Another fantastic Opening Ceremony in Hoi An
Vietnam International Choir Competition starts all over again
It was in 2011 when INTERKULTUR organized in Hoi An the first-ever international choir competition in the history of Vietnam. Yesterday evening at 20:00 h local time the meanwhile 5th edition of the event was officially opened.
In his opening speech INTERKULTUR’s Artistic Director Johan Rooze was obviously pleased with the event’s amazing success in recent years: “We are really happy that we can welcome? this year 32 singing groups not only from the Asian continent but also from Australia and Europe. We are very proud to be the first international festival organization that arranges this kind of events with the idea of ‘Singing together brings nations together’ especially here, in this amazing country.”
Like in previous years the Opening Ceremony was again broadcasted live by the Vietnamese television and was also streamed to an international online audience. Especially fans and families from the participating choirs from Australia and Singapore were extremely happy about the opportunity to experience this moment together with their far-away fellows.
The show started with a highlight never seen before: The two Artistic Directors from Vietnam and INTERKULTUR, Dang Chau Anh and Johan Rooze, opened the show performing as a duet. They sung the Vietnamese song “Hoa nip con tim”, accompanied by three Vietnamese children’s choirs. A very touching and colorful opener!
Afterwards the partner city presented itself with a traditional show of music, lampions and dragon dances, before all national and international participants were introduced) with a parade of their national flags. Seven participating choirs from Europe, Asia and Australia showcased music from their home countries and gave a foretaste of what’s to come during the next festival days. Whenever a group on stage finished their program, the following choir was accompanied on its way onto the stage by traditional dancing and singing – what a friendly and hospitable gesture by the Vietnamese hosts towards their guests from abroad!
The final Singing Together was again very exciting and touching. All choirs that performed on stage this evening sang the wonderful song “Music Beats as One” together with the whole audience. A firework of choral music that concluded with a real firework in front of the stage!
The audience was thrilled by the show and we’re now looking forward to seeing the choirs again on stage in competitions and Friendship Concerts.
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