The festival has attracted more than 200 artists and musicians from over 30 countries worldwide, who will participate in the five major categories of symphony, chamber music, chorus, harmony of traditional musical instruments and harmony of Western musical instruments. The artists will delight Vietnamese audiences with classic and contemporary musical pieces from Vietnam and other Asian and European countries. They will also be invited to join short trips to explore the iconic Temple of Literature in Hanoi and the beautiful natural scenery of the Trang An landscape complex in Ninh Binh province. Chairman Do Hong Quan said that the biennial festival is designated as an arts platform to introduce contemporary Vietnamese music, particularly instrumental music, to international friends. It also aims to help foreign artists to gain a further understanding of the land, people, culture, and music of Vietnam, thus contributing to promoting the friendship between Vietnamese artists and their international colleagues. The festival will open at the Hanoi Opera House at 7:30pm on November 24 with a concert featuring 11 musical pieces by celebrated composers from different countries. The concert will be held under the baton of Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji and Greek conductor Zoe Zeniodi. The closing ceremony will take place at 7:30pm on November 27 at the Vietnam National Musical Academy’s Main Concert Hall.