Without doubt, the biennial Hue Festival is one of the most awaited events of Hue, of the Central Region and of the whole Vietnam. Everytime it comes, Hue Festival triggers a feeling of pride for Vietnamese, curiosity for foreign tourists, and excitement for both.
It is now time of the year again as Hue Festival 2012 will take full bloom. From April 7 to 15th, cultural events and performances will be held in the ancient capital of Vietnam to celebrate Vietnamese tradition and heritage.
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“Thien Ha Thai Binh” concert - 8PM - April 12
This is one of the core activities of Hue Festival held on the night of April 12. It is also expected to be one of the most splendid performances of this year festival with the participation of many art troupes from both Hue City and all over Vietnam.
“Thien Ha Thai Binh” concert is set on a floating stage on Perfume River, with the background of Trang Tien Bridge. From the idea of voicing the permanent desire of Vietnamese to be independent and pieceful, the show leads audiences through numerous period of Vietnam’s history when boundaries of the nation were infringed, by transforming many heroic and legendary stories and poems into royal court singing language.
“Am Vang Hao Khi Viet” drum concert - 4PM - April 11 and 14
Drum is one of the most crucial instruments in Vietnamese culture, from the beginning to present, so the appearance of “Am Vang Hao Khi Viet” drum concert at Hue Festival is truly the highlight of this event. The concert brings performances of 12 drum troupes from different regions of Vietnam to audiences, who will have chances to feel the heroic rhythm of different periods of Vietnam’s history, from the sounds of bronze drums of Hung King era, solid tones of “Cong” and “Chieng” in Central Highlands, to elegant sounds of drum on Cheo performances (traditional opera) in the North of Vietnam. They are harmonized together to become a mixture of drum music, creating a typical Vietnamese atmosphere.
“The Imperial Night” Concert - 7:30PM - April 10, 13
This has been the core event of Hue Festival since the first one held in 2000. This year, activities on “the Royal Night” are performed on a large area around the Imperial Citadel, from Ngo Mon Gate to Co Ha Garden, with more diversity in types and interesting in content.
Included are a wide range of activities such as welcoming procedures, traditional dancing and singing performances of not only the Vietnamese art team but also groups from other countries, royal games, royal meals, calligraphic and image exhibition. Moreover, new activities such as exhibition of traditional Hue via historical relics, “Maiden’s memory” or “Returning of princess” are added to the night for more fun.
“Eastern Night” Concert - 8PM - April 8, 10, 12-14
Held at Thai Hoa Palace inside the Imperial Citadel, this is a colorful costume show featuring clothes from various cultures in Asia. Audiences can experience watching elite outfits of different periods in the history of Asian countries, from South East Asian nations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand to East Asian countries like China, Mongolian, India, Japan and Korea. It is said to be one of the expected show, especially for visitors who desire to understand more about clothing culture of Asian countries.
Street Festival - 4PM - April 8-12
Street Festival, which is scheduled to take place on Hung Vuong, Le Loi, Nguyen Dinh chieu and Tran Hung Dao Street from April 8 to 12 at 4.00pm, is one of the most outstanding side events of Hue Festival. The festival is truly a party of diverse music, dancing and street art performances which are performed by art troupes from not only Vietnam but also many other countries all over the world. Therefore, it is also an ideal place for all visitors who love to study about elites in both Eastern and Western culture.