Hanoi Grapevine’s Best of 2024: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of Vietnamese Artists

The Vietnam Arts and Culture Awards is an esteemed recognition of the exceptional achievements and contributions made within the vibrant creative industries of Vietnam in the previous year. This award celebrates the dedication and talent of individuals and organizations who have left an indelible mark on the country's artistic landscape, inspiring and captivating audiences with their remarkable work.

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The 5th Hanoi Grapevine’s Finest award ceremony and the unveiling of the art exhibition, The Grapevine Selection, took place at the Heritage House No.49 Tran Hung Dao.



The Hanoi Grapevine’s Finest 2023-2024 award ceremony. Photo: Truong Thanh

In addition to the six standard categories, this year’s awards introduced the Inclusion Award, co-created by Goethe-Institut Hanoi. This new award aims to encourage artistic collaboration between people with visible and invisible disabilities and those without disabilities.

The Finest Projects category was won by Architecture Excursions and The Art of the Piano. The Finest Artists award was presented to Ly Trang, Nguyen Vu Hai, and documentary filmmaker Ha Le Diem. Chu Pham Hoai Thu received the Finest Reviews award for her essay, “Art Wants to Be Understood, But Not Immediately.”

The Inclusion Award was given to artists Tran Thao Mien and Linh Valerie Pham. Linh founded the Mat Tran Ensemble, dedicated to inclusion and accessibility in the arts. She also co-directed Eye See Ai (ESA), a research project with neurodivergent artists from Vietnam and Wales. Mien, on the other hand, worked on Sign Chorus, an art installation created in collaboration with the Central Deaf Services. This multimedia piece represents communities where non-verbal expression is the primary form of communication.



An artwork by artist Huy Phan

The winners will receive funding to explore new avenues of inclusive art practices, with their projects to be completed and presented at the Goethe-Institut by the end of 2024.

Furthermore, The Grapevine Selection showcases the best contemporary artworks by local artists such as Huy Phan, Le Thua Tien, Lam Na, and others at Heritage House No. 49 Quang Trung Street until May 30. The exhibition presents a diverse range of artistic styles, offering a universal yet rich perspective on Vietnamese art today.

Hanoi Grapevine, established in 2007, is an independent and non-profit online platform dedicated to supporting Vietnam’s art scene. It connects artists, art spaces, and quality event organizers with their audiences. Recognized by the British Council in Vietnam as a pioneering virtual creative hub, Hanoi Grapevine has been instrumental in fostering creativity and cultural exchange.

Since 2019, Hanoi Grapevine’s Finest has become an annual celebration of contemporary art in Vietnam, organized by Hanoi Grapevine and the Proactive Audience Network (PAN). This event honors the outstanding contributions of individuals, organizations, and projects in the creative arts, promoting an open, diverse, and innovative arts and culture landscape. It also aims to enhance the public’s cultural and artistic appreciation, fostering self-connection and community engagement while improving the overall quality of life.