The Saigon Urban Street Fest, officially launched on Friday morning, features a wide range of performances and street art activities that run daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm until Sunday.
Notable performances include live music by the Whee! band and a captivating art presentation by Felix Nguyen.
Every evening, the German dance group, The Funky Monkeys, collaborate with Vietnamese artists to deliver engaging performances that blend contemporary circus, comedy, and street dance, showcasing a beautiful fusion of cultures.
|Children contribute to a collaborative painting at the Saigon Urban Street Fest in front of the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 8, 2023. Photo: Supplied
Trang Duong, a representative of the organizing committee, emphasized the collaboration between the Goethe Institute in Ho Chi Minh City and the virtual art campus, artLIVE, in bringing the German artists to the Saigon Urban Street Fest.
The Funky Monkeys dance group spent over 20 days practicing and collaborating with local artists in Ho Chi Minh City for their performances.
Aside from the stage performances, the festival offers attendees various opportunities to engage in street art activities.
Artist Thao Xeko creates three pieces depicting Ho Chi Minh City’s architectural landmarks, street food culture, and various forms of street art such as graffiti, skateboarding, hip-hop, and circus.
In addition, attendees can collectively contribute to a fourth artwork centered around the theme of the Saigon Urban Street Fest.
|Miss Peace Vietnam 2022 Tran Thi Ban Mai contributes to a collaborative painting at the Saigon Urban Street Fest in front of the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 8, 2023. Photo: Supplied
In collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, the organizers initiated the creation of the largest doodle about Ho Chi Minh City tourism in Vietnam.
This collaborative painting, assembled from 22 pieces measuring 2×1.5m each, showcases images and tourism values of Thu Duc City and the 21 districts of Ho Chi Minh City.
Participants have displayed their artistic talents in completing these paintings.
The organizers expect to recognize the collaborative painting as a Vietnamese record during the closing ceremony of the Saigon Urban Street Fest, which coincides with the conclusion of Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Week 2023.
Furthermore, the organizers announced that a portion of the festival’s revenue would be contributed to the Draw Your Dream fund, benefiting children across the country, particularly those from impoverished backgrounds, ethnic minorities, and pediatric cancer patients facing financial difficulties.