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European Music Festival starts in HCMC

Hoang The Phong
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European Music Festival starts in HCMC

Hoang The Phong

Throngs of music lovers on Saturday rushed to the opening day of the European Music Festival 2017 at the HCMC Conservatory of Music in District 1, HCMC.

Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, the embassies of EU member states and the European Cultural Institutes, the festival attracts musical talents and guest music bands from Austria, Wallonia-Brussels/Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland and Sweden. As a free music event open to all ages, the festival lasts until December 2.

Swedish singer Janice showed her strong and vibrant voice with a fascinating performance before traveling to Hanoi to take the stage at the Youth Theater on November 21.

Speaking on the opening night on November 18, Juan Zaratiegui, political advisor of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, said after 16 years of operation, the annual festival has become a rendezvous for leading young artists from EU member countries to show off their talent and passion for music, and honor the colorful richness of European cultures.

The event is aimed to break down cultural and language barriers and invigorate intercultural exchanges and deepen the fruitful relationship between the European Union and Vietnam, Zaratiegui said.

Swedish ambassador to Vietnam Pereric Hogberg said at the opening ceremony that music is an indispensable part of Swedish culture as it makes life more beautiful and vibrant.

City audiences can enjoy a classical concert on November 22 which will be performed by the duo Karolina Mikolajczyk and Iwo Jedynecki.

The Bay Collective, an open music project by Vietnamese-Danish pianist Tri Minh and Danish singer/songwriter Nay Ruby, are expected to stage a gig along with Vietnamese singer Thanh Lam and Danish award-winning musician/singer Michael Moller on November 24.

Performances of contemporary and traditional music by Quintet Inattendu from Wallonia-Brussels/Belgium will be staged on November 26.

The world-renowned piano battle Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis from Germany will show up at the HCMC Conservatory of Music on December 1 and Hungarian singer/songwriter Veronika Harcsa will perform on December 2, the final day of the event.

Free tickets can be collected at Goethe Institut at 18, Street No. 1, Do Thanh Condo in District 3 and Idecaf, 31 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1 from November 15.

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