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HCMC to host festival dedicated to public spaces
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HCMC to host festival dedicated to public spaces

The Saigon Times Daily

Two pedestrians walk next to photos on display at an outdoor exhibition in Nguyen Hue pedestrian square, one of the most favorite public spaces in HCMC. Dedicated to playful public spaces in the city, :Playtime festival will be held from July 25 to 29, featuring more than 20 events - PHOTO: MINH TUAN

HCMC - :Playtime, the first festival dedicated to playful public spaces in HCMC, will take place from July 25 to 29, featuring more than 20 events with the participation of award-winning architects and urbanists from around the globe.

With the theme “play in the city,” the festival is aimed at connecting HCMC and a network of pioneering cities that promote the local street-life and provide citizens with playful tools to improve their daily lives, make the city more livable and foster discussion on the need for vibrant and varied public spaces.

Talks, discussions, walks, exhibitions, workshops and temporary installations will allow participants to explore the city’s streets, parks and alleyways from a different perspective, share stories, and learn easy tools to make the streets more playful.

The festival’s guests are all pioneers in their fields. They have a common goal of defending a humane vision of cities where public spaces are made for and with their residents. Some of the special guests are Keitaro Ito, professor at Kyushu Institute of Technology, Camilla van Deurs, partner and director at Gehl, and architects Jihyun Park and Seonghak Cho at B.U.S.

In addition, a list of specially curated films will be screened during the festival, focusing on place-making, a collaborative process in which people of different backgrounds come together to reimagine, remake, and revitalize their shared spaces with a humane approach.

With local architects, designers and actors invited to host activities, organizers want to ensure the anchorage of the festival to the places where it takes place and bring the discussion on public spaces and their uses to the smaller scales of the city.

:Playtime’s events will be held in multiple venues in HCMC, with main venues being Red Door Café, the University of Architecture of HCMC, the American Center, Pacey Cupcakes and Xinê House.

The festival is organized by An Ordinary City, an independent collective of urbanists and architects who raise awareness on urban issues and inspire citizens to make their city better.

Some activities will be free of charge, such as lectures, panel talks and some screenings, while others will be charged but at reasonable prices.

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