The ninth Hue Festival has started in the central city, with a lot of excitement for a hot-air balloon show and performances by artists from across the world.
Organizers said more than 270 foreign artists from 17 countries will join the six-day event.
France, the major partner of the festival since its first year in 2000, will bring to the festival contemporary dance performances and a photo exhibition.
French indie rock band FUZETA will perform at An Dinh Palace on Tuesday night.
The puppetry troupe L’Homme Debout also from France will have two shows on Saturday evening and Monday night. The troupe brought a 7.5-meter-tall puppet and has been working with locals to create giant bamboo lotuses for their much-anticipated performances.
Belgium famous mime artist Jean-Louis Danvoye will join Vietnamese colleague Hoang Tung for two special shows on Sunday and Monday nights.
There will be a show of Vietnamese traditional dress ao dai at Quoc Hoc Square on Saturday and street parades honoring East Asia and Latin America cultures on Sunday and Tuesday.
The festival will also feature dance performances from Israel, traditional music from Mongolia and country music from the US.
On the last two days, pilots from Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and the US will fly hot-air balloons at up to 500 meters high.
The festival will also have a kite flying event, a food tour and will reenact the royal life of Hue as a former kingdom. Hue was the capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam’s last ruling family, between 1802 and 1945.
For the first time, the festival will feature a concert in commemoration of late singer-songwriter Trinh Cong Son, who is beloved by many locals and foreigners alike.
Many of the events are free, but some special shows sell tickets at VND50,000-2 million (US$2.20-90).
The organizers have also announced free Wi-Fi coverage for almost all venues.
The festival is organized every two years and possibly the biggest and most successful cultural event in Vietnam. Tourists coming to the festival this year is expected to exceed the high of 200,000 seen in 2014.
The closing ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, both at Ngo Mon Square.
Check the official website huefestival.com for more events and schedules.