Mixmag and BUDX are heading to Ho Chi Minh City next from May 28 through 30 for three full days and nights of informative panels, workshops and parties with local and global speakers and artists.
Check out the full program of events below.
Tuesday, May 28
Beyond Backpacking: How Electronic Music Tourism Has Risen in Vietnam
Vietnam (and much of Southeast Asia) has long been a desired travel destination for backpackers and holidaymakers. In recent years, it has developed into a hot ticket, cultural destination for music – thanks to its booming music festivals and nightlife scene. We talk to some of the players who are leading the change, including promoters, agents, and event producers to hear their observations and projections for the changing role of Vietnam as a destination for music tourism.
Gorana Romcevic (Head of Communications and PR, Epizode Festival)
Chris Wolter (Co-Founder of Heart Beat Crew)
Bui Phong (CEO/Founder of Haustek Agency, Founder of techno.vn and haus.vn)
City Canvas: Graffiti Art Expression
Frustrated by certain regulations around art and culture, some artists have taken self expression into their own hands – using the city as their canvas as spray cans as their tools. Graffiti artists have found a new way to express their love for culture that has helped redefine graffiti as a form of art rather than vandalism, and become a cherished part of Ho Chi Minh’s cityscape.
Danny Daos (Artist)
Going Global: In Conversation with Cedric Gervais
It’s not easy for Western DJs and artists to navigate breaking into Asian territories. Global star Cedric Gervais joins BUDX for an insightful discussion about his own experience as a Grammy-winning producer who has continued to share his music and success all around the world, and now here in Vietnam.
Cedric Gervais (Artist)
DJ Minh Tri
Wednesday, May 29
The Reinvention of Vietnamese Style
A new wave of rising creatives in Vietnam are combining French haute couture heritage and experimental trends with beloved traditions. Specifically through fashion – but also music, and art – this youthful generation are seeking new ways to be heard and seen on a local and global scale. Vietnamese street style has become especially popular and we hear from some of the leading designers and fashion leaders on the trends, signature style and future direction.
Hip Hop: Artists in Conversation
The young music creatives of Vietnam have established a rising genre of hip hop that has quickly become the choice of sound for a new generation. Flowing across language and tackling cultural topics, we hear from some of the local pioneers about their inspirations and thoughts on the future direction of hip hop in Vietnam.
The Electronic Influence in V-Pop
V-Pop (Vietnamese pop music) has steadily been rising as a genre, and undoubtedly, some of V-Pop’s most exciting names have taken to leaning on electronic-tipped sounds and influences. Where are these promising new acts finding inspiration in electronic dance music and how are they integrating it into their music and sound? We hear from some of V-Pop’s brightest stars and explore the unique crossover.
Time to Shine: Producer’s Brainstorm
There is a new generation of electronic music talent emerging in Vietnam, paralleling the rising demand with increasing music tourism and new festivals and club nights. It’s time to meet the new faces of Vietnam’s rising scene and hear about their methods and secrets to producing. What musical inspirations and influences are local Vietnamese talents pulling from? What tools are they using to hone their craft?
Long Halo (Artist)
Dare To Be Different: In Conversation
There’s no shortage of inspired artists bubbling up to the surface in Vietnam, but as the wider music culture reaches a tipping point for breaking beyond and into global awareness, it’s now more important than ever for artists to be confident and inspired to create innovative sounds and explore new aural territory. We gather in conversation with esteemed local talent for a candid discussion to encourage the next generation to dare to be different.
Drag Queens Create an Inclusive and Daring Space for Art, Music and Dance
Vietnam’s underground transgender and drag queen community has been growing for years. With champions and collectives leading the charge, Vietnam has become home to inclusive space to encourage music, dance and arts while continuing to provide a platform and stage for local Vietnamese artists to showcase their radical art and divulge in their freedom of expression.
Drag Queen Centro team
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