Central city’s iconic bridge ‘on fire’ during Hue Festival

At 7:30pm last night, on the background of the song "La Narche", artists from France's "Carabosse" fire installation art troupe, began to lit up almost 4,000 candles on the bridge, turning it into a huge fire strip.

Truong Tien Bridge, one of Hue's icons, was stunningly lit up with some 4,000 candles in a spectacular fire installation performance by a foreign troupe last night, Apr 18, to the delight of some thousand domestic and international tourists. With the flickering fire, the bridge cast its shadows over the city's iconic Huong river. Locals and tourists alike flocked to the streets near the bridge, trying to get the best view of the 'fiery' bridge. They could also stroll beneath the fire … [Read more...]

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Vietnam’s Hue Festival holds foreign visitors spellbound

Among well over 49,000 tourists, including some 21,600 foreigners, who have flocked to Hue City in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue to join the ongoing festival, many of them are eager to watch as many shows as they can.

The 2014 Hue Festival, which opened last Saturday and closes this Sunday evening, has been enthusiastically applauded by domestic and international tourists alike. Abbit, a 26-year-old British tourist, stood out from the thousands of festival goers during the "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) on April 15 for donning a gorgeous "ao dai" (traditional Vietnamese long gown). When the re-creation of the Vietnamese artists as royal concubines and maids ended, Abbit stepped onto the sparkling … [Read more...]

Over 21,600 foreigners flock to Vietnam’s ongoing Hue Festival

According to Ngo Hoa, head of the festival's organizing board, the international tourists come from over 100 countries and territories.  Most hail from France, Thailand, Australia, the UK, the U.S., and Japan.

By the end of last Sunday, 49,181 tourists, including 21,604 foreigners, arrived in Hue to join the 2014 Hue Festival, which opened last Saturday and closes on April 20, the festival's organizer announced at the April 14 press conference. The total number of tourists this year is higher than in previous years, Hoa noted. Hotel room occupancy has reached 100 percent. Tourists who join tours provided by local travel companies take up to 80 percent of the total number. Apart from … [Read more...]

Press digest – April 16

PM welcomes new Ambassadors PM Nguyen Tan Dung on Wednesday met with new Ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Myanmar to Viet Nam, Mr. Khalid Ibrahim Abdulaziz Shohail Al-Qahtani and Mr. Uyn Lai, respectively. At his meeting with Mr. Khalid Ibrahim Abdulaziz Shohail Al-Qahtani, PM Dung expressed his pleasure at the positive development of the Viet Nam-UAE relations, affirming that Viet Nam attaches importance to accelerating ties with the UAE. The two Ambassadors committed to … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 17/4

A 300-year-old banyan in Nghia Hanh district of central Quang Ngai province has been recognised as a Vietnam Heritage Tree, the second granted with the title in the locality. A ceremony was held on April 15 to mark the event.

New heritage tree in central Quang Ngai The tree, which is 25 meters in height and 20 meters in diameter was planted at the Lam Son communal house before King Le Hien Tong's reign (1740-1786). According to village elderly, surviving wars and natural calamities through decades, especially the fierce storms in 1910 and 1944, the banyan has developed well thanks to the villagers' care. The Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) launched a programme to … [Read more...]

Thousands flock to enjoy vibrant Hue Festival

A series of diverse performances have been taking place at the ongoing Festival Hue 2014 - the biggest and most eclectic cultural event in the central province of Thua Thien Hue. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) event, one of the highlights of the festival, took place on April 15 on an evening packed with music, dancing, games and cuisine once favoured by Hue's royal court. Visitors were taken back in time for some lively scenes, including a royal feast and a changing of the guard … [Read more...]

Hue Festival, an int’l art feast, opens tonight

From yesterday, the sparkling Hue streets have been packed with domestic tourists and foreigners, as well as groups of artists and artisans from across Vietnam and other countries.

The 2014 Hue Festival, which opens tonight, Apr 12, and runs until Apr 20, promises to give flocking tourists a host of compelling art, cultural and fashion performances from Vietnam and 36 other countries. The 2014 Hue Festival, the 8th so far, attracts some 595 artists from 43 international art troupes from the five continents, along with 811 local artists. The feast offers some 100 performances, which are strongly indicative of the countries' and regions' distinctive culture. The … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 3/4

Australia's DeepBlue to perform in Hanoi Australia's DeepBlue orchestra will entertain audiences with their unique rich mix of classical, pop and film music at Radio the Voice of Vietnam Theatre in Hanoi on April 8. The group will then continue their trans-Vietnam tour which includes three headline concerts at this year's Hue Festival 2014. Free tickets to the performance themed "Who Are You" will be available at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi from April 3. One of the finalists on … [Read more...]

67 foreign arts troupes to perform at Hue Festival

Sixty-seven arts troupes from 38 countries and territories across the world will join Vietnamese artists at the 2014 Hue Festival scheduled for April 12-20. Hue Festival to feature 60 art troupes Hue Festival 2014 media centre opens 45 int'l art troupes attend Hue Festival 2014 The information was announced by Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of central Thua Thien-Hue province Ngo Hoa, who is head of the festival's organizing board, at a press conference on April 1. A two-day … [Read more...]

Hue preparing for Festival 2014


The Hanoitimes - The organisers of Hue Festival 2014 has announced the ticket prices for various events which will start from April 12. Tickets for the opening ceremony held at Ngo Mon Gate on April 12 cost VND300,000 (USD14) and the closing ceremony at Gia Hoi Park on April 20 at VND200,000. The Ao dai (traditional long dress) pageant on the nights of April 14 and 17 will be charged at VND300,000, while the art shows at Dai Noi (Hue Imperial Citadel) and An Dinh Palace have a same price of … [Read more...]