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Hanoi choirs put on show in remodeled old factory

Hanoi choirs put on show in remodeled old factory

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 10:45 GMT+7
Hanoi choirs put on show in remodeled old factory
A guitarist performs in the not-for-profit show 'Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,' April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Some 120 singers from various choirs in Hanoi gathered to perform in the not-for-profit show 'Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song' (For a Liveable Hanoi) on Sunday to heighten public awareness of historical heritage sites in the capital city.

The setlist featured performances from active choral singing groups in Hanoi, including Hanoi Voices, Diversity Choir, and others.

Initially slated to take place in the open air, the concert had to be moved inside due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Through the show, organizers and performers looked to emphasize the need for new public spaces in the city, which requires mobilizing public resources and interests into the renovation of old industrial structures.

With that intention in mind, the show was held in Complex 01, an art space refurbished on the structure of an abandoned printing factory on Tay Son Street.

“Performing choral singing in an open space is one of our ideas to enrich the cultural aspect in the life of Hanoi residents,” said Le Quang Binh, a coordinator of the For a Liveable Hanoi network, an advocacy group focusing on urban life quality.

“The remodeling of abandoned factories into cultural spaces will give rise to important infrastructure for the cultural sector.”

In recent years, various factories including Hanoi Beer Factory on Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Gia Lam Locomotive Factory in Long Bien District, and Thang Long Tobacco Factory in Thanh Xuan District have been moved out of the downtown areas, leaving potential spaces for art, creative, and community activities to be organized.

Diversity Choir performs in the not-for-profit show “Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,” April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Diversity Choir performs in the not-for-profit show 'Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,' April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Diversity Choir performs in the not-for-profit show “Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,” April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Diversity Choir performs in the not-for-profit show 'Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,' April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Diversity Choir performs in the not-for-profit show “Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,” April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Diversity Choir performs in the not-for-profit show 'Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,' April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Conductor Dong Quang Vinh guides the Hanoi Voices Choir in the not-for-profit show “Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,” April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Conductor Dong Quang Vinh directs the Hanoi Voices Choir in the not-for-profit show 'Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,' April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A guitarist performs in the not-for-profit show “Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,” April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A guitarist performs in the not-for-profit show 'Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,' April 25, 2021. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Hanoi Voices Choir performs Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the not-for-profit show 'Vi Mot Ha Noi Dang Song,' April 25, 2021. Video: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

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