We had the privilege of joining Vân-Ánh Võ and her world-music ensemble in the studio this week, and we want to bring special attention to their creativity in using parchment paper in their music–crinkled to sound like rustling bird nests and wrapped around the marimba mallets to produce a special and unique sound. Who knew something so simple could sound so cool?!

See how the parchment paper plays a role in her latest production 3L: Love, Life, Loss about Vietnamese, Chicano, and African American communities in the Santa Clara Valley next Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Sunnyvale Theater!

For more information about the show and where to buy tickets, click here! 3L: Love, Loss, Life is brought to you by Mosaic Silicon Valley an initiative of Sangam Arts, fellow Bay Area non-profit providing an innovative platform for artists from diverse backgrounds to come together to collaborate and co-create world-class music and dance performances.

We had a very productive board meeting this year, re-structuring our board roster and reviewing this past year and plans for the upcoming year at each of our organizations, all of which we are so proud to have at VANGO. We’ve got some great things in store, updates to come!

This year’s board meeting was made extra special with the added dinner at the home of our favorite traditional Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist, Vân-Ánh Võ.

We were especially delighted to hear from students from Music Bridge and their plans for this summer’s music and leadership workshops in Hue, Viet-Nam.

We had so much fun preparing for and during the event. Enjoy these photos to get a glimpse of all the fun we had!

Top left: Staff (Kieu Han, Ngoc, Phuong Vinh, Cathy, Anh, Nhat Hang), Top right: Enjoying treats from the baking station, Bottom left: Practicing some children’s yoga, Bottom right: Storytelling with chị Ngoc
Top left: Reading with chị Clarissa (US), Top right: Developing fine motor skills, Bottom left: Practicing gross motor skills with chị Megan (US), Bottom right: Making pancakes with cô Cathy (US)

Just like that, it was over, but it was so worth it. For more information about events like this one, please contact HIPE Team on Facebook.

We’re so excited that all the tickets to our FUNraiser have sold out! We have been working hard all week to make sure the office is ready for our event on Saturday!

Get ready for a morning filled with fun English activities and treats with the HIPE team!

You don’t have to know English to come, but we’re sure you will leave knowing more English than you did before!



  • Date:  Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Time:  8:00-10:00am
  • Location:  2/16 Đoàn Hữu Trưng – Phường Phước Vĩnh – TP. Huế
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT

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