June 11-17: Ionah - A must see show 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.



Experimental Concert “Playground”

8 pm, June 15

Manzi Art Space

14 Phan Huy Ich Street, Ba Dinh district

The ‘Playground’ concert questions how a musical collaboration can be a creative process with a lot of fun and surprise.

Inspired by childhood imagination, childlike wonder and childhood memories, with the use of found objects, including toys and DIY instruments, the concert presents a challenge for the artists to construct their sonic language from simple or unexpected sound sources.

Surcharge: VND 150,000/person

‘Lang Toi’ (My Village) by Lune Production

6 pm, June 12, 13, 15 and 16

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

Ionah Show

Star Galaxy

87 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh district

7:45 pm, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Come to the 75-minute Ionah Show to enjoy the perfect combination of circus, dance, music and theatrical arts, which offers a new look into Vietnamese art and culture.

The name “Ionah” would sound like a foreign name from a distant land, but it is in fact truly familiar. “Ionah” is “Hanoi” written in reverse, a gift originated from the a love for Hanoi.

Ticket prices: VND750,000 – VND 950,000


“Ephemera” an exhibition by Marianne Smolska

Dong Phong Art Gallery

3 Ly Dao Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District

Come to an exhibition of “Ephemera” by French artist Marianne Smolska.

Marianne Smolska’s new pictorial series features delicate monochrome motifs (skulls, wilted flowers, brambles, roots and chrysalises) intertwined with embroidery on handmade Lao and Vietnamese paper.

“Summer” an exhibition by Bui Trong Du

Lotte Center Hanoi

54 Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh District

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

With the theme “Summer”, the exhibition will create a unique experience for each audience member through the artist’s passion for lotus flowers.

Free entry

Multisensory Exhibition “Tea Art”

Institut Français de Hanoi – L’Espace

24 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District

‘Tra Art’ is a multi-sensory exhibition on Shan tea, wild tea trees which are hundreds of years old, grown by ethnic minorities in the northern province of Ha Giang.

The project is the brainchild of Paris-based Vietnamese photographer Nguyen Thi Tuong Van, and brings together 5 excellent artists from 5 different fields to collaborate and give the audience an unprecedented experience: Nguyen Quynh Phuong – animator, Marcus Bowler – 3D artist, the late Gérald Gorridge – painter, Tran Thu Hang – sculptor, Ngo Hong Quang – artist/musician.

The exhibition is an experience that will gently awaken our 5 senses and bring visitors to the world of Shan tea through different art forms.

Free entry



Teh Dar: Vietnamese Tribal Culture

6:00 pm, everyday except Sunday

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 “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 within 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)

Exhibition “Between Fragmentation and Wholeness”

Galerie Quynh

118 Nguyen Van Thu street, Dakao ward, District 1

You are invited to “Between Fragmentation and Wholeness” – an exhibition of new work by Truong Cong Tung. Curated by Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, this is Truong’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and the first comprehensive show of his work in almost a decade.

The exhibition 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.