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Italy's performance "˜Da Nang rainbow' 1st prize

After the explosive successes of four previous competitions, their top winners were brought together for a fifth this year's Da Nang International Fireworks Competition.

The two-day event (April 29-30), named "Colors of Da Nang," emulated the previous years in treating spectators to a spectacular display of pyrotechnic imagination and skills.

The Italian team Parente Fireworks, winner of the 2011 Da Nang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC), repeated its victory at this year's competition with a performance called Cau Vong Da Nang (Da Nang Rainbow) on April 30.

The 20-minute performance was a carnival of seven rainbow colors in seven parts, each with a different meaning and different background music August's Rhapsody in C Major by Mark Mancina, Conquest of Paradise by J. Williams, PM's Love Theme by Craig Armstrong and The Legend of "˜900 by Ennio Morricone.

The color red denoted patriotism; orange represented spiritual values and faith; green, the color of the earth; yellow, the star in Vietnam's national flag; blue for seas and rivers; and purple for energy and power.

The second prize was shared by China's team and France's Jacques Couturier Organization (the 2010 champion) for Ngu Hanh Son (Five Element Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located south of the city) and Sac mau cuoc song (The Colors of Life).

On the first day of the competition, China's Liuyang Dancing Fireworks Group Co., Ltd, winner of DIFC 2009, told the rapt audience another famous Chinese folk tale, Thung lung dao hoa (The Valley of Peach Blossoms), following up on the old love story Luong Son Ba Chuc Anh Dai (Liang Shanbo Zhu Yingtai The butterfly lovers) that earned them first prize at DIFC 2009.

Thung lung dao hoa tells the story of a fisherman who boats along a stream to its source, where he finds a beautiful village of people who live happy, peaceful lives. He leaves for home to tell everyone about the village, but then cannot find his way back to the happy village later.

The Chinese fireworks artists combined music and an extravagant display to enchant the audience and send a message of peace.

Canada's David Whysall International Fireworks Inc., the first DIFC winner in 2008, kicked off the show on April 29 with a 20-minute performance called Thap sang man dem (Lighting up the darkness) representing the beauty of the Han River and modern Da Nang City.

The show was set to the classic song "O Fortuna," which praises the mysterious beauty of the moon, followed by "I Gotta Feeling," "Dance of the Reeds," "Fireworks" by Kate Perry, "What a Wonderful World" and "Time to Say Goodbye." The team finished the contest in third place.

The third position was shared by hosts Da Nang Team, which won appreciation for the progress it showed in both artistic and technical aspects.

The team's performance consisted of five parts with the background music of famous national songs - Viet Nam que huong toi (Vietnam My Country), Vietnam tren duong chung ta di (Vietnam on Our Way), Tieng hat giua rung Pac Po (Singing in Pac Po Forest), Dat nuoc tron niem vui (The Country Full of Joy) and Da Nang, thanh pho tuoi tho toi (Da Nang, My Childhood City).

However, critics said that five songs had similar melodies; hence the fireworks performance lacked an explosive element.

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