An Imperial Night show, held inside the Imperial Place at Hue Festival 2012
The biennial Hue Festival will return to the central province of Thua ThienHue with new attractions this coming April.
According to a press briefing last week in the province's former royal capital of Hue, the 8th international festival, themed Cultural Heritage in Integration and Development, will take place from April 12-20, 2014.
Accordingly, the event will feature 37 local and international art troupes from 29 countries. A night street market will be held outside the imperial palace, a six-country cuisine festival will feature dishes from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and China, and calligraphy and painting exhibitions will be held inside and outside the palace.
The event will also feature a kite flying competition, street art performances, a festival for needy children and a tourism fair.
Other highlights of the event will include an international dance festival, ao dai shows, a traditional Imperial Night featuring royal ceremonies, and the famous circus play Lang toi (My village), which has been performed abroad, including 300 performances in European countries.
Besides An Dinh Palace and other structures inside the royal palace, several indoor and outdoor stages throughout the province will be used to feature the artistic activities. Performances will also take place at local schools, factories, and hospitals.
In addition, ministers of Arts and Culture from 10 ASEAN countries and China, South Korea, and Japan will attend a six-day conference due to begin on April 16, aiming to strengthen cultural cooperation among participating countries.
The Hue Festival 2014 is expected to receive more than 200,000 visitors, half of them are expected to be from abroad.