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Hue kicks off International Arts Festival Week

Text & photos by Hieu Truong

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As the key highlight of the annual Hue Festival 2024, the Hue International Arts Festival Week 2024 commenced at the Kien Trung Palace within the Hue Imperial Citadel in Hue City on June 7. The week-long festival, themed “Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development,” features a variety of dazzling, state-of-the-art activities.

This year’s opening night, held for the first time at the renovated Kien Trung Palace, showcased fabulous sound and light shows that creatively highlighted cultural heritage values.

According to the organizers, the year-long Festival Hue 2024, along with the Hue International Arts Festival Week 2024, aims to promote the image of the ancient capital by connecting historical and modern values.

Fireworks display – Marking the start of the festival
Opening night dance performance – Kicking off the dazzling show
Mapping artworks – Featuring dragon boats and Truong Tien Bridge projected onto Kien Trung Palace
Intricate dragon motifs – Adorning the roof of Kien Trung Palace
Royal dance performance – Showcasing cultural identity
3D-Mapping display – Highlighting the prominent letters of “Hue”
Vietnamese beauties in ao dai, the traditional Vietnamese long dress
Artists’ display – Creating impressive shapes with traditional conical hats
Trinh Cong Son’s music night – Held on June 9 at Kien Trung Palace, attracting both domestic and international guests despite heavy rain

Lantern show – Held at Nghinh Luong Dinh Pavilion with the participation of thousands of Buddhist followers on September 6
Vietnamese ladies in ao dai in the street parade during the Hue International Arts Festival Week 2024
An artist from the South Korean art troupe Yangpyeong joins the parade

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