Expats in Vietnam thrilled by Da Nangs Got Talent contest

Published:  25 Dec at 6 PM
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The first ever ‘Da Nang Expats’ Got Talent’ contest was a roaring success with locals and foreign residents alike.

The event was the brainchild of the city’s Department of Culture and Sports and attracted contestants from across the entire expat community in the region. Performances were based on the individual cultural aspects of expats’ home countries and drew enthusiastic applause from the large audience for their diversification and musical skills.

Expats from South Korea, Russia, the USA, France, Laos and Canada queued up to deliver stunning performances showcasing favourite aspects of their home countries in music and song as a tribute to the upcoming festive season. One favourite was Sempa Hemy and his group, expats from Uganda who perform regularly at the city’s Cocobay Entertainment and Tourism Complex. Their performance vividly recreated Uganda, cultural values, much to the delight of the audience.

The South Korean entry, saxophonist Lee Cheol Ho, won first prize in the solo category for his thrilling performance and expertise on the instrument. Lee has 20 years’ experience in the music business and is at present performing nightly to tourist passengers on boat trips along the Han River. He’s also a talented trumpet player, and richly deserved his prize.

After the contest, Lee told reporters he’d been more than happy to thrill his audience with his skills, thus demonstrating his community’s dedication to the rich diversity of the city itself. Comments from audience members were more than complimentary, with one female resident working at the University of Architecture telling the media she’d been deeply impressed by the high level of the competitors’ talents.

She added she’d enjoyed every performance, from folk and traditional songs through modern dance, magic and circus-style acts. Another audience member said he’d been captivated by the entire show and appreciated its significance for the city’s diverse expat community. Deputy director of the Culture Ministry Nguyen Thi Hoi An said the city must create more arts programmes for its increasing number of expats in order to help locals understand the special cultural nuances of foreign lands through its expatriate population.
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