The fourth International Choir Competition will be held at the ancient town of Hoi An, central Quang Nam province, in celebration of the Southern Liberation and National Reunification (April 30) and May Day (May 1).

More than 1,500 artists from 15 countries around the world are expected to compete in 13 categories at the event, taking place from April 29 to May 3.

Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dinh Hai said the contest creates a chance for chorus lovers to exchange experience and increase their mutual understanding of culture, friendship, solidarity and cooperation.

Hoi An was selected by the German Interkultur organisation in 2011 to host the first international choir competition in Vietnam.

The organising board will arrange choir troupes to perform international melodies on the street to serve visitors, in addition to dance and musical instrument performances.

Hoi An Ancient Town, recognised by UNESCO in 1999, is an old trading port dating back to the 15th century. Its architecture and layout reflect the indigenous and foreign influences that melted together to produce the unique character of the town.

In 2012, Hoi An was shortlisted in the top ten Asian cities for US magazine Conde Nast's Traveller’s Readers Choice Awards.

The following year, the city was chosen for the Townscape Award by the UN-Habitat Regional Office in Asia.

Most recently, the city placed fifth in the Top City category of the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015.-VNA