Heart Beat’s Saigon’s “underground body music” house parties get a venue change, to the newly opening Saigon’s Lookout (37bis Ky Con, Q1, HCMC). But the beat remains the same

Dallas Waines - Founder of Saigon Soul Parties facebook.com/saigonsoul

Importing a tried-and-true pool party formula from Taipei, Saigon Soul has splashed onto the Saigon scene with the help of its founder, Dallas Waines. After a successful first season at the New World Hotel, the second season is kicking off on Nov. 22, and running every Saturday through May 9

Whether coursing out the deep house and nu disco in DJ form, or keeping the tempo party-like and positive on a typical night at smooth jam hub The Observatory, Dan has helped bring the Saigon scene to where it is.

Zoe Butt - Executive Director and Curator of San Art san-art.org

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Zoe has long been active on the pan-Asian art circuit, working with private collectors and researchers, independent curators and major museums globally. On a meta level, she’s one of the people trying to figure what makes this place tick

José Lozano Casado - Manager at The Cube Bar

José Lozano Casado (aka Emmanuel Rudzitsky) came to Ho Chi Minh City from his native Spain vis-à-vis Germany to study for his Master’s, and decided to stay and get further involved in the cultural and music projects in the city. He’s done that in the four years since, working at The Others Creative House and managing The Cube Bar, collaborating in projects like Neighbors and Saigon Artbook, and developing a side career as photographer and videographer

Nguyen Dang Quang’s long-running determination to have his own music and DJ bar started off with Hanoi Rock City before he moved onto a different venture, Madake. A few years on and his creation on Xuan Dieu remains one of the go-to venues in the capital.

An Austrian pro skater of the longboard persuasion, last year Anna and co-founder Andre Tokarczyk set about spreading the stoke through Vietnam under the banner of Viet Shred. With events and clinics in both Saigon and Mui Ne, Viet Shred is ground zero of this growing trend

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