The Nha Trang - Khanh Hoa Sea Festival 2023 opened on Saturday evening in Nha Trang, a famous beach city in south-central Vietnam, with the theme of ‘Nha Trang – Aspiration for Development,’ attracting tens of thousands of local and foreign visitors.
The opening ceremony of the four-day event, which covers more than 70 cultural and sports activities, took place at April 2 Square in Nha Trang, the city capital of Khanh Hoa Province, given the organization of the provincial People’s Committee.
This biennial festival, which was first launched in 2003, reflects traditional and contemporary cultural values toward preserving and promoting the cultural quintessence of the nation in general and Nha Trang - Khanh Hoa in particular, Dinh Van Thieu, deputy chairman of the Khanh Hoa administration, said at the ceremony.
This is also one of the important events to celebrate the 370th anniversary of the construction and development of Khanh Hoa (1653 - 2023), the organizing board said, adding that the festival was suspended in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s festival commenced with the shows of motorized paragliding, LED kites and ten hot-air balloons lighting up the sky with 3D effects, bringing excitement and pleasure to thousands of viewers.
The main highlight of the ceremony was the brilliant light show by more than 1,600 drones that were arranged to form different words and spectacle structures including aircraft in the sky, attracting a lot of audiences.
Following the drone light show was a five-minute artistic fireworks display, combined with multi-layered sound and light effects.
A unique art and music program followed the opening ceremony, comprising two parts: ‘Love words of the sea’ and ‘Sea - development potential.’
The program began with a song that features the beauty of the country’s sea areas stretching from north to south, and of the two archipelagos of Hoang Sa - Truong Sa in the East Vietnam Sea.
During the festival that will last until Tuesday, there will be a lot of attractive sports and cultural items, including a fish-worshiping festival, a hip-hop club party, a fishing contest, a marathon race themed ‘Run to Future,’ art and music performances, and a fashion show, among others.
It is expected that Khanh Hoa will welcome about 100,000 visitors during the festival, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
This year, the province is set to receive four million visitors, including 1.5 million foreigners, and earn some VND21 trillion (US$894.4 million) in travel revenue, the news agency cited the province’s Department of Tourism as saying.
These targets are far higher than the total of 2.57 million travelers and the revenue of nearly VND14 trillion ($596.2 million) recorded in 2022.
|This photo features numerous visitors gathering at the April 2 Square in Nha Trang City to attend the tenth sea festival in the beach city of Nha Trang. Photo: Cong Dinh / Tuoi Tre|
|A drone light show features the theme of this year's sea festival: ‘Khanh Hoa - Aspiration for Development.’ Photo: Cong Dinh / Tuoi Tre|
|This image shows visitors using their smartphones to photograph one of the drone light performances at the opening ceremony of the tenth sea festival in Khanh Hoa Province’s Nha Trang City on June 3, 2023. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre|
|An art and music performance at the opening ceremony of the Nha Trang - Khanh Hoa Sea Festival 2023. Photo: Hoai Bao / Tuoi Tre|