July 9-15: Contemporary Music and Dance “Adventures of a Cricket” in HCMC

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NDO— A selection of noteworthy artistic and cultural events that will take place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.



Concert: “Shangri-la In the Moment”

8 pm, July 12

Young Hit Young Beat Club

2nd floor, Long Bien Mipec Building

Long Bien 2 Street, Long Bien district

Come to enjoy a concert, which is a collaboration between composer and experimental musician Kim Ngoc and experienced experimental artists from Hanoi, including violinist, Dao Van Trung, monochord zither player, Ngo Tra My, saxophonist, Quyen Thien Dac, and percussionist, Nguyen Xuan Son.

The artists will bring audiences to a multidimensional realm of sonic experiences of music.

Free entrance.

Concerts by Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco

8 pm, July 10 and 13

St. Joseph’s Cathedral

40 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem district

For the first time ever, the world-renowned Monaco Boys Choir will perform in Vietnam as part of their Summer Tour of Asia, 2018.

Founded in 1974, The Monaco Boys Choir is part of the Monaco Cathedral Choir and is composed of twenty-five boys aged 9 to 16. The young singers have visited more than 40 countries around the world, acting as ambassadors for the Principality and showcasing Monaco’s historic association with culture and the performing arts.

Free entrance

Concert “A Night of Sonic Wonders”

Goethe Institut

56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh district

For the very first time in Hanoi and Vietnam, six high-profile artists are going to delight the senses with their works in the fields of contemporary sound art and performance.

Kazehito Seki (from Tokyo), Sato Yukie (Japanese living in Korea), Shayne Bowden (from Australia), Fu aka Nelson Landwerh, Daniel Maszkowicz and Nikola H.Mounoud from Switzerland, and Dao Anh Khanh (Vietnam)

A truly rare and unique occasion to meet up with very established artists, who have been internationally acknowledged and active in different parts of the world. Join the concert and discover the latest forms of sonic expressions.


Showcase “The Age after Divinity” by Nguyen Manh Hung

Manzi Art Space

14 Phan Huy Ich Street, Ba Dinh district

Depicting activities and events of daily life in an absurd world, this series of oil and water colour paintings by Hanoi-born surrealist, Nguyen Manh Hung, presents immersive environments with droll juxtapositions that cleverly allude to cultural realities, social conflicts, the complexities of civic development and individual responsibility in Vietnam today.

Focusing on the visual relationships of disjointed elements and unusual scales, with “The Age after Divinity”, Hung has conveyed his wry sense of humour and boldly brought audiences to a world in which everything is made bare through his biting irony.

Exhibition “Evolution: Torres Strait Masks”

Trong Dong Building, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay district

Torres Strait is a network of islands located between Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. The people of this area maintain vibrant artistic, spiritual and cultural traditions.

The making and wearing of beautifully decorated masks is one of the region’s most distinctive traditions. While rooted in ancient protocols and spirituality, masks and mask making today are celebrated as expressions of an artistic and cultural revival.

Exhibition “Summer” by Bui Trong Du

Lotte Center Hanoi

54 Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh District

You are invited to the exhibition “Mua Ha” (Summer) by Bui Trong Du – the artist behind many impressive oil-on-canvas works of delicate simplicity with a strong identity of Vietnamese folk art.

With a theme of “Summer”, the exhibition will shape a unique experience for each visitor through the artist’s passion for lotus flowers.

Free entry



Contemporary Music and Dance “Adventures of a Cricket”

8 pm, July 9

HCMC Opera House

7 Lam Son Square, District 1

The musical “Adventures of a Cricket”, which was adapted from the famous story of the same name by writer To Hoai, is one of the biggest art projects of the Symphony Orchestra in 2018. It is a modern opera which was planned for many years by composer Vu Viet Anh.

With the participation of the famous director Pham Hoang Nam and choreographer John Huy Tran, the colourful adventure story and cultural elements of East Asia of the “Adventures of a Cricket” promises to deliver a modern musical – a first of its kind in Vietnam.

Tickets: VND650,000 – VND 550,000 – VND 400,000 – VND 300,000 – VND 200,000 – VND 80,000 (for students only)

Teh Dar: Vietnamese Tribal Culture

6:00 pm, everyday except Monday and Friday

Ho Chi Minh City Opera House

7 Cong Truong Lam Son, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

‘Teh Dar: Vietnamese Tribal Culture’ features a vibrant display of circus arts, aerial acrobatics, and tribal music within an hour-long performance.

The show highlights the lives of tribal families from the southwest highlands of Vietnam, using UNESCO-listed percussion instruments, such as Vietnamese gongs and buffalo horns, as well as vibrant costumes, and a stunning bamboo cirque depicting various landscapes and creatures from tribal folklores.

Price range: VND630,000 - VND1,470,000


Exhibition “9th Anniversary Show”

Craig Thomas Gallery

You are invited to the ninth annual iteration of the gallery anniversary group exhibition of Vietnamese artists, including Luong Luu Bien, Pham Huy Thong, Lieu Nguyen and Nguyen Minh Nam, Truong The Linh, Lim Khim Ka Ty, and Nguyen Trong Minh.

Free entrance

Exhibition “Oration for Ten Types of Sentient Beings”

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

You are invited to the exhibition ‘Oration for Ten Types of Sentient Beings’ – a solo exhibition by artist Pham Tran Viet Nam, curated by Tran Luong.

Inspired by the literature of the great Vietnamese poet Nguyen Du (1766-1820), the title of the exhibition reflects Nam’s frustration with an unjust world where humans are trapped in the cycle of life and death.


For adults: VND 35,000

For students: VND 25,000 (with appropriate student ID)

For children under 16: free (with appropriate ID)