Ngo Mon (Noon) Gate, the main entrance to the Imperial City, at night. (Photo: Huefestival.com)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA)
– Some 20 art troupes from 15 countries worldwide will attend the 9 th Hue Festival which takes place in central Thua Thien-Hue province from April 29 to May 4.

The festival, entitled “Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development”, is expected to bring to the audience a feast of diverse, cultural events, ranging from Buddhist celebration of Universal Illumination, a concert of Trinh Cong Son’s music, Nam Giao offering ritual, Ao Dai grand show, to street performances, exhibitions, trade fairs, Hue kite flying, calligraphy and food demos .

A dance performance at Hue Festival. (Photo: Huefestival.com)

Highlight of the festival is the Imperial Night Spectacles which reveals the beauty of the Imperial City at night. It will feature various court music and dance, royal and folk games together with exceptional sound, light and video effects in the mysterious settings of the Citadel.

The Hue Festival is held every two years starting from 2000 to honour the unique cultural and historical values of Hue, Vietnam and Asia through artistic shows.

It is the first contemporary festival in Vietnam developed from the new concept of festival based on festival models from various cities in the world. As a typical cultural tourism event, it brings together excellent arts companies with unique performances from all over the world.

The event this year is part of celebrations for the 710th anniversary of the region, Thua Thien-Hue (formerly known as Thuan Hoa, and then Phu Xuan).-VNA