Hue Festival 2018: 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… [Read full story]

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