Aug 03, 2018 / 06:45

Best events in Hanoi this weekend

The Hanoitimes - There are a lot of great events you can enjoy in Hanoi this weekend, but don’t worry, we’ll whittle it down for you.

Cathedral Concert Series No. 2
Cathedral Concert Series No. 2.
Cathedral Concert Series No. 2.
The Cathedral Concert Series by Maestoso continues with the second concert featuring famous artists and young talents of Vietnam.
Free entry for all music enthusiasts, no registration required.
Time: Saturday August 4 at 8:30 pm
Venue: St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 40 Nha Chung, Hanoi
Exhibition “Fragments” by Hiraki Sawa

Exhibition “Fragments” by Hiraki Sawa.
Exhibition “Fragments” by Hiraki Sawa.
Vincom Center for Contemporary Arts (VCCA) proudly presents “Fragments”, an exhibition showcasing surreal art pieces by one of the top artists in Japan, Hikari Sawa. Through this exhibition, VCCA hopes to bring video art closer to the public.
“Fragments” – a leading video art exhibition in installation, equipment and exhibition space in Vietnam – includes 12 videos and 3 art prints carefully crafted by Hikari Sawa, building a system of an imaginary world.
The work is presented in fragments – small, scattered images so that it is not easy for the audience to grasp the full story in the beginning, but they are free to contemplate, to imagine and to connect the symbols, the hidden meanings in the artworks, and see for themselves their own stories.
In the framework of the exhibition, VCCA will hold two art discussions to help the public understand more about video art as well as Hiraki Sawa’s art practice. Other events like workshop, mini show will also be introducing to the audience.
Time: Saturday August 4 at 10:00 am
Venue: Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA), B1 – R3, Vincom Mega Mall Royal City, 72A Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan district, Hanoi
Discussion on Video Art

Discussion on Video Art.
Discussion on Video Art.
In the framework of the exhibition “Fragments” which presents Hiraki Sawa’s video art. You are invite to the art discussion “Engrave in time: The possibilities of video art” at 10:30 am this Saturday at the Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA) to listen to the artist’s sharing on his passion with time, the process it took to come up with the idea and visuals, opening possibilities that lies within video art – his genre.
Video art artist Hiraki Sawa attracted the attention of the international art community even before he attended London’s Slade School of Fine Art in 2005. He started with videos depicting a miniature world made of angles, fractures, surfaces in his own apartment in the capital of England, turning tedious furniture into a lively space.
Time: Saturday August 4 at 10:30 am
Venue: Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA), B1 – R3, Vincom Mega Mall Royal City, 72A Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan district, Hanoi
Okia Cinema: Detox Film Week – Choose to Return

Okia Cinema: Detox Film Week – Choose to Return.
Okia Cinema: Detox Film Week – Choose to Return.
This week, Okia Cinema presents two excellent movies about the journeys of people who chose to “come back”.
“Into the wild” (2007) by Sean Penn
“Into the wild” is based on a true story of McCandless, adapted from the book of the same name. It tells a story of a journey across the nations – a journey of finding one’s self – to find the way back to the roots deep within us… “Into the wild” at first is just an expression. But at the end, it became a revelation for the character and for us ourselves.
The adventure of McCandless is amazing and admirable, and even if we put aside living symbols or philosophical metaphors, the narrative of “Into the wild” is still wonderfully captivating. That was the reason why the movie was nominated for two Golden Globes and then won Best Original Song. It also had two Oscar nominations, with Hal Holbrook nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
“Captain Fantastic” (2016) by Matt Ross. A movie truly made for modern families.
If in “Into the wild”, the main character returns to nature to be alone, to escape from social ties of the modern world, in “Captain Fantastic”, a crowded family (who has been living separately from human community for decades), due to circumstances, has to returned to the noose that they chose to stay away from.
And so the journey of a father and his 6 children of all ages are dotted with troubles, drama, and surprises… and of course, oh so captivating! And with it the never-ending debate on how to raise our children: should we be in the arms of Mother Nature, or should we be protected and care for with love and artificial living conditions.
Time: Saturday August 4 at 7:30 pm
Venue: Okia Cinema, 639/39/39 Hoang Hoa Tham, Hanoi