Scandinavian Bands Take Part In International Music festival In Vietnam

Bands from Sweden and Norway and up to forty-five artists from Asia and Europe will attend the 2008 international music festival in Vietnam named Cracking Bamboo which will be held from September 15-22.


Cracking Bamboo is a percussion music festival which combines contemporary music and traditional music from South East Asia. This aims to create an exchange between modern European and traditional Southeast Asian music.


The event will see the attendance of the “Freiburg” band which comprises percussionists from Germany, Japan, the UK and the Republic of Korea, the “Sisu” band from Oslo with members from Norway, Sweden and European Quartet with artists from Italy, France and the Netherlands.


Three Vietnamese band, two bands from Hanoi, one on traditional music and the  other on contemporary music and another from Ho Chi Minh City are expected to join the festival.


One band from Indonesia and one from Cambodia are expected to take part in the event.


 The artists will be divided into three groups and each group will perform for within 35-40 minutes along with solo performances. After that they will be divided into three new groups and each group will perform in Ho Chi Minh City and then Indonesia from September 22-27, Laos and Cambodia from September 22-24 and Phnompenh from September 25-28.


Three out of the five nights will be free of charge at the Goethe Institute and the French Culture Centre, L’Espace in Hanoi and two nights of performances will take place in the Hanoi Opera House.


Cracking Bamboo is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Vietnam National Music Institute, and the Goethe Institute.


Free tickets can be collected at Goethe Institute in Hanoi from September 15 and Ho Chi Minh City from September 19.