The First Generation

It wasn’t always this way Meandering streets and alleyways of Bui Vien Walking Street, tourists and backpackers might be left with the impression that electronic dance music (EDM) has, for some time, been a staple of the nightlife scene in Saigon. The ubiquitous cacophony of commercial dance music and LED-pulsed night clubs draws in travelers from around the world, each competing to lure locals and foreigners alike.

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Across Asia Youth Film Festival

Founded in 2017, the AAYFF gives emerging filmmakers from schools and institutions from around Asia the chance to reach a broad audience, and also generate conversations on their independent films. This year the third Across Asia Youth Film Festival (AAYFF) will be held at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) in Vietnam, after Singapore hosted the first two editions. David Procter, AAYFF’s

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Second Thoughts

Saeko Ando artist revisits her early works A Japanese artist based in Vietnam since 1995, Saeko studied Son Mai lacquer painting under artist Trinh Tuan, lacquer master Doan Chi Trung and lacquer craftsman Lam Huu Chinh. She has continued to use natural lacquer in the face of competition from artificial lacquer, ensuring the continuous of this ancient craft in the modern era by integrating tradition with

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Forgotten Voices

A revival of Saigon’s golden age of music It might be Dance Club Arcan’s unique interior decoration and it’s oddly powerful soundproofing that always makes it feel like another world when you walk up to the venue from the quiet, otherwise unassuming homey Binh Thanh neighborhood it’s nested within. The night Saigon Sound Revival played and the club’s massive sliding front glass door opened, releasing

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The Happening

New works by Saigon-based artist Pham Thanh Toan Pham Thanh Toan burst like a phenomenon onto the contemporary art scene of Saigon in 2018. Born in 1992, Toan exhibits a preternatural confidence and ability with his bold, over-sized canvases. He first exhibited at CTG (www.cthomasgallery.com) in 2018 and CTG will be taking a collection of his work to Los Angeles in late 2019. The

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Feel the City

For her next exhibition, artist Bridget March is taking a completely new direction Well-known for her watercolor and acrylic paintings of landscapes, architecture and artifacts of Vietnam and for her illustrated books on Sapa, Hoi An and Saigon, Bridget has taken an abstract approach to describing the Spirit of Hoi An in a series of new watercolor and acrylic paintings that are sparkling with

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Frequency and Depth

Meet the man building his own sound diffuser panels for better listening In Thu Duc District in Ho Chi Minh City, accountant Pham Khac Tuong is turning discarded wood into one-of-a-kind, handmade sound diffuser panels worth thousands of dollars. Used by professional musicians or the most discerning music lover, a sound diffuser is an acoustic

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In Harmony

Building cross-nationality bonds through music and singing Born out of desire to deliver a platform that enabled Vietnamese locals and foreign expats to create music together, the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City (ICOHCMC, icohcmc.com) was established in 1996. The man behind it all, Graham Sutcliffe, who was the-then cultural attaché to

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An Everyday Day

A solo exhibition of new work by Hanoi based artist Nguyen Quang Huy Considered one of Vietnam’s pioneering artists following the Doi Moi reforms initiated in 1986 (a period of economic liberalization marked by increased artistic experimentation), Quang Huy will be showing a suite of oil paintings depicting H’mong women and misty mountainscapes created with

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Sounds of the Wild

A showcase of live alternative music by artists for artists Locally trapped wildlife started with the idea that Ho Chi Minh City has always had a vibrant metal scene, a vibrant hip-hop scene; it’s always had a coming-up experimental scene, and we found ourselves in the place and time where we wanted to make song-based

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