Groups of women are moving slowly to thumping aerobics music, barely breaking sweat. An unsteady roller-blader skids past, the five-foot padded mess of flailing arms and wobbly knees narrowly missing the lake before tumbling safely onto the grass. It is a balmy evening in Thong Nhat Park and hundreds of Hanoians are here to enjoy the clear skies, rain-freshened air and people watching.
“Do not just be a hipster festival.” This is the command Les Siestes Electroniques founder and curator Samuel Aubert has given himself. Sure, there will be a non-stop parade of beautiful people, sporting ultra-trendy looks. Sure, the music is the cream of the Pitchfork-vetted crop (actually, even a bit more select). Sure, the occasional hipster will trickle in.
Underground music maestro Trus'me is set to hit Cargo Bar this Friday, Sept 27, and is bringing along an eclectic taste in music and a whole lot of energy. The Word gets a chance to chat with the Manchester native before he gets behind the turntables.
Cristina Nualart digs into Vietnam’s rich artistic traditions, and the ways they continue to evolve. Photos by Alexandre Garel
On Oct. 12, the American Club will once again play host to Hanoi’s annual music festival. So get those glad rags at the ready for the musical event of the year. Photos provided by CAMA
“Looking at a Peugeot bike is just like contemplating Long Bien Bridge. The more you look at it, the more beautiful you realise it is,” says Cong while showing me his orange, 50-year-old bicycle. He’s a member of the Hanoi Vintage Bicycle Club, a group of 100 people who share his love for classic cycles.
Flashback to the 1990s and the focus of Saigon’s budget area was Pham Ngu Lao. Named after a 13th-century general who fought for the Tran Dynasty and repelled Mongol invaders from the north, as the 20th century came to a close his namesake street was now attracting foreigners of a different sort — backpackers.