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– The Hanoi Grapevine team strongly believes that arts, music, and all other cultural forms of expression have the power to change the world by empowering humane feelings, spurring thinking, engagement and even action towards creating a better society for all mankind. –
Hanoi Grapevine is an independent and not-for-profit online platform that aims to support the Vietnamese art scene by connecting local artists and art spaces with their audience. In 2014, the platform was identified by the British Council as a pioneering and major virtual creative hub in Vietnam.
Hanoi Grapevine provides bilingual content in English and Vietnamese of high-quality art and culture events in the contemporary cultural landscape in Vietnam, together with art reviews, artist interviews, news of Vietnamese artists’ activities overseas, exhibition photos and introduction of indie films, as well as open calls for creative practitioners. We also provide addresses of cultural institutes and art spaces as well as artists’ websites and contacts.
Hanoi Grapevine was founded in 2007 as a one-man blog on WordPress by artist Brian Ring. The name comes from an old saying in English – “I heard it through the grapevine” – which indicates that information is received informally, as that was how Brian knew of what was happening in the contemporary art scene in Hanoi back then.
For the next 5 years, Hanoi Grapevine was run by Brian with substantial financial support from Goethe-Institut, British Council and the Danish Embassy in Vietnam.
In 2013, Brian left Vietnam and transferred the website to the three members of his long-term Vietnamese team. The four of them have managed Hanoi Grapevine since then, together with a group of part-time contributors.
Today Hanoi Grapevine is a reputable website and a reliable news source for tens of thousands of people with official information received from the event organizers.
Our vision is to become the number-one virtual information hub for artists and anyone who wants to learn about arts and culture in Vietnam. “Think Art-Culture-Vietnam? Think Grapevine!”
Hanoi Grapevine’s ongoing mission since its inception has always been to promote arts and culture in Vietnam and supporting independent artists and artistic movements. Through this main purpose, we introduce different art forms to local audiences, expand their views of the world and encourage their creative thinking.
Hanoi Grapevine was started as a one man blog on WordPress by Brian Ring. Today we are a team of four:
|Brian Ring, founder|
Brian is a Canadian video artist who used to live in Vietnam for 15 years and has recently relocated to Kathmandu, Nepal, after several years settling in Frankfurt, Germany. Brian will frequently visit Vietnam, thus, expect his presence in important anniversaries of Hanoi Grapevine.
|Pham Hoang Mien|
Mien was the first person to come on board at Hanoi Grapevine, originally joining in early 2009 as a part-time translator. She is now in charge of general management, overseeing communications, operation, content, social media, event coordinating and advertising. She is an MA graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London, in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter and connect with her on Linkedin.
|Tran Thi Minh Hue|
Hue has been with Hanoi Grapevine since late 2009. She successfully completed her 16-month MBA at Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines in 2012 and currently divides her time between Hanoi and Singapore. Hue is in charge of business development, grant proposals and strategic planning for Hanoi Grapevine. Connect with her on Linkedin.
|Do Thi Thuy Linh|
Linh joined the Hanoi Grapevine team in 2010. She finished her MBA Intake 18 at Centre Franco-Vietnamien de formation à la Gestion CFVG (The French – Vietnamese Center for Management Education) in 2011 and currently is responsible for our daily content as well as all the administrative and financial procedure. She is based in Hokkaido, Japan.
Beside the management board, Hanoi Grapevine also has a part-time and online-based team which includes a translator, an editor, a social media coordinator, a graphic designer, an accountant, volunteers and a few writers who review and photograph the art exhibitions and music performances on a voluntary basis. Read our Opinion section.
OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS
Grapevine is fortunate to have several members of the cultural community who serve in a voluntary capacity as advisors. These include:
Natalia Kraevskaia, better known as Natasha, is the founder of the famous Salon Natasha, one of the first and foremost names in the development of the contemporary art scene in Vietnam.
|Vu Ngoc Tram|
A very familiar face in the local art scene, Tram worked for nearly a decade promoting the arts with the British Council in Hanoi before leaving to co-found the popular arts café Manzi.
A well-known musician, composer, DJ and performer, Tri Minh is also one of the main forces contributing to the development of the contemporary music scene in Vietnam. He is the founder of the ground-breaking electronic and experimental music festival – the Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival.
Not only an excellent and prolific filmmaker, Paul is also a knowledgeable jazz aficionado and musician. He writes our jazz reviews on Grapevine, which you can find in our Opinion section. Read more of his writing and listen to him perform some of his own original music on the piano.
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