Thứ Hai, 14 tháng 3, 2016


Fatih Akin Film Series in HCMC

 Events in Vietnam's major cities from March 15 to 31. Daily updated

18, 19, 25, 26 Mar and 01, 02 Apr 2016, 7.15 pm
Cinema 3, Cinebox
As part of the Fatih Akin Film Series, the Goethe-Institut Vietnam presents a selection of films by the German director in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The work of Fatih Akin, who has a Turkish background, is more topical and relevant than ever, dealing with issues of migration and identity, culture and homeland. The Goethe-Institut will screen films of various genres: from a musical portrait of a bustling metropolis on two continents to an intercultural comedy to a historical drama – Fatih Akin’s films appeal to a variety of emotions. As every year, the Film Series offers a diverse and entertaining programme for the interested public. Please note that the age rating of all films is 16 years.
Fatih Akin, born in Hamburg 1973, is a movie director, scriptwriter, actor and producer of Turkish descent. In his movies, he deals with themes like identity, culture and home. Fatih Akin became internationally known in 2004 with his movie “Head-on”, for which he won the Berlin International Film Festival’s Golden Bear. Since then he has been awarded numerous prizes, for example at the Venice Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the German Film Awards and the European Film Awards.
The programme for Ho Chi Minh City is as follows (click on the movie’s title to see its trailer):
Friday, 18 March 2016, 7:15pm
A family of Italian immigrants to the Ruhr region must cope with an unfamiliar way of life.
German with English and Vietnamese subtitles
Free tickets are available from Friday, 11 March 2016, 9am at Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City
Saturday, 19 March 2016, 7:15pm
Kebab Connection
Ibo, stuck between the German and the Turkish culture, is about to fulfil his lifelong dream as important news turn his life upside down and he is forced to make a decision.
German with English and Vietnamese subtitles
Free tickets are available from Friday, 11 March 2016, 9am at Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City
Friday, 25 March 2016, 7:15pm
Soul Kitchen
Bar owner Zinos finds himself close to bankruptcy as everything seems to take a sudden turn for the better. But will luck remain with him?
German with English and Vietnamese subtitles
Free tickets are available from Friday, 11 March 2016, 9am at Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City
Saturday, 26 March 2016, 7:15pm
Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul
Musical portrait of the bustling metropolis, where the melodies of the Orient and the Occident merge.
German with English and Vietnamese subtitles
Free tickets are available from Friday, 11 March 2016, 9am at Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City
Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:15pm
The Edge of Heaven
Drama about six people whose fate is inextricably linked.
German with English and Vietnamese subtitles
Free tickets are available from Friday, 11 March 2016, 9am at Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City
Saturday, 2 April 2016, 7:15pm
The Cut
Historical drama about an Armenian father who is forcibly separated from his family. After years in captivity, he starts a journey around the world to find his daughters.
German with English and Vietnamese subtitles
Free tickets are available from Friday, 11 March 2016, 9am at Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City
212 Ly Chinh Thang Str., District 3, HCMC
HCMC – Dance performance “Urban Distortions” by TRANSITSCAPE
Sun 20 Mar 2016, 11 am
Saigon Zoo and Botanic Garden
No 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Str, Dist 1, HCMC
Francobelge dance company t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e (Pierre Larauza + Emmanuelle Vincent) will present a new version of their mixed “Urban Distortions” show, a collaboration with Bong Sen theatre and dancers.
Around a transparent inflatable balloon, the artists take us into a world where cultural difference and contaminated territories are sources for poetry and love.
This Francophonie Day is an opportunity for t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e to present their first step of collaboration with Vietnamese artists in order to create a platform for mixed art “The Centriffugeuse” in HCMC.
t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e was founded in 2003 in Hong Kong in a meeting between architect/director Pierre Larauza and dancer/choreographer Emmanuelle Vincent, wishing to combine the dance, architecture and cinema in choreographic plays and films. Their creations are distributed internationally.
Performance recommended by HCMV during the framework of Francophonie Day, with the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International and “Truong Son” group of Vietnamese people in Belgium.
Free entrance.
Wildlife 2.0: Electro Concert with Gudrun Gut in Hanoi and HCMC
HCMC: Sat 19 Mar 2016, 8 pm
The Observatory
Hanoi: Wed 23 Mar 2016, 8 pm
Goethe Institut
56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The icon of the Berlin music scene, and one of the founders of the legendary band “Einstürzende Neubauten”, will be performing audiovisual concerts in Hanoi and HCMC.
Gudrun Gut is an icon of the alternative music scene in Berlin, and the German electro world cannot possibly be imagined without her. The musician, DJ and music producer began her career in the early 1980s and became known as a co-founder of the renowned experimental band “Einstürzende Neubauten”. Furthermore, she was a member of the legendary bands Malaria!, Mania D and Matador.
In addition to her successful solo career, she has also worked together with many well-known artists, including the Swiss electronic musician Thomas Fehlmann and the Canadian Myra Davies. With her record labels Moabit music and Monika enterprise, she also supports the young electro scene and especially female artists.
Her long discography is complemented by numerous live concerts at home in Germany and abroad. Her concerts enjoy great popularity not only in Europe, but also in the United States, Latin America, Russia, New Zealand and Australia, not least because she is known to interact with the audience. In 2015 she performed at the Nrmal Festival in Mexico City and this year she will tour through Australia.
Gudrun Gut’s music ranges from post punk and techno to Indietronics. She merges electronic vibes with nostalgic sounds of musical genres such as Blues or Tango. Gut amplifies her innovative music with own video installations, so that her concerts become an extraordinary audiovisual experience. In Hanoi and HCMC Gudrun Gut plays her set “Wildlife 2.0”.
Free entry for two concerts in Hanoi and HCMC
Note: In Hanoi, depending on the weather the concert will take place in our courtyard or inside the hall.
Concert Tour of Quartet Sabino Orsini in Vietnam
Ha Nam: Thu 17 Mar 2016, 8 pm
Cultural Center of Ha Nam Province
Tran Phu, Phu Ly, Ha Nam
Hanoi: Fri 18 Mar 2016, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House
1 Trang Tien, Hanoi
Da Nang: Sun 20 Mar 2016, 8 pm
Pham Van Dong park
HCMC: Wed 23 Mar 2016, 8 pm
28 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, HCMC
You are invited to the Concert Tour of Quartet Sabino Orsini in Vietnam from 17 – 23 Mar 2016.
Sabino is a Francophone Belgians musician/singer. During this concert tour, his quartet will bring pop-rock songs in the new album that they plans to release in summer 2016. He will tell us stories about urban and modern, human loneliness and precarious life.
The quartet includes:
– Sabino Orsini: Voice and guitarist
– Chris Cerri: Guitarist
– Benoit Poncin: Bass
– Angelo Crisci: Drum
Ha Nam and Da Nang: Free admission
Hanoi: Tickets are limitedly distributed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In HCMC: Free tickets are distributed at IDECAF since 16 Mar 2016 (Tel: 08. 3829.54.51)
Conference “Romain Gary”
Tue 22 Mar 2016, 6 pm
L’Espace library
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội
You are invited to the conference “Romain Gary” with the participation of translator Ho Thanh Van.
Known in Vietnam recently, Romain Gary is warmly welcomed by many local readers through his writing full of humanity and love. Those who love the author of “Promise at Dawn” and “The Life Before Us” will have chance to gather around his book “Gros-Câlin”.
Language: Vietnamese
Free admission.
HCMC – Concert of French Songs with Singer Laurent Brunetti
Tue 22 Mar 2016, 8 pm
28 Le Thanh Ton, Dist 1, HCMC
You are invited to a concert of French songs with Swiss chanson singer Laurent Brunetti and Mario Pacchioli (Piano).
Please contact for free tickets: IDECAF, 28 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
HCMC – Exhibition “Cultural Meetings”
Exhibition: 18 – 25 Mar 2016
31 Thai Van Lung, Dist 1, HCMC
You are invited to the paintings exhibition “Cultural meetings” at IDECAF.
In this event, 15 French and Vietnamese artists present their worldviews through different materials. East and West, tradition and modernity are presented from various – sometimes surprising – perspectives.
15 artists participating in the exhibition include:
Đoàn Minh Ngọc, Nguyễn Văn Minh, Michelle PONTIE, Annick POVEDA, Huyền Lam, Nguyễn Lâm, Lương Lưu Biên, Trần Phước Vinh, Phạm Lê Thanh Thảo, Đỗ Minh Hiếu, Nguyễn Mậu Tân Thư, Nguyễn Quế Hương, Manoel Pillard, Lê Thị Thanh Tâm, Nguyễn Thị Ki-Em.
35th Jean Rouch International Film Festival – Call for Submissions
Deadline: 15 Apr 2016
Time of festival: 5 – 13 Nov 2016
The Festival Jean Rouch, previously known as Bilan du FIlm Ethnographique, was created in March 1982 by anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch. Over the past thirty five years, the Festival’s aim has been to showcase the most innovative and relevant trends in ethnographic filmmaking, visual anthropology, and to promote dialogue between cultures.
The Festival selects films that document and explore human societies and cultures in their many facets, such as social and cultural diversity, continuity and change, relationship between man and the environment…
We welcome submissions of documentary films made by anthropologists, students, and professional filmmakers, as well as all forms and styles of filmmaking, without restriction to theme and length.
The submission for International Competition 2016 is open:
– The deadline to submit a film is 15th April 2016.
– Entries must have been completed after 1st January 2015.
– Films may be submitted via online screener (secure Vimeo link available until November 15th, 2016) or DVD.
– Only French and English subtitled versions are accepted.
– You will find the online entry form on our website.
– The list of the selected films will be available on our website homepage in early July 2016.
For more information and application form please visit the organizer’s website.
Film Screening “Timbuktu”
Thu 17 Mar 2016, 8 pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội
“TIMBUKTU” is one of the nine films that are going to be screened under the framework of the 9th Francophone Film Festival – an initiative of International Organisation of La Francophonie. This year, the films respectively represent France, Switzerland, Canada, Wallon Region (Belgium), Vietnam and Egypt.
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Casting: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
Abderrahmane Sissako’s tragic fable about religious intolerance is full of life, irony and poetry. The film is not suitable for children under 16 years old.
Film synopsis:
Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly.
Language: French with Vietnamese subtitles
Ticket price: 50,000 VND
Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40,000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.
HOLI – Festival Of Colours 2016
Sun 27 Mar 2016, 10 am – 2 pm
Kinder Park
614 Lac Long Quan, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Holi – a festival of colors – the most fun-filled and boisterous festival! It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!! Do join us for a day full of fun & frolic.
Ticket prices: 500,000 VND/adults, 150,000 VND/children (from 2 – 6 years old)
Tickets included delicious Indian food and drinks
Tickets are available at:
Incham Hanoi office, 625 De La Thanh, Hanoi, tel 04 37724248
Dalcheeni, 100 Xuan Dieu, Hanoi
Namaste Hanoi, 46 Tho Nhuom, Hanoi
Tandoor restaurant, 24 Hang Be, Hanoi
Foodshop 45 restaurant, 59 Truc Bach, Hanoi
India palace, 10B Tay Ho, Quang An, Hanoi
Little India, 32 Hang Tre, Hanoi
Music Night with San Soda from Berlin
Fri 18 Mar 2016, 8 pm
73a Mai Hac De, Hanoi
Belgian house don San Soda will perform in Hanoi this week. Known for his eclectic DJ sets, from splicing sonic heart-lifters to afro-house, to classic Detroit soul and everything in-between.
This Belgian-born, Berlin-based DJ constructs the kind of live club gig that will demolish everyone on the dance floor. His 2010 album Immers & Daarentegen proved him to be a mercurial artist, spreading his low-down house grooves across a long player with many different reflections and moods. As well as hosting his own weekly radio show, he plays across the board at regular parties throughout Europe and Asia!
100,000 VND bought at the door of ATK, including one ticket to after party at Le Soleil (without the ticket you will be charged an extra fee)
Hue – Film Screening “Tante Hilda”
Fri 18 Mar 2016, 7.15 pm
Institut français de Huế
01 Le Hong Phong, Hue
You are invited to the film screening “Tante Hilda” (France, 2013, 89’).
Director: Jacques-Rémy Girerd Benoît Chieux
Casting: Sabine Azéma, Josiane Balasko, Gilles Détroit
The fairy animated film which is worth watching for the whole family, revives the love of nature among the age of ecosystem crisis!
Film synopsis:
“Auntie Hilda” is a film directed by Benoit Chieux – author of “Mia and Migou” which was screened at Vietnam L’Espace. The new film tells the story of the conflict a nature activist and her ambitious entrepreneurs. All images in this animation were drawn by hand. After completed in 2013, the film was an official selection in competition in the category “Generation” at the Berlin film festival, the category that seeks news voices for children and young people.
Language: Original language with Vietnamese subtitles
Free entrance.
A Night at the Opera – “The Flying Dutchman”
Sun 20 Mar 2016, 7 pm
Hanoi Cinematheque
22A Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội
You are invited to the screening of Richard Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer).
The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), is a German-language opera by Richard Wagner. It is the first opera in which Wagner’s musical and operatic maturity is advanced as regards thematic handling and portrayal of emotions and orchestration, musical styles that were further developed in his later operas. Wagner uses a number of leitmotifs (literally, ‘leading motifs’) associated with the characters and themes. The leitmotifs are all introduced in the overture and repeated throughout the opera.
The story of the opera revolves around a ghostly ship captain who once invoked Satan; the ghost captain is cursed to roam the sea forever without rest. An angel brought to him the terms of his redemption: every seven years the waves will cast him upon the shore; if he can find a wife who will be true to him he will be released from his curse. The captain’s ship is dashed against a vessel that has taken refuge in a storm and the grappling irons hold the two ships together. The captain of the vessel seeking refuge has an unmarried daughter named Senta, and he agrees to the marriage in return for a treasure chest. The south wind blows and both vessels set sail for Daland’s home where the betrothed daughter will meet the man she can marry and save from eternal torment, but not before her former boyfriend enters the drama to warn her of the terms of the marriage agreement.
The opera will be screened in the original German with English subtitles.
For those with membership at the Cinémathèque, please make a reservation as usual by phoning the Cinémathèque, daily between 14:30 – 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 60,000 is suggested.
Exhibition “Leisure and View” by Artist Nguyen Dinh Dung
Exhibition: 12 Mar – 12 Apr 2016, 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Dong Phong Art Gallery
03 Ly Dao Thanh Street
Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Dong Phong Art Gallery is pleased to present solo exhibition” Leisure and View” by artist Nguyen Dinh Dung. Born in 1943, Dinh Dung is a self – taught artist and has been being among the top artists in Vietnam since 1980s. Famous for his theatre, lady in long dress, fighting cocks, general horse, street scenes… his works yield a surprisingly modernistic flavor of strong contrasting colour fields in pure hue and intensity while still deeply rooted in Vietnamese traditions. Today, he is still true to traditional topics and he still paints at leisure. His paintings are still full of youth that charm and allure the viewer’s interest.
Exhibition will be held at Dong Phong Art Gallery, #3 Ly Dao Thanh street, from 12 Mar.2016 to 12 Apr. 2016, everyday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.
HCMC – Film Screening “Belle et Sébastien”
Wed 16 Mar 2016, 7.30 pm
31 Thai Văn Lung, Dist 1, HCMC
Come to the film screening “Belle and Sébastien” (French, 2013, 104’). The screening is part of Francophonie Film Festival 2016.
Director: Nicolas Vanier
Casting: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Châtelier
Adapted from the famous French tv series, the film fascinates its audience with poetic shots of this wonderful friendship between a young boy and a dog.
“Our story takes place high up in the Alps.
There where the snow is immaculate, where chamois chase marmots, where the summits touch the clouds.
High up in a peaceful village – until the day the Germans arrive.
It’s the story of a lonely boy and a wild dog.
The story of Sébastien who tames Belle.
It’s the adventure of an indestructible friendship.
It’s the extraordinary tale of a resourceful and appealing child in the middle of World War Two.
It’s the odyssey of a little boy searching for his mother, of an old man searching for his past, of a member of the Resistance searching for love, of a young woman looking for adventure, of a German lieutenant searching for forgiveness.
It’s the life of Belle and Sébastien.”
Language: French with Vietnamese subtitles
Ticket price: 40,000 VND, free for students of IDECAF
Tickets are available at IDECAF.
Live folk/country with The Bearded Holmes
Fri 11 Mar 2016, 8 pm
Hanoi Social Club
6 Hoi Vu Str, Hanoi
How does the prospect of being welcome in the warmer weather on the rooftop of Hanoi Social Club sound? Well, The Bearded Holmes would be privileged to ease you into the weekend with their mix of folk/country, foot stomping originals and spine tingling, slower covers. With a few new tunes thrown into the mix as well, it should be a great start to the weekend. We look forward to seeing you up there!
Tickets: 70,000 VND at the door
Exhibition “9X”
Opening: Sun 13 Mar 2016, 5 pm
Exhibition: 13 – 18 Mar 2016
Conference: Thu 24 Mar 2016, 9 am
2nd floor, Exhibition House, 16 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi
You are invited to exhibition “9X” hostêd by Young Artist Club to mark a generation of newborn artists: Young – Fresh – Passion.
With the participation of new members: Nguyễn Tuấn Dũng, Trương Văn Ngọc, Nguyễn Đình Sơn, Nguyễn Văn Phương, Phạm Phương Quỳnh, Nguyễn Văn Huy, Chử Văn Sơn, Trần Văn Thược, Nguyễn Văn Diệu, Nguyễn Văn Điệp, etc… An interesting and thought-provoking event is waiting for you!
In additions, please enjoy personal exhibition “You” by Nguyen Tuan Dung:
Opening: Sunday 20-24 Mar 2016, 5 pm
Conference: Thursday 24 Mar 2016, 9 am
Location: Exhibition House, 16 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi
A Night of Concert and Ballet – Changing of the Season
30 and 31 Mar 2016, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House
1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội
Come to A Night of Concert and Ballet – Changing of the Season with the performance of:
– Conductor: David Gomez Ramirez
– Singers: Thang Long (Soprano), Anh Vu (Tenor), Tran Trang (Soprano), Kieu Tham (Mezzo Soprano), Phuong Dung (Soprano), Vu Nga (Mezzo Soprano), Manh Dung (Bariton),Thanh Binh (Soprano)
And the Choir, the Orchestra, Dancers of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet
Part I: Opera “The Magic flute” – by W. A. Mozart
No. 2 Aria Papageno “Der Wogelfager bin ich ja” 3’00
Manh Dung
No. 3 Aria Tamino “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon” 4’40
Anh Vu
No. 4 Aria Queen of the night “Zum Leiden bin ich ausenkoren” 4’35
Tran Trang
No. 5 Quintett: Papageno, Tamino, 3 Dame “Hm!hm!hm!” 6’30
Kieu Tham, Anh Vu, Tran Trang, Vu Nga, Phuong Dung
No. 7 Duett: Papageno & Pamina “Bei manner, welche Liebe fulen” 3’00
Kieu Tham & Thang Long
No. 10 Aria & Chorus “O Isis und osiris” 3’20
Huy Đuc & Chorus
No. 14 Aria Queen of the night “Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” 3’10
To Loan
No. 17 Aria Pamina “Ach, ich full’s , es ist en schwunder” 4’25
Thang Long
No. 21 Duett: Pamina & Tamino “Tamino mein …” 5’50
To Loan & Thanh Binh
Duett Papageno & Papagena “” 2’30
Manh Dung & Bui Trang
Hei sei euch Geweihten 2’50
Part II: The Ballet “Rite of Spring”
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreographer: Pham Minh
Perform: Viet An – Han Giang
Dancers of Vietnam National Opera and Ballet
The Ballet “Rite of Spring” choreographed by artist Pham Minh, performed by Viet An, Han Giang and other the dancers from Vietnam National Opera and Ballet.
Stravinsky’s music in “Rite of Spring” is presented by his exciting adventure and unique creativity. The use of dissonant sounds brought new colors and new energy for this piece of music. Choreographer Pham Minh has modified the work to suit the body shape, the rhythm and the Vietnamese customs. Therefore, the physical movements as well as the story behind this piece is characterized in a more Vietnamese style. That helps the viewers to have a closer connection to many ethnic groups and traditions of the ancient Vietnam.
A mysterious tale combined with Igor Stravinsky’s beautiful music compositions form a fascinating ballet dance. Performed on the stage of the Opera House Theatre by dancers of Vietnam National Opera and Ballet, “Rite of Spring” is a wonderful spiritual gift we want to give to all the audience who appreciates the art of ballet.
Ticket prices: 200,000 – 350,000 – 500,000 VND. All tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or can book online at
For free delivery, call: 0913489858, 0983067996.
Performances of Electric Yard Dogs in March
From the band:
On their return from the ‘Dog House Tour’ of central Vietnam, The Electric Yard Dogs continue to have regular dates at the following Bars and Clubs in Hanoi:
+84 BAR 23 Ngo Van So – Fridays (18th & 25th March) 9pm
21 NORTH CLUB 49 Lang Yen Phu – Wednesdays (23rd & 30th March) 9pm
1900 Le Theatre 8 Ta Hien – Sundays (20th & 27th March) 8pm
In various incarnations, The Electric Yard Dogs have been performing in Hanoi for over five years. Original members Jez Hartley and Simon ‘Otis’ Redington, who hail from the ‘70s London Punk Rock scene, have now been joined by Le Havre rocker Ricardo Canu on drums and Louisiana wildcat Scott ‘Shyboy’ Reynolds on Blues harp in a new revitalised Rockabilly, Rock’n’Roll outfit.
The music is a highly dance-able mix of fast rock, rhythm and swing, a style reminiscent of Dr Feelgood, the Texas Bar Room 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!
Apart from local music venues around town in Hanoi, the band also tour regularly down south to Danang, Saigon and Phnom Penh where they have an increasing reputation for doing what they do best: Electric Blues with Soul & Style!
Positive Mass of March 2016
Fri 25 Mar 2016, 8 pm
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi
“Positive Mass”, and event inspired by an international event called Critical Mass. It is a bicycle ride to promote cycling for all its benefits.
“Critical Mass” is a cycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. The ride was originally founded in 1992 in San Francisco. The purpose of Critical Mass is not usually formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets on bikes.
In Hanoi, Positive Mass (PM) is called “Đạp cho sướng”, literally meaning cycling for pleasure. Bikers meet on the last Friday of every month at St. Joseph Cathedral (Nhà thờ lớn) and travel around Hanoi following a prepared route with the ending point at the Cathedral. The first PM in Hanoi started in October 2012. After one year, since October 2013, PM has also been held in HCMC, Thai Nguyen and Son La.
Aakash Odedra and “Murmur 2.0” Performance in Vietnam
Hanoi: Wed 23 Mar 2016, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House
1 Trang Tien Str, Hanoi
HCMC: Sun 27 Mar 2016, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House
07 Lam Son Square, Dist 1, HCMC
The acclaimed British choreographer Aakash Odedra is going to perform in Vietnam on 23 and 27 March. Aakash Odedra is set to perform “Murmur 2.0”, the visually beautiful, heart-wrenching and dramatic piece which he presented at TEDGlobal as a TED Talk.
The two intensely personal solo pieces of “Murmur” and “Nritta” will be taken to stage on 23 March at Hanoi Opera House and on 27 March at Ho Chi Minh Opera House.
Aakash Odedra is one of the most sought after contemporary British dancers today. Trained in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak, he was mentored by Akram Khan who supported him to develop contemporary movement. In 2011 he formed Aakash Odedra Dance Company and since then has developed his own choreographic works including commissioned pieces for James Brown’s “Get on the Good Foot” (Apollo Theatre, New York), the opera “God’s Little Soldier” (Theatre Freiburg), The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and the closing of the London Cultural Olympiad. Aakash has received numerous awards and bursaries including a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.
Aakash struggled with dyslexia since a young age and felt he “was defined by his learning difficulties, but not his abilities. As written language was so alien, dance became his preferred mode of expression.” In “Murmur”, Aakash and Australian choreographer Lewis Major delve into the idea of warped and exaggerated realities. In a major collaboration with Major and Arts Electronica Futurelab (Linz, Austria), the company explores how the misconceptions of dyslexia can be revealed through visual design, light, sound and movement.
In “Nritta”, choreographed by Odedra himself, the audience can see a dazzling display of technical feats. He moves with such agility that it is hard for the eye to follow. His feet beat out the rhythms, his gestures sweep and swerve and throughout he remains poised, completely in control. It is a perfect introduction to the marvels that Odedra can produce.
Ticket prices: 200,000 – 350,000 – 500,000 VND.
Tickets are available from 5 March:
In Hanoi
Hanoi Opera House (the right hand-side ticket box) No. 1 Trang Tien Street.
Online booking at và
For free delivery, please call: 0913 489 858, 0983 067 996
In Ho Chi Minh City
HCM Ballet Symphony and Orchestra (HBSO) No. 7 Cong Truong Lam Son, District 1.
Online booking at
Hotline for booking and delivery: 0989874517 or email to
HCMC – Photo Exhibition “Imagine France” by Maia Flore
Exhibition: 15 – 22 Mar 2016, 7.30 am – 5.30 pm (except Mondays)
The General Sciences Library of HCMC
69 Ly Tu Trong, Dist 1, HCMC
You are invited to the photo exhibition “Imagine France” by Maia Flore in HCMC.
Fantastic Voyage, An offbeat look at France
In this series of 25 photographs, Maia Flore has created a character who appropriates in each place, to make it surprising and poetic. Sometimes be actor, sometimes be spectator, this recurring character animates and renews the 25 cultural sites (castles, museums, monuments…) that the artist visited during a tour of France for 66 days between July and September 2013.
Free entry.
HCMC – A Night of Russian Music
Sat 19 Mar 2016, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC
You are invited the night of Russian music with the performance of two young and talented artists: conductor David Gomez Ramirez and violist Anna Sowanna Takeda.
Modest Mussorgsky – Overture “Dawn over the Moscow River” from opera Khovanshchina
Piotr Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
Violin: Anna Sowanna-Takeda
Vasily Kalinnikov – Symphony No. 1 in G Minor
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante commodamente
III. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo
IV. Finale. Allegro moderato
Performing: HBSO Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: David Gomez Ramirez
David Gómez Ramírez is one of the most promising young conductors and composers in Spain. He has conducted all the major Spanish orchestras and he appears as a guest conductor in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal, The Netherlands, in Asia and in South America, in such musical centers as Paris, Caracas (Venezuela), Havana (Cuba), Brussels (Belgium), Hanoi and Hue (Vietnam). In 2010, he received the “Giraldillo de Oro” prize, a highest award given by the Excellency Cultural Arts and Sciences Association (Institution recognized by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture of Spain).
Anna Sowanna Takeda was born in 1992 Bangkok, Thailand. At the age of 10, Anna won First Prize in the 1st Australian Music Examination Board in Thailand. In 2002 through to 2004, she won the Gold Medals from the Thai National Youth Music Competitions, and also won the Espoir prize of the 6th Osaka International Music Competition, The Finalist of the All Japan Student Music Competition in Tokyo. She has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including Budafoki Dohnanyi Zenekar in Budapest, Hungary conducted by Hollerung Gabor and Alpaslan Ertiingealp, Sinfonia de Cuba en tres (The National Cuba Symphony Orchestra), The Vietnam National Opera & Ballet Orchestra and The Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music Orchestra, Myanmar National Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Lira Saguntina in Valencia, Spain, Senzuku New Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ticket price: 550,000 – 400,000 – 350,000 – 200,000 – 80,000 VND (for students only)
Booking and delivery: 08 38237419, Ms. Huong: 0989874517, Ms. Huong Ly: 0908057972
At HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square
Online Booking:
Spring Concert with Song Hong Chamber Music and Asep Hidayat Wirayudha
Fri 18 Mar 2016, 8 pm
Small Concert hall
Vietnam National Academy of Music
77 Hao Nam, Hanoi
Come to a spring concert with Song Hong Chamber Music and Asep Hidayat Wirayudha.
S. Rachmanioff: Sonata for cello and piano in G minor Op. 19
D. Smetana: Trio in B flat major Op. 15
F. Schubert: String quintet in C major D. 956 Op. Posth. 163
A. Piazzolla: Adios Nonino for piano quintet
Ticket price: 200,000 – 300,000 VND
Tickets are available on the 1st floor, A1 building, Vietnam National Academy of Music
Contact: Mr Pham Truong Son
Phone: 090-323-0685, 090-347-0179
Film Screening “Belle et Sébastien”
Film screening with Vietnamese subtitles: Fri 18 Mar 2016, 8 pm
Film screening with English subtitles: Sun 20 Mar 2016, 6 pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội
Come to the film screening “Belle and Sébastien” (French, 2013, 104’).
Director: Nicolas Vanier
Casting: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Châtelier
Adapted from the famous French tv series, the film fascinates its audience with poetic shots of this wonderful friendship between a young boy and a dog.
Film synopsis:
“Belle and Sebastian” is directly adapted from the television series Belle et Sébastien 1965. Belle and Sebastian film is not the first adaptation of the story told by the creator of the television series, Cécile Aubry. Indeed, in parallel with the series, Aubry wrote a series of novels about its own universe in six volumes and a few years later, in 1981, the Japanese NHK has recovered the account in order to make an animated series 52 episodes: Belle and Sebastian. Set in France in 1943, the plot tells about a six-year-old boy and his dog looking to foil a Nazi effort to capture French Resistance fighters. The movie is directed by Nicolas Vanier – who is obsessed with the theme of snow and canine dogs. In this movie, the romance and poetic shots are meticulously made by the director fascinate audience, besides a moving friendship story.
“Our story takes place high up in the alps.
There where the snow is immaculate, where chamois chase marmots, where the summits touch the clouds.
High up in a peaceful village – until the day the Germans arrive.
It’s the story of a lonely boy and a wild dog.
The story of Sébastien who tames Belle.
It’s the adventure of an indestructible friendship.
It’s the extraordinary tale of a resourceful and appealing child in the middle of World War Two.
It’s the odyssey of a little boy searching for his mother, of an old man searching for his past, of a member of the Resistance searching for love, of a young woman looking for adventure, of a German lieutenant searching for forgiveness.
It’s the life of Belle and Sébastien.”
18 Mar: French with Vietnamese subtitles
20 Mar: French with English subtitles
Ticket price: 50,000 VND
Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 40,000 VND
Tickets are available at L’Espace.
St. Patrick Rocks Concert with Hipster from UK
Fri 18 Mar 2016, 5.30 – 11 pm
American Club
19–21 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
Come to ‘St. Patrick Rocks’ Concert Event, featuring the special ‘Hipster’ band flying over from the UK. ‘Hipster’ has played in several major music festivals in the UK & Ireland has been awarded the Outstanding Artist of 2015 Award by Alive Network. They will be accompanied by ‘Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’ – traditonal Irish musicians from Dublin, as well as other local rock bands and artists, including the French band “La Belle et la Bête” and Hong Kong based American musician – Michal García from The Anello.
This fun evening event is for all ages with food and good laugh, so plan on coming for dinner and staying for the good vibes and music!
Ticket price: 250,000 VND for adults (includes 1 FREE Magners Irish Cider and free entrance to the official after party at Hanoi Rock City), 100,000 VND for children from 2 – 12 years old, free for children under 2 years old.
Tickets are available at:
The Kitchen, 30 To Ngoc Van Str, Tay Ho Dist, Hanoi
Hanoi Rock City, 27/52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho Dist, Hanoi

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