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Hue music and song
Culture
titleChamber music originated from royal music at the beginning of the 19th century in the Nguyen Dynasty. It was well developed by the time of King Tu Duc.
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Ancient palace in Hue to be rebuilt - Vietnam Beautiful
Culture
Japan's Waseda University and the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre have completed work on a scaled down replica of Hue Citadel's Can Chanh Palace.
The wooden model will assist in the rebuilding of the palace, which was originally built in 1804 under the reign of King Gia Long before it collapsed during the war in 1947.

Japan provided nearly US$10 million to build the wooden replica of the palace, which is scaled down to a ratio of 1:10.

The project is part of a program that begun in 1998 to research and preserve the historical and cultural heritage of the former royal capital city of Hue.

To work on the preservation of the palace, experts from Vietnam and Japan have to rely on political and historical documents dating back to the Nguyen dynasty, while also using black and white photos taken in early 20th century and measurements of the remaining palace foundations.

They also had to research the construction techniques used to build the palace and interview traditional artisans and elderly people who saw the actual palace before it was destroyed.

Phan Thanh Hai, the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre's director, said the project was of great importance to the city.

“We wish to restore the entire palace and expect to restore not only an architectural work but also a cultural icon of Hue city,” he said.

Experts will continue to discuss ways to restore the palace in a project that has a US$32 million price tag and is expected to be completed in 2015.

The 1:10 scale replica of Can Chanh Palace is on display at a showroom behind the Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theatre in Hue Citadel, along with information on the restoration project including file photos, technical drawings, 3D images and documentary films about the work.

The palace was a venue for the King to host important ceremonies and festivities, and where he convened his court and received foreign dignitaries. It was the Forbidden Citadel's largest and most beautiful palace.

Read more: http://dtinews.vn/en/news/019/23682/ancient-palace-in-hue-to-be-rebuilt.html

 
Ancient Pottery Village of Phuoc Tich
Tourism Discovery
altLocated near the O Lau River in Phong Hoa Commune, Phong Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Phuoc Tich Village is famous nationwide for the craft of making pottery. The village was established over 500 years ago in the 15th century under the reign of King Le Thanh Tong (1460-1497) with the initial name of Dong Quyet and subsequently renamed Phuoc Tich during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945).
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France still major partner at Hue Festival
Entertaiment
altFrench artistes will play a substantial part in the Hue Festival 2010, which will take place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from June 5-13.Ngo Hoa, Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and Head of the festival’s organising board
 
said that one theatre group from the region of Poitou-Charentes will entertain visitors with installation and street art while the funk band Les Traine-Savates will play at the festival’s opening ceremony and various other open sites in Hue City during the festival.
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French media descends upon Hue
Vietnam Tourist Guide News
altA gaggle of French print and electronic-media journalists have been in the central city of Hue since the beginning of this month to report on culture and tourism in the heritage city.They are from leading newspapers like Le Monde and L’Express and channels like France Television, TV Matin, and TV Escale.

With the help of Trinh Bach, a researcher of Hue culture, they have been exploring elements of the city’s culture, including popular and royal architecture, and interviewing craftspeople and people who lived when the last feudal dynasty was still ruling in the 1940’s.

Bach himself featured in a show on his work to restore traditional Vietnamese cultural values by the tourism channel TV Escale.Bach is renowned for reviving lost crafts like palace-style hand embroidery, china-making, and wood and silver carving. He has also successfully restored the elaborate costumes worn by kings and queens of Nguyen Dynasty.The TV shows on Hue will be broadcast in September.

Source: VNA
 
Grand opening ceremony kicks off Hue Festival 2012 - Vietnam Beautiful
Culture
Thousands of domestic and foreign visitors attended a grand opening ceremony of Hue Festival 2012 at the Imperial City of Dai Noi, inside Hue Citadel on April 7.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stressed that the tourism industry is not just an economic industry, but is part of a profound human cultural event. Hue Festival 2012 is one of the events for National Tourism Year this year in the Northern Central Coastal Area.

The National Tourism Year will be an opportunity to promote and showcase Vietnamese culture to the world and raise public awareness of the need to preserve ancient cultural heritage sites in the northern central coastal area.

The event is a chance for local and international art troupes to perform and highlight different cultures as well as take advantage of many business and investment opportunities in various fields, added Prime Minister Dung.

This year, the biennial Hue Festival in Hue City in Thua Thien-Hue Province from April 7-15 will have 36 art troupes from 28 countries from around the world participating in the event.

A number of cultural activities such as musical performances, folk games, puppetry, martial arts and dance performances will be held during the event.

Some photos of the ceremony, taken by DTiNews:


 
Hue Festival - reclaimation journey programme
Vietnam Festival
titleTens of thousands of people from Hue City and surrounding areas as well as tourists on June 10 joined a programme named “Hanh Trinh Mo Coi” which presents the nation’s journey to reclaim the lands in the south of the country from the 10th century to 1945.
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Hue Festival closes on a high
Vietnam Tourist Guide News
altThe Hue Festival, a themed Cultural Heritage activity with Integration and Development, closed on June 14, with international friends from all over the world saying they were deeply moved by the event."This is one of the best times I've had in Vietnam," said Mexican flamenco guitarist Paco Renteria. "I feel a sweet connection between my heart and Vietnamese hearts."

"The people are so beautiful," he said. "It's not only on stage but also at the hotel and in the streets. Everywhere they say hello to me."US pianist Carol Williams said: "I love the audience here; who else will come out in the rain to see us perform like they did?"."We love the city too, we really do," she said. "It's wonderful for us to be here to experience this way of life."

Gustav Rasmussen, leader of the prestigious funk band MI22 from Denmark, had this to say: "It was incredible! We could even see the temples from the stages."The artists were just some of many who felt a profound happiness, as during the nine-day festival they shared their time with locals and tourists during a variety of festivities in both traditional and modern genres.

Major traditional spectacles included the Imperial Night, Voyage to Reclaim the Country's Land and Legends of the Huong (Perfume) River, in addition to Russian ballets, Indian ritual dances, performances with bold tropical scents from the Caribbean Pearl and many other shows.Ngo Hoa, Vice Chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue Province People's Committee, announced that the festival was a brilliant success, and had seen a true harmonisation of traditional and modern factors.

"Different cultures converged during the festival with their own nuances, but in the end they all demonstrated the spirit of exchanges, solidarity, integration and development," said Hoa."For the past 10 years, the festival has become a link between the past, the present and the future of the city," said Nguyen Duy Hien, Deputy Head of the Hue Festival organising board. "It has also helped integrate the city with other parts of the nation, and the world."

This year 70 arts troupes from nearly 30 countries brought hundreds of unique art programmes to the festival. Over 6,500 artists, actors and actresses, along with around 3 million people, attended the event through community and fringe activities.More than 500 journalists from 80 media and press agencies were also present at the event, and the city hosted roughly 120,400 domestic and nearly 28,600 foreign tourists.

Hoa expressed his gratitude to foreign embassies and artists who helped diversify the festivities during the event. He also gave a special thanks to the French partners who had been with the Hue Festival since the first event."It's time to say good-bye but what the festival has brought to us will never fade away," Hoa said. "This is motivation for the province to preserve and promote the country's cultural and artistic values, along with the tourism industry and socio-economic development."

The closing ceremony yesterday was highlighted by an ode to the poetic beauty of the Huong River and a friendly and peaceful Vietnam. Flower garlands, coloured lanterns and fireworks blended into the night sky as a farewell until the 2012 rendezvous."I don't want to come here just one time; I want to come back, maybe in the next six to twelve months," said Paco. "I need more connections like the beautiful connections I have had."

Source: VNS
 
Hue Festival to be held next April
Vietnam Festival


altThe Hue Festival 2012 will be held next April in the central province of Thua Thien Hue. Under the theme ‘Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development- Rendezvous of Historical Cities’, the festival, the seventh of its kind, will be a spotlight of the National Tourism Year 2012, which will also be hosted by the province.
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Hue garden houses bloom with beauty
Tourism Discovery
altHue is one of a few cities in Vietnam which have retained images of their ancient royal heritage and artifacts. Beside the well-known historical royal citadels, temples and pagodas, Hue is also exposing its traditional and beautiful garden houses in residential areas.
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