Hue to launch performance art show at 300-year-old temple

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A rehearsal of the Hue diu dang (Gentle Hue) show in the yard of the Kim Long Temple

A monthly performance art show called Hue diu dang (gentle Hue) will be launched this month at the 300-year-old Kim Long Temple in Hue Town, capital of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

The event aims to promote Vietnam's traditional music and culture to tourists.

Young designer Viet Bao, the show's organizer, said: "There are few recreational activities for tourists at night in Hue, so Hue diu dang is a cultural tourism product carrying the town's signature as well as Kim Long's history."

The program will highlight the beauty of Hue women through an ao dai fashion show featuring lotus flowers and the Nguyen Dynasty's royal seals, traditional music and songs by local senior artists.

During the hour-long show, the audience will be served lotus tea and traditional Hue cakes prepared by Kim Long artisans.

Kim Long Temple, located at 108 Kim Long Street, Kim Long Ward, is one of the oldest structures in the former royal capital and famous for its traditional architecture and decorations. For a long time, the temple, which faces the Huong (perfume) River was used as a market site. After the Kim Long market was built in 2007, the temple was restored and reopened as a cultural highlight of the town.

Hue diu dang will take place on every 30th of month. This month, to coordinate with Hue Traditional Crafts Festival (April 27-May 1), the show will be held on April 30 and May 1.

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