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American music band The Amigos will perform for free April 13-14 at the Hue Festival

The biennial Hue Festival is coming back this Saturday and is expected to be the grandest version of the event with the participation of artists from 38 countries.
Organizers said they have registered 65 artistic troupes and bands from all over the world.
Ngo Hoa, vice chairman of Thua Thien-Hue Province and head of the event’s organizing board, told radio network Voice of Vietnam that the eighth version of the festival will be the biggest ever.
It will be vast not only in the number of artists, but also in area as the festival will be held in parts of the cities it’s never reached before, including the former citadel area where it is normally held.
This time the festival will also take place in remote mountainous areas as well as coastal neighborhoods, even hospitals and industrial parks.
The festival will not only promote traditional Vietnamese arts but also expose the country to the world of global contemporary arts.
Bands and dance troupes from East Asia and Latin American will color the main streets of the ancient capital during carnivals on April 13, 15, 17 and 19.
Electronic and experimental music performers from the UK, Germany and France will join Vietnamese counterparts in performances on the night of April 13 at An Dinh Palace.
The foreign musicians and producers are in Vietnam for the country’s biggest electro music event, the Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival.
American band The Amigos will infuse the show with blues, jazz and American country sounds with free performances on the night of April 13 at a stage within the citadel area, and the next day at the Hue Central Hospital and at the province’s Youth and Children Center.
The Amigos’ presence in Vietnam, including some performances in Hanoi, is sponsored by the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City and is part of their world tour to 40 countries since last year.
There will be gala dinners to promote royal cuisine, a boat race, and an Eastern fashion show brought together by local models and designers to promote traditional outfits from Japan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Vietnam’s traditional dress, ao dai, will also be paraded at an exclusive show of 600 designs donned by more than 100 local models.
Children will be entitled to traditional games and crafts such as painting and sculpting as well as football games organized at the province children’s culture center and local parks during the festival, which will end April 20.
The festival was first held in 1992 and was known as the Vietnam-France Festival until 2000.
Tourist arrivals to Hue in 2013 had increased to nearly ten times the figures from 2000, said the organizers, adding that they expect to draw 200,000 visitors to the festival this year, including more than 90,000 foreigners.
The festival preparations have already become an attraction to tourists and expatriates in Hue, with some of them joining with more than 1,000 Hue college students in a flash mob dance April 6 to welcome the festival.

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