The programme featured composition of ‘Nha Nhac’ (royal court music), traditional dances and poetry recitals honouring the Vietamese people’s everlasting aspirations for national unification and a peaceful and prosperous country.
The event revived a tranquil picture of daily life through performances representing daily activities, such as farmers harvesting rice, weavers working on looms, and fishermen drawing up their nets, as well as a traditional wedding ceremony and releasing lanterns on the Huong River.
The 90-minute programme, staged by director Le Quy Duong, brought together nearly 500 artists, musicians, actors and actresses from the Hue Royal Traditional Theatre, the Hue Opera Theatre and students from the Thua Thien-Hue School of Culture and the Arts.
Also on the night of April 12, Doan Thi Diem Street and the Hien Nhon Gate in the northeastern part of Hue’s Forbidden City were lit by 11,000 flames as part of an installation and performance by the French Carabosse Fire and Light Art Troupe.
The three-hour performance demonstrated various effects with lighting and fire using a varety of materials including gas, wax and charcoal.
The ancient Hien Nhon Gate gowed with a mysterious ambience and attracted thousands of visitors and local residents.
Established in 1988, the Carabosse Troupe is a leading group specializing in unique acts featuring lighting. They have performed at many popular festivals in Scotland, France, Spain and the UK.