Free Vietnamese-language classes at BLV club
The Better Life Vietnam Club, which is held every Saturday, offers opportunities for foreigners to learn the Vietnamese culture and language.
The club's volunteers, who are university students, also have the chance to meet, practise English and improve their soft skills through giving Vietnamese lessons and assisting at the club.
The classes take place at 4th floor, Prime Centre Building, 53 Quang Trung Street. There are two classes, from 2-4pm, and from 4.15-6.15pm.
For more information and/or confirming your participation, please contact BLVVietnameseclub@gmail.com
Future Lounge features Austrian DJ
Future Lounge is a weekly event at The Rooftop bar&restaurant, 19th floor, Pacific Place, 83B Ly Thuong Kiet St, to showcase the best professional club DJ — DJ Cache from Australia.
DJ Cache started in the basement of a friend's house with a hefty vinyl collection of trance, techno, big beat and jungle. In 2001, he moved to London, and witnessed just how influential the DJ movement had become. Over several years he jammed with friends and gained insight from more experienced djs, mcs, singers and musicians from all walks of life. Today his major influences are from the organic rhythms of Quantic, the playful jazz wobble of Mr Scruff, the pounding dub-step of Bassnectar and the prolific pop, indie, dance hall remixer Diplo (aka Major Lazor). Before Ha Noi, he was a resident of X&Y Bar, which was voted as No 1 music venue in Australia in 2010, as well as a slew of other special guest appearances throughout Australia.
His music night will start at 9pm onward every Tuesday. For reservation, call (04) 39461901 or 01239549900.
Spring Festival to dedicate to traditional art
Visitors to the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology on Nguyen Van Huyen Road, Cau Giay District, during the Spring Festival from January 28-29 will have the chance to wallow in several festive activities.
Performances featuring traditional art forms such as water puppetry and ca tru (ceremonial singing) as well as folk game demonstrations will be held during the festival. Traditional food from the North, Centre and South regions will also be available.
The festival dedicated to the traditional culture of the mid-land province of Phu Tho, which is believed by Vietnamese people to be their ancestral land, will feature singing and traditional games.
Book fair to celebrate New Year
A large open-air book fair featuring publications of the city's major publishing houses and libraries will take place from January 20-26 on Mac Thi Buoi, Nguyen Hue and Ngo Duc Ke streets.
The fair will feature books on the nation's seas and islands as well as its history and traditional culture, the latest publications by domestic and international publishing houses, digital publications, e-books and children's books.
Traditional games and a mobile library will also be set up at the fair.
Music show welcomes Lunar New Year
A music show titled Viet Nam Ngay Moi (Viet Nam – New Day) will welcome Tet (Lunar New Year) in front of the Reunification Palace on Le Duan Street in District 1 on Lunar New Year's Eve (January 22).
The show will present clips and images about the city's achievements in several fields in 2011 and new year greetings from 100 people who work in various sectors, including the city's leaders, artistes, businessmen and farmers.
Popular singers like Ha Anh Tuan, Thu Minh and Doan Trang will perform at the show.
Fireworks set to light up New Year's Eve
The city will stage six firework displays to welcome the Year of the Dragon on Lunar New Year's Eve (January 22).
The 15-minute firework displays will be set off at the Thu Thiem tunnel in District 2, Go Vap District's Cultural Park, District 9's Culture and History Park, Dam Sen Park in District 11, Can Gio District Stadium, and the Ben Duoc Martyrs Monument in Cu Chi District.