This Week in Saigon: Best Events 2 March - 9 March
With so many great events this week in Ho Chi Minh City, it was hard to narrow them down! There’s a little something for everyone here, and even a few opportunities to catch me around town :-) So let’s get into Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week for 2 to 9 March.
MIND AND BODY WELLNESS
Ground Breakers Night: Body Image and Self Acceptance
Leading Women is a new women’s public speaking group in Saigon that creates regular events for those who identify as women to express themselves on various topics that empower people of all genders. This time, they’re taking over Chanh Bistro Rooftop Saigon Calmette to discuss the issues around body image and self-acceptance. The panel of speakers aim to inspire people of all genders to love their bodies with all its unique features. And guess who’s on the panel - your’s truly! I’ll be bringing all the Angee the Diva sass and insights on my secret to self-acceptance. At the end of the panel, there will be an audience discussion and time to mingle with all the attendees.
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March Monthly Hike at Xuan Thanh
Sometimes you just need to get out of Ho Chi Minh City into some fresh air and green spaces. But if you’re like me, you don’t even know where to begin to find a little nature. Well La Holista has you covered with their monthly hikes. This month, La Holista is offering a longer hike than usual, a 15 km trek through the jungle of Xuan Thanh. The hike route is about 60 km outside of Saigon, so they are providing bus transportation from An Phu Supermarket in Thao Dien to and from Xuan Thanh. The fee also includes 2 protein sports balls, 1 lunch pack of organic whole wheat pasta with homemade organic cashew pesto and cashew parmesan, and 1 liter of water. The guided hike is about 4 hours, but it is suitable for beginner to intermediate level hikers. For more information, please visit the La Holista Facebook event page, or to register, please click the link.
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Motorbike First Aid
I’ve had my fair share of motorbike accidents since being in Vietnam, and it’s so frustrating to have to mime my symptoms at the doctor or pharmacy. I hope to always safely arrive at my destination, but it would be nice to know what to do if misfortune strikes again. Enter Fitzpatrick First Aid Training. Following this hands-on first aid course at Co-Space in Thao Dien, students will be prepared to handle road burn, cuts, bruises, broken bones and even spinal injury. Upon completion of the course, students will also receive a Certificate of Attendance from Fitzpatrick First Aid Training. No matter how carefully you drive, it’s always good to be prepared in the event of a road emergency.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE ARTS: PERFORMANCE ARTS AND FILM
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer - A Play to Honor the Women in Our Lives
On Women’s Day, Soma Art Lounge opens its doors to V-Inclusive to present a play in Saigon to honor the women in our lives - A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer. Sister play to the Vagina Monologues, this acclaimed play explores sensitive issues that women around the world face, including violence, human trafficking, child marriage, and the like with emotion, humor, and strength. This heart-felt and thought-provoking collection of monologues will be performed by some amazing talents of Saigon, including...me, Angee the Diva!
The main purpose of this performance is not only to provoke thought and social action, but also to benefit the Little Rose Shelter which helps girls overcome many of the challenges that the play highlights. All proceeds from the play will go directly to Little Rose Shelter to help them continue their great work.
“Please note, this performance comes with a TRIGGER WARNING as it contains references to rape, sexual violence and gendered violence. Some themes may be sensitive for young children. Parental discretion is advised.”
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Rooftop Film Screenings: Guerilla Girl
Arcan Saigon’s Docunight is back! This week, join them on the rooftop for a compelling documentary: Guerrilla Girl. The film follows the arduous training of 21-year-old Isabel, a new recruit of Columbian Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization FARC. This movie delves deep into the complicated consequences of a country affected by civil war. The movie will start at 8:00pm so arrive early to nab a good seat. Arcan is offering an amazing drink special, too - free flow beer for only VND180,000!
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Saigon Is Burning: Straight Dudes Edition
The Genderfunk crew is back again at Soma Art Lounge to slay societal constraints with glitter! This time they’re burning up toxic masculinity with Saigon Is Burning: Straight Dudes Edition. Five straight male competitors will bring their fiercest and feminine performances to the stage to battle it out for the crown and a VND1,000,000 cash prize. Genderfunk is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for ALL humans to express themselves while throwing one hell of a party and drag show in Ho Chi Minh City! So let’s blur the lines of sexuality and gender for the pursuit of happiness, freedom of expression, and...glitter 😁.
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Urban Lights’ “Me, Asian?”
The American School Middle/High School Campus, 172-180 Nguyen Van Huong, D2
7 March | 3:00pm & 7:00pm | VND50,000 for students; VND200,000 for adults
The American School welcomes Urban Lights, fresh from the Perth Fringeworld Festival, for a visually stunning family friendly performance. Urban Lights' "Me. Asian?" is a performance art piece that attempts to answer the very complicated question, “Where are you from?” Told from the perspective of the bright group of Vietnamese and Korean young people, the performance is a mix of interviews, dance, cultural music and physical theatre. Purchase tickets by email from Ms. Kate Soper, the troup’s drama teacher, via email. These kids are shining stars, so don’t miss this very special performance!
NEXT LEVEL PARTIES IN SAIGON
Drunken Cinema SGN: Bad Boys (1995)
What happens when you combine classic movies with drinking games? Saigon is about to find out! Drunken Cinema SGN invites you to experience this fun interactive movie drinking game vieing of Bad Boys (1995) at The Hive Saigon. In high anticipation of Bad Boys 3 sequel, Drunken Cinema SGN’s inaugural event will include a Will Smith & Martin Lawrence tribute, opening stand-up comedy by Saigon Funny People, drinking game cards, props, and giveaways. Platinum Beer is sponsoring the event to make sure everyone has a great time with some of the tastiest craft beer in Saigon. Ticket prices are VND150,000 for Hive members (purchase at The Hive Saigon), VND200,000 for general admission, and VND1,500,000 for VIP seating of up to 5 people and a tower of Platinum Beer (purchase on TicketBox or at the door). Doors open at 7:00pm, so get in early to get a prime seat.
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Fashion Week Paris at No Vacancy
No Vacancy is taking theme parties to new, fashionably chic heights. In celebration of Paris Fashion Week 2019, No Vacancy is offering daily promotions and giveaways for fashionistas. This event actually started on 25th February but continues through the weekend until 3rd March. On Saturday, get in the Ghetto Chic groove. Ladies who wear golden dress will receive 8 complimentary drink coupons for the special Paris Fashion Week cosmopolitan cocktails. And on Sunday, ladies can receive the same promotion for wearing long boots. No Vacancy is trying to be at the forefront of the innovative parties in Saigon by bringing fresh talent, pure urban music, and ridiculous promotions. This seems like a good week to dress your best to go check out a new party venue in Ho Chi Minh City.
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Kizz4U Kizomba Getaway Event
What is Kizomba? It’s a genre of dance and music originating in Angola in Africa in the 1980s. (Okay, I totally paraphrased that from Wikipedia 😂) Dance isn’t meant to be explained; it has to be experienced. Now, thanks to Kizz4U, we can experience the premier Kizomba Festival in Saigon, held at Sofitel Saigon Plaza. They have curated a line up of Kizomba dance and cultural workshops, sunset pool parties, Kizomba dance performances, and themed social dance events led by international DJs and dancers all weekend long, all at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza. Be sure to check out the event page to get all the details. If you’re longing for something different than EDM music and live bands in Saigon but you still want to get your body moving, why not learn something new surrounded by passionate dance and party people?
Whether you’re into experiencing some performance art, getting fit in nature, or checking out the new party scene in Saigon, there are no shortage of events this week in Ho Chi Minh City. Grab some friends start working down the list of Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week for 2 to 9 March. And say, “Hey!” if you see me around Saigon! #YoureWelcome 😘
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