Vietnam capital to host 6th annual Soundstuff Festival

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Poster for the 2013 Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival

The annual Hanoi Soundstuff Festival returns the capital this year from March 29 to April 13, featuring both international and Vietnamese artists, hoping to spur interest among young local audiences.

The sixth Soundstuff event aspires to create a unique world of quality electronic and experimental music and art with boundary-pushing sounds, creative performances and collaborations between participating artists. The event will also support disadvantaged and disabled children from the Nguyen Dinh Chieu Blind School.

According to a press release, the two main festival events will take place on April 12 and 13 in Hanoi.

Day 1 (April 12) will feature a sit-down electronic concert (500 seats) performed by a mix of Japanese, Austrian, British, Swedish and Vietnamese artists organized in the courtyard of the Vietnam National Museum of History, 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street.

The April 13 event will be held at Chu Van An Stadium, 10 Thuy Khue Street, and will raise funds for challenged and disabled students from the aforementioned school.

A DJ dance event will be held on April 14 featuring artists from Germany, England, Austria, Switzerland, Israel and Vietnam, as well as film screenings of new shorts from Hanoi Doclab and Hanoi Future Shorts.

The festival will also include a number of master classes for musicians in Hanoi and Hue. The classes will be taught by participating international artists and will be organized jointly by Hanoi Cultural University, the Goethe Institute and Manzi Artspace.

The Hanoi Soundstuff Festival will collaborate with the Goethe Institute and Hanoi Grapevine to organize the "Art Talk" event in the capital, providing an opportunity for the public to interact with participating artists.

Such artists include Richard Eigner (Austria); Daito Mannabe (Japan); The Six Tone with Guest (Sweden and Vietnam); John Leftcutter (UK); Horacio Pollard (UK); Pitch Tuner (Germany); MIMETIC (Switzerland); Glitterbug (Israel); DJ Kruise (Vietnam); and DJ Slim (Vietnam).

In addition to performing, sound artist Josh Kopecek of the UK will hold a training section with students from the Nguyen Dinh Chieu Blind school as part of the Worldwide Sound Walk project on April 6.

Other Soundstuff venues in Hanoi include the Rooftop, located at 19 Ly Thuong Kiet street; Chula Design, 06 Ven Ho Street; and the Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.

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