This Week in Saigon: Best Events 8 June - 15 June
I love Saigon! The craziness, the noise, the chaos! The beauty, the people, the pulse of a city that is ever moving and changing. There is no shortage of things to do, whatever your taste. Many people outside of Vietnam are surprised by how international this urban metropolis is. One of my favorite things about the city is its growing art and music culture.
SHHH! IT’S A SECRET...
The Library 7 - Geminight
It’s Gemini Season and the hottest secret party in Saigon is at The Library, a hidden room found behind a bookshelf at Shri Restaurant & Lounge. Bring your friends and get into it with music, live performances, and custom food and drink presented by Ho Chi Minh City’s most entertaining Geminis. Jan Hagenkoetter of dOse and Saigon Supersound will grace the decks along with DJ Cherrydoll, to bring a night of funk, soul, and jazz-inspired tunes. This week’s live performer is trumpeter Juan Anthony. Expect an eclectic mix of bop, Afro-Cuban, and African American sounds that are sure to bring something special to the evening. This party is not only free entry, but there’ll be FREE SHOTS for Geminis! If you’re celebrating your birthday this month, and you bring 4 friends to the The Library, you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco to celebrate in style. CALL NOW! Or email email@example.com for reservations.
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Nurture - A Journey into Ambient Music
This Sunday, 9th June, chill out to some ambient sounds at Nurture, held at one of Saigon’s coolest secret lounges, Zigzagger. First up, Nic Ford & Judge will hit the decks to take you on a psychedelic adventure of electronic beats. Following will be Park:ING, founding member and resident DJ of Genderfunk. Park:ING is ready to present his unique perspective into experimental and avant-garde sounds. Finally, the night will end with Kin, a regular fixture at The Observatory. A slight departure from their usual party-pop-tech tunes, Kin plans to show you some new sounds, sounds that deeply stir the soul.
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Than Charcoal - An Exhibition of Work by Rik Strong
The garden oasis of creative energy that is Noirfoto Gallery welcomes another artist for exhibition, Rik Strong. Rik Strong is a British artist and photographer living in Saigon. He grew up in Stratford-Upon-Avon where he studied under the landscape painter Ian Dugdale. Rik has set up shop in Noirfoto to showcase his portraits and landscapes made with willow charcoal and eraser. Than Charcoal is now open to the public until 14th June with originals and prints available for purchase. Come and examine Rik Strong’s unique perspective in this exhibition, sponsored by Huawei. On the show’s final night, as well as select Saturdays and Sundays, visitors will have the opportunity to chat directly with the artist himself! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Saigon and enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon in the charming space of Noirfoto Gallery.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND FUN
Chateau Cantenac Brown Wine Dinner
For our wine lovers in Ho Chi Minh City, book a table at Social Club Saigon in Hotel des Arts for a wine experience like no other. Ms. Pauline Fradin, representative of Château Cantenac Brown, presents top selections from the famous winery of Margaux, Bordeaux. Of course, this stellar wine selection will be expertly paired with gourmet delicacies prepared by Saigon Social Club’s top chefs. Reservations for this event are highly recommended.
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German Business Association Deutschen Treff - Special Austrian Edition
Get ready to party with the German Business Association (GBA) at their special Deutschen Treff event. For this special Austrian edition, there will be live music and folk dance performances in traditional Austrian fashion. Fuel your dancing feet with a premium German buffet and free flow of various German imported beers. Kids under 10 receive free entry, children over 10 are VND250,000 and adults are VND550,000. Whether you’re missing a taste of your German homeland or looking for a fun cultural activity in a relaxed setting, this party at the GBA in Saigon is definitely worth checking out. Visit the GBA website, email Ms. Mai Anh, or call directly to reserve tickets.
MUSIC THAT GIVES LIFE
Locally Trapped Wildlife #17
Locally Trapped Wildlife regularly presents rock n roll, psych-rock, and dub showcases featuring some of the best live bands in Saigon. For this wild event, we are bidding bon voyage to Skeleton Goode, OPN AIR DRG MKT and Green Means Go, as they prepare for The New Sounds of Saigon Summer Tour 2019. Before they head off to Thailand and Malaysia on tour this June and July, they’re playing one last time at Yoko Cafe. This is sure to be a celebratory occasion to remember, with fantastic original music and innovative sounds. Don’t miss out!
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Acoustic Night & Happy Hour with Y Kroc
Start your weekend off right with chill vibes and a cold drink at Saigon Outcast. It’s Acoustic Night & Happy Hour. Enjoy buy 1 get 1 craft beers, cocktails, and mixed drinks from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Then mellow out to the acoustic sounds of Y Kroc from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Y-KROC is a bilingual acoustic guitarist, well known for his performances on Vietnam's Got Talent 2012, Battle The Voice 2012 and Top 25 Viet Super Star 2014. He plays his own brand of blues, rock, reggae and country, while singing in both Vietnamese and English. His mantra is to simply spread love and peace through his music. Come to Saigon Outcast, settle in with your favourite drink and bless your ears with the sounds of Y Kroc.
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Where can you find old school hip hop and new school trap music in Saigon? On the 15th June, you can find both at Arcan! In collaboration with Cipherz, there will be 4 DJs and 3 live rappers to keep you bopping your head and shuffling your feet all night long. Live performers include Vsoul of DC GanG, also known as Saigon’s king of freestyle; RayZel of D Crew who is best known for her soulful lyrics and beats; and Cosmic Rayne of Rebel Monk, a South African born hip-hopper and urban jack-of-all-trades. Paired with DJs F Boogie & Style D, Fatconnections, Tizone, and Teddy Chilla, this is sure to be one hell of a night in Ho Chi Minh City.
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Wabi Sabi at Hyde
Looking for a mid-week escape? Head to Hyde every Thursday to celebrate with the hippest, chicest, cool cats of Ho Chi Minh City. Wabi Sabi is a special line up of top local DJs spinning the best techno, disco and afro-house beats direct from Japan. This week, there are some major players in the booth, including DJ Pencil Boy, DJ Slowbird, and DJ Max Cleo. Grab some friends, get some drinks, and hit the dance floor. Thursday isn’t quite the weekend, but so what? Start it early at Hyde!
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And there it is! Something for the chill, something for the party animal, and something for everyone else in between. Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week has plenty of options for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to take a pic and tag #iAMHCMC on Facebook or IG. We’d love to see you out having a great time in Saigon. And say, “Hey!” if you see me around any Ho Chi Minh City happenings! #YoureWelcome 😘
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