The Hanoi Charm: An Ao Dai Festival Extravaganza

The festival is a vibrant showcase of Vietnamese culture and fashion, featuring approximately 80 to 100 stalls exhibiting the very best in ao dai design from across the country. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of styles and brands, with representations from the North, Central, and Southern regions of Vietnam, each bringing their unique cultural influences and aesthetic sensibilities to the forefront. This festival promises an immersive experience, celebrating the beauty and elegance of the ao dai while offering a comprehensive overview of the latest trends and designs in this iconic traditional dress.

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The Hanoi Tourism Ao Dai Festival 2024 will feature an art program, The Essence of Ao Dai, celebrating the Vietnamese traditional long dress in three captivating chapters: Golden History, Interference Bridge, and Spreading Journey. This festival, a highlight of Hanoi’s cultural calendar, will showcase the beauty and significance of the ao dai over a three-day event at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel.

Onstage performances will poetically depict the capital’s 70-year liberation journey, from 1954 to 2024, using the graceful ao dai as a powerful metaphor. The festival, taking place from October 4-6, with the main stage at Doan Mon Square, promises to be a spectacular celebration of Vietnamese culture and heritage.

The Hanoi Ao Dai Heritage Club, dedicated to promoting this elegant traditional costume, plays a vital role in preserving Vietnam’s cultural heritage. Photo: Trung Nguyen/The Hanoi Times

Attendees can explore 80 to 100 booths showcasing the diverse designs and brands of ao dai creators from across Vietnam. The festival also offers a rich array of activities, including the Ao Dai Parade and Fashion Show, an Ao Dai Exhibition, a showcase of tourism products and traditional craft villages, and a culinary journey into Hanoi’s delicious cuisine.

What sets this festival apart is its focus on promoting Hanoi’s tourism offerings. Visitors will discover attractive travel routes, aviation services, accommodation options, and must-visit destinations. With special preferential policies, tourists can explore Hanoi and immerse themselves in its culture at great value.

Organized annually by the Hanoi Department of Tourism, the Hanoi Tourism Ao Dai Festival seamlessly blends tourism with fashion, fostering a love for the ao dai among locals and visitors alike. In 2023, the festival captivated approximately 60,000 attendees, a testament to its growing popularity.

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