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Weekend street art shows to play on downtown Saigon's walking street

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 14:16 GMT+7
Weekend street art shows to play on downtown Saigon's walking street
People watch a street performance on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City in this undated file photo. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Starting July, there will be street art performances on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City every Saturday as per a new tourism promotion initiative from the municipal Department of Culture and Sports.

The city’s deputy chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen has given the green light to the proposed idea.

A total of 48 weekly street art shows with an estimated cost of more than VND1.4 billion (US$60,400), funded by the municipal culture department’s budget for 2020, will be organized to reboot and promote travel to the city after the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The city’s People’s Committee has assigned relevant functional agencies to coordinate the effective implementation of the program in a way that ensures public order and security, fire and explosion prevention, and environmental sanitation.

Nguyen Hue Street, located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City's District 1, officially became the city’s first-ever promenade in April 2015.

Since its opening, the 900-meter pedestrian street has been the iconic hang-out spot for both locals and tourists in the southern metropolis, attracting many people every night and getting even more crowded on the weekend.

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