Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)
A festival will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from September 10-13 to promote friendship and solidarity between nations.

Themed “Ho Chi Minh City – Development and Integration”, the event is expected to draw representatives from diplomatic agencies, international organisations, joint-ventures, foreign-invested businesses, overseas tourists and students.

The municipal Department of External Relations revealed at a press conference on September 7 that the festival will include a range of activities such as an exhibition on the city’s diplomatic activities, a show of traditional costumes from different regions and a gastronomy pavilion hosted by foreign communities.

It will also entail a special art performance, a Vietnamese cooking contest, a costume contest and cultural pavilions featuring unique cultural and traditional products from 16 countries.

Deputy Director of the department Doan Tuan Linh described the festival as a brilliant opportunity for the city to introduce the cultural diversity of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City in particular to the international community.-VNA