Nha Trang Sea Festival 2011 took off at the April 2 Square on June 11 with a colourful opening ceremony attended by leaders from Khanh Hoa and the neighbouring provinces, besides thousands of foreign and domestic visitors.
A colourful musical performance at the opening ceremony of Nha Trang Sea Festival 2011
The festival opened with various cultural, art and sporting activities like music shows, a group wedding and a calligraphy showcase.
This year the festival features more than 60 cultural, art and sport activities including Cau Ngu ritual (fish worshipping), fireworks display, wine tasting, kite flying and lantern and carnival processions.
Highlights of the festival include sea and island fun activities, especially on the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelago islands, aimed at promoting tourism and calling for the protection of the sea and the country’s sovereignty of the region.
Le Xuan Than, vice chairman and head of the organizing committee, told Sai Gon Giai Phong that the festival will help build Nha Trang’s image as a cultural, friendly and hospitable city boasting of a beautiful landscape of blue sea, white sand and sunny weather.
He added that the festival will introduce the great potential of Khanh Hoa province for economic and tourism development and send a message for environmental protection to local and foreign visitors.
The festival ends on June 15.