Singer serenades fans from balcony, faces fines

By Ha Thu   September 6, 2022 | 05:08 am PT
Singer serenades fans from balcony, faces fines
Singer Tuan Hung poses for a selfie at his home in Hanoi during the balcony concert on Sept. 4, 2022. Photo courtesy of the artist's Facebook
Hanoi's Hoan Kiem District authorities may fine singer Tuan Hung for holding a concert from his houses balcony without obtaining official permission.

Nguyen Quoc Hoan, vice chairman of the district People's Committee, said Monday that an inspection team has made a note of the singer's violation Sunday night, but the fine has not been decided.

Local officials asked the singer to stop the concert, but he kept going. After the show, he signed the violation report and agreed to pay the fine.

Hoan said Hung thought that he was singing from his balcony on Hang Khay Street, wasn’t charging any money and was not bothering anyone.

"However, this is a cultural activity and requires permission from the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The department has to approve the list of songs first. Besides, the singer needs to ensure security and order issues, fire prevention and epidemic prevention," he said.

While officials supported the singer's intentions, Hung should have completed all administrative procedures, Hoan said.

Hoan also said that he knew in advance about Hung's performance. So on September 3, he invited the singer to sort out the issue. However, the singer only sent a representative to the meeting.

The free balcony concert took place Sunday and gathered several local singers including Minh Quan and Vu Duy Khanh, attracting tens of thousands of spectators.

It was not the first time that Hung has sung spontaneously from his balcony, attracting a large number of fans to his house on Hang Khay Street.

Instead of releasing new songs and holding concerts, he has been focusing his time and efforts on doing business and taking care of his family in the past few years.

He considers singing on the balcony of his house as a nostalgic excursion into this earlier profession.

Famous for his deep, husky voice, Hung, 42, has many hits under his belt. Besides singing, he has also starred in a few local films.

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