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Monsoon Music Festival 2017 kicks off

Updated at Friday, 10 Nov 2017, 13:25
The Hanoitimes - The 2017 Monsoon Music Festival will feature 14 enticing live performances on stage covering diverse genres of music.
At press conference.
At press conference.
In which, Vietnamese and foreign artists from across the world will perform over the course of three days, from November 10 to 12, at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi, on November 9, the festival’s director - musician Nguyen Quoc Trung said that the festival will introduce new trends in music, stressing his belief that the event would bring a true and authentic atmosphere of a musical party to the visitors.
He noted with pleasure that since it was launched in 2014, the music festival has become an ultimate icon, receiving a lot of appraise from the public audience and the media, and welcoming 80,000 music lovers throughout its three editions. According to Nguyen Quoc Trung, with Monsoon festival, he want to share that the most valued thing in life is not the abundance of material possessions but the richness in our spiritual experience.
With the aim of targeting the younger generations, this year’s festival will deliver a message of ‘Drink Don’t Drive’, aiming to raise public awareness, particularly in the youth, of traffic safety, and encourage them to create a change in their behaviour while driving. The 2017 event presents talented individual artists and bands from Denmark, Belgium, South Korea, the UK, Slovakia, Germany, Israel and the host Vietnam.
Expressing their happiness at returning to Vietnam to perform at Monsoon Festival for the second time, members of the Slovak indie pop band, Lavagance said that they will bring the best of their music to entertain the audience on the evening of November 11.
In their first time participating at the festival, Israel will introduce their famous band, Garden City Movement, which seamlessly brings together contemporary and traditional influences of music.
According to Doron Lebovic, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Israeli Embassy in Vietnam, he was glad to introduce the Israeli band to Vietnamese audience, saying that Garden City Movement is a good example of Israeli music and has gained certain achievement in their career.
The three-member band has performed around the world and promise to surprise Vietnamese audiences with a versatile range of performing genres, particularly fans of electro music, he said.
As one of the participating Vietnamese artists, Vu Dinh Trong Thang, lead of Ngot (Sweet) band, said that it was an honour for his band to be invited to this year’s festival. “I established my own vision of music, and through the past three days practicing with the Monsoon Festival team for the event, I know that my music has elevated onto a higher level,” he revealed.
After 3 years, Monsoon Music Festival has become an integral part of music lovers in Hanoi. Every year, the music festival get to see familiar faces who have become “loyal” participants of the festival. Young guests dancing to the rhythm of the music, family members gathering and playing on the ground of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, an old man dedicatedly taking his disadvantaged son to the festival. They all make Monsoon Music Festival an unforgettable experience.
According to the festival’s director - musician Nguyen Quoc Trung, they want to make Monsoon Music Festival a new cultural icon of the city of Hanoi which represents the new Vietnamese generation. Something they can all be proud of and introduce to our friends across the world with great passion and pride “don't forget to visit Monsoon Music Festival while in Hanoi..”
Ha Phuong
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