February 5 -11: First-of-its-kind cultural show “The Quintessence of Tonkin”

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



Land Genie and the Kitchen Gods ceremony

2 pm, February 7

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

19C Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh district

Come to explore Ong Cong – Ong Tao, a traditional ritual of the Vietnamese people, held on the 23rd day of the last lunar month to worship the Land Genie and the Kitchen Gods.

A New Year Tree will also be set up at the event.

“The Quintessence of Tonkin” Cultural Show

7:30 – 9: 30 pm, every evening except Tuesday

Baara Land Entertainment Complex

Da Phuc village, Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai district

You are cordially invited to the grandest and most ambitious live entertainment project that Vietnam has ever witnessed – The Quintessence of Tonkin – to explore Vietnamese history and culture form a contemporary perspective.

Featuring the performance of over 200 performers, on an interactive stage using state-of-the-art technology, the show highlights the compelling elements of Vietnam culture but presents them in modern and innovative ways.

Tickets: VND800,000 - VND900,000 - VND1,200,000


Calligraphy Exhibition “Stroke of Spring – Art of Nom”

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

66 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Ba Dinh district

An exhibition of 50 calligraphy works by authors and researchers of calligraphy and Nom – a logographic writing system formerly used to write the Vietnamese language.

The event also features calligraphy demonstrations and a calligraphy workshop.

Travelling Exhibition “Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke”

Exhibition “Diary of a Cricket – Touch the Worlds”

Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA)

B1 floor, R3, Vincom Megamall Royal city, 72 Nguyen Trai street, Thanh Xuan district

The exhibition brings the characters in the literature masterpiece “Diary of a Cricket” by the late Vietnamese author To Hoai to life with 3D pop-up illustrations, figurines and original sketches.

Augmented Reality Exhibition “Joy”


24 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district

12 artists in the field of illustration, typography, directing, and GIF’s have collaborated with the MNSTR Agency to create an exhibition on augmented reality, bringing an exciting experience to the public.

The artworks on exhibit are brought to life when viewed via a mobile application. A fun and poetic experience in which the audiences travels through crafts and digital artworks; paper and screen, silence and sound.



Ho Chi Minh City Street Show

20:00 - 21:00, every weekend

Nguyen Hue walking street, Ben Nghe ward, district 1

The show features a myriad of art forms like magic performances, love duet singing, and southern folk music.


Exhibition “Empty Forest” by Tuan Andrew Nguyen

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

15 Nguyen U Di Street, District 2

Come to a solo exhibition by Tuan Andrew Nguyen which showcases film, sculpture, photography and performance – revealing a landscape where the industry of ailing spiritual beliefs is feeding the most wretched of human desires, to irreversible effect.

Exhibition “Guerilla Tactics” by Nguyen Quoc Chanh

Saigon Domaine, Ground Floor

1057 Bình Quoi Street, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District

“Guerrilla Tactics” is the first solo exhibition of ceramics by Nguyen Quoc Chanh, an acclaimed poet, admired by his peers and audiences in Vietnam and overseas.

Exhibition “Remnant” by Le The Lam

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

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

The exhibition ‘Remnant’ brings us into Le The Lam’s own world, wherein lies the sorrow and anxiety of living in postwar Vietnam. In this exhibition, Le The Lam’s paintings depict different states of a ‘silent death’, using the presence of closed coffins and lingering shadow-like humans, interspersed at times with words.

Tickets: VND 35,000 (for adults) - VND25,000 (for students) - free for children under 16