The end of this month seas the start of the French season in Vietnam. Commemorating 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, a number of events have been organised to mark the occasion, culminating in a 3D light show in Ho Chi Minh City and an exhibition on Alexandre Yersin, the scientist officially recognised as the founder of Dalat, in December.
The Hanoi Bicycle Collective is already celebrating its first anniversary with an event-filled month. Alongside regular events like Positive Mass, this month taking place on Friday Mar. 29, the venue will also be hosting two live music events. Hanoi native Phuong Dang’s kooky piano-based songs will take to the stage on Mar. 17 while Hi Jinks rock out on Sunday Mar. 3. If you’re looking for the bottom line, then you’ll find it on Sunday Mar. 31 when the real birthday celebrations will be taking place.
One of the hottest young beatmakers in the Philippines, Similar Objects, is making his first international tour to Hanoi. He may only be 24, but Jorge Juan B. Wieneke V has already been signed by three different labels. Deeper Manilla, Number Line Records and Singapore’s DarkerThanWax have all seen the value in Similar Object’s productions that range from ambient to glitch; minimal to hip-hop and avant-garde to idm.
Attention all Tango lovers: if you so desire, you can dance three nights a week. Saturdays at Chez Mai, 88 Lang Ha, Thursdays at La Bomba on 46 Ngo Huyen, and Wednesdays at Xich Lo Café on 33 Vu Ngoc Phan.
Cycling for the heck of it has roots reaching all the way back to 1992 San Francisco and has been brought to Hanoi by The Hanoi Bicycle Collective (THBC). Participants join bicycle enthusiasts in over 300 cities when they ride around town on the last Friday of a month.
As part of their TET promotion period, Hanoi International Kindergarten (HIK) is offering a 50 percent discount on enrollment fees all through February. What that means is a saving of VND6 million, which is a hefty load of lucky money and banh chung, or chocolate hearts and roses, whichever holiday your money is more likely to gravitate toward.
Fat Cat Bar is still going strong. Most notable this month is their relentless commitment to deep house on the day of love, with a special starting at 9pm of Valentine Deep House.