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Environmentalism pushed at kids’ fair

Ten thousand children will dress up in colourful, traditional costumes indicative of nations from around the world for the first-ever street festival on Sunday in HCM City.

The carnival aims to create a playground where city kids can cheerfully celebrate the International Children’s Day which falls on June 1, said Van Thi Bach Tuyet, deputy secretary of the Municipal Youth Union.

"Based on the theme of Children with Green Dreams, the festival is also expected to educate the public, especially children about the need for saving the green environment through their practical activities and behaviours," she said.

The 10,000 child performers, selected from Children’s Palaces and schools across the city’s districts, will be divided into 35 groups that will be responsible for different travelling amusement shows and educational games.

They will include traditional music and dance performances, martial art shows and aerobic performances. The shows are intended to highlight the diversity of traditions and lifestyles from different cultures and nations around the world, said Tuyet.

Dressed in impressive decorative outfits and masks, child performers will parade through the city’s main streets: Ham Nghi, Ton Duc Thang, Nguyen Hue and Le Loi, carrying signs sending the message: We love the Green City.

"The carnival will certainly leave a deep impression on parents about their children’s radiantly smiling faces. We hope that our little beloved children will have vivid and beautiful memories when thinking of their childhood many years later," said Jack Castelein, general director of Dutch Lady Viet Nam, the carnival’s sponsor.

Tuyet said, "Although it is not a competition, we will award prizes for the groups who deliver the best performance and have the most impressive dress."

The travelling amusement show will start and end at the September 23 Park, on Sunday at 7:30-10:30am.

A similar street festival will take place the same day in Ha Noi, Da Nang, Can Tho and Binh Duong.

The festival has been co-organised by Dutch Lady Viet Nam and Youth Union organisations from these cities.

Castelein said, "We hope that the carnival will be a cheerful festive day for children, and that we can organise the carnival in other areas next year to bring fun to more children.

VNS - (31/05/2004)

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