The 4th Vietnam International Choir Competition was officially opened on April 29 in the city of Hoi An, central Quang Nam province.

The competition, co-organised by Hoi An’s authorities and the German Interkultur organisation, attracted the participation of 45 choir groups from 15 countries worldwide.

The groups will compete in six categories: male choir, female choir, mixed choir, chamber choir, church choir and folklore choir.

The event aims to send the message of “Sing together to bring nations closer”, said Nguyen Van Dung, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee.

This is the third time Hoi An has hosted the event since 2011.

The city is a tourist hot spot famous for its renowned historic old town and its miles long beaches.

In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO and hailed as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.-VNA