December 19-25: “Luminous Night” National Premiere by Saigon Choir in Ho Chi Minh City

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A selection of noteworthy artistic and cultural events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.



Jazz concert with Quyen Van Minh

8pm every day

Binh Minh Jazz Club

1 Trang Tien Street (behind the Opera House)

Nightly performance with renowned saxophonist Quyen Van Minh

Performance of traditional Vietnamese arts

8pm every Saturday and Sunday

Dong Xuan Market

Free folk music shows featuring various kinds of Vietnamese traditional arts, such as ca tru (ceremonial singing), quan ho (love duet singing), chau van (ritual singing) and dance with background music from traditional instruments.


“Hobbling Pedestrian” Exhibition


462 Duong Buoi, Tay Ho District

Nha San Collective is initiating an interdisciplinary project, CRAFTING HOME, with artist and collector and restorer of antiques and ancient houses Nguyen Manh Duc as its art director and artist Nguyen Phuong Linh as its curator.

At this exhibition, Nguyen Manh Duc is exhibiting a collection of traditional wooden houses which he has collected to reconstruct in different locations in the Red River Delta.

The 4th Hanoi-Saigon Sculpture Exhibition

Hanoi Architectural University

Km 10, Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan Dist, Hanoi

Since 2010, a series of Hanoi-Saigon (or Saigon-Hanoi, based on the place of the exhibition) sculpture exhibitions has taken place alternately in the two cities every other year. Besides introducing the newest or never-before-displayed works of art, the exhibitions have been venues for sculptors in the two cities to share with one another job opportunities and career advice, to promote their own creations and to discover new faces in the country’s growing community of sculptors.

On the occasion of this fourth exhibition, there are 28 sculptors with 56 works of art—more than at any previous event.

Exhibition “Sculpture, Image ’n’ Dance” by Harry Tabak

Heritage Space

1st Floor, Dolphin Plaza

6 Nguyen Hoang (for cars) | 28 Tran Binh (for bikes), My Dinh 2

“Sculpture, Image ’n’ Dance” is a solo exhibition by Harry Tabak. The showcase will explore a great installation by eco-sculptures and digital images made by artist Harry Tabak during his recent residency program at Muong Studio.

Photography Exhibition by Daniel Friedman

Vietnam in Focus

46 Hang Vai Street

71-year-old French photographer Daniel Friedman has lived and worked in Vietnam for over ten years and has brilliantly documented the many changes that have occurred during this time. In his latest exhibition, Daniel’s pictures of daily life in Hanoi and Danang are printed on parchment paper (do paper), giving the still images a rich, life-like colour and depth.



“Luminous Night” National Premiere by Saigon Choir

8pm on December 19

Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music

The concert features selected excerpts from the celebrated G. F. Handel’s “Messiah,” which has taken worldwide classical music lovers by storm. Saigon Choir will also perform delightful arrangements of such crowd-pleasing Christmas Carols as “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” among other heart-warming melodies embodying universal messages of love and peace.

Ticket prices range from VND100,000 to VND300,000.


Art Exhibition “Life Is a Game”

69 Ngo Tat To, Binh Thanh District

An art exhibition showcasing brand new collections by Nguyen Da Quyen (Mixed Media, Acrylic) and Christopher Skouenborg (Photography) on the theme “Games of Childhood” through different means of arts: mixed media and photography.

“The Prolonged Interventions” by Le Phi Long

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2

This exhibition features photographs and an installation by Le Phi Long, accompanied by a video documentary directed by Le Phi Long, commissioned and produced by Madeleine Cao—founder of the social enterprise OpenM Corp.