Hanoi Creative Design Festival 2023 draws more than 60,000 attendees

This year's festival in Hanoi has captivated both domestic and international tourists with a diverse array of captivating cultural activities. The wide range of enticing events and attractions has drawn in a significant crowd of visitors, eager to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the festival.


The kick-start of creative spaces at Gia Lam Train Factory, Hang Dau Water Tower has been successful as it attracted more than 60,000 visitors during the Hanoi Creative Design Festival 2023 from November 17-26, making a promising development of playgrounds for people in the capital city.

An art space inside the Gia Lam Train Factory. Photos: Huy Pham/The Hanoi Times

Hang Dau Water Tower is open to the public for the first time from November 17 to December 31. The 130-year-old architectural work is located at the intersection of the ancient streets of Hang Than, Hang Luoc, Hang Giay, Hang Dau, Quan Thanh and Phan Dinh Phung in Ba Dinh District.
The design team, consisting of architect Cao The Anh and artist Nguyen Duc Phuong, drew inspiration from Asian concepts to transform the water tower into an art space through two key installation systems. The sound installation reproduces the sound of water in nature, and the light installation expands the visual image of artifacts recycled from urban waste.

Meanwhile, Gia Lam Train Factory is the main venue for this year’s event. Located on 20.3 hectares on the banks of the Red River with six workshops, the factory has become a funky space for creativity thanks to talented artists and designers.

With 10 different art spaces, the factory has become a rendezvous for art lovers in Hanoi. Among them, the most prominent creative spaces include the architectural pavilion entitled “Waiting Station”, the installation exhibition “Water Palace”, the exhibition “Sparkling Heritage”, and the space of “Locomotive Memories”.

More than 3,000 people have visited the exhibition space in Hang Dau Water Tower.
The 129-year-old Hang Dau Water Tower’s magical space.
Visitors line up to visit Hang Dau Water Tower.
About 60 cultural activities take place at Gia Lam Train Factory during the 10-day festival.

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The fashion show called “Van Long Luu Vu” recreating the transformation of ancient Vietnamese costumes from 1900 to 1950 takes place at Gia Lam Train Factory.
Xam and Cheo folk performances at Gia Lam Train Factory.
Gia Lam Train Factory hosts a fashion show called “Awaken Heritage”.
One of the four creative pavilions at the Hanoi Creative Design Festival 2023.
“Heritage Train” runs between Long Bien Station and Gia Lam Train Factory.
Artists at work in the Tu Luc Train exhibition space.
Artist Vy Tran talks about her artwork at the “Qua Ap” exhibition.
Artist Trinh Minh Tien’s “Water Palace” exhibition space.
The exhibition “Sparkling Heritage” features 50 sketch works on the theme of the Gia Lam Train Factory and heritage sites in Hanoi.