Hue Festival 2018: A taste of Vietnamese and international culture

14:43 | 29/01/2018 Culture & Art

(VEN) - The biennial Hue Festival in the old Vietnamese capital of Hue has become a major national and international cultural event. Themed “Cultural heritage with integration and development, Hue - one destination, five heritage properties”, Hue Festival 2018 will take place from April 27 to May 2.

a taste of vietnamese and international culture

Cultural rendezvous

In 1992, the city of Hue in the northern central province of Thua Thien Hue, co-sponsored along with Codev Viet Phap (CVP) a Vietnamese-French Festival. In light of its success, the province proposed holding a larger, higher quality event to showcase the unique heritage of the dynastic capital. Vietnamese ministries and the French Embassy in Vietnam supported the idea and in October 1998, the Vietnamese government officially allowed Thua Thien Hue to hold a biennial event - the Hue Festival. The first Hue Festival was held in 2000 in coordination with the French Embassy in Vietnam.

Hue Festival 2018 will be themed according to major historical events and dates. Among them are the 230th anniversary of King Nguyen Hue’s accession to the throne on Ban Mountain in 1788, the 25th anniversary of UNESCO’s certification of Hue’s ancient relics as a world cultural heritage, the 15th anniversary of Hue royal court music certification by UNESCO as an intangible cultural masterpiece of humanity.

Hue Festival 2018 will include art performances representing different cultures of Vietnam and various countries and regions around the world. It will offer the audience a taste of Hue’s quintessential cultural and artistic values, inspired by UNESCO-recognized world heritage sites, including the Complex of Hue Monuments (1993), Woodblocks (2010) and Imperial Archives (2014) of the Nguyen Dynasty and the poetry carved on Hue’s royal architectural works (2016).

The event will also assemble diverse art troupes from the Republic of Korea (RoK), Israel, Mongolia, Japan, Thailand, China, the Philippines, the UK, Denmark, Russia, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Australia, and Morocco, among others.

Various culture, sport and art activities will take place during six days. Among them the “Hue Royal Inspiration” (April 28 and 30), a national performance of Chau Van (a Vietnamese form of ritual singing) from April 26-28, an Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional long dress) show inspired by Hue’s visual arts on Vietnamese silk (April 29), Trinh Cong Son’s music concert (April 28), a Buddhist artistic program (May 1), the art show “Hue’s love songs” (April 29), and “Cultural Colors” (from April 28 to May 2).

Other activities will include fine art exhibitions, the Hue Science Festival, Hue Poetry Festival, Kite Festival, Calligraphy display, and Human Chess, among others.

At a recent press conference, Deputy Chairman of the Thua Thien Hue Province People’s Committee, Nguyen Dung, said the Royal Palace, with outdoor and indoor stages, will continue to be the center of the festival. Other festival venues include the An Dinh Palace, the Noon Gate and War Monument squares, community stages in Hue and some provincial districts and towns.

The Van Hien Kinh Ky (the capital’s culture) program to be held by the Hue Relics Preservation Center will be shown for the first time during Hue Festival 2018. It is developed based on the Royal Palace by Night program to honor five world cultural heritages and the 25th anniversary of Hue relics’ certification by UNESCO.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Trinh Thi Thuy, said she believes the Hue Festival 2018, like the previous ones, will feature Hue as a city rich in culture and Vietnam as a peaceful, friendly destination.

International standing

“Hue Festival is a destination for international cultural and art exchange between different countries. It has contributed to promoting the cultural values of Hue in particular and Vietnam in general and Thua Thien Hue’s service, tourism and socioeconomic development and international integration,” said Deputy Chairman of the Thua Thien Hue Province People’s Committee, Nguyen Dung.

The biennial Hue Festival has become a meeting point for art troupes from nearly 50 countries, leading Huynh Tan Dat, Deputy Director of the Hue Festival Center, to say the festival had achieved a solid position among the world’s professional festival community.

Foreign partners, including Festival Avignon, La Rochelle (Festival International du Film), Angouleme (Festival International de la Bande Dessinne), and Rennes (Festival Tombée de la Nuit) from France, Adelaide Festival (Australia), and the Edinburgh Festival have rated Hue Festival as a famous international event.

Kim Chi