Nha Trang all set for sea extravaganza

The fifth biennial Nha Trang Sea Festival, themed Nha Trang – Coastal Destination this year, will be held next month.

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It will feature some 60 cultural, arts, sporting and tourism events, Khanh Hoa Province People’s Committee deputy chairman and head of the organising board, Le Xuan Than told the media in HCM City on Monday.

“The festival aims to attract domestic and foreign tourists to the province and the country,” Than said.

Thai Nguyen Province will also participate into this event this year, he said.

From June 2 to 10 there will be a fishing and sea tours at night, an S1 water-motorbike performance, a sepak takraw competition on the beach, and a Nha Trang sea bath day.

There will be environmental protection activities, including a city-wide rubbish clean-up on the International Environment Day (June 5), and a conference on marine preservation.

Exhibitions will be held to showcase Cham culture, Lu Cam porcelain, calligraphy, photographs of the city, and high-quality Vietnamese goods, as will a festival of folk cuisine and the region’s special dishes, a music concert and comedy shows.

The organisers will highlight the region’s speciality – swallow’s nest – with conferences on the industry’s history and traditional culture, developing swallow communities and the uses of swallow’s nests, and two swallow’s nest festivals in the city and on Hon Noi Island.

A charity show, Dance on the Beach, will be held on June 10.

The main festival will open with a fireworks display. The opening day will feature a volleyball competition, a film week, a street photo exhibition on the Beauty of Aloe Wood Region, another on the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago, a Champa pottery and brocade display, a cooking contest, a food court, and a street-arts show.

The highlights of the festival will be parades of bicycles, pedicabs, Vespa scooters and vintage motorbikes, an exhibition of sand art, human chess, a Fish Worshipping ceremony, stunt kite flying, dancing by the best couples from the Khanh Hoa Gymnasium, poetry recitation, and music shows themed the sea and islands.

Morbihan Province of France will participate in the festival, bringing its own musicians and photography enthusiasts.

Vietravel’s diving centre, Vinadive, will organise underwater weddings for 10 couples on June 15 at Hon Mun Sea Reserve Area.

Of the cost of organising the festival, 80 per cent has been contributed by organisations and businesses in Khanh Hoa and elsewhere.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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