The signing ceremony of the sponsorship (Source: http://tintuc.hues.vn)

Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – The Bank for Investment and Development (BIDV) will donate 1 billion VND (43,700 USD) to activities within the framework of the Hue Festival 2018, becoming the bronze sponsor for the event.

The signing of the sponsorship took place in Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien - Hue on April 23.

In recent times, BIDV’s branch in Hue has funded many social programmes in the locality. Notably, it provided two ambulances worth 2.5 billion VND (109,250 USD) for the Hue Central Hospital and the Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

According to Nguyen Dung, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and also head of the Hue Festival organising board, the 10th Hue Festival themed “Cultural heritage with integration and development, Hue - one destination, five world heritages” will take place from April 27-May 2.

A wide range of activities will be held as part of the event including a Buddhism cultural programme, a national festival of “Hat Van” or “Chau Van” (a traditional art form that combines singing and dancing), a music show featuring songs of late musician Trinh Cong Son, a scientific festival, an international trade fair, a cuisine fair and a poem festival.

The festival aims to enhance cultural exchange and international cooperation, promote Vietnamese and local cultural identities in particular to international friends, thus fostering tourism and service development towards stronger socio-economic development of the locality.

The event has so far attracted 21 international art troupes from 20 countries worldwide, including France, the Republic of Korea, the UK, Mongolia, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Belgium and China.

Hue, which was the imperial capital of Vietnam for over 100 years, is home to five heritages recognised by UNESCO, namely the Hue ancient citadel relic complex – a World Cultural Heritage site; Nha Nhac (Hue royal court music) - an intangible cultural heritage item; Nguyen Dynasty’s wood blocks – a documentary heritage item; Nguyen Dynasty’s Chau ban (royal administrative documents) – part of the Asia-Pacific Register of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme; and literature on Hue royal architecture - a documentary heritage.-VNA