Hue Festival is a big cultural event of Hue City that is held every two years. There is a week (usually in April, May or June) for each festival season which is the occasion to honor cultural and historical values of that Vietnam's former capital city. The first Hue Festival took place in 2000.
At the beginning of Hue Festival, visitors can enjoy a colorful and grand opening ceremony with unique performances of several art groups from Vietnam and other countries. Hue Festival has become a space of cultural exchange between peoples all over the world.
During the festival, there are variety of cultural events taking place such as Hue Poetry Festival, Massive Street Arts Performances, the Dialogue of drums and percussion instruments, Art Exhibitions, the Week of Vietnam’s historical films, reflecting the diversity of the nations taking part in this wonderful event.
Carried out by the artists from France, China, England, Italia, the US, Korea, Brazil… the performances embrace the typical cultural values of the 5 continents. There are also performances of artists from the sister cities of Thua Thien – Hue such as Quebec, Quanzhou, Hawaii, Nord Pas de Calais, Poitou Charentes, etc.
Otherwise, visitors can come and explore some traditional values of Vietnam at Gastronomy Quarters, Traditional Kite Flying Festival or watch “Ao dai” Grand Show, “Oriental night” Show, and sporting activities like boat race, human chess, etc. Especially, many ancient scenery of Nguyen Dynasty are also reproduced and provide tourists an insight into Vietnam’s feudal era.
Some typical events include Nam Giao Offering Ritual, Xa Tac Offering Ritual, the Royal Refined Music of Hue which was recognized as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2003.
Normally, there are more than 20 Vietnamese arts companies and 20 international arts companies that participate in the festival. Thousands of artists from many places all over the world come to Hue and perform about 200 shows in as many as 40 venues thorough the city.
Competitions, fairs, science conferences and exhibitions are hold consecutively during the festival time, attracting millions of visitors. In 2006, there were 1.5 million domestic visitors and 150 million international visitors.
Hue Festival is well-known as an international festival where cultures of many countries converge together as well as where Vietnamese traditional and cultural values are widely presented to the world.
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