• Danang International Fireworks Festival 2018

    12:00 AM,30 April - 11:59 PM,30 June

    Han River, Bach Dang St.,, Da Nang

    This is the 10th edition of the Danang International Fireworks Festival and with the theme ‘Legends of the Bridges’. This year the event will attract famous firework teams from Poland, France, Italy, the US, Portugal, Sweden, Hong Kong and Vietnam, competing over five nights on 30 April, 26 May, 2 June, 9 June and 30 June. Every performance lasts 20 minutes. There will also be a range of other interesting activities, including musical performances by Vietnamese and international artists, 60 to 70 balloons in the sky, a carnival, a flashmob dance, and a food festival. Tickets for the fireworks festival are from VND300,000.

  • Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

    Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

    08:30 AM,01 - 05:30 PM,18 June

    Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen Rd., Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi

    An exhibition of Torres Strait masks will be presented for the first time in Vietnam. The 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 artistic and cultural revival.

    8.30am-5.30 pm (except Mondays).

    Tickets: VND40,000/ adult.

  • PHU DU

    09:30 AM,01 - 06:59 PM,23 June

    Dong Phong Art Gallery, 3 Ly Dao Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi

    Artist Marianne Smolska will hold a new pictorial exhibition entitled ‘Phu du’, or ‘Ephemeral’, featuring a series of photos with delicate monochrome motifs (skulls, wilted flowers, brambles, roots and chrysalises) intertwined with embroidery on handmade Vietnamese and Lao paper. Her delicately embroidered illustrations not only revive French and Dutch 17th century ‘Vanitas’ - allegorical works of art in the form of still life about death and the futility of human passions - but also elements of Vietnamese culture, in the use of organic paper. Marianne does not seek to conceal the injury. She re-stitches it, she re-clothes the dead, decking them out in back, blue and blood red flowers and embroidery and healing their wounds.

  • ‘Rubbish of the Spring 2018’

    12:00 AM,01 May - 11:59 PM,31 December

    Vicas Art Studio, 32 Hao Nam St., Dong Da Dist., Hanoi

    9am-12pm and 1.30-5pm from Tuesday to Sunday

    Artworks made from waste feature in an exhibition of four installation artworks. The Whale, by Pham Thi Hong Sam, highlights uncontrolled whale massacres, while Seed and Sprout by Ha Huy Muoi tells a story about life, movement and development. Missing the Woods by Le Duc Hung raises the alarm about the widespread deforestation that is destroying the ecosystem, and The Society by Yen Nang conveys the message of living with a positive outlook. By using discarded peach branches as the main material for their works, the artists aim to remind communities of a more positive interaction with their ecological and social environment.

  • Ca tru Performance

    Ca tru Performance

    07:00 PM,09 - 11:59 PM,23 June

    Phu Sa Lab, 21/52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho Dist., Hanoi

    Traditional Vietnamese Ca tru folk songs will be performed by Pho Thi Kim Duc and students at her Ca Tru Kim Duc School. Duc was born into a family of ca tru singers and was taught by her grandmother, Pho Thi Yen, when she was just seven years old. Her father then continued to direct and coach her, and when she was 12 she became a professional ca tru vocalist. Ca tru is not only a spiritual tradition of her family but also the art of her life. She has put great effort into summarising her knowledge and experience in styles, beat techniques, and singing and playing the three-string lute and drums in ca tru to teach the next generation. Tickets are VND500,000, including dinner and a drink. Bookings should be made 24 hours in advance. The performance is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.

  • Tra Art Multi-sensory Exhibition

    Tra Art Multi-sensory Exhibition

    09:00 AM,01 June - 08:00 PM,09 July

    L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi

    ‘Tra Art’ is a multi-sensory exhibition on Shan tea, wild tea trees grown for hundreds of years by ethnic minorities in northern Ha Giang province. The exhibition will gently awaken our five senses and bring us to the world of Shan tea through different art forms. The Paris-based Vietnamese photographer Nguyen Thi Tuong Van, who raised the idea and created the Tra Art project, brings together five excellent artists from five different fields to give the audience an unprecedented experience: Nguyen Quynh Phuong - animator, Marcus Bowler - 3D artist, the late Gérald Gorridge - painter, Tran Thu Hang - sculptor, and Ngo Hong Quang - artist/musician. Free entry.

  • Festival of Colours

    09:50 AM,01 - 11:50 PM,19 June

    184 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, D.3, HCMC

    The exhibition ‘Festival of Colours’ presents 45 artworks by 45 Vietnamese artists from the Mekong Art Club, including Van Y, Le Trieu Dien, Hong Linh, Hoang Quoc Tuan, Thanh Tung, Dao My Dung, and Than Thu Ha. Each shows their own colour and style in many themes, from realism, with portraits, landscapes and daily life, to abstract, with expressionism and impressionism, while all aiming to present the beauty of Vietnamese nature and people. The exhibition displays paintings made from water colours, oil on canvas, lacquer, acrylic, and mixed media. The Mekong Art Club is a famous art club established in 1996 and belonging to the HCMC Fine Arts Association. The club includes many generations of Vietnamese artists and holds frequent activities to promote Vietnamese art to the public.

  • Between Fragmentation and Wholeness

    Between Fragmentation and Wholeness

    12:00 AM,01 - 11:59 PM,23 June

    Galerie Quynh, 118 Nguyen Van Thu, D.1, HCMC

    ‘Between Fragmentation and Wholeness’ is the title of a solo exhibition by Truong Cong Tung. The exhibition refers to ‘The Wholeness and the Implicate Order’ (1980), a book authored by David Bohm, a distinguished physicist in the field of quantum theory. ‘Between Fragmentation and Wholeness’ invites viewers to enter Truong Cong Tung’s multidimensional reality through three main axes in the gallery space: vertically - with the ruptures in urban planning and propagated doctrine, horizontally - with mystical human-altered landscapes in agrarian territories, and diagonally - with a mirage of blazing images extracted from the virtual domain. The bodies of works appear in various mediums from collaged sculptures of natural and manmade objects to video installations and layered drawings in light boxes.

    There will also be an artist talk at the gallery on Saturday 23 June at 5pm.

  • The Sojourners

    The Sojourners

    12:00 AM,01 June - 11:59 PM,31 July

    Pullman Danang Resort, 101 Vo Nguyen Giap St., Ngu Hanh Son Dist., Da Nang

    ‘The Sojourners’ is a contemporary exhibition by a group of foreign artists who have taken their inspiration from the natural beauty and culture of Vietnam. The artists are all ‘sojourners’ themselves - people who are residing long term but temporarily in Vietnam. Their diverse artworks reflect their Vietnamese experience, weaving the beauty and culture of the country into their distinctive visual and audio works. Comprising a collection of drawings, paintings, mixed media works, augmented reality, photographs and video art, ‘The Sojourners’ exhibition will captivate guests with its beauty and diversity.

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