A concert with music vibe running through your every vein. A concert with thousands of dynamic youngsters and like-minded friends. A concert with a meaningful purpose of enhancing equality for every individual on earth no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity is. A concert of awesomeness. Having took place at the very heart of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, SEA Pride 2016 gathered people to raise the awareness of and promote the rights of our brothers and sisters who are members of the LGBT.

Representatives from embassies in Hanoi showing their commitment for a better vision for LGBTI communityPhoto credit: SEA Pride 2016 facebook fanpage

Representatives from embassies in Hanoi showing their commitment for a better vision for LGBTI community
Photo credit: SEA Pride 2016 facebook fanpage

Pride Month is celebrated in June in many capitals all over the world as an advancement of human rights. Hanoi, the very heart of Vietnam, is not an exception. On June 25th 2016, walking along the American Club at 19 – 20 Hai Ba Trung Street in Hanoi, you would immediately feel the music beat and the fire of excited crowd.

Food stands ready to serve participants in festivalPhoto credit: SEA Prince 2016 facebook fanpage

Food stands ready to serve participants in festival
Photo credit: SEA Prince 2016 facebook fanpage

Community booths, arts and crafts as well as a special kiosk for President Obama’s Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative YSEALI were present at the festival. However, the key attraction at the SEA Pride 2016 was the meaningful message and fantastic music.

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SEA Pride 2016 created a space for participants see impressive performances of well-known singers and bands from Singapore, Philippines, and the U.S. such as Hang up the Moon, Nibiru Band, DJ Lina. Famous Vietnamese artists such as Noo Phước Thịnh, Oplus Band, Ngọt, Ngũ Cung, and Dương K & Oringchains were also present at the event.

The flag with thousands of autographs to honor victims in OrlandoPhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

The flag with thousands of autographs to honor victims in Orlando
Photo credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Following the success of ASEAN Pride 2015, SEA Pride 2016 came back to deliver the message: “Color with your music” to the young who desire to live in a respected, equal and free atmosphere. Each individual is unique in their own way and no matter who you are, as long as you give respect to the rights of other people, SEA Pride 2016 is ready to welcome you. Along with the aforementioned aim, this festival is also organized to exchange culture among nations in South East Asia when well-known artists from different areas, and to provide a venue where Vietnamese youth could enjoy vibrant music.

A guitar solo on stagePhoto credit: SEA Pride 2016 facebook fanpage

A guitar solo on stage
Photo credit: SEA Pride 2016 facebook fanpage

Trans-gender models proudly presented the collection by designer Caroll TranPhoto credit: SEA Pride 2016 facebook fanpage

Trans-gender models proudly presented the collection by designer Caroll Tran
Photo credit: SEA Pride 2016 facebook fanpage

I remembered a sentence saying that “With Music, We Are One”. Indeed, SEA Pride 2016 music festival incredibly created a space to promote openness and respect for difference and diversity.

 

 

By Nguyen Thu Thao, ASEAN Correspondent from Vietnam

 

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