Hokkaido festival opens in Quang Ninh province

(VOVWORLD) - The 2023 Hokkaido Festival opened in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province, on Friday with the theme "Quang Ninh - Hokkaido: rich cultural integration". This is one of the major activities to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan and 60 years of the founding of Quang Ninh province.
Hokkaido festival opens in Quang Ninh province  - ảnh 1Hokkaido festival opens in Quang Ninh province on November 17 (Photo: baoquangninh.vn)

The festival is taking place from Thursday to Sunday in Ha Long city and Uong Bi city. 

Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture and Sports, said:  "This is a very important external relations activity of Quang Ninh. An Organizing Committee as well as reception and logistics subcommittees have been set up  to ensure security for guests and local people and the festival’s overall success."

During the festival, Quang Ninh province and Hokkaido prefecture will sign an MoU on bilateral cooperation. There will also be a 2023 Quang Ninh-Japan Investment Promotion Conference, cultural exchanges, and seminars on green agriculture, tourism, and human resource development. 

Other activities will include a Vietnam-Japan trade exhibition, with 100 booths introducing Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine, culture, and fashion. In addition, there will be 4 check-in venues of beautiful landscapes, a snow hall, circus performances, stilt walking, unicycle riding, and juggling by professional circus artists. Visitors will be able to interact with a giant robot and take photos with cosplayers. 

The Hokkaido Festival will also feature music and dance performances by Vietnamese and Japanese groups, origami paper folding, paper mask decoration, and portrait painting.