Agenda

  • MAIN STAGE

  • 11:30

    OPENING CEREMONY

  • 13:30

    BAMBOO DANCE

  • 14:00 & 16:00

    TRADITIONAL DANCE & MUSIC PERFORMANCE
    AO DAI FASHION SHOW

  • 16:00

    BAMBOO DANCE *


    * LUCKY DRAW for Festival Facebook competition participants
  • OTHER FESTIVAL AREAS

  • 12:30, 15:00, 17:30

    FLASH MOB (Arts & Crafts stalls)

  • 12:45, 15:15, 17:45

    TRADITIONAL GAMES

  • 13:15, 15:45, 18:15

    WATER PUPPET SHOWS

  • MAIN STAGE

  • 10:30, 13:00, 15:30

    BAMBOO DANCE

  • 11:00, 13:30, 16:30

    TRADITIONAL DANCE & MUSIC PERFORMANCE
    AO DAI FASHION SHOW

  • 17:00

    LUCKY DRAW

  • OTHER FESTIVAL AREAS

  • 09:30, 12:00, 14:30

    FLASH MOB (Arts & Crafts stalls)

  • 09:45, 12:15, 14:45

    TRADITIONAL GAMES

  • 10:15, 12:45, 15:15

    WATER PUPPET SHOWS

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Opening ceremony

opening ceremony

Date: Saturday, 12th Sep 2015   |   Time: 11:30 – 12:45   |   Venue: Main Stage, Potters Fields Park

One of the highlights of the Viet Nam Festival is the Opening Ceremony which kicks off the festival with plenty of exciting, beautiful, and inspirational performances. The Ambassador of Viet Nam in the UK will make an opening speech, followed by an introduction address by a representative from the UK government.

In the Opening Ceremony, a group of young and high-energy people will present an exciting flash mob performance with the theme "I love Viet Nam". The launch event will also feature an array of multidisciplinary performances, including spectacular traditional music, song, and dance performances. The show will impress the audience with multiple traditional musical instruments. The traditional dance performances present the beauty and charm of lotus flower – the national flower of Viet Nam and other symbols of Vietnamese culture (conical hats, ao dai, etc). In Ao dai Fashion show, beautiful Vietnamese models will perform national costumes in traditional and remix background music.

Please join us for this colourful start to the 2015 Viet Nam Festival in the UK!

Shows & Performances

  • Flash mob performance

    Flash mob performance

    Time: in the Opening Ceremony
    Location: Main Stage, Potters Fields Park

    A group of young and high-energy young people will present the creative, extraordinary flash mob dance with the theme “I love Viet Nam” in the Opening Ceremony. The exciting flash mob dance represents the spirit of Vietnamese youth and the image of Viet Nam - a country with friendliness, charm and dynamism. All visitors are welcome to join the flash mob group to make the performance more cheerful.

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  • Traditional music & song performances

    Traditional music & song performances

    Time: details in the festival agenda
    Location: Main Stage, Potters Fields Park

    The show features a series of traditional music performance with unique music instruments, including some of the most famous instruments in Viet Nam, e.g. đàn bầu (monochord zither), đàn nhị (bowed string instrument), đàn tranh (plucked zither), bamboo flutes, etc.

    Performers also play Vietnamese ethnic people’s traditional musical instruments, such as k’lông pút (traditional bamboo xylophone of the Bahnar people in Vietnam), k'ni (a fiddle like instrument used of the Jarai people in Vietnam), đinh pá (a traditional Vietnamese resonant pipe instrument made of bamboo), etc.

    In addition, the show also combines traditional music with modern technology by using DJ remix music to make the performance more unique and refreshing. Famous traditional songs of both Vietnamese (Quan ho singing) and British music will be performed in remix-style background music.

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  • Traditional dance performances

    Traditional dance performances

    Time: details in the festival agenda
    Location: Main Stage, Potters Fields Park

    In the show, famous dancers will perform beautiful and gentle dancing on the traditional and remix background music. Performers will combine traditional and modern dancing movements to illustrate the beauty of Vietnamese culture and people, to feature the image of the beauty and charm of lotus flower – the national flower of Viet Nam and other symbols of Vietnamese culture (conical hats, ao dai, etc).

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  • Ao Dai Fashion show

    Ao Dai Fashion show

    Time: in the Opening Ceremony
    Location: Main Stage, Potters Fields Park

    Áo dài is a Vietnamese national costume which has become the symbol of the Vietnamese feminine beauty and the pride of Vietnamese people. The Viet Nam Festival will bring a unique Áo dài fashion show for audiences to directly see the sophisticated beauty and charm of the national costume of Viet Nam in fine fabrics and patterns designed by famous Vietnamese fashion designers.

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  • Water Puppet Show

    Water Puppet Show

    Time: the show is performed every other hour during the festival
    Location: close to Arts & Crafts Stalls, Potters Fields Park

    The mini water puppet theatre is located in the middle of the Potters Fields Park, closed to the arts and crafts stalls. Water puppet theatre is a traditional art form in Viet Nam, and has existed for more than 1000 years. The performers use bamboo poles to move their puppets around the small pond that forms the stage.

    The show illustrate the daily life of Vietnamese farmers (cultivating, tending buffalo, catching fishes…), communal entertainment (swimming contest, dragon dancing…), or historical legends. Visitors will be able to play with the real wooden puppets or to paint them in different colours.

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Traditional Games

Traditional Games

The Viet Nam Festival will bring a completely different experience for visitors from London and around the world with stunning traditional games. In front of the main stage, visitors will have opportunities to participate in nhảy sạp - a Vietnamese traditional bamboo dancing. This dance originates from the Northwest highlands of Vietnam, where it was performed to celebrate special events like Tet holiday. Usually four to six people hold two sticks of bamboo each and clap in a 4/4 rhythm while another 8 dance in and out of the sticks.

In the arts and crafts stalls, visitors can experience by themselves the atmosphere of Vietnamese culture by joining various traditional interactive games, such as: to paint bamboo dragonflies, to decorate conical hats, to print Đông Hồ folk woodcut paintings, to make sand paintings or to try on áo dài and take photos (Vietnamese national costumes), etc.

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