Nearly 40 choirs, including over 1,000 domestic and international singers, will perform at the first International Choir Festival & Competition in Hoi An city in the central province of Quang Nam, from March 16-20 in 2011.

The event, jointly organised by Quang Nam province and the German-based Association InterKultur, is part of the 2011 National Tourism Year programme in the central southern coastal region and Phu Yen province .

Tran Minh Ca, Deputy Chairman of Quang Nam provincial People’s Committee said on September 17 that the festival will include amateur singers from Vietnam and other countries from across the world.

It is also a chance for the singers to popularise choral performances, helping administrators to seek out new ways of entertaining people during the integration process.

About 40 choir teams will be divided into six groups, competing in 13 events, with the winners of each group awarded a prize./.