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FOBISIA Primary Performing Arts Carnival 2016

23 March 2016

The FOBISIA Primary Performing Arts Carnival 2016 was hosted by the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City and 230 students from 16 schools took part. 

It was the first time ever that this event has taken place in Vietnam and we were very proud to be able to welcome our visitors for a weekend of music-making.

The Carnival began with a Welcome Dinner and featured BIS HCMC students performing a beautiful Nón Lá (conical hat) dance, followed by a performance from a traditional Vietnamese band.  We then spent an enjoyable day around Saigon, visiting Vietopia and also a cinema to see Kung Fu Panda 3.  However, Friday also saw the start of our hard work and rehearsals for the concert began.  The highlight of the day was definitely FOBISIA’s Got Talent, where the 16 participating schools presented a wide variety of performances, from expressive dance to pop bands and even synchronised swimming!

Saturday was mostly spent deep in rehearsal and preparations for the Gala Concert began in earnest. There was still time however to take part in a range of workshops exploring the Expressive Arts. The children experienced Fan Painting, Bamboo Stick Dance, Drama with Masks, Vietnamese Drumming plus Latin Dance practical workshops and many, many more.

And so Concert Day arrived all too soon! We spent the morning adding the final touches to each piece and, in the afternoon, gave an absolutely phenomenal performance to our families and friends. The theme of the concert was “Showtime” and all of the pieces for choir and orchestra were taken from shows, operas and musicals. The concert ended with a rousing finale of “The Impossible Dream”.  So many of the audience including Gary Benfield, Chair of FOBISIA itself, commented on how they could not believe such a performance came from primary-aged children.

The event was rounded off with a Celebration Dinner and Disco where both the staff and students happily let off some steam on the dance floor.  The FOBISIA PPAC was a wonderful event and we hope that all of the children involved have made friends and memories which will last for ever.

Beth Bown | Primary Music Leader