The central city of Da Nang aims to promote the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF) to foreign friends and the city’s image as a leading destination of festivals and events in Asia. (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – The central city of Da Nang aims to promote the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF) to foreign friends and the city’s image as a leading destination of festivals and events in Asia, a municipal official said at a press conference on March 7.

According to Director of the Da Nang Department of Culture and Sports Huynh Van Hung, the festival, themed “The Legend of Bridges”, will kick off on April 30 and end on June 30 with the participation of Vietnam and seven foreign teams. It is hoped to attract additional thousands of visitors to the city.

Fireworks shows of the host and Poland will take place on the Han River on April 30, while those of France and the US are scheduled for May 26, Italy and China’s Hong Kong on June 2, and Sweden and Portugal on June 9.

The two most excellent teams will display their fireworks to entertain the audience on June 30. All firework performances will be broadcast live.

A string of activities are expected to be organised on the sidelines of the fireworks competition, including a food festival, a flash mob dance performance for students, and a street carnival show.

Held for the first time in 2008, the event, formerly known as the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, has emerged as an important cultural and tourism event, contributing to cultural exchanges and wooing many foreign tourists to Da Nang and Vietnam.

From 2017, the annual event has become a two-month festival in order to lure more visitors to the city.

Da Nang welcomed 6.6 million visitors last year, an increase of 19 percent against the previous year.-VNA