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What's on May 2014 (Daily updated)
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Hanoi-Rock concert with Dissonant Nation

May 31, L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street

Featuring Rock band Dissonant Nation with the resonating album titled We Play We Are in Their Credit, the trio from Aubagne have a dynamic style of rock performed in three languages: French, English and Marseilles. Their energy guarantees to burn the night away, and expect a vigorous yet refreshing performance.

Ticket price: VND120,000 or VND60,000 for members of L'Espace and students.

HCMC- New Orleans jazz fest

May 31, 4pm

7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street , District 4

The New Orleans Bourbon Jazz Festival featuring music, dance, Cajun food and coolers.

The event, organised by Arts for Mobility, an organisation that raises funds for charity, will feature blues and soul singer Eugene "Hideaway" Brides from New Orleans and jazz singer Shun Sakai from Tokyo. City-based artists like the Wanderlusters and The Blue Brothers will also perform. There will be jazz dance performances by the Urban Dance Group as well as belly-dance shows by the Saigon Belly Dancers.

Tickets are VND500,000, including VND200,000 for food and a drink voucher.

All proceeds will be donated to Kids First Vietnam to buy wheelchairs for children in Dong Ha Town in Quang Tri Province, and to help send them to school.

Hanoi-Diva Skynight

May 31, 9 pm

Summit Lounge, 20th Floor, Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Hotel, 1 Thanh Nien Road

Live entertainment show featuring talented singer Bella Bui who is known for her distinctive voice and inspiring performance.

Special lucky draw: Chance to win a bottle of Champagne and many bottles of sparkling wine.

Hanoi-An Oboe Music Night – ‘Keri and Friends’

May 25, 8 pm

Manzi, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street

‘Keri and Friends’ is the first ever concert in Hanoi for oboe music. The concert features Dr. Keri E. Mc Carthy from the U.S.A and her oboist friends in Hanoi who are from the Vietnam National Academy of Music, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, and the Vietnam National Opera Ballet.

HCMC- Charity concert to help Vietnamese kids

May 14

Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel, District 1 

Well-known French singer Patricia Kaas will perform at a charity concert to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Vietnam.

The show commemorates 50 years of popularity of iconic songs by the late French chanteuse Edith Piaf.

Some of Piaf's songs that Kaas will perform include La Vie en Rose (Life in Pink), L'Hymne a l'Amour (Hymn to Love), Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No, I Regret Nothing), La Belle Histoire d'Amour (Beautiful Love Story) and Avec ce Soleil (With this Sun).

All proceeds from the event will be used by Poussieres de Vie for projects that help disadvantaged children in Vietnam.

Hanoi-Weekly Performances of Ca Tru Thang Long

Every Tue, Thu and Sat, 8 – 9 pm

Ca Tru Thang Long, 87 Ma May Street

Enjoy the unique genre’s sweet melodies by Ca Tru Thang Long trio. The band included 83-year-old singer Nguyen Thi Chuc, dan day (long-necked lute-like instrument with three silk strings and 10 frets) player Nguyen Phu De, 88, and their student, singer Pham Thi Hue.

Tickets: VND210,000.  

Europe Day Jazz Concert – The “First Herd” of the Bavarian Youth Jazz Band


Jam Session: May 8, 7 pm
Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street

Gala Concert: May 9 and 10, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street

HCMC: May 11, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, D.1

A group of the most gifted among the Bavarian Youth Jazz Band, also known as “Bavarian First Herd”, will perform a program ranging from traditional Swing by jazz greats like Count Basie or Duke Ellington to modern kinds of Bebop, Latin, Funk and Fusion compositions. The young musicians will also present some of their own arrangements and compositions.

Jam Session at Goethe Institut: Free entrance

Concert at Hanoi Opera House and HCMC Opera House, free tickets can be collected at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi or Goethe-Institut HCMC.

Hanoi-Experimental Futurist Electronic Music with Tri Minh and Saxophonist Quyen Thien Dac

May 1, 9 pm

The Rooftop, 19th Floor, Pacific Place, No. 83B Ly Thuong Kiet Street

Vietnam’s famous saxophonist Quyen Thien Dac is going to have a special session with DJ Tri Minh, who has been always determined on his way of experimental electronic music.

For booking, call: 04 3946 1901 – 0913 70 69 66.




 HCMC- Performance of Haydn masterpiece

May 8 and 9

HCM City Opera House

Performance of Haydn's oratorio, The Creation.

The performance, to be directed by well-known Norwegian conductor Lars Notto Birkeland, will feature international opera singers, including soprano Cho Hae Ryong, tenor Erlend Tvinnereim, baritone Halvor F. Melien and the HCM City symphony orchestra and choir.

Tickets are available at the venue.

Hanoi-Concert celebrates Dien Bien Phu Victory

May 7 and 8, 8pm

Hanoi Opera House,1 Trang Tien Street

A musical work celebrating the victory at the battle of Dien Bien Phu by French Vietnamese composer Nguyen Thien Dao will start out the concert.

The 25-minute symphony has four chapters: Rong Tien (Fairy Dragon), Tinh Ca (Love Music), Thoi No Le (Slavery), and Diem Hen (Rendezvous).

Two symphonies, Poem by Ernest Chausson and Beethoven's 3rd will be performed.

The concert will feature musicians from the VNSO, including violin virtuoso Bui Cong Duy.

Conductor: Tetsuji Honna.



Hanoi-Photography Exhibition “Now is When”

Opening: May 25, 5 pm

Exhibition: May 25 – Jun 8

MODULE 7, 83 Xuan Dieu Street

“Now is when” is the title of the photographic exhibition by Suzette Mitchell on abstractions of Buddhist monks and nuns. The title is a reflection on “being in the present” which is the focus of Buddhism. The images are simple and meditative.

The profits will go to the work of the Charity Organisation of Dinh Quan Pagoda. Through the work of this remarkable nun support is provided to poor cancer patients, disabled children, orphans and poor rural students coming to Hanoi to sit university entrance exams. She also makes chao (rice soup) to feed poor patients.




 Hanoi-Photo Exhibition “Hanoi_Saigon”

Opening: May 9, 6 pm

Exhibition: May 9 – June 14

Chula, 43 Nhat Chieu Street

Miguel Trillo is a famous Spanish photographer who makes portrait about young urban people around the world in the last 40 years. In this exhibition, he will show the portraits of people of HANOI and SAIGON.

Hue – Visual Art Exhibition “Trans 8 State”

Opening: May 13, 4 pm

Exhibition: May 13 – 23

Then Cafe, 63 Le Trung Dinh Street

An exhibition focusing on the process of reinterpretation and the change of artwork when adapting to new environments. The idea is based on the concept of immigrant and contemporary lifestyle. New fresh experience is a strong incentive which brings up the awareness and consciousness of our true self under the cover of our root culture. It reveals our substance of perspective of life. These situations also give the artists an opportunity to rethink and redesign their work (or even themselves).

The process starts with an unfinished artwork which travels along with an artist from his hometown to an exhibit space in a different place. During the time the artist is required to absorb, learn and reinterpret the new environment and allow it to influence his work.

HCMC – Exhibition “Meeting Point”

Opening: May 4, 4 pm

Exhibition: May 4 – 18

HCMC Fine Art Museum, 97A Pho Duc Chinh Street, D1

An exhibition by Dutch and Vietnamese artists, featuring works in abstract, figurative and installation art.



Hanoi-Exhibition “Smiling Poland”

May 2 – 8, Exhibition Hall, 16 Ngo Quyen Street

Organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Poland’s accession to the EU.

Marek Wysoczynski, the initiator of the unique Project Smile has been collecting autographs of renown personalities in Poland and all over the world for many years. Numerous celebrities such as Jim Carrey, Michael Jackson, Diego Maradona have donated to the project their smile autographs.

These “smiles” have been demonstrated in different countries. During the trip to Vietnam, in addition to the Exhibition, Marek Wysoczyñski will also visit the children at SOS Children’s Village to smile with them and together draw their own smiles.

More information about the Project Smile can be found at: www.promocjakultury.pl.

HCMC-Art exhibition celebrates Vesak Day

Through May 9,

HCM City Fine Arts Association's headquarters, 218A Pasteur Street, D.3.

An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 52 well-known HCM City artists.

Proceeds from the sales will be given to the Buddhism Today Charity Fund to assist cancer patients.

On display are 59 works in oil, lacquer and wood, reflecting a wide range of topics, covering daily life, landscapes, people, lotus flowers and still life.



Hanoi- Sunday Brunch on Mother’s Day

May 11

Café du lac restaurant, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, 1A Nghi Tam Street,

A variety of local and international delicacies that are handcrafted by their culinary team.

VND 1,075,000++/Adult excludes beverage

VND 1,450,000++/Adult includes free flow wine beer and soft drink

VND 2,000,000++/Adult Moet Chandon Champagne brunch

Hanoi-Westlake Fish Market

Every Friday night 6pm – 10:30pm

Café du lac restaurant, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, 1A Nghi Tam Street,

For the first time ever, this May enjoy the local seafood market concept blended with sumptuous buffet dinner. Fresh seafood corner, including lobster, oyster, sea bass and salmon. Pick your favorite and watch as their team prepares your delectable dishes.

Price starts from VND 750,000 net/Adult 

Hanoi-Weekly set lunch menu

Club Opera Novel, 17 Trang Tien Street

Choose out of three starters, three main dishes and three desserts:

Starters: Lotus root soup with chicken fillet; Fresh shrimp & pork spring rolls; Crispy shrimp pan cake.

Mains: Grilled chicken fillet with lemongrass & steamed rice; Stir fried squid with pineapple & steamed rice; Seafood fried rice.

Desserts: Cream caramel; Apple tart; Yogurt with honey.

2 courses VND190,000 & 3 courses VND290,000.

Hanoi-Churrasco BBQ

May 5-31

Hemispheres Restaurant, Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Street

With selection of grilled beef, chicken, lamb or sea food such as shrimp, fish, squid or vegetables, salad bar and dessert.


Book at 3719 9000

Hanoi- Royal Hue cuisine

May 20 – 30

Oven D’or Restaurant, Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, K5 Nghi Tam, 11 Xuan Dieu Street

Hue cuisine with famous Chefs from Hue such as Ho Thi Hoang Anh, Le Thi Nga…

Lunch buffet: VND620,000++/person

Dinner buffet: VND990,000++/person (weekdays)

VND1,100,000++/person (weekends)

Hanoi- Poultry dishes by Chinese chef

Ming Restaurant – Second Floor, Sofitel Plaza Hanoi, 1 Thanh Nien Road

Special offers:

- 25% dinner discount on food and beverage for Accor Advantage Plus members with groups of 5-10 people, every Monday and Tuesday.

- One free dim sum lunch for a child below 12 years old per paying adult, from Monday to Friday

- Special dim sum brunch on Saturday and Sunday

- May 11th: on Mother’s Day lunch, every mom will receive a special gift

- Buffet - Monday to Friday:  VND580,000++/Adult & VND360,000++/Child

- Buffet - Saturday & Sunday: VND660,000++/Adult & VND420,000++/Child

- A La Carte: VND180,000++/basket  

For booking: Phone: 84 (0)4 3823 8888 extension 5318. Or Ms. Nhi 84 (0) 91 300 6618; E-mail: H3553-FB1@sofitel.com

Hanoi- Summer seafood dishes

Brasserie Westlake – Lobby Level, Sofitel Plaza Hanoi, 1 Thanh Nien Road

- 50% discount on food for weekend lunch buffet for Accor Advantage Plus members

- “Come 4, pay 3” for lunch and dinner buffet

- May 11th: on Mother’s Day, surprise your mom with an exciting brunch; you will be served with interactive station, fresh seafood, free flow of wine, soft drink, coffee and tea at VND 880,000 ++

- Breakfast: VND440,000++/Adult & VND275,000++/Child

- Lunch:  VND600,000++/Adult & VND400,000++/Child

- Dinner: VND880,000++/Adult & VND550,000++/Child

For booking: Phone: 84 (0)4 3823 8888 extension 5311. Or Mr. Nghia 84 (0) 90 430 9578, E-mail: H3553-FB1@sofitel.com



Hanoi - “Childhood world” fair

May 29, Vietnam Exhibition Center for Culture and Arts

Annual event featuring circus performances, comedies, a painting exhibition, an Aerobic contest, and games.

“I love history” club will launch activities to help kids enthusiastically learn about the national history and defence cause.

HCMC- Annual cuisine festival Dat Phuong Nam (Southern Land)

May 29 to June 1,

Dam Sen Park, D.11.

Featuring more than 100 local dishes.

The unique cuisine of the Central Highlands will be the highlight of the event. More than 100 booths will display dishes from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue to the southern tip of the country.

The fair will include demonstrations of cooking and bartending as well as the art of food garnishing and vegetable and fruit carving.

Demonstrations of the gong culture in the Central Highlands, along with southern traditional music and traditional folk games, will be part of the event as well.

Hanoi- Handmade Fair “Candy Island”

May 18, 9 am – 6 pm

Viet Duc High School, 47 Ly Thuong Kiet

- Approximately 100 booths with different handmade and vintage products: clothes, accessories, dream catcher, etc.
- Unique services: Henna Tattoo, Tarot Reading, braiding hair, ….
- Handmade Workshop
- Stage performances of: Acoustic Music, Street Folk Music, Flashmob, Ukulele, Yosakoi dance performance

- Ticket price: VND20,000 (advance)
- At the gate: VND25,000

Hanoi- 10th European festival

May 9-25

A live Jazz performance by outstanding German artist Bavaria, under the baton of Harald Ruschenbaum on May 9 in Hanoi and May 11 in HCMC.

Talented violinist Alicja Smietana from Poland will take to the stage in Hanoi on May 28.

The European Film Festival showcasing 14 award winning movies in Hanoi, Danang and HCM City on May 16-17-18, respectively.

A photo exhibition on Hanoi and a short film competition themed energy conservation.

A number of seminars on European culture and the importance of Vietnam-EU relations in Hanoi and HCM City. 

HCMC- Overnight camp

May 4 and 5, 8pm until 7am next day

Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, D. 2

An overnight camp called "SO Camping: Into the Wild" will include a bonfire, a BBQ, s'mores (marshmallow/chocolate sweets roasted over an open fire), an acoustic guitar performance, a pyjama party, ghost stories, campfire songs and games. Participants are asked to bring a mosquito net.

Da Nang- Beach festival

Apr 30-May 5, My Khe and Pham Van Dong beaches

Featuring sports, art, flash mob bikini performances, and culinary events

Over 200 amateur cyclists will race from the beach road to finish at the top of Son Tra Mountain on the opening day.

Beach volleyball, kayaking, coracle wagging, net fishing, and hip-hop contests will be held on May Day.

Three DJs, windy Quyen, Ngoc Anh, Nhunk, and some rock bands are slated to perform at the night beach party in the Dana beach entertainment centre on May 1-3.

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