Hotel offers mooncake baking class
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in a different way this year by signing up for a mooncake baking class. The Sofitel Plaza Hanoi will guide you through the techniques of making flavourful mooncakes, with chefs from Ming Chinese Restaurant.
From August 24 onwards, guests can register to participate in the hotel's mooncake making class which is designed for a minimum of three people per group. Participants can also gather for a mooncake tasting session accompanied by fragrant tea, or, after the baking session they can indulge in over 80 of the restaurant's dim sum dishes.
For further information regarding the class, contact H3553-FB1@sofitel.com.
Hanoi Carnival promises multicultural party
Hanoi Carnival 2012 will be held this weekend, and is expected to be a multi-cultural fair and a shopping hub.
Visitors will have the chance to learn about the rich cultures of countries such as Japan, South Korea and Russia, through traditional costume and cuisine of each country.
Heart-thumping party music, vibrant flashmob dancing, flea markets featuring a plethora of popular and traditional entertainment, modern games and an epic contest are all featured over two full days of extreme fun and joy.
The two-day fair will take place in the spacious surrounds of Indochina Plaza, 241 Xuan Thuy Road, Cau Giay District, from 8am-10pm on Saturday and Sunday.
CAMA goes Italian at American Club
A "summer farewell" party will be hosted by CAMA in collaboration with China's FakeMusicMedia at American Club, on Saturday, August 25.
One of Italy's favourite music producers, Rodion, will bring the sound of Italian disco to this ballroom blitz garden party which will start at 7pm at 19 Hai Ba Trung Street.
Since the release of his EP For Ever in 2010, featuring Jeppe Kjellberg from WhoMadeWho, Rodion has been in demand all over Europe. Described by Mixmag as "the new genius of Italian dance music", the disco cowboy performs Las Vegas-style slow disco ballads, beautiful Italian melodies, house and futuristic crooner pop.
Tickets for this European disco cost VND100,000 in advance or VND200,000 on the door. Free entry for those with a valid Vietnamese student card. Advance tickets are available from CAMA ATK, 73A Mai Hac De Street.
Hitting all the right notes
The Italian Restaurant Luna d'Autunno continues its Evening of Opera programme by presenting Giacomo Puccini's music on Wednesday, August 29.
Under the baton of English conductor Graham Sutcliffe, sopranos and tenors as well as a string quartet from the National Opera & Ballet of Viet Nam will perform several music pieces, including O mio Babbino, La Fanciulla del West C'ella mi creda, Che Gelida Manina, Mi Chiamano Mimi, O Soave Fanciulla from the La Boheme, Un Bel Di and Bimba Dagli Occhi from the Madame Butterfly.
The two-hour mini concert will take place from 8.30-10.30pm at 78 Tho Nhuom Street.
Softball tournament begins
The Saigon International Softball Tournament will take place at the RMIT campus in District 7 from September 1 to 3. Teams from Viet Nam, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, the US, Indonesia, and Singapore will compete.
Tunisian singer brings exotic sounds to IDECAF
The French Cultural Centre in HCM City and the Institute for Culture Exchange with France (IDECAF) will present a concert featuring Arabian music by Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi and her band at IDECAF on September 6.
Mathlouthi began her singing career at the age of 8. She was inspired by classic, Arabian and Latin American music.
She and her group consist of percussionist Imed Alibi, violist Zied Zouari, and keyboard player Emmanuel Trouve will begin the performance at 8pm at 31 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1.
Tickets, VND100,000 for adults and VND50,000 for students, are available at the venue.
German conductor, pianist to wow Opera House
German conductor Christian Schumann and pianist Hinrich Alpers will present a concert featuring the music of Brahms and Beethoven at the HCM City Opera House on September 9.
They and the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera will perform Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, Choral Fantasy by Beethoven, and other pieces.
The concert will begin at 8pm at the Opera House at 7 Lam Son Square in District 1. Tickets, ranging from VND150,000 to 300,000, and 60,000 for students, are available at the theatre's box office. — VNS