The fourth Flamboyant Flower Festival 2015 opened on May 9 to mark the 60th anniversary of Liberation Day of the northern port city of Hai Phong (May 13, 1955).
The 10-day event features the heroic struggle of local residents in the two revolutionary wars and the achievements made the city in its new stage.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of Hai Phong municipal People's Committee Le Van Thanh declared the city one of the pioneers of reform.
A number of strategic initiatives have been implemented in the city, including the Hai Phong International Port and Cat Bi International Airport, to stimulate economic development, Thanh said.
Looking forward, Hai Phong aims to create a more favourable business climate to lure domestic and international investment, he added.
The festival opened with many prominent events including drum performances, dragon dances and colourful parades involving thousands of residents and performers.
Art performances by domestic and internationally-renowned artists and firework displays were highlights of the event.
A number of sports and street dances were also part of the festival.