Festival Hue 2004: Honouring royal elegant music

Festival Hue 2004 will fall on June 12-20 with the theme ''Cultural heritage with integration and development''. It'll be a cultural- tourist festival covered by the cultural identities of Hue as well as Vietnam. Following the successes of Festivals 2000 and 2002, the biennial festival aims to building Hue into a specific Festival city in the country.

 Festival Hue 2004 will begin with the International Sculpture Symposium “Impression of Hue-Vietnam 2004" held from May 10, one month before the official opening on June 12. The symposium will attract more than 30 sculptors from all over the world to the banks of the Perfume River.

Ngo Mon Square at night will be a grandiose stage for the opening ceremony which includes a rich polychromatic arts performance, showing the quintescence of the traditional arts in Hue as well as in Vietnam in harmony with contemporary arts. The program will particularly aim to honouring royal elegant music (nha nhac) - the first heritage in Vietnam proclaimed as a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO. Earlier in the morning, a lively and colourful demonstration will be attended by Vietnamese and foreign artists.

The organisation board said within 9 days and nights, Festival Hue 2004 will be organised into three tours, each lasting for three days. Each tour will have an exclusive day for festival as well as distinctive and special activities performed by artists from Vietnam, France, China, Russia and Argentina in IN progammes (academic arts performances) and OFF programmes (community festival activities). Moreover, many vivid and attractive tourist programs will be arranged.

Each tour will begin with a musical feast introducing Hue's gastronomy. Throughout the dinner, visitors will be surprised and fascinated by the French fireworks magician Pierre Alain Hubert and other French and Vietnamese artists. The arts performances from Vietnam, presented by different theaters, famous artists from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hue, the Highlands and Viet Bac will extol the beauty and the diversity of Vietnamese and Hue cultures.

The center of the Festival will be the charming space of the Citadel at night with varied arts shows and luxurious feasts. Aside from the Citadel, An Dinh Palace, Tinh Tam lake and other places in Hue city will be festival hubs and full of impressive large-scale arts performances. Everywhere in the city of Hue are arts shows, traditional festivals and games, food centres, fairs of handicrafts, tourism, and trade.

Co-managers of Festival Hue 2004 are the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Ministry of Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnam's National Administration of Tourism, Vietnam Airlines, representatives of French Government and Embassy in Vietnam. People's Artist Trung Kien is still the director of the festival on Vietnamese side. Apart from local artists, two French experts Philippe Boulert and Laurant Lahaut will be Kien's assistants as production director and technical director. The French director is Claude Mathis. Le Viet Xe, Deputy Chairman of the local provincial people's committee and head of the organisation board in previous festivals will be Festival Director.

Nguyen Xuan Hoa, the head of Thua Thien Hue's Department of Culture and Information and a deputy of the organisation board said, "Festival Hue 2004 will have a more effective structure in managing and organisation. Festival Hue is not only a festive activity. Therefore, it'll be held by Festival technology and obey international Festival technology."

At Festival Hue 2004, the Theater of Music, Dance and Song, the Theatre of Music, Dance and Opera as well as the Dancing College will release special new perfomances. Designer Minh Hanh will introduce her new collection called "Return to Paradise" of stylized "ao dai" in an Oriental creative style. Famous artists will present the delicacy and beautiful melody of Vietnam's traditional music of the North, the Central and the South in "Vietnam Timbre". Hue's royal ballet, traditional music will be performed in an attractive Citadel at night.

The French as the main partner of Festivals Hue will bring to Hue special perfomances. The opera "W.H.A" is directed by Régine Chopinot of the Atlantique Ballet Troupe and performed by artists of Vietnam's Theater of Music, Dance and Opera. A concert called "The story of a soldier" (Histoire du soldat) will be conducted by French conductors Xavier Rist and Marcia Fiani within the beautiful precinct of Duyet Thi Duong Theater. Illustrative art once again exceeds all the influences. The works to be introduced to the public are tools and equipment which are impressively arranged, attracting the attention of unprofessional artists and understandable to the public.

Artists from China, Russia and Argentina will introduce the uniqueness and diversity of their cultures. Guangdong's Circus and Lion dancing troupe will perform the magic skills of Oriental traditional arts. Russian representatives are the Troupe ofNfolk music and dance who give visitors Russia's bustling dance and beautiful melodies. Argentina will send a tango troupe called "Tango Emotion Enrique Cuttini" who bring the ebullient music of South America and a troupe named after Maria Angelica Diehl de Damerau, a well-known opera singer.

Festival Hue 2004 will be a gathering for cultural and arts exchange, including galleries of paintings, photography, and calligraphy. The Festival will reflect the local living style of Hue with different local entertainment activities like kite flying, boat racing, folk music, boat trips on the Huong River, Hue garden tours, and much more. It will be the first time a Puppetry Festival to be held and attended by 15 puppetry troupes from Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Ha Tay, Hanoi and Hue.

Festival Hue 2004 will close with a traditional lantern night, with musical performance along the Perfume River.

Source: hue.vnn.vn
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