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Cultural event – The Nghê – Vietnam’s home grown sacred spiritual animal

November 15 @ 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Join us for a very special cultural afternoon .… “To comprehend the symbol of the Nghê is to comprehend the traditional culture of Vietnam” (Dr Đinh Hồng Hải)

FVH is delighted to be invited to take part in an important cultural, art and heritage event with leading academics and artists taking place as the Fine Art Museum, Public Education Room.  

The Nghê is a sacred animal  sculpture found at gates and doors of pagodas, temples, communal houses in Vietnam. It symbolises loyalty and intelligence. The first Nghê statues appeared in the 15th century and became popular from the Ly Dynasty to the end of the Tay Son Dynasty (the 11th to 18th century) (from wikipedia)

Hosted by Art Researcher Trần Hậu Yên Thế (for those who attended the iron works talk at AGOhub he needs no introduction). He will explain all there is to know about the Nghê.  The Fine Arts museum is the venue of his new book launch: Nghê Việt  and so in recognition of this, an exhibition of the Nghê and decorative art work from children under Thế ‘s guidance plus the fact very few people have carried out such extensive research into this unique Vietnamese symbol,  FVH is hosting an afternoon dedicated to this mysterious sacred animal.

Thế will talk about this fascinating topic that fills the pages of his mini book.  …. the origins of the Nghê, how it made its way to Vietnam, how it differs from the Chinese lion, its symbolism, where you will see the Nghê, different Nghê around the regions of Vietnam, what their characteristics are, what makes this unique to Vietnam, why its so important to share knowledge of the Nghê, and many more hidden stories….


Dr Đinh Hồng Hải, from Vietnam National University will interpret into English.  He is a Professor of Anthropology, author of a four-volume book ‘Typical symbols in Vietnamese traditional culture’, researcher and an expert on Vietnam’s sacred animals ….




Dr Trần Đoàn Lâm (Editor in Chief of Thế Giới publishers who published The’s book) will also attend







  • 1.40pm arrival – please pay entry ticket (40,000 vnd) for the Museum and allow time to make your way to the 2nd floor for the event location. Feel free to arrive earlier in the day to go round the museum before the talk starts
  • 2pm-3.30pm talk and Q&A
  • 3.30pm-4.30pm guided tour of the exhibition of the Nghê curated by Thế and the museum . This includes an exhibition of ao dai’s by La SEN VŨ (ao dai fashion house) depicting Nghê images designed by Thế
  • 4.30pm-5pm refreshments (wine, soft drinks)
  • 5pm-5.30pm a special treat – watch a Nghê dance performance outside in the museum courtyard (during the talk Thế will also refer to how the Nghê  outfit is made)

Thế will speak in Vietnamese and Hải will translate into English (for the talk, Q&A and tour of the exhibition)

Please RSVP to Stella

250,000 pp (excluding museum entrance fee) to cover contributions to our speakers, private exhibition tour, Nghê dance and refreshments

max 30 people

Dress code – we thought it would be nice if people wanted to dress up smart and ladies you are welcome to wear ao dais if you have one

The book is currently in Vietnamese only – copies will be on sale if you wish to purchase it (120,000 vnd). It has an informative introduction in English and self -explanatory illustrations




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November 15
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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