDONIA” with the participation of two young but extremely talented violinists from Macedonia: Eni Vucidolova and Eva Bogoevska. The program is choreographed by conductor Le Phi Phi, a Vietnamese maestro who has already established strong international reputation and greatly contributed to the art of music in Vietnam.

The famous works in Moroccan and Romantic era will be preformed

Ticket prices range from VND 80,000-400,000, available at HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera. Email: info@hbso.org.vn.
Booking and delivery: 08 3823 7419; Mr.Luân: 0903041959

Hanoi-Live Alt-rock “Make Like a Tree”

Jan 17, 8pm, Hanoi Social Club, 6 Hoi Vu Street

“Make Like a Tree” front man, Sergey Onischenko comes to Hanoi with his special brand of talented, multi-instrumental, free-flowing indie beard rock.

Expect soaring vocals, spirited, other-worldly melodies, and a good dash of improvisation.

Ticket: VND100,000 at the door

Hanoi-Guitar Recital with Tran Tuan An

Jan 11, 8 pm, L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien

Classical guitar recital with Tran Tuan An. He will perform famous works of Mauro Giuliani, Joaquin Rodrigo, Nakita Koshkin, Johann Mertz Kaspa, Roland Dyens as well as compositions which are inspired by Vietnamese folk songs by Dang Ngoc Long.

Tickets price: VND 120 000

Special price for members of L’Espace and students: VND 60,000

HCMC- Concert features traditional music

Jan 5, HCM City's Opera House

Sai Gon Xua Va Nay (Saigon Then and Now), a new music programme featuring Vietnam's traditional music and dances.

Southern traditional tunes will be performed by People's Artist Tran Hieu, People's Artist Thu Hien and Viet kieu singer Huong Lan, among others.

Linh Nga, one of the most talented dancers in Vietnam, and young performers from Bong Sen (Lotus) Theatre will perform Vietnamese traditional dance.

Vintage cars and photos featuring HCM City in the old days will be displayed at the Opera House on the day of the show.

Hanoi-Piano performance with Edna Stern

Jan 9, L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street.

In spite of her youth, Stern has become well-known in the most prestigious Western musical institutions, from the US to Paris. 

She will play pieces by F. Order, W.A. Mozart, J. Haydn, and L.V. Beethoven.

Tickets are available at L'Espace.

HCMC- Parliament Funkadelic to perform in Vietnam 

Jan 11, 10pm, the Observatory, on the corner of Le Lai and Ton That Tung Streets, D1.

The legendary funk groups, Parliament Funkadelic, has set a date to play in the HCM City, bringing along with them the classic sounds that have left indelible mark on popular music, and later became almost synonymous with west coast rap. 

Tickets: VND150,000

HCMC – Live music with Hot Tzigani Project

Jan 3, 8.30 pm, Decibel, 79/2/5 Phan Ke Binh Street, Da Kao Ward, Dist 1

Hot Tzigani Project is a four-member band that plays gypsy music. With Christophe on bass, Philip, Matthieu on guitar and Tristan on accordion, the band takes inspiration from Django Reinhardt, French and eastern European folk music.

Hanoi - Live Music Event with Shane Palko

Jan 3, 8 pm, Hanoi Social Club, 6 Hoi Vu Street

Shane Palko – alternative folk musician from Pennsylvania is touring to promote his fifth album, entitled “Emerging”. Shane has played many shows in the US, Canada, Singapore, South East Asia and Swaziland! His style of restrained but emotional vocals, and evocative lyrics have been compared to Elliott Smith, but are fun and sometimes political. 

Entry ticket: VND 100,000

HCMC - Notre Dame de Paris opera

Jan 13-14, HCMC Conservatory of Music,112 Nguyen Du Street, D1

Notre Dame de Paris opera by Victor Hugo, starring singer Ha Anh Tuan

The 90-minute opera has been adapted from the original. Tien, who adapted the opera, is based in HCM City and started to write the operas in the 1980s. He has made several adaptations and now says he is happy with the results. 

Tickets at VND400,000 per adult.



Hue City – Exhibition “Imagination of Disappearing”

Opening: Jan 24, 5 pm

Exhibition: Jan 24 – Feb 14

New Space Arts Foundation

2nd Floor, 15 Le Loi Street

Art exhibition by artist Marija Lopac (Croatia).

Graphic-linocut monotypes ( on paper) in circular patterns. Circles in different sizes and colours. Making variable compositions depending on colours and sizes.

Hanoi-Exhibition “Soil” by Artist Tran Anh Son

Opening: Jan 15, 6 pm

Exhibition: Jan 15 – 19

Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street

A painting and sculpture exhibition 

Hanoi-Group Exhibition “Destination II”

Opening: Jan 22, 5 – 8 pm
Exhibition: Jan 22 – 26
Art talk: Jan 26 Jan, 2 pm
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street

Workshop: Jan 23 and 24
Department of Arts, Hanoi National University of Education, 136 Xuan Thuy Street

Destination I, organized two years ago, included 7 painters from Malaysia and Vietnam and only paintings. Destination II can be seen as a next successful step with participation from 3 U.S.artists as well as with two more fields of visual arts: fine art photography and installation art.

It is the first time that fine art photographs will be exhibited in Asia that are abstract expressions derived from the glass creations of Louis Comfort Tiffany, American’s best known art glass designer.

The exhibition, themed Inner Freedom, includes 38 new art works of 3 American and Malaysian fine art photographer/artists and 7 painters from the US, Malaysia and Vietnam.

HCMC-Photo exhibition commemorates General Vo Nguyen Giap

Jan 9-18, Ho Chi Minh Women Cultural House, 188 - 192 - 194 Ly Chinh Thang Street, D.3

A photo exhibition with 40 pieces capturing defining moments in the life of the late legendary general Giap by Doan Hoai Trung.

The event gives visitors a chance to learn more about General Giap’s revolutionary activities, his daily life, and passion for his soldiers and people.

Hanoi-Vietnamese folk painting exhibition – Trio painting set

Opening: Jan 13, 5 pm

Seminar: Jan 13, 6 pm

Exhibition: Jan 13 – Feb 28

L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street

Exhibition of Vietnamese folk painting - Trio painting sets and the seminar with the participation of professor Phan Huy Le ( President of the Association of Vietnamese Historians ), Philippe Papin ( École pratique des hautes études ), Olivier Tessier ( EFEO representative in Vietnam) and Pascal Bourdeaux (EPHE representative in HCMC).

HCMC-Exhibition “Venus in Vietnam: Vu Dan Tan and Nguyen Nghia Cuong”

Opening: Jan 10, 6 pm, with an introduction by Iola Lenzi

Exhibition: Jan 11 – 24, 9 am – 6 pm

HCM City Fine Arts Museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, D1. 

An exhibition by two Hanoi artists, Vu Dan Tan and Nguyen Nghia Cuong will showcase sculptures and installations made of cardboard, which intend to reflect the image of femininity.

Also on display will be works curated by Iola Lenzi, a Singaporean critic of Southeast Asian art. She will also give an introductory speech at the opening.

Hanoi-Exhibition “The Broken Chapters” by Nguyen Tran Nam

Opening: Jan 6, 6 – 8 pm

Exhibition: Jan 6 – 26

Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street

A showcase of new works by Nguyen Tran Nam, a contemporary artist from Hanoi. Rooted in the stories of his own, but reaching out to tell the stories of others, Nam’s work is personal yet universal, dealing with themes such as violence, death and the father and son relationship.



Hanoi- Screening of four documentary films

Jan 23, 7.30 pm: Screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jan 24, 7.30 pm: Screening of War Photographer
Jan 25, 2pm: Screening of Inside Job
Jan 25, 7.30 pm: Screening of The Act of Killing ( English subtitle)

Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents

51 Tran Hung Dao Street (4th floor)

Hanoi - films on Hanoi daily life

Jan 12, 8.30pm, Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street

A new screening of The Sound We See: A Hanoi City Symphony – a cinematic exploration of the dynamic urban environment of Vietnam's capital.

A spectacular 24-minute journey through the city as it has never before been experienced, shot in black and white Super 8 film and hand-processed by 18 local filmmakers.

Free entry, seats limited. Register at manzihanoi@gmail.com before 2pm, Jan 11.

Hanoi - First screening of “The Legend of 1900″

Jan 12, 9 am, Casa Italia , 18 Le Phung Hieu

A film directed by director Giuseppe Tornatore, inspired by a play monologue from Novecento, by Alessandro Baricco. The film was nominated for a variety of awards at film festivals around the world, with a soundtrack by Ennino Moriccone.

Register by email : info@uni-italia.vn.



Danang- Tet "village market"

Jan 24-26, Furama Resort, Danang City

A rural market, surrounded by bamboo houses and wet-rice farming.

Introducing traditional cuisine at a price of VND30,000 (US$1.4) per dish.

Magic and art performances, along with calligraphy and fortune-telling sessions.

Hanoi-The Metropole Tet Market

Jan 24 – 26, 4 – 8 pm

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, 15 Ngo Quyen Street

Provides a window into Hanoians’ everyday tradition.

Dragon dancing and traditionally-dressed vendors in bamboo stalls sing time-honored chants while selling food, handicrafts and colourful paintings.

Traditional Tet music and cuisine.

Hanoi- Annual Tet Festival at Bookworm

Jan 25 and 26

44 Chau Long,

Bookworm Too
Lane 1/28, Nghi Tam Village

Live: 1pm to 4pm

Traditional caligrapher, Lunar animal print maker, Bánh chưng ( Chung Cake) maker (Sunday only), To He (Stick Rice Figures)

Traditinal music ensemble: 2pm to 4pm

Tet toys, Cham Ethnic lunar animals, Tet animal balloons

Rice wine tasting, hot mulled wine and Tet cookies

For more information, visit: www.bookwormhanoi.com; or email: bookworm@fpt.vn

Hanoi-Chic&Cheap Flea Market 7 – TET IT UP!

Jan 18, 9 am – 8 pm, Dolphin Plaza, Tran Binh Street

A shopping event for Tet holiday with 50 stalls ranging from chic and cheap 2nd hand clothes and shoes, lovely home decorations, handmade accessories and cosmetics, traditional Vietnamese food and so on.

Live music performance (morning and afternoon) and outdoor cinema (evening).

Every product at our flea market is less than 300.000VND (just about $15).

Tickets: 15.000VND (pre ordered), 20.000VND (at door). Free entrance for children under 10 years old.

For more information, visit their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/672338586160309/?ref=22

HCMC - Lawrence S. Ting charity walk

Jan 11, 6:30 a.m, Crescent in Phu My Hung urban zone, D7.

Participants who donate VND30,000 or more will receive t-shirts, raffle tickets which might win them an LCD TV, refrigerator, washing machine or microwave.

All proceeds from the walk will help disadvantaged citizens to have a happy Tet. 

Eight years after its launch, the walk has helped raise a total of more than VND14 billion to help people in need to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and has attracted over 110,000 participants.

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