At the closing ceremony (Photo: nhandan.com.vn)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The biennial Hue Traditional Craft Festival wrapped up on May 1, ending four festive days in the ancient capital city of Hue.

Speaking at the event, Nguyen Dang Thanh, Vice Chairman of the Hue city People’s Committee highlighted that the seventh festival was a successful one.

He said the festival honoured the quintessence of Vietnamese craftsmanship, enhanced business efficiency of traditional crafts while speeding up cooperation in multi-faceted fields, especially promoting socio-economic development and branching out craft products along with tourism.

The festival affirmed its brand as well as prestige among local people, tourists and artisans across the country, he added.

This year event drew the participation of 327 craftsmen from 40 villages. For the first time, the festival saw the attendance of some craft villages located miles away from Hue like Nam Cao and Mai Chau weaving villages in from the north provinces of Thai Binh and Hoa Binh, My Thien pottery village in the central province of Quang Ngai and other pottery villages from the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long.

Thirty-four artisans from Japan, China and the Republic of Korea took part in the event.

The festival was nailed with such key activities as Ao dai (traditional long dress) fashion show on the city’s iconic Truong Tien bridge, exhibition honouring artisans and traditional crafts at Ly Tu Trong park, balloon festival, Hue cuisine festival and activities to popularise tourism of some connecting localities on Nguyen Dinh Chieu walking street.

The event is touted as a highlight in the heritage journey in the central region, making contributions to promoting regional tourism growth.-VNA