The Music Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, an idea put forward by the administration of District 1, is likely to open late April if the project’s final plan receives no objection from relevant stakeholders.
The street, meant to provide local artists with an area to showcase their skills, is scheduled to open on April 28, Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, deputy chairwoman of District 1, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday.
However, Huong noted, the date of an inaugural music show depends on feedback from local departments and the city’s administration.
According to the District 1 proposal, the entirety of Alexandre De Rhodes Street, linking Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Pham Ngoc Thach Streets, will be transformed into the music street on weekends and public holidays.
The street is located near a number of the city’s landmark sites, including the Reunification Palace, the Saigon Central Post Office, and the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.
It also borders April 30 Park, a popular weekend rendezvous for the city’s youth and expat community, and lies just a few minutes of walk from the nearby Nguyen Van Binh Book Street and the Nguyen Hue Walking Street.
According to the plan, there will be seven different stages on the Music Street, with performances permitted between 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Traffic on the whole street will be blocked from Friday night to Sunday and during public holidays from April to September for the venue’s pilot opening. During the day, themed background music will be broadcast through a loudspeaker system.
The District 1 administration requested feedback about the plan from public offices and residential houses on the street two weeks ago, but is still awaiting some responses.
The section between Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Pasteur on Alexandre De Rhodes is currently home to houses and public offices and is therefore planned to be a premises for ‘quiet’ activities, such as trading music books, CDs and instruments.
Concerts and performances will take place on the section of road from Pasteur to Pham Ngoc Thach, which only hosts the offices of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Home Affairs and the Vietnamese Student Associations.