The event titled “Hue by light – The live show” was brought together by the French Embassy in Vietnam, in collaboration with the Institute of France in Vietnam and the local People’s Committee. This extraordinary performance utilized advanced 3D mapping lighting technology, with a staggering light intensity of 300,000 lumens, to create captivating 3D visual effects on the iconic Ngo Mon gate. Lasting for 50 minutes, the show showcased the beauty of landscapes in all four seasons, accompanied by a mesmerizing soundtrack blending the creations of Vietnamese and French artists.

Throughout the light displays, the audience was able to witness the harmonious fusion of Vietnamese and French cultures – a unique combination of Art Nouveau, traditional lacquer art of Vietnam, minimalism, and Art Deco. As highlighted by Emmanuelle Pavillon Grosser, the General Consul of France in Ho Chi Minh City, this show marked the conclusion of various cultural activities under the theme of “shared culture,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France. Undoubtedly, this event served as a pinnacle of the Hue winter festival 2023.

It is worth noting that France has been actively fostering cultural cooperation with Hue for the past two decades since the inaugural Hue Festival in 2000. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam for over a century, Hue holds a special place in the central region, boasting five UNESCO-recognized heritage sites: the ancient citadel relic complex, Hue royal court music, Nguyen Dynasty’s wooden blocks, Nguyen Dynasty’s royal administrative documents, and literature on Hue royal architecture.