How to apply for ‘Encounter’ workshops

‘Encounter’ is a series of lectures and workshops that aims to stimulate creative activity in Vietnam, engaging different ideas of contemporary culture. ‘Encounter’ forms part of a larger endeavor called ‘Conscious Realities’ (2013-2016) focusing on the shared histories of South East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Africa, engaging the divergent reactions to those histories and the lessons to be learned in thinking laterally across these communities.

Sàn Art is looking for 15 participants based in Vietnam (cross-disciplinary in interest), to take part in closed workshops with the following guest speakers.  As a participant you will be open and willing to take part in discussion. You may also be expected to undertake small tasks (eg. writing, drawing, presentation) that further investigate your own relationship to the expertise of each speaker. All lectures and workshops will be held in Ho Chi Minh City, and conducted in English and Vietnamese.


‘Encounter’ is open to all interdisciplinary thinkers (artists, architects, social scientists, writers etc) above the age of 23 who live and work in Vietnam and interested in examining the importance of culture to a global society. Ideally you will have familiarity with English, as the majority of guest lecturers will speak in this language (Vietnamese translation will however be provided). You must understand that attendance at all lectures and workshops between  November 2014 –  August 2015 is mandatory to the program.

Please refer to this page for all speakers’ bios and the latest schedule of events


1. Download application form

2. Complete application form

3. Send all of the above, with your CV with subject ‘APPLICATION-ENCOUNTER’ to

Application deadline: 13th September 2014

If succeeded, you will be notified by email between from 30th September 2014


Confirmed speakers for November 2014 – August 2015:

Kidlat Tahimik

Film director; writer and actor; The Philippines

November 2014

Ravi Sundaram

Writer; editor; Prof. Centre for the Study of Developing Societies; co-founder of Sarai, India

December 2014

Ntone Edjabe

Writer; journalist and DJ; founder of ‘Chimurenga’ – an award winning pan-African literary magazine, South Africa

March 2015

Marco Kusumawijaya

Architect and urbanist; co-founder of Rujak Center for Urban Studies; Indonesia

July 2015

N’Gone Fall

Independent curator; essayist and consultant in cultural policy; France/Senegal

August 2015


The board of advisors who adjucates the Open Call consists of:

Dinh Q. Le

MFA, co-founder of Vietnam Art Foundation – VNFA , Los Angeles, Chairman of Sàn Art

Nguyen Thanh Son

Entrepreneur, lecturer, author, General Director of T&A Ogilvy, Chairman of Blue Productions

Nguyen Phuong Mai

PhD, researcher, lecturer of Cross-Cultural Management at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

This opportunity is free of charge.


For further information and/or inquiry, you may refer to the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ sheet) above, or email with subject ‘Inquiry: Encounter’. We will try best to accommodate your inquiry.

Look forward to hearing from you!