The Pho Hien (Hien Street) Cultural Festival opened on April 15 in the Red River Delta province of Hung Yen with an art performance themed “ Hien Street – the Light in Red River Delta’s sediment.”

The festival is a highlight of the National Tourism Year of the Red River Delta-Hai Phong 2013.

The performance revived the long-standing history and developments of the province in general and Pho Hien in particular.

Pho Hien used to be a bustling commercial port on the Red River, only second to the capital city of Thang Long in the 16th - 17th century. It was well-known among foreign traders, especially those from China, Japan and the Netherlands.

Although Pho Hien is no longer crowded and busy as in the old days, an old architectural complex of the town still remains, with nearly 60 historical and cultural relics.

On the same day, an exhibition was held in the province’s museum, aimed to display antiques of the 10 Red River Delta provinces and cities, which are Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Ha Nam, Hung Yen, Vinh Phuc, Bac Ninh, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh and Thai Binh.

Nearly 600 antiques are on show, including Bat Trang pottery and ceramics, stone tools dated to the Phung Nguyen, Dong Dau and Dong Son cultures, among others.-VNA