2016 Hue festival to feature numerous art activities

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Poster of the festival NDO – The ninth Hue Festival 2016, themed ‘710 years of Thuan Hoa, Phu Xuan, Thua Thien – Hue, Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development’, will be held from April 29 to May 4, 2016, with many art activities. The Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee has announced the plan for organising the 2016 Hue Fesitval. The festival will offer the world a chance to converge and countries to meet, exchange and learn about the each others cultural identity. The highlight of the festival will be the opening night celebrating the 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa, Phu Xuan, ThuaThien-Hue. Additionally, Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The 'Dem Hoang Cung' (Royal Night) and 'Huyen thoai Phuong Dong' (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. A series of exhibitions and … [Read more...]

Yanni to perform at Hue Festival 2016

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VietNamNet Bridge – The authorities of Thua Thien - Hue Province have announced that the Hue Festival 2016 will take place from April 29 to May 4, 2016, with the participation of world famous musician Yanni. The highlight of the festival will be the opening night celebrating 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan (now Thua Thien-Hue). Additionally, Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Huyen thoai Phuong Dong" (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. Other programs such as a Hue international carnival week (HICW), a beer festival, international food festival and a Got talent –TV show will be arranged in the Thuong Bac Park. As an international event, the festival will offer a number of exhibitions and fairs featuring cultural characteristics and traditional games … [Read more...]

Hue Festival 2016 – Cultural heritage with integration, development

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VGP - The 2016 Hue Festival, themed 710 years of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan-Thua Thien Hue – Cultural heritage with integration and development, will take place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from April 29-May 4, 2016. A number of artistic programs representing cultures around the world as well as activities related to culture, tourism, festivals and art at the event will contribute to promoting local socio-economic development. Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Huyen thoai Phuong Dong" (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. A prominent national event, the festival will offer a number of exhibitions and fairs featuring cultural characteristics and traditional games and dishes from many localities across the country. By Thuy Dung … [Read more...]

The 9th Hue Festival to take place from April 29 to May 04, 2016.

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(Cinet)- The 9th Hue Festival entitled "710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan; cultural heritage with integration and development" will take place from April 29 to May 04, 2016. Cultures of countries worldwide will be brought together at the Festival. Activities related to culture, tourism, festivals and art will contribute to promoting local socio-economic development. The highlight of the festival will be the opening night celebrating the 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan (now ThuaThien-Hue). Additionally, Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Huyenthoai Phuong Dong" (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. Other programmes such as a Hue international carnival week (HICW); a beer festival, international food festival and a Got talent –TV show will be … [Read more...]

2016 Hue Festival to gather various cultures

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Hue royal court music performance at 2014 Hue Festival (Photo: VNA) Cultures of countries worldwide will be brought together at the 2016 Hue Festival, which will take place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from April 29-May 4, 2016. According to the provincial People’s Committee, activities related to culture, tourism, festivals and art at the event will contribute to promoting local socio-economic development. The highlight of the festival will be the opening night celebrating the 710 years since the founding of Thuan Hoa-Phu Xuan (now Thua Thien-Hue). Additionally, Vietnamese and foreign artists will join together for art performances in the Hue Citadel, An Dinh Palace and other places in the Complex of Hue Monuments. The "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Huyen thoai Phuong Dong" (Orient legendary) events will also be held in the Ngo Mon-Ky Dai Square. Other programmes such as a Hue international carnival week (HICW); a beer festival, international food … [Read more...]

1,000 foreign tourists treated to royal pleasures in Vietnam’s Hue palace

Young women are pictured during the re-enactment of a royal dance during the March 12, 2015 banquet. Photo:  Tuoi Tre

Some 1,000 international sea travelers have been treated to royal culinary delights and lifestyle during a banquet, said to be the largest ever held inside the royal palace in Hue City, on Thursday as part of a tourist promotion program. The banquet was thrown at the Royal Palace, which is located in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. The Royal Palace is part of the UNESCO-recognized Complex of Hue Monuments in Hue City – the provincial capital. The royal feast is believed to be the largest ever organized inside the Royal Palace. It offered some 1,000 foreign tourists nine Hue delicacies and a wide array of night royal activities, including dances, UNESCO-recognized "nha nhac" (courtly music) performances, and games. The banquet was modeled after a program called "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night), which was a highlight at several editions of the city’s signature Hue Festival. As it rained during the feast, many tourists were wearing raincoats and holding … [Read more...]

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 and look up to admire French artist Sébastien Laval's 62 photos featuring Vietnam's ethnic minority communities. The photos, hung over the bridge, required that spectators look up, which is indicative of a change in people's attitudes towards ethnic people from oblivion to recognition and respect. "Carabosse" troupe first joined the Hue Festival in 2012, when they lit up the Royal Citadel. The performance will be held once more at 7.30pm tomorrow, Apr 20, and will provide a spectacular … [Read more...]

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 stages and posed for photos taken by her boyfriend. She said that the couple had planned to tour Ho Chi Minh City before arriving in Da Lat, a resort city in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. As soon as they learned of the Hue Festival through a friend, the two immediately changed their schedule and flew to Hue in time for the shows. "Do you think this 'ao dai' looks great on me? I had it tailored in HCMC for me to don during the Hue Festival. I really love to be immersed in the … [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 visiting Hue's iconic scenic spots, tourists are given free tickets to the festival's shows. Hoa added that the art and music shows have gone on as scheduled, with the highest security ensured for visitors. No rip-offs have been reported so far. Over 700 reporters from 127 local news agencies and 25 correspondents from 11 foreign ones have arrived to cover central Hue City's biennial, hallmark festival that was first held in 2000. Most of the festival's shows have been a resounding … [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 sparing no effort to reinforce their countries' ties with Viet Nam. VN-Russia relations developing positively Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh and Russian FM Sergei Lavrov have agreed that the Viet Nam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership has been developing positively, bringing practical benefits to the two countries. The agreement was made during their talks in Ha Noi on Wednesday on the occasion of the Russian FM's official visit to Viet Nam from April 15-16. They discussed the … [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 conserve Vietnam Heritage Trees in 2011. To win the honour, the trees must be at least 200 years old in the case of wild trees, and at least 100 years for those planted. Moreover, the trees should be connected with historical and cultural characteristics of the area where they grow. Others, which do not meet the aforesaid criteria yet have special values in science, history or culture, will be recognised as heritage. Nearly 500 trees have been named Vietnam Heritage Tree so far.- HCM City … [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 ceremony. They were also offered the chance to see historical remnants from the royal era, including the imperial autographs of the Nguyen Dynasty's kings. Meanwhile, a "Dem Phuong Dong" (Oriental Night) event celebrating the beauty, glamour and distinctive characteristics of many Asian countries' costumes was held on the same evening in Thai Hoa Temple, inside the Hue Royal Palace. Taking part were designers from 11 countries, including Japan, China, India, Mongolia and Thailand. Earlier … [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 opening, which will take place at Ngo Mon Square 8pm tonight, will be aired live on VTV1 and VTV4. Electro music feast One of the new features at this year's Hue Festival is the international electro music fest, set to run at the An Dinh Palace stage from tomorrow. The fest will feature four celebrated electro music bands, the UK's "Micachu", France's "Joakim Bouaziz", German's "Mijk van Dijk", and Vietnam's "Tri Minh". The captivating performances by several world-leading DJs from … [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 Australia's Got Talent in 2011, DeepBlue is part band, part orchestra and part theatre delivered with magnificent sound, lighting, images and stories. "It's such our honour to be invited to perform at the opening ceremony of Hue Festival 2014," said Greta Kelly, DeepBlue violinist. "We also feel lucky to have three shows at Thai Hoa Eastern Stage and An Dinh Palace during the festival and are looking forward to an international cultural exchange in the city," she concluded. Hanoi exhibition … [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 refresher course was opened on March 31, to train security and safety. The festival themed "Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development" will honour unique cultural and historical values of Hue in particular and Vietnam and other nations in general through art performances. Within the framework of the festival, a range of programmes will be held including an Ao Dai (Traditional Vietnamese dress) fashion show, "Dem Hoang Cung" (Royal Night) and "Dem Phuong Dong" (Orient Night) events, … [Read more...]

Hue Festival connects a global solidarity

(Cinet)- 8th Hue Festival will be held in the central Thua Thien-Hue province with a participation of 37 countries next month. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh has requested local authorities to successfully organise the biennial event which features solidarity and promotes the traditional cultural values of countries around the world, especially ASEAN nations. During a working session in the central Thua Thien-Hue province on March 24, the minister noted that the festival is an opportunity to explore the central region's tourism potential. According to the organizers, apart from performing onstage, the foreign art troupes will also take part in performances in several rural and mountainous areas. There'll also be promotion performances on Hue's streets in the afternoons while the festival is running. The 2014 Hue Festival will feature Hue's court music, which was recognized by the UNESCO in 2003, along with the city's signature folk melodies. As … [Read more...]

37 countries to join 2014 Hue Festival

According to Ngo Hoa, deputy chair of the provincial People's Committee, head of the 2014 Hue Festival, set to run from Apr 12 to 20, the number is higher than last year's and is expected to grow.

46 art troupes from 37 countries are set to join central Thua Thien Hue province's hallmark 8th Hue Festival next month. The festival, which debuted in 2000, also draws dozens of local art troupes this year. Some 1,400 local and foreign artists and dozens of thousands of locals and tourists are expected to join this year's festival. According to the organizers, apart from performing onstage, the foreign art troupes will also take part in performances in several rural and mountainous areas. There'll also be promotion performances on Hue's streets in the afternoons while the festival is running. The 2014 Hue Festival will feature Hue's court music, which was recognized by the UNESCO in 2003, along with the city's signature folk melodies. The festival will also re-create traditional fests and rituals, communal activities along with street art exhibitions and a kite flying competition. The well-loved circus play "Lang toi" (My village), which has been staged … [Read more...]

Hue preparing for Festival 2014

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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 VND100,000. Meanwhile, visitors will have to pay VND2 million to join the Dem Hoang Cung (Royal Night) with a banquet. The International Food Festival will also be held from April 15-19 at Phu Xuan Park. Phan Tien Dung, head of the local Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said over 100 booths will be set up, offering dishes from various countries such as Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and China. There will also be many free shows performed by domestic and … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 6/3

Hue will host a folk music festival in May, gathering performance artists from a range of troupes from central Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

Hue gathers regional musicians for folk music festival According to the Thua Thien-Hue Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the festival will be held to promote unique forms of folk music and aid the preservation of traditional music, threatened by the popularity of modern art forms. The festival will also serve as a platform for folk artists to exchange and train young artists, including vocalists and traditional musical instrument performers. Shows at the festival will include solo and group performances, featuring the distinctive tunes and melodies of each locality. In addition to folk art troupes, the festival will attract guest groups from the Hue club in HCM City, the Hue band in Voice of Viet Nam, and the Hue Music Academy. Ca Hue, or Hue tunes, is a unique art form that was developed by feudal mandarin families during the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). It later spread, becoming a common form of folk music. Children's book tells pigs' story Veteran author … [Read more...]

Foreign tourists help keep Vietnam theatre on its feet

Dressed for opera: A tourist tries on a royal costume at the Hong Ha Theatre in Ha Noi.

VietNamNet Bridge - Traditional theatre is becoming less and less attractive to the domestic audience. However, Ha Noi Cai Luong [reformed opera] and Viet Nam Tuong [classical drama] troupes are successfully running traditional shows especially designed for foreign tourists at the Golden Bell Theatre and Hong Ha Theatre right in the heart of the capital's Old Quarter. It's a cool Saturday evening. Multicoloured twinkling lights in shops are switched on in the old streets, adding to the mystery of the old architecture. There is bustle in the air with more and more local residents and tourists going out in search of entertainment. In the warm, small and almost-a-century-old Golden Bell Theatre right in the heart of the busy streets, dozens of foreign tourists enjoy a regular show featuring the musical and dancing cultures of different regions in Viet Nam. The show takes tourists on a trip from the north to the south, displaying the musical heritage of the regions like quan ho … [Read more...]