On the nights of 28-29 April, the snaking Han River in Da Nang is set to glow with ‘A Symphony of Colors,’ the seventh instalment of the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition. Australia, Poland, South Africa, USA and Vietnam are the five teams that aim to impress an international audience of between 30,000 and 40,000 with pyrotechnic prowess that will illuminate with a myriad of hues and envelop in sound the coastal Vietnamese city of Da Nang.
The show, which runs from roughly 8:00 – 11:00 pm on both days, is headlined by firework displays that use both traditional and aqua pyrotechnics to launch brigades of colour from platforms in the middle, and embanked on the side of the storied Han River. Running from 15 to 20 minutes, each explosive ensemble is choreographed and also includes, as a part of the performance, traditional musical and dance presentations. Other festivities manifest as daytime activities that range from art lighting and fashion exhibitions to culinary exchanges and beach sports.
Tickets cost visitors little more than USD 20 each and will place you in the middle of the 30,000-capacity bleachers that sit on the bank of the river. A more private arrangement can be made with hired boats that will allow spectators to take in the spectacle from the water surface with options for pre-arranged dining and drinking.
A big draw, travellers can expect the closed streets surrounding the event to sport crowds of people from morning until evening, making manoeuvring about Da Nang more challenging than usual. Additionally, 2015 marks the first year that the competition has switched its format from an annual occurrence to a biennial one. This change, which was made to give teams more time for preparation, has made the event more anticipated than any in years past, and as a result has hotels in both Da Nang and nearby Hoi An filling up quicker than ever. Meaning? Book a room soon.
A must-see in Da Nang, this newly restructured and highly anticipated explosive extravaganza kicks off soon and will set central Vietnam ablaze with colours, sounds and smiles from around the globe.
A few things to consider:
- Concessions will be tough to find in the crowds, and the cleanliness may not be up to international standards. It is encouraged to bring your own food and drinks to the viewing area.
- Restaurants in both Da Nang and Hoi An fill fast after the event has finished so we’d recommend that you have your hotel or resort concierge book reservations in advance.
- Show up by 4:00 pm for the fireworks to bypass the hordes of people that will undoubtedly arrive late.
- As traffic is heavy and taxis are difficult to find, pre-arrange rendezvous points and times with your hotel car in advance.
(Featured image: Da Nang Fireworks Festival in 2012 – Photo courtesy of Da Nang Tourism by Ngô Minh Đức)