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European Music Festival in Hanoi and HCMC
Hoang Phong
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European Music Festival in Hanoi and HCMC

Hoang Phong

The duo Karolina Mikolajczyk and Iwo Jedynecki from Poland - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

European and Vietnamese artists will show up at the European Music Festival 2017 (EMF2017) in Hanoi and HCMC from November 17 to December 2.

Held by the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, the embassies of EU member states and the European Cultural Institutes, the 17th edition of the festival will feature prominent musical talents and guest music bands from Austria, Wallonia-Brussels/Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland and Sweden.

There will be 17 concerts of classic, jazz. blues, rock and indie pop.

Bruno Angelet, the ambassador and head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, told the Daily in an email that the annual music festival is aimed to honor the exotic and colorful richness of European cultures and serves as a bridge to boost cultural exchanges and reinforce the long-established relationship between the European Union and Vietnam.

In particular, a group of leading Danish and Vietnamese artists will open the forthcoming festival at the Youth Theater in Hanoi on November 17 before traveling to HCMC to perform at the HCMC Conservatory of Music on November 22.

They include the Bay Collective, an open music project by Vietnamese-Danish pianist Tri Minh and Danish singer/songwriter Nay Ruby, who will share the stage with Vietnamese singer Thanh Lam and Danish multi-award winner musician/singer Michael Moller and other Vietnamese artists. 

Meanwhile, Swedish singer Janice is expected to take the stage on the opening night of the festival in HCMC on November 18.

The 17-day event will continue with a broad spectrum of jazz performances by popular French music band Mezcal Jazz Unit and Hungarian jazz singer and songwriter Veronika Harcsa.

The festival would be a special occasion for music lovers to listen to scores of classical concerts of virtuosity by the duo Karolina Mikolajczyk and Iwo Jedynecki, one of the most promising young chamber ensembles in Poland, the duo Christoph Angerer and Ines Schuttengruber from Austria, Italian piano duo Nazareno Ferruggio and Pham Quynh Trang, and world-renowned piano battle Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis from Germany.

Performances of contemporary and traditional music by Quintet Inattendu from Wallonia-Brussels/Belgium will take place on November 24 in Hanoi and November 26 in HCMC.

French DJ and producer Voiski will stage a gig at the HCMC Conservatory of Music on November 21 within the framework of the European Music Festival.

On December 2, the festival will wrap up in HCMC with a show by Hungarian singer/songwriter Veronika Harcsa and in Hanoi with a performance by piano battle Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis from Germany.

Admission to the concert is free. EMF2017 will take place at the Youth Theater, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, Hanoi and at the HCMC Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1, HCMC. 

In Hanoi, free tickets to the festival can be obtained from November 14 at Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, and L’Espace, the French Cultural Center, 24 Trang Tien Street. In HCMC, tickets are available at Goethe Institut at 18, Street No. 1, Do Thanh Condo in District 3 and Idecaf, 31 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1 from November 15.

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