July 23-29: Maestoso Chamber Music Concert Series No. 1 “Pastoral” in Hanoi

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



‘Lang Toi’ (My Village) by Lune Production

6 pm, July 24, 25, 27, 28

Vietnam Tuong Theatre

51A Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem district

Lang Toi (My Village) is a delicate merge of tradition and innovation, where the poetic beauty of Northern Vietnam’s village life is presented through a new cirque approach.

Farming, the building activities, traditional games, and lifestyle of the Northern villagers are recreated by ancestral bamboo props, breath-taking cirque and acrobatics performances, and rhythmic dance, to distinct folk music from more than 20 musical instruments.

Ticket prices: VND 630,000- VND 1,050,000

Maestoso Chamber Music Concert Series No. 1 “Pastoral”

8 pm, July 24

The Grand Concert Hall

Vietnam National Academy of Music

77 Hao Nam Street, Dong Da District

The concert opens with the Piano Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello by the great composer Mozart.

A highlight of the Pastoral Concert will be the premiere of a Suite of folk songs written by Nguyen Thuy Loan for two pianos, performed to Vietnamese public for the first time.

The show ends with a masterpiece for a piano quintet (piano & a string quartet) by Antonin Dvorak with a Czech folk spirit.

Ticket prices: VND 200,000 – VND 400,000 – VND 600,000

Live Performance “Bamboo Talk”

7 pm, July 27 and 28

Phu Sa Lab

21/52 To Ngoc Van Street, Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District

Come and enjoy a whole evening of creative performances accompanied by music played on instruments made entirely of bamboo – the inspiration for every high-end show in Vietnam.

Ticket: VND700,000 (dinner and 1 drink included)


Exhibition “The Tropical”

VICAS Art Studio

32 Hao Nam Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi

Works on display at the exhibition include 39 multi-colour paintings by five artists: Nguyen Thanh Hai, Pham Sinh, Tao Linh, Nguyen Manh Quynh, and Luu Vu Long.

Opening hours: 9 am – 12 pm and 1.30 – 5 pm, Monday – Sunday

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

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.



Opera “Der Freischütz – Hunters Pride”

8 pm, July 28 and 29

HCMC Opera House

7 Lam Son Square, District 1

The production is a collaboration between the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) and the Goethe-Institut.

In the performance the dialogues are spoken in Vietnamese, while the music numbers are sung in German. This bilingualism allows a substantive understanding, no matter which of the two languages one speaks.

Localisation in the Vietnamese culture with Vietnamese singers creates a new perspective on the well-known opera for the audiences in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tickets: VND900,000 – VND750,000 – 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, July 24, 25, 26

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 “King” by Pham Thanh Toan

Craig Thomas Gallery

27i Tran Nhat Duat Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1

Toan’s “King” collection comprises of a bold batch of primarily over-sized canvases with several of the works themselves being quadriptychs and pentaptychs. The effect of such large paintings, often done in luxuriantly thick layers of imported oils, is immediate and visceral.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 11 am to 6pm; Sundays 12 to 5 pm; and by appointment

Exhibition “ELLIPSIS”

Toong Minh Khai

126 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Str, District 3

The “Ellipsis” exhibition is an attempt by 4 image-making artists: Danny Bach, Minh Pham, Dat Vu and Cietisoo Nguyen, to connect and share our personal approaches to photography and image-making with the creative community.

Free entrance

Exhibition “Gang of Five Chancing Modern”

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2

Curated by Le thuan Uyen, the exhibition surveys over three decades of artistic practices, by five of the most important figures in the art scene of North Vietnam: Hong Viet Dung, Ha Tri Hieu, Dang Xuan Hoa, Tran Luong and Pham Quang Vinh.

Featuring nearly forty paintings and numerous original historical materials (including reviews and interviews, archival images, exhibition guest books, two short film documentaries, and a timeline tracking the conception, development, and reunion of the Gang of Five, this is one of the few retrospective exhibitions staged in Vietnam that thoroughly documents the lives and preoccupations of local artists (and/or artist groups) of the 20th century.


For adults: VND 35,000

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

For children under 16: free (with appropriate ID)