A cosmopolitan event at the Hue Citadel

The Hue Festival, which took place from 7th to 15th of April, brought together even more artists and onlookers. Coming from all backgrounds – Vietnamese, Viet Kieu and international attendees gathered there for the 7th edition of the festival. In total 68 troupes of artists from 28 countries arrived to perform for 80,000 spectators.

3000 artists on the stage in the ancient imperial city

Delegations from many countries attended the event including China, Japan and France, the latter being a guest of honour this year. The Poitou-Charente region has been taking part in the festival since 2000 and actively contributes to its organisation with the Hue Province People’s Committee. Ségolène Royal was there to represent France, and made the most of the visit to take witness the progress made in eco-tourism by the University of La Rochelle which is working with the National School of Tourism on this issue.

The historic citadel, the perfume river and several other historic sites were locations for artistic shows and performances, giving a special atmosphere to the traditional events such as the Ao Dai parade as well as performances that had come from further afield such as the street celebrations of Latin America.

Heritage worth protecting

Once again the city of Hue reiterated its desire to promote Vietnamese heritage but also its aspiration to welcome cultural elements from the rest of the world.

The festival was followed by the 13th world conference on historic cities, a central meeting point for the 32 member cities from 16 countries. The attendees agreed to develop communication about the challenge of restoration. One of the hot topics also discussed was the issue of raising awareness amongst young people about their cultural heritage.

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