Thursday 02 May 2019

19.30, 10 May 2019
Where: Café Nguoi Sai Gon – 9 Thai Van Lung, Ben Nghe, District 1, HCMC 

The British Council in Vietnam is delighted to present the next instalment of FAMLAB Open Session, a series of showcases for contemporary interpretations of Vietnam’s music/film histories. 

Taking place inside a bolero café in a long-established apartment building and utilising a public-rehearsal format, this FAMLAB Open Session sheds light on a music collective in ever exciting forward-motion. With its ambitious debut album in the work, Saigon Soul Revival is hosting a special, intimate occasion of live music and discussions. 

The group will be joined by a cast of collaborators (including Jan Hagenkoetter, the producer behind sister project Saigon Supersound), providing stories around the tracks played – some more well-known than others, including decades-old compositions never before recorded, as well as new originals penned by Saigon Soul Revival and unravelling the interwoven ideas and inspirations behind its current multi-media undertakings. There will even be room for audience members to ‘vote’ for their favourite tracks of the evening, in this gallivant into and across 1960s–1970s Vietnamese popular music in all its incarnations.

Free entry. Please register in advance here.   
We will be in touch within three working days of receiving your registration. Each registration is for one person.

Saigon Soul Revival is one of the grantees thus far of our FAMLAB Fund initiative. We are accepting applications for the current round of the Fund, deadline is 15 May 2019. 


Saigon Soul Revival (SSR) was formed in 2016 with the intention to preserve and recreate the raw sound and energy of alternative western influenced Vietnamese music from 1960s and 70s Saigon while applying new arrangements and interpretations of old Vietnamese songs. With tight grooves, psychedelic textures and a powerful unique sound, SSR has performed countless shows at a variety of venues across the country including major events like Quest, Vibe Nation and Mui Ne Music and Art festivals. They have also been part of Jan Hagenkötter's internationally acclaimed compilation Saigon Supersound release tour and took part in the nationally known Ban Nhạc Việt TV show. SSR has been featured in multiple international periodicals including Saigoneer and Asia Life and has garnered a strong following and presence in the Vietnamese music scene. 

Notes to Editor

Hanh Le 
Communications Manager
British Council 
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Hung Tran
Programme Manager
Arts and Creative Industries
British Council 
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About the British Council

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About Heritage of Future Past

Heritage of Future Past is a two-year project delivered through the British Council’s Culture and Development initiative to explore the use of cultural heritage for growth to benefit all levels of society. Engaging with Vietnam’s music and film heritage, especially those currently under-threat or under-represented, the project consists of two interconnected strands: community-level activities, and FAMLAB (Film, Archive and Music Lab). Launched in April 2018, the project seeks to create opportunities for communities across the country to contribute to – and benefit from – the safeguarding and reinvigoration of their cultural heritage.

Project activities are focused on research, documentation, conservation, training and capacity building (including oral teaching techniques), experimentation and innovation, advocacy and education (including policy and community dialogues), and the re-imagination and revitalisation of cultural heritage via contemporary practices. 

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