A press conference on Hue Festival 2014 was held in Hue City on December 12 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the People’s Committee of Thua Thien-Hue Province.
Ngo Hoa, Head of the organization board of Hue Festival 2014, stressed that more than 40 art troupes from over 30 countries and territories have registered to take part in the biennial Hue Festival scheduled to take place from April 12-20 next year, including France, the UK, the US, Italy, Russia, China, Brazil, Palestine, Uruguay, Rumani, and Slovakia.
The festival will include an international food fair featuring dishes from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar; an international dance festival; a special art performance; and the Ao dai show marking the 115th anniversary of Truong Tien Bridge and Dong Ba Market-the two iconic symbols of Hue.
The ASEAN +3 Ministerial Meeting on Culture and Fine Arts will take place from April 16-21.
The eighth Hue Festival will also introduce to visitors a series of cultural activities such as Nam Giao Offering Ritual, Royal Night, Ao dai Festival, Oriental Night, musical performances, folk games, puppetry, martial arts and dance performances during the event.
Some highlights will be ‘Huong Xua Lang Co’ (Fragrance of ancient village) in the 500-year-old Phuoc Tich ancient village in Phong Hoa Commune in Phong Dien District, and real replicas of ancient markets of Thanh Toan Tile Bridge across the Nhu Y River in Thuy Thanh Commune.
Arts honoring traditional, historical and cultural values including Nha Nhac or royal court music of Hue, royal singing and dancing, Hue singing, and Thua Thien-Hue folk songs are expected to leave a deep impression on visitors.
Nha Nhac or royal court music of Hue was recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in 2003, and has been named as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.