In the evening of April 12, the Hue festival 2014 was opened in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue with a spectacular mix of music and performances. The festival is held to to popularize Vietnam and its culture and people to the world.
For a long time, the invaluable contributions the cultural heritages of Hue city have made to socioeconomic development, as a feature attraction drawing millions from around the world to the region annually. So it is very necessary to preserve and uphold the traditional values of the nation, especially in the current process of international integration.
Coming after the opening speeches were performances of Vietnamese folk songs and a wide variety of repertoire by art troupes from China, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Russia, which made impression on festival goers.
Held for 9 days with the theme of “Cultural heritage with integration and development”, the festival will feature a forum for East Asia – Latin America cooperation, a conference of ASEAN+3 cultural ministers, international dance and culinary festivals, trade and tourism fairs, among others.
In addition, the festival will see a participation of 66 art troupes from 37 countries and territories all over the world, giving the audience hundreds of shows representing different cultures of Vietnam and their home countries.
Moreover, the opening of “Rural market on festival days” at Thanh Toan tile-roofed bridge, Huong Thuy township on April 13, helped visitors at home and abroad learn about how to grind or sieve flour to make cakes, or sew palm-leaf conical hat.
Visitors will have a chance to experience local lives by tasting delicious cuisines, go fishing or growing rice.
With the Thanh Toan tourist map recently published in both Vietnamese and English languages, they are able to find other worth-visiting venues and festivities all year round.