The 2014 European Music Festival will open in Hanoi on November 22 and in Ho Chi Minh City on November 24, with artists from seven European countries and Vietnam.

The festival's thirteenth year will feature well-known musical talents from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland and Sweden as well as a guest band from Vietnam.

With a total of 16 concerts in Hanoi and HCM City, the festival is expected to offer Vietnamese audiences music from diverse genres, including engaging jazz melodies, classic pieces and contemporary jams, as well as traditional Vietnamese music. The festival will also showcase interactions between European and Vietnamese musicians.

"Over the past twelve years, the European Music Festival has established itself as one of the most successful and anticipated annual multicultural events in Vietnam," said Delphine Malard, first counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam.

Through unforgettable concerts, the event showcases the unity in diversity and richness of European cultures for the Vietnamese public, and promotes cultural exchange.

This year, duo Vaiana/Keita from Wallonie-Bruxelles will make a debut on November 22 evening. Saxophonist Belgian Pierre Vaiana and Ivorian balafonist Aly Keita will offer a musical dialogue incorporating diverse styles and cultures, along with their guest, the Vietnamese T'rung virtuoso Hoa Dang.

The festival will close in HCM City on December 5 at the city's Conservatory of Music with the performance French trio Le Tab, and in Hanoi with the Vietnamese guest band Mat Troi Do (Red Sun) at the Youth Theatre.

Mat Troi Do, Vietnam's leading band, mixes Vietnamese pieces with various international genres, and has brought a new charm to Vietnamese traditional music.

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The event was organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, seven embassies of EU member states and European cultural institutes.

Free tickets to the festival's concerts can be collected in Hanoi at the Goethe Institute, located at 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc street and l'Espace at 24 Trang Tien street.

They can be collected in HCM City at the Goethe Institute at 18 Road No 1, Cu Xa Do Thanh, District 3; and at IDECAF, the institute for cultural exchange with France, at 31 Thai Van Lung, District 1.-VNA