The biennial Huế Festival will return to the central province of Thừa Thiên–Huế with new attractions this coming April.
According to a press briefing last week in the province’s former royal capital of Huế, the 8th international festival, themed Cultural Heritage in Integration and Development, will take place from April 12-20, 2014.
Accordingly, the event will feature 37 local and international art troupes from 29 countries.
A night street market will be held outside the imperial palace, a six-country cuisine festival will feature dishes from Việt Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and China, and calligraphy and painting exhibitions will be held inside and outside the palace.
The event will also feature a kite flying competition, street art performances, a festival for needy children and a tourism fair.
An Imperial Night show, held inside the Imperial Place at Huế Festival 2012
Other highlights of the event will include an international dance festival, áo dài shows, a traditional Imperial Night featuring royal ceremonies, and the famous circus play Làng tôi (My village), which has been performed abroad, including 300 performances in European countries.
Besides An Định Palace and other structures inside the royal palace, several indoor and outdoor stages throughout the province will be used to feature the artistic activities.
Performances will also take place at local schools, factories, and hospitals.
In addition, ministers of Arts and Culture from 10 ASEAN countries and China, South Korea, and Japan will attend a six-day conference due to begin on April 16, aiming to strengthen cultural cooperation among participating countries.
The Huế Festival 2014 is expected to receive more than 200,000 visitors, half of them are expected to be from abroad.
Source: Thanh Niên News