Urbanist Hanoi

Art in the Clouds: Into Thin Air 2 and the Promise of Digital Exhibits

As a metropolis of nearly eight million, Hanoi is like many other Asian cities: blooming with people, culture, and hectic lifestyles. Along with rampant development, the city faces concerns such as air pollution and a lack of public art spaces. These issues not only affect living standards but also choke Hanoi’s art scene. How many places are there where artists can freely challenge themselves and develop their ideas without being disturbed? How can their works avoid being damaged? It was these questions that led to the birth of Into Thin Air.

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Asia's Largest LGBT Contemporary Art Show to Take Place in Bangkok in 2019

The art show will feature two Vietnamese artists.

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New Art Exchange Project to Connect Sound Artists in Germany, Vietnam

This year will see a new collaborative opportunity for Vietnamese sound artists, which will culminate in performances, sound installations and live acts where the audience takes part in an audiovisual sound journey.

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Chicago’s Surabhi Ensemble to Perform in Hanoi With 'Black Panther' Drummer Massamba Diop

This week, the Chicago-based Surabhi Ensemble will perform multiple shows in the capital with Senegalese Tama Drummer Massamba Diop, whose music appears in the soundtrack to Marvel’s Black Panther.

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[Video] In 'Công,' Suboi Delivers Full-Throated Anthem for Young Vietnamese Women

After the great success of 'N-Sao?' in August, Vietnamese rap queen Suboi has returned and riled up her audience once again with her brand new song, 'Công.'

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Hanoi Postcard No. 6: Hoa Sữa by Any Other Name Would Still Smell as Caustic

The fragrance of hoa sữa, or milk flower, is so deeply embedded in the mythology of Hanoi’s autumnal days that singers, poets and authors alike have all sung its praises.

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Q&A: Six Austin, Texas Musicians on the Excitement of Playing Quest Festival

Quest Festival is just around the corner, and this year sees a curious new addition – Project ATX6, a music documentary project that sends six emerging Austin musicians to perform at three international festivals every year. The project has already traveled all over the world, attending established events like Indie Week in Canada and Reeperbahn in Germany.

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In Bac Ninh, New Residency Program Unites International Artists With Local Artisans

In a country with surprisingly few artist-in-residence programs, live.make.share represents a rare opportunity for cultural symbiosis and artistic development by giving international artists the chance to collaborate with local art practitioners and ceramicists. 

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[Illustrations] A Halcyon Hanoi Through Artist Pham Anh's Ultra-Realistic Oil Paintings

Living in the same neighborhood for an extended period of time can lead one to take it for granted. But it only requires the perspective of an artistically inclined outsider to make you fall in love with the everyday scenery again.

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The Children: Earnestness, Heartbreak and Acceptance on Debut Album ‘Con Duong’

On their debut album, Con Đường, the much loved Hanoi outfit bring a darker yet more mature sound that speaks as much about the depths of heartbreak and loss as it does hope.

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10 Songs That Exemplify the Rise of Vietnam's Contemporary R&B/Soul Movement

In an industry where singers don’t stick to only one genre, Vietnamese R&B/Soul is often overlooked and sadly underdeveloped. While veteran artists like Mỹ Linh and Hà Anh Tuấn have occasionally professed their love for the genre, their work tends to reflect an outdated perspective, suggesting they have not listened to any R&B songs made after 1995.

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