Mar 01 2011
Three March events caught my eye as I was perusing Hanoi Grapevine…
Fundraising event for Ta Phin
The first is an event this Saturday, March 5, at Green Mango. The event is a fundraiser for Ta Phin district in Sapa and aims to address the needs of the underpriviledged ethnic minorities in the area and to raise awareness of their issues. Funds raised will go towards activities such as the construction of a community house and garden, training programmes and awareness promotion.
Steve Stander from Synergy, who is helping out with organising the bands for the evening, says: “It’s a really worthwhile event -– it’s all too often that ethnic minority groups are the most poverty stricken.”
The event runs from 20:00-23:00 and cover charge is 100,000 VND. Live music will include performances by Phuong Dang, Always and Toothbrush and a fund-raising raffle will be held.
Green Mango has proved to be a popular venue for hosting events such as these as it has a big and airy room at the back and is centrally located on Hang Quat in Old Quarter.
World Music with Ba Cissoko
Of quite a different tone is the Ba Cissoko concert on March 17 at 20:00. The “World Music” event is being organised by L’Espace — the French cultural centre — but will be held at The Youth Theatre which is located in Hai Ba Trung district just south of Tran Hung Dao. Ba Cissoko has been described as the “Jimi Hendrix of Africa”. Could be interesting. Tickets are 70,000 to 100,000 VND and available at L’Espace.
If you’ve stood outside the Opera House marvelling at its architecture and wondering what it’s like inside, here’s your chance to find out. Vietnam’s new jazz trio, led by Nguyen Tuan, will be appearing there on March 10, playing a selection of well-known spring melodies. The performance starts at 20:00 and tickets range from 150,000 to 700,000 VND and are available in advance from the Opera House or online. You can read an interview with the trio on Hanoi Grapevine.
18 Hang Quat, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
T: (04) 3928 9916
11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hanoi
Institut Francais de Hanoi – L’Espace
24 Tràng Tiền, Hanoi
T: (04) 3936 2164
Hanoi Opera House
1 Tràng Tiền, Hànoi
T: (04) 3933 0113/4, (04) 3933 0131/2
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