Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – Close to 1.2 million people,
including about 400,000 tourists, took part in the 10th Hue
Festival, which was held between April 27 and May 2.

As heard at a press conference held in the central province
of Thua Thien – Hue on May 3, the event attracted over 600 reporters from about
100 domestic news agencies and 12 foreign journalists, who produced more than
6,000 news items and articles on the festival.

The Hue Festival 2018 featured enticing art shows depicting
different cultures of Vietnam and other regions all over the world, said Nguyen
Dung, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and head of the
festival organising board.

The six-day event offered stages for close to 1,400
performers representing 25 countries and territories including Vietnam.
Audiences were treated to 80 stage shows and nearly 50 community activities.

Aiming to celebrate 712 years since the founding of Thuan
Hoa – Phu Xuan, which is Hue today, the festival was themed ‘Cultural Heritage
with Integration and Development: Hue – One Destination, Five World Heritages’.

Van hien kinh ky”, a highlight of the festival, was an art
show which combined a variety of elements: dance, chorus, animation, poem
reciting and music. The 90-minute show featured all cultural values of Hue
through heritage elements.

Meanwhile, a show, titled “Am vong Song Huong” (Resonance of
Perfume River), involved hundreds of professional and amateur actors and actresses,
depicting the life cycle of people living on the rivers from their marriage,
giving birth and raising children to passing down their occupation from
generation to generation in a joint effort to preserve Hue cultural values.

Hue city was the imperial capital of Vietnam for over 100 years. It is home to five UNESCO-recognised heritages, namely the Hue ancient
citadel relic complex – a World Cultural Heritage site; Nha Nhac (Hue royal
court music) – an intangible cultural heritage item; Nguyen Dynasty’s wood
blocks – a documentary heritage item; Nguyen Dynasty’s Chau ban (royal
administrative documents) – part of the Asia-Pacific Register of UNESCO’s
Memory of the World Programme; and literature on Hue royal architecture – a
documentary heritage.-VNA