|The artists have no remuneration but still give their best. Photo: Gia Khang
Since February 2022, at 7 pm each Friday, crowds of locals and tourists gather in Trung Vuong Flower Garden Square, to enjoy "Wave 72", a street music program initiated by young musicians who are passionate about street music.
“My friends and I and tourists from all over the world come to Vung Tau city. This is an interesting place. Art programs like this make visitors feel comfortable.”
“I’m very happy that Vung Tau city has a growing number of venues to connect artists with an audience. I feel proud.”
|Vung Tau city will maintain street music spots and develop street music into tourism products. Photo: Gia Khang
In front of the Youth Cultural House, a music community corner has been established for singers who perform here every Wednesday night.
Phu Piano, a program participant said that the performers are not paid. Any money raised is donated to poor children of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.
“We sing to serve the public, whose donations will help school children in remote and disadvantaged areas. We will continue as long as locals and tourists come here to enjoy our performances,” he said.
|"Singing for dreams" program spreads love to disadvantaged children. Photo: Gia Khang
Vung Tau city plans to make street music an iconic cultural tourism product. According to the municipal People's Committee, community art programs, including street music, attract more tourists. Le Xuan Tu, head of the city's Mass Mobilization Department, said this model will be replicated in other public places.
“In the near future, street music will be performed in other tourist spots and public spaces. Locals and visitors will gather at one venue to hear to ballads sung and at another venue to watch a performance of another art form. There will be multiple options to choose from,” Tu said.