Hue Festival 2018 wraps up
Updated : Thursday, May 03, 2018 10:08 AM (GMT+0700)

TheHue Festival 2018 came to an end on May 2, following a vibrant closing nightfeaturing Hue’s royal court music performances and firework shows.

An performance at the closing night of Hue Festival 2018 - Photo: VNA

This year’s festival washeld in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from April 27 to May 2,attracting thousands of visitors.

The 10th editionof Hue Festival, an important event of the ancient imperial capital, wrapped upafter six days of exciting and impressive activities, said Nguyen Dung, ViceChairman of the provincial People’s Committee at the closing ceremony.

The Hue Festival 2018offered stages for 786 performers representing 20 countries and territoriesincluding Vietnam. Audiences were provided chances to enjoy 72 stage shows aswell as take part in 37 community activities held by local residents.

It aimed to celebrate 712years since the founding of Thuan Hoa - Phu Xuan, which is Hue today. Thefestival was themed ‘Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development: Hue -One Destination, Five World Heritages’.

The five heritage statuseswere awarded to the Complex of Hue Monuments, Hue royal court music,woodblocks, the imperial archives of the Nguyen Dynasty and royal literature onHue royal architecture.

“Van hien kinh ky”, ahighlight of the festival, was an art show which combined a variety ofelements: dance, chorus, animation, poem reciting and music. The 90-minute showfeatured all cultural values of Hue through heritage elements. 

Meanwhile, a show, titled“Am vong Song Huong” (Resonance of Perfume River), on April 29 involvedhundreds of professional and amateur actors and actresses, depicting the lifecycle of people living on the rivers from their marriage, giving birth and raisingchildren to passing down their occupation from generation to generation in ajoint effort to preserve Hue cultural values.

The same day, streets in thesilent city of Hue were bustling with performances by art troupes in a streetparade. The art troupes from countries and territories, including Japan, theRepublic of Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, Belgium, Poland and Slovakia, broughttheir native colours to the streets. Audiences enjoyed their performances,which demonstrated their circus skills, along with dance and music, anddisplayed their costumes.

An “Ao dai” show took placeon May 1 evening, exhibiting exhibited collections of the Vietnamese nationallong dress. The show, titled “The Heyday of Hue”, was aimed atdepicting “ao dai” in Hue in different eras, with a focus on thoseworn during the imperial time under the rule of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945).

The designers, hailing fromdifferent regions in the country, attempted to get closer to Hue by usingsymbolic patterns of the city on their designs, besides mimicking the attiresof royals and nobles.

Hue city was the imperialcapital of Vietnam for hundreds of years. It is home to five UNESCO-recognisedheritages, namely the Hue ancient citadel relic complex – a World CulturalHeritage site; Nha Nhac (Hue royal court music) - an intangible culturalheritage item; Nguyen Dynasty’s wood blocks – a documentary heritage item;Nguyen Dynasty’s Chau ban (royal administrative documents) – part of theAsia-Pacific Register of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme; and literatureon Hue royal architecture - a documentary heritage.


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