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Ao Dai takes center stage at festival

Text & photos by Hieu Truong

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Themed “Hue’s Ao Dai – Tales from the River,” the annual Hue Festival 2023’s Ao Dai program took place on the evening of August 12 in the central city of Hue, drawing numerous local and foreign visitors.

An integral part of the traditional Hue Festival since 2000, this event provides an opportunity to honor, preserve, and promote Ao Dai, the traditional Vietnamese long dress.

Considered a unique and mesmerizing show, this gathering brings together renowned Ao Dai designers from across the country, showcasing special Ao Dai collections linked to the tales of the Perfume River – the iconic river of the ancient capital.

Women in charming Ao Dai pose for photos before joining the annual Hue Festival 2023’s Ao Dai program
Chapter One: The Epic Song of the Great World
An exciting performance from the first chapter
The program garners a diverse audience, both local and foreign
Chapter Two: An Epic Written Amidst Green Leaves
Traditional music resonates through the air
The musical scene from the third chapter
The backdrop of the stage depicts the dragon boat and ladies on small boats cruising the Perfume River
A regal-inspired Ao Dai
Presenting the exquisite Ao Dai collections during the program
Kylin dancing and singing
A dance performance concludes the program

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