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Nha Trang Sea Festival, June 11 - 15, 2011


Sea festival began in blaze of colour

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Artists and pop stars performed at the opening ceremony of the five-day 5th Sea Festival in Khanh Hoa Province, themed Nha Trang, Rendezvous by the Sea. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan


KHANH HOA — Fireworks and dances began the fifth Sea Festival in Nha Trang city on Saturday night.

More than 1,000 artists and pop stars took part in the start of the five-day festival in Khanh Hoa Province, themed Nha Trang, Rendezvous by the Sea.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said at the opening ceremony that the festival helped promote benefits of the sea.

He said coastal provinces and cities should co-operate to develop sea tourism as well as protecting the marine environment.

"All of us have a responsibility to preserve and promote the sea's potential and protect Viet Nam's sea and island sovereignty," Nhan said.

Many activities took place in the lead-up to the festival, such as fishing and night sea trips, bathing, national beach sepak takraw competition and a seminar on Marine Conservation.

This year's festival would last until June 15, two days shorter than usual but the quality and scale had been improved, Than said.

"It's expected the festival will attract more that 100,000 visitors. My message is please help protect the sea environment and the sea and island sovereignty and promote the advantages the sea brings us," Than said.

It will be the second festival for one of the performers Nha Trang resident Tran Thuy Dung, 22.

"Our group of 70 students practised for nearly a month and had a week to together with other groups to get familiar with the stage," she said.

"All of us tried to keep discipline and concentrate."

As for the response of tourists in Nha Trang: "Wonderful place, wonderful people" were common remarks.

A Russian tourist said she came to Nha Trang city for business but decided to stay longer for the festival.

"I have different activities to join in, not only swimming and sun bathing," the tourist said.

Over the following days, activities will include a street carnival, dance and music programmes, including artists from South Korea, China, France and Cuba, closing at a ceremony on Wednesday night. — VNS / Vietnam News, 13.6.2011

Schedule of events
  •  Remote controlled planes at 2/4 Square and Nha Trang Beach, 8am, June 13
  •  Vietnamese High Quality Products Fair at Youth Park, Tran Phu St, until June 15
  •  Flavour of Thai Nguyen Tea Festival, at Coastal Park, Pham Van Dong St, until June 15
  •  Vietnamese and French movies presentation at Mini-cinema, 10 Hoang Hoa Tham St, until June 15
  •  Paramotors: Demonstration of motorised aircraft at Coastal Park, until June 15
  •  Fashion Show on stage opposite Tue Tinh St, 8pm, June 13
  •  Street Parade at 2/4 Square, 8pm, June 13
  •  Parade of Volkswagen classic cars on Tran Phu St, June 13-14
  •  A taste of cross culture: musical performances, photography discussion and friendly exchanges with French artists from Morbihan Province at Nha Trang Teachers Training College and Nha Trang University, June 13-15
  • Poetry Festival at Ponagar Tower, 8am, June 14
  • Hip hop performances on stage opposite Tue Tinh St, 8pm, June 14-15 
  • Underwater group wedding ceremony at Hon Mun Preserve, 8am, June 15. Last update 13/06/2011:

The six-day event will feature 60 cultural and sports programs, including a bathing festival, music performances, a seminar on developing bird’s nests in the central coastal region, a photo exhibition on Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, as well as display of Truong Sa map made from coffee beans.

Initiated in 2003, the event is organized every two years, aiming to honor the strength of Vietnam’s seas and beauty of Nha Trang bay – one of the world’s 35 most beautiful bays.

As part of the event, on June 12, the Nha Trang city People’s Committee and the provincial agricultural sector released almost 400,000 prawns and 7,500 fish to help enrich natural resources for Nha Trang bay.

Nha Trang Sea Festival 2011 / Photo

Nha Trang releases breeding shrimp, fish into sea

Nha Trang city authorities yesterday, June 12, released more than 400,000 shrimps and 7,500 barramundi fish into the sea at Tam isle and Bay lagoon to improve stocks in the sea. 
It serves as a call for everybody to protect the country's marine ecosystem, Le Xuan Than, deputy chairman of the central Khanh Hoa Province People’s Committee, said.
“Besides exhorting the public to contribute to the protection of marine resources, relevant agencies themselves must take regular action,” he added. 
The event was also part of the 2011 Sea Festival that opened Saturday, the authorities said.
The released shrimps and fish were contributed by the Khanh Hoa Province Aquatic Resource Exploitation and Protection Sub-department, the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute, the Aquaculture Research Institute III, and a number of seafood companies. - Last update 13/06/2011

Nha Trang sea festival successfully held

(VOV) - Over 100,000 foreign and domestic visitors flocked to the fifth Sea Festival 2011 themed “Nha Trang – The Sea Rendezvous”, which wrapped up on June 15 in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Le Xuan Than, Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and Head of the organising board underlined that the event sent a message to the people, urging them to protect marine resources and promote beauty and great values of seas and islands.

The ten-day event was colourful with over 60 cultural and sports activities, such as a bathing festival, a fishing competition, a fish worshipping ceremony, a sepak takraw competition on the beach, a seminar on developing bird’s nests as well as music performances by art troupes from Cuba, the Republic of Korea and France.

Highlights of the event were a photo exhibition on Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and a display of Truong Sa map made from coffee beans.

Initiated in 2003, the event aims to honour, preserve and uphold special cultural characteristics of Khanh Hoa province as well as splendid beauty of Nha Trang bay - one of the world’s 35 most beautiful bays.   VOV News, 16.6.2011

Too many sea festivals in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – A dozen of sea festivals are organized in Vietnam, in the names of culture-sports-tourism week, sea tourism week, sea festivals, etc. However, these festivals cannot create their uniqueness.

Coastal provinces compete to organize sea festivals but sea festivals are considered as a seasonal solution to help attract tourists in the peak season to compensate for the low season. Experts advised these provinces to develop diverse and complete service products for tourists as priority, then organizing festivals.

Among sea festivals in Vietnam, only the Nha Trang Sea Festival is a famous and competitive brand. Other events in northern and central Vietnam fail to make its own impression on foreign tourists.

VietNamNet Bridge article (excerpt) published on on May 23, 2011

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