Virginie Nguyen Hoang



Depuis quelques années, la musique belge est en pleine effervescence. La timidité face au « star system » de nos voisins français n’a plus lieu d’être, notamment depuis le succès international de Stromae qui a décomplexé toute la scène musicale belge francophone. Au delà du succès individuel de Stromae, des groupes tels que « Girls in Hawaï », « Puggy » , « Mud flow », « Ghinzu », « Hooverphonic » pour ne citer qu’eux, ont réussi à s’implanter tant sur la scène musicale belge qu’internationale. Avant de pouvoir rencontrer ce succès, la route reste longue et sinueuse comme pour beaucoup d’autres métiers artistiques. En Belgique, il est encore complexe de vivre uniquement de la musique malgré les multiples subsides qui existent, notamment ceux de la Communauté française, de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles ou de la SABAM (société belge des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs). Le statut d’artiste représente beaucoup d’avantages mais reste cependant difficile à obtenir. Dès lors, de nombreux artistes doivent allier leur vie de musicien à un autre métier plus « alimentaire ». Au delà du domaine musical, l’explosion des réseaux sociaux joue désormais un rôle majeur dans le succès d’un artiste. Il faut se montrer, partager sa vie, son quotidien ; un aspect du métier qui n’existait pas il y a dix ans à peine.

« Entre deux scènes » donne la parole à des artistes émergents ainsi qu’aux acteurs de la scène musicale belge qui gravitent autour des jeunes talents … Les groupes Sonnfjord, Ulysse et l’artiste Blu Samu témoignent de leur parcours, de leur rêves, de ce qu’ils partagent avec leur fans et « followers » mais aussi de leurs difficultés en tant que musicien.
Nous les avons suivis lors de leur tournée estivale, en répétitions, chez eux et dans leur boulot.

C’est une immersion avec les artistes et dans leur milieu au travers d’interviews et la vision des protagonistes du monde musical de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. Reportage publié sur:

"Entre deux scènes" a été réalisé grâce au soutien du Fonds pour le Journalisme.


The Hmong are an ethnic minority group of North and Central Vietnam. They are also found in Laos, Cambodia, China, and Thailand. After the war against the Americans, many of them were forced to flee to the United States. Twenty years later, some returned to their native village with a new belief: Protestantism. The Hmong, who have remained in the north and the central regions of Vietnam, represent to this day the largest minority in the region, but also the poorest and one of the most discriminated because of its past and its alliance with the Americans during the Vietnam War. Late 90's, early 2000, several Hmong missionaries (refugees in the US after the war) returned from the United States began transmitting the gospel in the mountainous regions of North Vietnam. More than 1/3 of the Hmong converted to Protestantism, being basically animistic. The Vietnamese government considered that the growing number of Hmong Protestants became a threat to the communist regime as well as to national unity. Between 2000 and 2001, a formerly secret plan called "Plan 184" was put in place to eradicate Christianity among minorities. Local officials in several villages in the northwest tried to persuade the Hmong to abandon their faith and return to traditional practices. Several arrests have been reported in the villages of Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Dien Bien provinces. Men from Protestant families were forced into forced labor and threatened with detention until they renounced their faith. The agricultural lands of several families were also confiscated by the authorities, a situation that put them in a very precarious financial situation. In 2003, severely criticized by the international community, the Vietnamese government had no choice but to create a new ordinance on religion and belief. It came into force in November 2004. This ordinance gives citizens the "right to freedom of belief, freedom of religion and the freedom not to follow a religion" and affirms that violations of these freedoms are prohibited. Fifteen years after the first persecutions, it seems that the Christian Hmong of Vietnam begins to practice their religion freely. However, this is not always the case, many Protestant Hmong still say they are being watched and intimidated by government authorities. This series tries to perceive how the Christians Protestant Hmong can practice their religion while giving an image of their daily Hmong life. We know the Hmong through tourism and persecution against them in Laos, but very little about their customs, way of life, and the persecutions perpetrated by the Vietnamese government. T

These images were taken in the provinces of Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Cao Bang and Tuyen Quang in 2012 and 2017.

HMONG AND CHRISTIAN from Virginie Nguyen Hoang on Vimeo.


The 8th July 2014, the Israeli Defence Forces launched the "Operation Protective Edge" in order to defend its territory from the rockets of Hamas. Within one month, this operation has killed more than 2104 Palestinians (27th August 2014) civilians and 64 Israeli soldiers. Most of the victims were killed by heavy shellings on the Gaza Strip.

Al Awda hospital is an Non-Governemental Hospital situated in the Northern part of the Gaza Strip. It was created in 1997 with at firs the capacity of 53 beds which has reached 100 beds now in case of emergency. Since the beginning of the Israeli Operation, Al Awda hospital has received more than 450 injured people.
Usually, Al Awda Hospital is also the only hospital that provides maternity and Obstetric services in the north of Gaza Strip. Because of the current emergency situation, Al Awda provides maternity services to all women from the Gaza Strip due to the difficulties of reaching the governmental hospital in Gaza city.

GAZA- Until we can from Virginie Nguyen Hoang on Vimeo.


According to the UNHCR, there are over 136,000 Syrians registered in Egyptian as refugees. From the 2011 revolution until the toppling of Mohamed Morsi, Syrians were welcomed in Egypt.
They were given immediate entry visas with six-month residency permits, as well as access to health services and education.
Since the military ousting of Morsi, it has become compulsory for Syrians to apply for visas and to go through security clearance, before coming to the country. Hundreds of Syrians have been turned back at the border or deported. Once in Egypt, many find they are subject to discrimination, harassment and even violence.
Part of the reason for this change in attitude stems from the political situation regarding the Muslim Brotherhood. A number of Syrians aligned themselves with pro-Morsi demonstrators during and after the military overthrow. 

Now Syrians frequently find themselves labeled as supporters of the former president and the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and accused of organizing plots against the country. Faced with such attitudes, many Syrian refugees no longer want to stay in Egypt.

The story can be seen here:


Discover the story of Adel, a hairdresser who has been working in Tunis for more than 20 years. This story has been produced in one day during the first part of the World Press Photo workshop Reporting Change that was happening in Tunis last January 2014. For more info:


November 8, 2013, Tacloban City in the central Philippines has been hit hardly by super Typhoon Haiyan locally called Super Typhoon Yolanda.

It plowed through the Province of Leyte where is situated Tacloban, leaving over 5,700 dead and more than 1,700 missing throughout the region (last numbers of December 2013). Some 4 million people were displaced.

One month since Typhoon Haiyan, signs of progress in this shattered Philippine city are mixed with reminders of the scale of the disaster and the challenges ahead: bodies are still being uncovered from beneath the debris. Tens of thousands are living amid the ruins of their former lives, underneath shelters made from scavenged materials and handouts.

Slowly, although the city remains without electricity, shops and restaurants have started to reopen their doors for business, thanks to generators, and the streets are being cleared of debris. The city has started to come back to life.


It has been over two years since the Syrian revolution has begun leading to a civil war that makes the Syrian population it’s the first victim. Under the threat of the daily bombing of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, life goes on somehow in Aleppo and its surrounding villages.
While electricity, water, and bread are rationed, markets remain open and improvised schools in mosques were created by the civilian council as a substitute for the many bombed schools in the region.

On the frontline, members of the Free Syrian Army are trying to release the last areas held by the regular army before moving to Damascus ...
This serie of images taken between October 2012 and March 2013 is an episode of the Syrian daily life under the threat of bombs ...

This sound slide show has been done for the photo Festival of Arles 2013 by Virginie Nguyen Hoang/ HansLucas


Ayham and Wasseem have been fighting as members of the Free Syrian Army since the beginning of the revolution. Before the Syrian uprising, Ayham was a student while Wasseem was a tailor. 

Both have abandoned their lives to fight against the troops of Bashar al-Assad to contribute to the freedom of the Syrian population.


The runoff, slated for the 16 and 17 June 2012, will see the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohamed Morsy compete for the top executive post with former Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq. For many, that doesn't leave much of a choice and a boycott seems to be the best option.
That's mainly because in the first round of the election, nearly 9 million, or 40% of voters, voted for Hamdeen Sabbahi and Abouel Fotouh, who came third and fourth respectively. Those who opted for them are perceived as voters whose political opinion is averse to Islamists and remnants of the Mubarak régime, in other words, the revolutionaries.

This multimedia has been realized for the newspaper Egypt Independent.



Parkour is an acrobatic sport that involves running and doing tricks in an urban space, while landing with low impact. It appeared in the 1990s in France following some Youtube videos that showed the strong visual impact of Parkour which made it a worldwide popular practice

In Cairo, a group of young people created in 2009 EgyFlow with the aim to practice and teach Parkour in Egypt.

Videography and editing by : Virginie Nguyen Hoang
Voicing by : Lindsey Parietti
Music: The Glich - Swarm


As worldwide Muslims are observing the Holy month of Ramadan, a northern neighborhood of Cairo, Imbaba, presents how breaking the fast is celebrated in this popular area of the Egyptian capital as well as its atmosphere.

Produced by Mohamed Adam & Virginie Nguyen



Kumar didn't think he would follow his father's footsteps and become a tattoo artist. He and his sister, both adopted from India, were brought up in Denmark. Facing people's prejudices because of his father's lifestyle, he often wished his father was a football coach.
After growing up though, Kumar realized he wanted to go into the family business.



This multimedia as been produced during a workshop with the Bombay Flying club at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. It has been realised with two great photographers: Sophie Gost and Narendra Mainali.

Ce multimédia a é produit au cours d'un atelier avec le "Bombay Flying Club"  à la "Danish school of Media and Journalism". Il a été réalisé avec deux grands photographes: Sophie Gost et Narendra Mainali.