Best cultural events in Ho Chi Minh City this week


From art exhibitions to Opera screening and famous dance festival, there’s plenty to do when it comes to cultural events coming up in Ho Chi Minh City. Read on for a rundown.




From 31 March –Slaughterhouse series -A solo exhibition of Artist Nguyễn Văn Đủ – RedDoor (RedDoor in D1 

Nguyễn Văn Đủ is representives of the youngest generation of Vietnamese artists practicing painting today. His work explores personal perception, formed from the impact of education and daily routine of traditional culture in Vietnam. Slaughterhouse series” depicts the relationship between human and animal.

RedDoor: 400/8 Đường Lê Văn Sỹ, Phường 14, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh






2 April – 11 April – Krossing Over Arts Festival

The festival features for a week a series of contemporary dance performances, short films, workshops and artist talks, in Saigon, with the participation of well-known artists.






2 April – Artist’s Talk: Gabby Miller: Nghệ sĩ Nói chuyện – Sàn Art

From 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Open talk with Gabby Miller. Gabby Miller is an artist based in Los Angeles. She has also lived and worked extensively in Hanoi, Vietnam where she has organized projects with Nha San Collective and The Queer Forever Festival.

More info HERE
San Art: B6, 132 Bến Vân Đồn, Quận 4, Hồ Chí Minh




4 April – Opening Ceremony ‘Dreamland’ – Fine Art Museum – Paintings by Somsak Chaituch MFA

From 6 PM – 8 PM

Somsak Chaituch is a Thai abstract and figurative expressionist artist combining both eastern and western art. The exhibition ‘Dreamland’ with 42 abstract expressionistic paintings is inspired on dreams of nature in all sparkling colors.


Fine Art Museum:97A Phó Đức Chính, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bìn, Quận 1, HCMC







3 April – 4 April – Lorant Deutch

A great first in Asia, the famous French actor and writer, Lorànt Deutch will be touring Saigon on April 3rd and 4th, with a show from his new book: “Romanesque”. The show helps to support the projects of the NGO Poussières de Vie that provides Vietnam sustainable support for children in need.

3 April – Paris Balade le long de la seine – Lorant Deutsch

F- VOH Music One Opera House,  3, Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Da Kao Ward in District 1 HCMC

4 April – La folle aventure de la langue française – Poussières de Vie – Idecaf

Idecaf: Số 28 Lê Thánh Tôn Q1, HCMC






4 April – Interact & Play – The Movement Kitchen

Free dance seminar bringing together dance artists and scholars from the USA and Vietnam to participate in panel discussions, lectures, workshops and dance performances.
From: 4 pm – 5.30 pm






5 April – Heri Purwanto – Yin Yang  – Private Preview – The Hummingbird Cafe Saigon

From 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Art exhibition Heri Purwanto – An Indonesian artist of Javanese descent. Purwanto approaches the complex subject of climate change and environmental degradation in a humorous way.
For the Private preview, please kindly sign up via Facebook or RSVP to

The Hummingbird Café Saigon:
5H Ton Duc Thang street, Ben Nghe ward, HCMC







5 April – Grand Opening: Aux Portes De L’Oubli – Ngưỡng cửa ký ức | Sébastien Ly – Krossing Over Arts FestivalCultural House of Youth

From 7 PM – 8:30 PM

As the first performance to open the festival, At the gate of oblivion is the culmination of three years of reflexion and creation around the theme of “memories”. This five dancers piece is the poetic result of many encounters which amongst them is a workshop of dance and video alongside the first arrivers. Choreographer Sebastien Ly. Dancers: Thomas Demay, Le Mai Anh, Sébastien Ly, Lisa Robert, Tran Hoang Yen
Tickets · ₫100,000 – ₫500,000
Ticket: HERE
Info HERE 

Cultural House of Youth : 4 Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Phường Bến Nghé, Quận 1, HCMC





6 April – Opera re-screening #2.1: L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) – Nhóm bạn yêu nhạc cổ điển Sài Gòn and Cà phê thứ Bảy Trẻ

From 7 pm

Film Opera

L’Elisir d’Amore
Libretto: FELICE ROMANI after eugène scribe’s libretto for Daniel-François-Esprit auber’s Le philtre
Language : Italian with Vietnamese and English subtitles.
Performance by THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, 26 November, 2014.

Adress : 264 A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, P8, Q3, HCMC




6 April – Concert : “Giai nhân trong thi ca” (The Muse) – Salon Saigon

From: 7.30

Saigon Blind Horizons 3rd concert, is a concert in which all participating musicians and singers are blind performers living and working in Saigon.

Tickets · ₫500,000


Salon Saigon

6d Ngô Thời Nhiệm, Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam






6 April – In Situ: White Language – Screening: Ciné-Corps Dance Film – Krossing Over Arts Festival – Idecaf

6:30-7:00PM: Reception
7:00-8:30PM: Performance

Dance & Movie performance.
Performance dance: White Language | 20 mins with Choreographer: Sunyoung Grace Lim and dancers: Vu Minh Thu, Sunyoung Grace Lim. Music Composer: Tran Tien Lam
Screening: The Ferryman | 60 mins – Choreographer: Damien Jalet – Director: Gilles Delmas
Actors: Marina Abramovic, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ticket HERE
Idecaf: Số 28 Lê Thánh Tôn Q1, HCMC

7 April – The Colors of Mozart – Salon Saigon


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525, I. Allegro
Fantasia in D Minor, K. 397
Aria “Ach, ich fühl’s” from opera “Die Zauberflöte”, K. 620
Aria “Voi che sapete” from opera “The Marriage of Figaro”, K. 492
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043,
II. Largo ma non tanto; III. Allegro
12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je maman”, K. 265
Aria “Ruhe sanft” from unfinished opera “Zaïde”, K. 344
Divertimento in D major, K. 136
Tickets · ₫200,000 – ₫500,000

Info Salon Saigon

Salon Saigon: 6d Ngô Thời Nhiệm, Ward 7, District 3, HCMC






7 April – In Situ: Tree of Life & Lub Qhov RoojKrossing Over Arts Festival A. Farm

Lịch trình/ Program:
From 6:30-7:00PM: Reception
7:00-8:30PM: Performance

2 performances:

1.Tree of Life with Choreographers John Huy Trần & Nguyễn Vũ Hoàng Minh
Music Composer: Benoît Bottex
Nghệ sỹ múa/ Dancers: UDG Vietnam

2. Lub qhov rooj/ Cánh cửa
Choreographer: Nguyễn Phúc Hùng
Music Composer: Hans Zimmer
Dancers: Đặng Minh Hiển, Phan Thái Bình, Phan Tiểu Ly, Sùng A Lùng
Poetry: Chinh Ba
Visual Artist: Sandrine Llouquet

Ticket HERE

A Farm:  96/1 Tan Thoi Nhat 6, D2, HCMC





8 April – Artist Talk: Being a dancer in HCMC – Krossing Over Arts Festival – Yoko café

From: 3 pm – 5 pm

This talk is more like an encounter – the gathering of artists and the audience during the seven-day Festival Krossing Over Art, in Ho Chi Minh City. This special moment in the festival is a unique way for the audience to meet the artists.
Artists share their own experiences and stories // 40 minutes
Q&A with the public // 20 minutes

Yoko Cafe

22 Nguyễn Thị Diệu, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh






9 April – KOAF Contest: Tremplin – Krossing Over Arts Festival – Ishcmc SCI Saigon

From: 7pm

Tremplin is a dance competition for young Vietnamese choreographers, allowing selected participants to present their project before a prestigious jury of specialists. The four finalists of the contest will win a study trip to France, as well as a financial support and a residence for the development and the finalization of their creation leading to an international representation in 2020.
From 6:30-7:00PM: Reception
7:00-8:30PM: Performance






10 April – The Roots | Cội Rễ – Krossing Over Arts Festival – Nhà Hát Lớn TP.HCM (Opera House)

From: 8pm

Created by KOAF’s guest of honor, Kader Attou, both powerful and poetic, The Roots paints with 11 dancers on the stage a panoramic picture spanning 30 years of hip-hop through and its search for maturity and virtuosity. A worldwide success, the show has had since its creation in 2013 an impressive tour in the biggest capitals of creation: Paris, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Oslo, New York, Boston, Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai …

Ticket 100 000 Vnd

Nhà Hát Lớn TP.HCM, 7 Đường Công Trường Lam Sơn, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam





10 April – Artist Talk: Dialogue between dance and the other arts –Krossing Over Arts Festival  – Factory Contemporary Art Center

From 3pm – 5 pm

It is through dance that the body expresses itself, reveals its depth and connects with other art forms. Krossing Over Arts Festival highlights the collaboration between various art forms and diverse cultures. Once again the Festival this year embodies dance in visual arts, live music, literature and even cinema.
Artists share their own experiences and stories // 40 minutes
Q&A with the public / 20 minutes
Ticket Here
Info HERE 




11 April – KOAF Final Event: An Exclusive Night – Krossing Over Arts Festival

The Grand Final Show closing Krossing Over Arts at Ho Chi Minh city with the attendance of renowned artists.
6:30-7:00PM: Reception
7:00-8:30PM: Performance
Tickets · ₫100,000 – ₫300,000
Ticket Here 

Adress: Nhà Văn Hoá Thanh Niên, 4 Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Phường Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City,





13 April – Talk & Workshop: ‘Silver Gelatin As a Medium of Art’ – The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

From 10.30 am – 5 pm

In this talk with Phạm Tuấn Ngọc, will share briefly about the history of light-sensitive materials, with a focus on the ‘silver gelatin’ process used in photography, as well as the overview of photography as an art. The talk will also focus on the silver gelatin process in relation to other photographic printing materials, as well as well-known photographers who used this image-making material.
Tickets · ₫40,000 – ₫200,000

PART I – Talk on photography and silver gelatin material
Time: 10am – 12pm
Vietnamese with English translation
Entrance fee: 40,000VND/adult; 30,000VND/student (with ID) and free for children under 16 y.o.

Adress: The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre (15 Nguyen U Di Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC)

PART II – Workshop on silver gelatin process
Time: 2-5pm
Location: Noirfoto (199bis Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC)
Participation fee: 200,000VND/person; maximum 20 people.

Registration Here (Please register in the form above and complete participation fee in advance via bank transfer or pay directly at Noirfoto to reserve your seat.)

During the workshop Phạm Tuấn Ngọc will engage participants directly in the silver gelatin process at Noirfoto, equipped with a dark room and a studio dedicated to a community of photography lovers in Saigon. At Noirfoto, you will be toured around the ‘darkroom’ and introduced to equipment, material, chemicals as well as the processing normally taking place at Noirfoto. In this workshop, three participants will be selected randomly to bring 1 negative each, whereby Noirfoto will demonstrate the process of developing B&W negative films.





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