Culture, Events — April 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Presenting Artwork is Work: ASEAN Music Festival in Hanoi


Established in 2008, CAMA Festival is Hanoi’s first ever all-day independent music event to provide a stage for young Vietnamese to be exposed to forms of international music previously off limits. Its success has paved the way for the emergence of other music festivals in the country. For 2013, CAMA Vietnam teams up with the United States Embassy in Hanoi to organize the inaugural Artwork is Work: ASEAN Music Festival. This celebration of creative, Asian youth culture will take place in Hanoi on May 11, featuring bands from the ASEAN region as well as art and community groups from within Hanoi.


Making their way to the festival are a host of top quality musicians all looking to showcase the sounds of their country. Festival performers include garage rockers Blood Sugar Politik (Myanmar), traditional Thai funk act Molam International (Thailand), the post-rock algorithms of Pulso (Philippines), Vietnam’s nu-metal heroes 18+ (Vietnam) and genre-defying electronic sound artists Muon (Singapore). Besides non-stop live music on the main stage, the festival will feature a creative arts market run by the Hanoi Flea Market and a visual arts center curated by Hanoi’s Onion Cellar collective.

As well as promoting pride in the cultural vibrancy of modern ASEAN nations, the festival is also intended to highlight respect for artists in Asia via Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). IPR represents a vital part of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement as well as a core responsibility for countries joining the WTO. But the issue is far from just another international obligation, IPR is a critical requirement for any country to develop technologically-advanced industries and promote creativity and innovation among its people.

Protecting a nation’s creative rights is vital to the development of homegrown industries in arts and technology. For the sake of composers, performing artists, writers, painters, computer programmers, caricaturists, musicians, illustrators and other creators of original works, Artwork is Work: ASEAN Music Festival seeks to highlight the importance of intellectual property rights enforcement in ASEAN countries.

With the support of the United States Embassy Hanoi, the first ever Artwork is Work: ASEAN Music Festival will kick off from 2pm on Saturday 11 May at 19-21 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi. Tickets will be available on the door.

More details on and on the festival’s Facebook page.

Dive into CAMA and ASEAN Music Festival’s vibe by watching the video from the 5th edition in 2011. Music Weekly was there for last year’s edition, and we had lots of fun!