Concert to be held in ancient cave in northern Vietnam

By Minh Ngoc, Thanh Nien News

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An acoustic concert will be held in the 2-million year old Dau Go cave in Quang Ninh Province. Photo: Ngoc Thang An acoustic concert will be held in the 2-million year old Dau Go cave in Quang Ninh Province. Photo: Ngoc Thang

More than 20 artists will gather in a 2-million year old cave in the northern province of Quang Ninh to perform an acoustic concert on October 11.

The Dau Go cave, in the world-renowned Ha Long Bay, can accommodate an audience of 200, organizers say.

“The cave is a natural theater; the dome is perfect for acoustic music,” said composer Do Hong Quan in an interview with Thanh Nien News.

“We won't need any surround sound speakers; this will be a totally natural event. Even the concert’s light will be supplied by candles.”

Traditional acoustic instruments such as zithers, monochords, two-string violins and flutes will be played during the 30-minute concert.

The unique event will be part of the Asian- European new music festival, which will be held from October  8-12 in Hanoi and Quang Ninh.

The bi-annual festival, co-organized by the ministry of culture and the musician associations of Russia and Tactarstan, began in 1993 with 45 countries participating.

This year is the first time Vietnam will host the festival, which will take place in many theaters throughout northern Vietnam.

More than 200 artists and composers from 30 countries have registered to perform at the festival, its organizers said.

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