|A performance by Vocalista Angels, children's choir team from Indonesia at the Việt Nam International Choir Competition in Hội An. The ancient town will host the 7th edition on April 2-6. — VNS Photo Công Thành|
HỘI AN — After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Việt Nam International Choir Competition is set to resume in the ancient town of Hội An from April 2 to 6.
The event has received registrations from 20 teams representing nine countries and territories, and will feature 13 events with eight grades held at the city's theatre.
Organised by Interkultur and Hội An in 2011, the competition expects to gather thousands of artists performing in the men’s and women’s mixed and equal voice of sacred choral music, hymn, chamber, and folklore with age groups of youth, teen, and adult.
The opening ceremony of the event will take place at the Hội An Theatre at 8pm on April 2, and the troupes will hold a parade from the theatre to wind through the Old Quarter of Hội An after the award ceremony on April 4.
The competition’s organisers will present gold medals and certificates to winners of eight categories. Teams will also participate in a public performance, International Melody, and local performances of art troupes from 7.30pm at the Japanese Bridge, Kazik Park, and Bà Mụ Pagoda on April 3-4.
Interkultur brought the first choral competition to Hội An in 2011, and central Thừa Thiên-Huế hosted the second edition in 2012. The competition’s jury will be selected by Interkultur, and Đặng Châu Anh will be the only Vietnamese representative in the jury.
The biennial competition is considered a rendezvous for international choir teams and friends coming to the UNESCO-recognised world heritage site.
In the previous competition in 2019, the Vocalista Angels, a children's choir team from Indonesia, won the Việt Nam International Choir Competition, while the Vietnamese choir of the National University of Art Education was awarded the silver prize in the mixed choirs. — VNS