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The festival aims to promote Hanoi as an attractive tourist destinations and respond to the programme “Vietnamese people travel Vietnam” launched by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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More than 3,000 people, including artists, actors, artisans, practitioners of traditional intangible cultural heritage, participate in the event, marching along walking streets in the Old Quarter.

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They are divided into 8 performance blocks, led by soldiers, police, doctors who are on the frontline against the COVID-19 epidemic. Then come folk artists, craft men, the elderly, sportmen and children.

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One of the highlights of the festival is the performance by folk artists who display traditional genres of folk dances which have been preserved for years.

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Bài bông is part of the Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) which was solemnly held at guilds’ important ceremonies in the past.

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The flower bicycle parade reminds viewers of an old Hanoi, with endless reminiscences of elegant girls in the traditional long dress (Ao Dai) riding a bicycle on street.

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The art performing division boasts of pieces of circus, bicycle riding, street magic, rollerblading among others.

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Young artists show skills of walking on stilts.

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Children are excited to interact with circus artists.

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In typical colourful costumes, dancers stir up the atmosphere in the Old Quarter

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Dancers entertain viewers by eye-catching performances

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The festival has attracted the participation of thousands of local residents and visitors.

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Various much-awaited cultural activities are to take place on the evening of June 28 in the pedestrian zone around the Hoan Kiem Lake in the city centre.

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