Makeup artist by day, cross-dresser by night, Betty is among a vanguard of Vietnamese drag queens shaking up Hà Nội’s nightlife – and social norms – in a city where such performances remain little known.
Singer Hoa Trần has launched a music video for the song Chiều Phủ Tây Hồ (Afternoon in Tây Hồ Temple) on February 27 to honour Đạo Mẫu (Mother Goddess religion) – a world intangible cultural heritage recognised by UNESCO.
Most beautiful angles in thousands of hầu đồng rituals are featured in a photo book compiled by Nguyễn Á.
During the festival, mediums performed rituals dedicated to different genies worshipped. A council of experts and local authorities then remarked on the performers, their costumes, dances and music.
Đặng Thị Nhiễu, keeper of the Forest Temple in Ngọc Thụy Ward, Long Biên District, Hà Nội, performs a hầu đồng ritual, one of the features of Mother Goddesses worship, yesterday.
The Vietnamese Art and Folk Music Development Centre opened the Folk Music Festival on August 7 on an open stage in Đồng Xuân Market, Hoàn Kiếm District.
Theatre director Việt Tú, whose art shows are big hits in Việt Nam, has continued his run of successes with his latest show Thủa Ấy Xứ Đoài or The Quintessence of Tonkin. Inspired by the traditional art form of water puppetry, more than 100 real farmers and villagers are part of the show that has won rave reviews from critics. Director Tú spoke to Thúy Hằng about his work and inspiration.
There are no other villages like Đông Cứu. It once supplied royal people with their special clothes for important ceremonies.
Images of wet rice cultivation, which not only fed the people but also created a traditional culture – the Red River civilisation of Việt people, have been replicated vividly in the newest show of the Hà Nội-based stage director Việt Tú.