Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2012 kicked off in central coastal Da Nang city on April 29.

The competition, the fifth of its kind, themed ‘Colours of Da Nang’ brought together teams from Canada , China , France , Italy and host Vietnam .

To begin the first night of the competition, Canada ’s 20-minute performance “Lighting up the dark” highlighted the sparkling beauty of the Han River and the modern Da Nang City .

Following was the host Da Nang-Vietnam team presenting a display depicting the pride of being Vietnamese, Vietnamese people’s gratitude towards President Ho Chi Minh and the colours of Da Nang city on the path towards modernisation.

To conclude the first day of competition, the team from China delighted the audience with a story of the legendary valley of cherry blossoms, reflecting the hope for a peaceful, happy life with enchanting background music.

The fireworks display will wrap up on April 30.

Besides the firework display, a cultural, cuisine and tourism festival will run until May 2.-VNA