Nine foreign troupes and 16 local ones have registered to attend the Vietnam International Dance Festival 2014, which will be held in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from April 14-18.

The first-ever event, to be hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), aims to promote images of the land, people and unique culture of Vietnam to international tourists.

It will help further boost cultural and artistic cooperation between the country and the rest of the world.

At a press conference in Hanoi on April 4 to introduce the festival, MCST Deputy Minister Vuong Duy Bien said that Vietnamese audience will have an opportunity to enjoy colourful dancing performances by artists from many countries around the globe.

The event will also offer local dancers a chance to learn from their foreign colleagues and seek ways to improve their work in the future, he added.

According to organisers, each art troupe will stage a performance of less than 20 minutes, with dances featuring the traditional cultural identity of each region and nation.

A five-member arts council, including three Vietnamese and two foreign representatives, will be set up to assess the quality of performances.-VNA