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Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in Vietnam series at VietnamesePod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Vietnamese holidays and observances. I’m Michael, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson # 14 - Hue festival.
The Hue Festival takes place every two years in Vietnam, but only during even-numbered years. This festival is held for nine days in Thừa Thiên Huế province to honor the cultural heritage, or di sản văn hoá, of the local people.
In this lesson,we will take a look at some of the notable features of this festival.
Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question?
What are the unique elements of the Hue Festival logo?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep listening.
The Hue Festival is a modern cultural event which originated from the Vietnam – France Festival held in Thừa Thiên Huế province 1992. Since then, the province has continued to promote Hue as a festival city in Vietnam, with the size of each festival constantly increasing scale and quality. The government issued a policy that combines the expansion of cultural exchange, or giao lưu văn hoá, and the development of tourism and the economy. Each year, this festival includes various shows concerning Vietnam’s unique culture and also a few shows from international art groups.
The festival develops over the course of nine days; however, there are many activities which take place for a month before the actual festival begins. The Hue Festival usually draws nearly 1,500 local and foreign artists, or nghệ sỹ. Many events are held during this period, including the Royal Palace Night, Nam Giao Ceremony, Truyền Lô and Vinh Qui Bái Tổ ceremonies, the Áo Dài festival, a beach festival, a kite-flying festival, a poetry performance festival, a rural market, Vietnamese human chess called cờ người, a boat competition and so on.
Each festival is held under the theme of a different topic in order to give participants new experiences and introduce the most unique artistic values of Vietnam, Hue and various countries throughout the world. The festival also presents an opportunity to honor the Classical Music of the Hue Imperial Palace – a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage recognized by UNESCO.
In 2006, the Hue Festival attracted more than 1.5 million attendants and included over 100 cultural performances and 40 cultural activities.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question!
What are the unique elements of the Hue Festival logo?
The logo contains the text "Hue Festival" and the year of the event in yellow with a red background, and includes the image of the Front Gate of the Royal Citadel. Below this, there is the figure of a Dragon Horse, a common image seen in Hue architecture.
So listeners, how was this lesson? Did you learn something interesting?
Did you know about the Hue Ancient Capital in Vietnam before this lesson? What is your impression of this place?
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