Dozens of music stars, opera singers, dancers and other musicians from art troupes in HCM City will perform in a gala to highlight the history and people of Con Dao Islands on August 23 in HCM City.

Called Con Dao- Hon Thieng To Quoc (Con Dao Islands- The Spirit of Country), the event will include four parts, featuring Con Dao in different periods of the country's history.

The evening will open with opera pieces including Biet On Chi Vo Thi Sau (Showing Deep Gratitude to Young Heroine Vo Thi Sau) and Binh Minh Con Son (Sunrise on Con Son), written and composed by Nguyen Duc Toan, Tran Hoan and Hoang Ha. These songs praise Vietnamese revolutionaries, who were imprisoned and died in Con Dao Prison during the French and American wars.

One of the event's highlights will be dances titled Linh Thieng Con Dao ( Sacred Con Dao Islands ) and Con Dao- Tieng Vong Ngan Xua ( Con Dao Islands -The Echo of History) by skilled choreographers of the HCM City School of Dance. They created these works after a fact-finding visit on the islands when they lived with local people.

The event organised by the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province's People Committee will take place at the Con Dao Historical Relics Area.-VNA