The Hue Festival 2018 welcomed nearly 50,000 tourist arrivals every day, according to the ThuaThien – Hue Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Nearly 30 arts performances and cultural events were organised for the course of the six-day festival.
The event was opened with a special art performance alongside a fireworks display at Ngo Mon (Noon Gate) Square in Hue imperial city on the night of April 27.
The highlight of the Hue Festival was an art programme entitled ‘Van hienkinhky’ (Culture of the capital city), held by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre to honour the five world cultural heritages in the locality.
Notably, as part of the activities within the festival, a national festival of “Hat Van” or “Chau Van” (a traditional art form that combines singing and dancing) took place from April 26 to 29, bringing together the artists and artisans of 16 art troupes from nearly 20 cities and provinces across the country.
A wide variety of activities were also held for the occasion, such as an Aodai (Vietnamese traditional long dresses) festival, exhibitions, a kite flying show, boat racing, and a calligraphy competition.
This year’s festival has been organised in association with numerous cultural events such as the 25th year since the Hue ancient citadel relic complex was recognised by the UNESCO as a world cultural heritage, and the 15th anniversary of the Hue royal court music being recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.