The five-day event has brought together nearly 600 artists from 18 art troupes across seven countries around the world. This gathering has provided a unique opportunity for domestic and foreign participants to showcase their talent and celebrate the beauty of the performing arts.

The competition is anticipated to enhance the perception of friendliness, hospitality, and peace of not only the Vietnamese people in general, but also the local people of Hoi An specifically, said Nguyen Van Lanh, Vice Chairman of the Quang Nam provincial administration, at the opening ceremony.

Johan Rooze, the Artistic Director of Interkultur, the world-renowned organiser of international choir competitions and festivals, has highly praised Vietnam’s event-organising experience since Interkultur’s initial choral competition in Hoi An in 2011. This year’s competition has drawn 19 choirs from different parts of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

He expected that the 2023 competition would be another resounding success in popularizing the genre of art among the public.

The competition will showcase a total of 13 events, with 8 different grades competing at the city’s theatre. Winners of the 8 categories will be awarded gold medals and certificates. Additionally, teams will take part in a public performance, entitled “International Melody”, as well as local performances of art troupes, held at the Japanese Bridge, Kazik Park, and Ba Mu Pagoda, starting from 7:30pm on April 3rd and 4th.

In the 2019 previous competition, the Vocalista Angels, a children’s choir team from Indonesia, claimed the top prize, while the Vietnamese choir from the National University of Art Education was awarded second place in the mixed choirs category.