Weekly street art show debuts in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 05/14/2017 17:01 GMT + 7

A new program featuring street performances were opened on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday evening.

The Ho Chi Minh City Street Show was debuted at 7:00 pm, amazing local residents and tourists with a variety of gigs along the pedestrian street.

The program is set to take place from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday night on Nguyen Hue.

The show began with the sound of EDM (electronic dance music) that attracted nearby visitors to a total of six stages featuring different genres of street art.

The stages were not equipped with high-end loudspeakers or fancy decorations but rather embracing distinctive themes that accentuated the street-style nature of the show.

A hip hop dance performance at the event. Photo: Tuoi Tre

At one stage, the model of a yellow bus was erected to encourage people to use public transportation in Ho Chi Minh City, while another depicted a corner of Bui Vien Street in the city’s ‘backpacker area.’

In another section, a hiphop dance was performed against the melody of the violin and ‘trong com,’ a kind of traditional bongo-shaped Vietnamese drum, in front of the graffiti image of a Vietnamese woman.

One of the performances boasted circus acts that were highlighted by the combination of EDM and the sound of ‘dan bau,’ Vietnam’s traditional stringed instrument.

A young performer creates music with tea cups. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Among a large number of artists, Quoc Co and Quoc Nghiep, the Vietnamese circus brothers who had set a Guinness World Record, captured the attention of the audience with their breathtaking stunts.

Aside from the six stages, several backgrounds with a variety of themes were established for visitors to take photos with.

The entire show was livestreamed on Facebook for better crowd effects.

Vietnamese brothers Quoc Co and Quoc Nghiep perform a circus stunt during the show. Photo: Tuoi Tre

“It’s amazing!” Christine Joan, a U.S. tourist, shouted, adding it was her third time in Ho Chi Minh City but first time to witness such captivating performances.

The show was originally aimed at providing a playground and entertainment for local residents, Bui Ta Hoang Vu, director of the municipal Department of Tourism, said, adding that it could become a special feature of the city’s culture.

“Based on this regular activity, an annual international street art festival can also be organized in the metropolis,” Vu continued.

A variety of performances were featured in the Ho Chi Minh City Street Show. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Visitors crowed Nguyen Hue Street during the event. Photo: Tuoi Tr

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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