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Festival to welcome APEC summit

Update: November, 03/2006 - 00:00

Festival to welcome APEC summit


HA NOI — Ha Noi will host a festival to celebrate APEC Vietnam 2006 and World Trade Organisation integration this Sunday.

The Ha Noi Chapter of the Union of Friendship Associations will host the festival entitled Ha Noi Welcomes APEC 2006, which will be a great chance to introduce the country and the capital to international friends, said Dao Thanh Huong, deputy-chairwoman of the municipal union chapter.

At the festival, Ha Noi Mayor Nguyen Quoc Trieu is slated to make the opening speech, with representatives of ambassadors to Viet Nam also in attendence.

A highlight of the festival is expected to be the opening performance at Ly Thai To Square of 100 artists from the Viet Nam Opera and Ballet Theatre, which will be broadcast on Viet Nam Television’s Channel 3.

After the performance, a peace march will start at 8.15am. The event is expected to attract some 5,000 people including local residents and foreigners alike.

Ha Noi-based artists and foreign artists from Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, Australia and the Philippines will also perform, in a concert to be held at 8pm on November 18 at the Cultural Friendship Palace. The singers will be joined on stage by a 40-member international choir. — VNS

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