Cultural events to celebrate New Year
A range of cultural activities to promote traditional craft villages and celebrate the New Year and Tet (Lunar New Year) will be held in Ha Noi's Old Quarter from today until February 27.
Visitors can enjoy paintings by artist Sy Tot and his family members from Co Do Village at Kim Ngan Temple, 42 Hang Bac, learn about traditional photography from the Lai Xa Village at Dong Lac Temple and experience Dong Ho and Hang Trong folk paintings at 87 Ma May Street.
Meanwhile, information about plans to upgrade the Old Quarter will be available at the Old Quarter's Information Centre, 28 Hang Buom Street.
American jazz artist begins Metropole residency
American jazz singer Tabitha King will perform jazz regularly at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Ha Noi from January 1 to April 30.
King, who achieved worldwide fame with her self-titled CD Tabitha – Mind Games, will sing every night except for Mondays at 8.45pm.
Bicycle group peddles mass cycling event
Join Positive Mass this Friday on a bicycle ride inspired by an international event called Critical Mass, held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world.
Founded in 1992 in San Francisco, the purpose of the ride is not to cycle to a particular destination but to attract people to pedal around the city as a group.
Organised by the Ha Noi Bicycle Collective, the ride starts at 8pm and ends around 10pm. It will depart from the Tra Chanh (tea with lime) corner opposite St Joseph's Cathedral, Nha Tho Street.
Hot Rock bar promises to provide party mood
Every Saturday night from 9pm until 2am, Hot Rock Bar's Sub Elements will rock listeners with powerful sub-woofers blasting local and international music. The bar, located at Hacinco B3.7 Building, corner of Le Van Luong and Hoang Dao Thuy streets in Thanh Xuan District, has room for both dancing and lounging. Free entry all night! For more information call or text Bush (English&Vietnamese) 01687668225.
HCM City readies for countdown
HCM City's annual countdown party to welcome the New Year will be held on Nguyen Hue Street in District 1 on December 30 and 31.
It will feature laser and water shows, LED and other attractive lighting, and circus acts by international artists like Dennis Ignatov, Jennifer "Foxie" Marie Drilling, and "Cheetah" Russell Platt.
There will also be DJs Mark Jolly, Drew Tudose, Alan Pham, and Jessica Nguyen, and singers Ho Ngoc Ha, Thu Minh, Ha Anh Tuan, Ha Okio, Minh Thu, and Ngo Thanh Van.
The party will begin at 6pm on both days, and the countdown, 15 minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve.
Hotel Equatorial pool party to welcome in 2013
An outdoor pool party themed St Tropez White Party will be held at the Hotel Equatorial on New Year's Eve.
There will be music by DJs and games, a magic show, and a lucky draw.
Guests are required to come dressed in white.
Entry will cost VND300,000 per person. The hotel is at 242 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5.
Fireworks guarantee New Year blast-off
The city will see two firework displays on New Year's Eve. The 15-minute displays will be set off at the Thu Thiem tunnel in District 2 and Dam Sen Amusement Park in District 11.
Opera House hosts classical concert
The HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will present a New Year concert at the Opera House on January 9.
The HBSO Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform works by composers like Georges Bizet, Johann Strauss, and Giacomo Puccini under the baton of conductor Tran Nhat Minh.
The concert will start at 8pm. Tickets costing VND150,000 to 300,000, and 60,000 for students, are available at the box office at 7 Lam Son Square, District 1. — VNS