With the theme "Colourful Cultural World", this year-festival is being held by Vietnam National Television (VTV), aiming to exchange culture and strengthen understanding and solidarity among children of the different countries.
According to Mrs. Dang Diem Quynh, head of organizing board, the festival gathers eight art troupes from South Korea, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, China and Vietnam.
“The children will get to know the culture of the homeland and discover the richness and multicoloured culture of different countries at the festival,” said Pham Hong Tuyen, one of the organisers.
The festival will include many outdoor actives and performances. The children will experience Vietnamese culture in Hoi An such as Ao Dai tailoring, visiting the Japanese Bridge on the Hoai River and watching as artisans make lanterns and pottery.
The highlight of the festival will be a gala which will be aired live on VTV’s channel 1 at 19.00pm on May 31.
The gala will see impressive performances by international and Vietnamese troupes such as jazz music by Korean group Junior Bigband, a Kalinka dance by the Russian troupe and music by the children's choir from Sri Lanka.
The festival is held annually to celebrate International Children’s Day on June 1 to strengthen the friendship and solidarity of countries in the region through cultural activities and exchanges between children.
At its first iteration in 2016, the festival gathered children from ASEAN countries. It expanded last year to draw the participation of Korea, Russia, China and Japan.
By Linh Bui