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