The oldest and one of the most attractive capital cities in Southeast Asia, Hanoi exudes a rare sense of gracious charm and timelessness. At its core exists a 600-year-old ancient quarter, augmented by a century-old colonial city. Today, the rich cultural heritage of both blends in perfect harmony with growing modernization, as Hanoi claims its position as the heart of Vietnam. If you travelling Hanoi, somethings this below, you do not miss.
1. Water puppet show:
The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi has its roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century. The tradition of water puppet theatre stems from a time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would make entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the puppets performing over the water.
Using large rods to support the puppets it appeared as if they were moving across the water with the puppeteers hidden behind a screen.
This tradition is unique to North Vietnam but has recently found fame on stages all over the world; so it's a rare treat to see the puppets perform in their original location at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Performances are accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals. There are also authentic Vietnamese operatic songs telling the story that is being acted out by the puppets. Most of the shows recount Vietnamese folk tales and legends with topics including the celebration of the rice harvest depicted in a humorous fashion.
2. Ca Tru Folk Song
Every night at 7pm there is a performance of Ca Tru (ceremonial song) at the traditional house located at 87 Ma May Street.
The performance offers a chance for both locals and tourists alike to hear a type of traditional Vietnamese music which rarely played anymore.
Ca Tru was recognised by UNESCO, in October of 2009, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage after Hue Royal Music, the Space of the Gong Culture in the Central Highlands and Bac Ninh Love Duets.
3. "I love sharing" concert to take place in Hanoi.
Concerts, entitled "I Love Sharing", will take place at the Bat Giac House, in the Ly Thai To Flower Garden, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, for one year, from November, 2011 to December 2012.This is an outdoor activity which is organised by the Vietnam National Academy of Music to spread music to local people, improve the spiritual life of Hanoians as well as to offer an opportunity for students from the Academy to improve their abilities.
The program includes solo and ensemble demonstrations for Vietnamese and European traditional instruments, which have been performed by the String Orchestra, Tradition Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra and Accordion Ensemble from the Vietnam National Academy of Music. Students from the Academy will perform famous classical works from Vietnamese traditional and European music.
The program will take place every Sunday from 9am to 10am from November, 2011.