Music stars from seven nations set for Hue Festival debut

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Highly popular award-winning artists and bands from seven countries will perform for the first time at the biennial Hue Festival in June.

Festival organizers said artists from a total of 27 countries including Vietnam will perform during the festival.

This year's edition will welcome first-time participants from Cuba, Denmark, Haiti, Mexico, Norway, Poland, and Senegal.

Cuba will send the Los Tradiconales band which has won many national and international awards during their 58 years, while Denmark is going to bring one of their oldest bands, MI22, which gathers musicians from the famous Rhythmic Music Institute in Copenhagen.

The music band from Haiti will be conducted by Bélo, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has won several awards including the Prix RFI Découvertes 2006.

Guitarist Paco Rentería will represent Mexico. Rentería is considered the most successful guitarist in the country's history. President Felipe Calderón this year named him the music ambassador for Mexico.

Poland will send traditional art troupe Jedliniok, named after a dance from the Jedlina Zdrój region. The dance troupe has represented Poland at many international traditional art festivals.

New approach

The festival, which will last for nine days (June 5-13), will deploy a modern twist to traditional arts in presenting four main events: Dem hoang cung (Royal night); Le te Nam giao (Nam Giao offering ritual), Hanh trinh mo coi (The country's revolutionary history) and Huyen thoai Song Huong (Legend of the Perfume River).

The events will be a combination of concerts, parades and lighting shows.

Le Quy Duong, events director for the festival, said that apart from preserving and presenting the traditional culture and arts of Hue Town, the programs will use hitherto unused art approaches to distinguish Vietnamese characters in an international cultural milieu.

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