The 2009 Hue Festival will be held from June 12-14 to celebrate its tradition of producing pottery, lacquer artworks and cloisonne.

With the theme “Hue’s Traditional Handicrafts – Their Identity and Development”, the festival will take place on the 110 th anniversary of the opening of Truong Tien Bridge and Dong Ba market and the start of a handicraft villages trade fair and will feature a contest to promote Vietnamese handicraft products, said Nguyen Dang Thanh, vice chairman of Hue’s People’s Committee.

High on the agenda at the event will be a display honouring artisans and handicraft villages and an exhibition of 30 collections from Hanoi , Hue , Ho Chi Minh City , Nam Dinh and Phu Yen.

A talk on the potential and development of traditional handicraft villages, a concert and other art and cultural programmes will also be held during the event.

The Hue traditional handicrafts festival is held every two years, in between Hue ’s regular festivals./.