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Screening of “Tom Boy”

Fri 15 Mar 2013, 8 pm

Welcome to screening of the movie “Tom boy” (French, 2011, 82′) by Céline Siamma. According to Elle magazine, “Tomboy is messed up with surprises, and also raises the question about each viewer’s outlook.” Please see below for more information about the film and tickets.

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitles.

For more information about film, see Vietnamese post.


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

Exhibition “Cage”

Exhibition: 09 – 11 Mar 2013
Art Talk Cafe
12 Quan Su street, Hanoi

Expatriate Australian Artist Robert Natoli will be holding his first Hanoi  based  exhibition.

After living in Hanoi for almost 3 years, Rob Natoli has produced an exhibition of paintings, etchings and small ceramic objects that explore a personal response to the environment in which he has come to live and enjoy. The exhibition, quirkily called CAGE, combines the artist’s spontaneous mark making techniques in a variety of media inviting personal responses from viewers.

MIME SOLO ACT: Time of Mime

Hanoi: 09 and 10 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Youth Theatre

HCMC: 05 and 06 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Youth World Theatre

On the auspicious occasion of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Year 2013, The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam shares the pleasure of hosting “MIME SOLO ACT: time of mime” by Iimuro Naoki in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in March 2013.

Learned mime under Marcel Marceau, the founder of modern pantomime, Iimuro Naoki has been actively performing in plethora of festivals in the world, getting awards both in Japan and overseas.

In his previous full house performances in Vietnam in 2010 and 2011, he not only successfully triggered big laughter from the audience but also moved their hearts.

Receiving a lot of calls for an encore from the previous audience and those who missed his performances in past years, we decided to bring him back to Vietnam, not only to Hanoi but also to Ho Chi Minh City again.

Iimuro Naoki will perform different programs in two cities, Program A in Hanoi and Program B in HCMC.

The highlight of his performance in Hanoi will be a part of the acts entitled “Angel”, in which his slow motion successfully invites you to the dream-like scene in the depth of the sea. The highlight of his performance in HCMC, on the other hand, will be a part of the acts entitled “A World in Balance”, in which he received the Gold Medal at the 3rd World Delphic Games in 2009.

We hope that this show will entertain not only adults but also children (over 6 years old) with its universal body language, which is sublimed in the art of silence.

Note: Please refrain from bringing children under 5 years old to this performance because the performance is sensitive to noise.

■ Iimuro Naoki

Graduated from Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris Marcel Marceau. Graduated from Conservatoire Niedermeyer d’lssy Les Moulineaux Ecole Nationale de Musique de Dance et d’Art Dramatique, winning the first prize by the judge’s unanimity. In his dual role actor and producer, he takes an active role in many performances, thereby promoting pantomime in Japan.

*Gold medal for the mime improvisation section at Delphic Games (2009)
*Special prize in street performance competition at Kobe Biennale (2009)


Hanoi: Free admission tickets are available at:
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
[Opening hours] 09:00 – 18:00
(Closed on Sunday 3 March)

HCMC: Free admission tickets are available at:
Youth World Theatre (Nha Hat The gioi Tre)
125 Cong Quynh, Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, HCMC
Tel: 0949470938 (Mr. Nam), 0919125827 (Ms. Linh)
(Ho Chi Minh City University of Stage and Drama)
[Opening hours] 09:00 – 17:00 (Closed on Sundays)

For more information about the program, click here.
Youth Theatre
11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

Youth World Theatre
125 Cong Quynh, Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, HCMC

Exhibition “Japanese Traditional Dolls”

Opening: Thu 07 Mar, 9.30 am
Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Exhibition: 07 – 31 Mar 2013
Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Vietnamese Women’s Museum
36 Ly thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

In celebration of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Year 2013 and International Women’s Day, the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and Vietnamese Women’s Museum, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, Traditional Edo-kimekomi Dolls Saciei-kai and Kimono Cultural Exchange Association, proudly present the exhibition “Japanese Traditional Dolls” and related activities in Hanoi in March 2013.

“Dolls” have been a part of everyday life in Japan since ancient times. Japanese dolls reflect the customs of Japan and the aspirations of its people, possess distinctive regional attitudes, and over the centuries have developed in many diverse forms. Japanese dolls now can be categorized in many ways according to the techniques and material used to create them, as well as the themes and shapes of the dolls.

The exhibition “Japanese Traditional Dolls” introduces over 250 Japanese dolls in total in two venues. In Vietnamese Women’s Museum, their collection of over 200 Japanese dolls, mainly Edo-Kimekomi Dolls but including the other genre of dolls used in the Doll Festival or Hina Matsuri, warrior dolls and objects from the Boy’s Festival, will be exhibited.

In the Japan Foundation, meanwhile, their long-time collection of around 40 selected Japanese dolls, including female dolls dressed in kimonos, dolls depicting characters from traditional Japanese performing arts like Noh and Kabuki, Hakata dolls or clay dolls, Kokeshi dolls with their unique character, will be exhibited.

In addition to the exhibition, the other Japanese culture related activities such as Kimono/Yukata trials, Origami workshops, Japanese traditional toys trials, etc., will be also presented in Vietnamese Women’s Museum (mainly on the opening day).

We hope you will enjoy Japanese traditional heritage and culture through skillfully handcrafted traditional dolls.

Related activities: The following activities will be presented at Vietnamese Women’s Museum:
– Kimono/Yukata trials
– Origami workshops
– Japanese traditional toys trials

For more details, please contact Vietnamese Women’s Museum, TEL 04 3825 9936.

Concert with Michel Lethiec

07 08 Mar 2013, 8 pm

Welcome to the concert with the performance of Michel Lethiec. As the art director of Pablo Casals de Prades festival, Michel Lethiec is considered to be one of the outstanding artists on the global stage. Please see more information below.

Being a popular face at concerts and festivals, Michel Lethiec is also well-known as a teacher at Paris National Academy of Music and Nice Music Academy.

Solo clarinet : Michel Lethiec
and Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Honna Tetsuji


W.A.Mozart : Concerto for clarinet
W.A.Mozart : Symphony No. 25


Ticket price: VND 120,000
Special price for members of L’Espace and students: VND 60,000
Tickets are currently available at L’Espace.

Exhibition “Lap loe”

Opening: Thu 07 Mar, 6.30 pm
Exhibition: 08 – 21 Mar 2013, 9 am – 7 pm
Goethe Institute
56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học, Ba Đình, Hà Nội

The Goethe-Institut proudly presents the video installation “Lap Loe” by Tran Luong, one of the first Vietnamese artists who experiments with installation, performance and video art, to the audience in Hanoi. Previously in February 2013, this art work was shown in the group exhibition “No Country” – Contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia – at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA.

“Lap Loe” belongs to the interactive performance series “Red Scarf/Welts” which has already been exhibited in Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Shanghai – China, Seoul – Korea, Solo – Indonesia, Hanoi, Hochiminh City – Vietnam and Singapore. This art work was inspired by the red scarfs that pupils in Vietnam as well as other countries wear over their shoulders and expresses the artist´s concern about daily life and historical matters.

Free Admission.

Tokyo Jazz Club

Sat 02 Mar 2013, 6 – 11 pm
Outdoor Stage
Van Ho Exhibition Center
2 Hoa Lu Str, Hanoi

The Japan Foundation and CAMA Vietnam are proud to present internationally famous Japanese jazz group SOIL “PIMP” SESSIONS who will entertain Hanoi on March 2. The event marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Vietnam (Japan – Vietnam Friendship Year 2013) and will take place at the Van Ho Exhibition Center, Hanoi.

SOIL “PIMP” SESSIONS combine world class musicianship with the coolest of sounds and attitude into a heady mix of jazz, fun and entertainment. Their brand of jazz is unconventional and designed to break down barriers, whether they be conventions of genre, cultural barriers or stolid audience-performer relationships.

Starting out in Tokyo clubs in 2001, the band quickly became notorious and attracted worldwide attention for their new brand of aggressive, energetic and danceable music which they called “death jazz”. Before long, the band was being championed by musical tastemakers like Giles Peterson who released six of the group’s seven albums on his Brownswood recordings label. Since 2005, the band have played the biggest festivals in Europe, such as Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, Glastonbury in the UK, Fuji Rock in Japan and the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. They also appeared on Later…with Jools Holland, the UK’s longest running and most respected live music TV program.

The band’s live show is famous the world over for being an interactive experience, something that sets them apart from other jazz groups. As the band themselves say, “We always felt that in the world of jazz, there was an unwritten rule that the musicians were to concentrate on their techniques and the audience were simply there to admire, like a transmitter/ receiver relationship. We wanted to break away from that and create exciting jazz with far more interaction between the players and the audience”. The band pulls this off with both their infectious rhythms and their energetic frontman Shacho, who acts as “the agitator”, playing a key role by in connecting the audience to the band.

Joining SOIL “PIMP” SESSIONS in Hanoi will be local jazz-funk group, Nga tu Mat dien. The quintet has been playing shows in Hanoi’s capital for more than 15 years and has a tight enough sound to prove it. At the Van Ho Exhibition Center, the group will be reinventing jazz standards through a funk and Latin lense.

Keeping the party going between bands will be GiGiMix, one of Hanoi’s most entertaining DJs. With a love of swing, jazz and funk, the French-native never fails to keep crowds in the party mood with up-beat, feel-good sets that cross genres and cultures.

The concert will take place at the Van Ho Exhibition Center, 2 Hoa Lu, Hai Ba Trung on Saturday March 2nd. Tickets are free and can be obtained from CAMA ATK, 73A Mai Hac De, Hai Ba Trung and The Japan Foundation, 27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem.

Free tickets advance outlets:  

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

73A Mai Hac De, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

(Advance tickets available from Wednesday 20th February)

Spring Gala 2013 Concert and Ballet
Sun 03 Mar 2013, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House
1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

Come to the Spring Gala 2013 Concert and Ballet with director People’s Artist Pham Anh Phuong, conductor Nguyen Thieu Hoa, piano soloist Tam Ngoc, Quynh Trang and artists from Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. For more information about program and tickets, see below:


Part 1
• Polonaise from opera “Evgeny Onegin”
Perform: the Symphony Orchestra
• King Rene’s arioso from opera “Iolanta”
Tenor: Quốc Hưng
• Spain dance from ballet “Swan lake”
Perform: the Symphony Orchestra
• Tosca’s aria from opera “Tosca”
Soprano: Vành Khuyên
• O, mio babbino care from opera “Gianni Schicci”
Soprano: Thăng Long
• In a Persian Market
Perform: Symphony Orchestra
• Anitra’s dance
Perform: the Symphony Orchestra
• Solvej’s song
Perform: Symphony Orchestra
J. Strauss
• Overture “ Die Fletdermause”
Perform: the Symphony Orchestra
• Intermezzo from opera “Cavaleria Rusticana”
Perform: the Symphony Orchestra
• Pas de deux from ballet “Nutcraker”
Perform: the Symphony Orchestra
Part 2
W A Mozart
• Sonata for piano four hands in D major, KV 381
Piano Soloists: Trần Thị Tâm Ngọc – Phạm Quỳnh Trang
Ballet “Heart of Silk”
Music: J S Bach
Choreography: Pontus Lidberg
Perform: Dancers of Vietnam National Ballet Company

Ticket prices: 150000, 250000, 350000, 500000 VND. All Tickets available at Hanoi Opera House – 1 Trang Tien.
Free delivery more details: 0913489858,0983067996

Screening of “Les Petits Mouchoirs”

Fri 08 Mar 2013, 8pm
24 Trang Tien, Ha Noi

Welcome to the screening of “Les Petits Mouchoirs” (French, 2010, 154’) by Guillaume Canet. According to Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, this is a “fantastic, hilarious and moving movie”.

Film synopsis: After a disturbing situation, a group of friends still decide to have their vacation together by the beach as ususal. Friendship, trust, guilty feelings and their romances are all shaking. In the end, secrets and lies must be revealed.

Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle.


Ticket price: 20 000 VND

Special price for members of L’Espace and students: 10 000 VND

Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Music Night “Live Alive”

Fri 01 Mar 2013, 9 pm
Hanoi Rock City
27/52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho

The rumours are true! Bread Circus are back! Hanoi’s favourite duo have reunited after more than year and are feeling breaddier and more circussy than ever! The piano rock hotshots are ready to punch the colour into your Friday night alongside sunsplashed Raggamuffins and brand spanking new riffy rock band Lady Gargamel!

If this week seems like a giant jam sandwich of musical sweetness, then this is most certainly the jam! Delicious. Come out and support your own… Hanoi’s grassroots scene with some of the most radiant acts ever to have stepped foot on the nutty vanilla rock city stage.


Vocals, drums, guitars, electronic keys and stacks of on stage chemistry: we almost fainted when we heard of Luke DeStefano’s Vietnam return to reignite the glory days of Bread Circus. Reunion of the year! The multi talented percussionist has been the drumming backbone behind some of Hanoi’s most dynamic and poplar bands since 2010 – Zamina, Machete, Toothbrush as well as Bread Circus, where he pulls Phuong Dang onto paths she wouldn’t dare to tread alone.


Sax-tastic smooth boys Raggamuffins are the mango juice of the rock band world. All feet shifting, shoulder swaying, slinky funk-tinged, orange ragga pop grooves, this multi national band has been soaking our souls in sexy riddims since last summer and show no sign of throwing in the the pips just yet. It’s spring, it’s time, and we can’t wait to welcome back the band that can sing with ear to ear grins.

Lady Gargamel

Lady Gargamel are a newly formed band who have been preparing for six months to reprogram your ears with some fresh, hard, tight, melodic, heavy, riffy, arrogant rock. The band’s line up, they say, features “the Mario brothers, an Aussie communist, a British trifle maker and a miniature sized Vietnamese girl.” Different people with one thing in common: a deep love for the devil’s notes. Come and experience Hanoi’s freshest, most original band of 2013. Polish both your index and little fingers…you’ll need them!

Tickets: 50000 VND @ door (half price for students with ID)

Screening of “Le Nom des Gens”

Fri 01 Mar 2013, 8 pm
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội

You are invited to the screening of the film ” Le Nom des Gens”, directed by Michel Leclerc (French, 2010, 104 ‘) at L’Espace. According to the Télé 7 jours, this is “a political romantic comedy that attracts your attention from the beginning to the end”. The film won the César award of French in 2011: best actress for Sara Forestier and best original screenplay for Baya Kasmi and Michel Leclerc.

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: 20 000 VND
Price for members of L’Espace and students: 10 000 VND

Tickets are available at L’Espace.

Taste Israeli wine at Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon will present an Israeli wine event at the Opera restaurant on March 4.

Two speakers, Michal Ansky and Ruthie Russo of Israel, will introduce and explain the country’s wine and cuisine. Israeli food will also be served at the event beginning at 7pm.

Admission is VND1,050,000++ per person including dinner and wine.

French films, animations to screen at IDECAF

Five French movies, two animations and three feature films, will be shown at the Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) every Saturday in March.

The animations are Mia et le Migou (Mia and the Migoo) and Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat); and the movies are Le Nom des Gens (The Names of Love), Les Petits Mouchoirs (Little White Lies) and Tomboy. The screenings will begin at 3pm.

Tickets costing VND15,000 are available at IDECAF, 31 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1.

Outdoor bar in District 2 hosts art festival

An art festival called Melting Pot will be held at Saigon Outcast – an outdoor bar in District 2 – on March 2-3.

The event will feature arts and crafts activities like handmade jewellery; accessories and clothes; painting, photo and video exhibitions; dance performances; live music and silent auctions.

The festival will take place from 10am to 10pm. The bar is located at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2.

Hard Rock Cafe presents Latin weekend

Hard Rock Cafe will present performances of Latin and rock music on March 2-3.

The newly formed Latin band, Q’vans, will perform live on Saturday, while Vietnamese rock band Bui Gio will rock guests on Sunday night. The local band will also perform at the cafe on March 10 and 31.

The shows will begin at 9pm. Hard Rock Cafe is located at 39 Le Duan Boulevard in District 1. 

By vivian