Urbanist Hanoi

Limebócx: The Hanoi Duo Combining Hip-Hop, Beatboxing and Traditional Đàn Tranh

The music of Hanoi based duo Limebócx can be quite difficult to define. By taking elements of modern musical genres such as drum & bass, hip-hop, beatboxing and dub and combining them with traditional Vietnamese music, folk and poetry, Limebócx has managed to create a sound that is entirely their own.

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New Exhibition Aims to Expose the Environmental Harm of Consumerism

Let’s reduce waste! opened yesterday, is free to enter, and will run until August 31 at L’Espace.

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Q&A: In Conversation With 'The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil' Director Pham Thu Hang

Do communities inherit the sorrows of war? Is trauma re-experienced by the sons and daughters of those who suffered? How does life prevail amidst the normalization of loss? Pham Thu Hang’s debut film, The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil, answers these questions with philosophical clarity.

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Art Experts Call for 'Rescue' of Colonial Era Murals Blocked by Buildings

The murals are the brainchild of the first and second class of students and teachers of the École des Beaux-Arts de l'Indochine (Indochina College of Fine Arts), a French-established school that is now the Vietnam Fine Arts University.

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Another Crossing: Seeking Solace in a Sea of Black Oil Paint

For five days and four nights, Saigon-based artist Bao Vuong will be in sole confinement with nothing but a pen and paper. He will have no food or water throughout this period, except for any rainwater he can collect in a bucket.

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Le Pho Painting Sets Record for Most Expensive Vietnamese Art Sold at Auction

'Nude,' or 'Nue' in French, is an oil painting by famed 20th-century Vietnamese artist Le Pho. It was recently sold for US$1.4 million, more than 2.5 times its expected value at an auction at Christie's in Hong Kong last Sunday.

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Vietnamese Short Awarded Illy Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2019

Director's Fortnight is an independent event running parallel to the main Cannes Film Festival, organized by the French Directors Guild starting in 1969.

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[Photos] How a Taiwanese Grandpa Used Art to Save His Village From Demolition

An abandoned 1,200-household village in Taichung, Taiwan was about to be torn down, but its last resident ended up transforming it into a huge, well-known masterpiece.

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Hanoi Bookshelf: Direct Routes to Whimsy in 'Ticket to Childhood'

Children can “hear the music and see the colors of letters on a page — magic portals to a wilderness without fixed meanings… all adults see are the neat rows of black lines, the building blocks of definitions,” according to the narrator in Ticket to Childhood. Nguyen Nhat Anh's book reminds readers how wonderful it was to see the world with such an imaginative vision.

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The Punk Badassery of Antiantiart, Hanoi's Underground Fashion Rebels

In 2014, a group of restless young Vietnamese set up Nirvana, Hanoi’s first-ever punk streetwear store. In a city known for politics, and where the thickness of history constantly reminds us of the past, their brand stood out like flames on a wedding dress.

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Altars, Lucky Packets and Votive Dollars: Suboi's New Video Goes Back to Basics

Sleek? Inspiring? Sexy? Slick syllable-massaging? The newest video from Vietnam's rap queen delivers on all fronts.

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