The opening ceremony of the 7th Hue Trade Village Festival.
Along with famous craft villages nationwide such as Nam Cao weaving village in Thai Binh province and My Thien pottery village in Quang Ngai province, the event also saw the participation of 34 foreign artisans from Japan, the Republic of Korea, and China.
In his opening speech, Chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee Nguyen Van Thanh said the festival aims to honour the quintessence values of traditional crafts, while fostering connections between businesses and investors, fostering socio-economic development and incorporating handicrafts with tourism as well as domestic and foreign markets.
Running until May 2, the festival will have various programmes, including a space for honouring artisans and craft villages, a garment fashion show, an “Ao dai” (traditional long dress) show, and a ceremony to pay tribute to ancestors of traditional crafts.
A culinary festival, in which special and delicious dishes from Hue as well as other parts of Vietnam, prepared by talented chefs, will also be introduced. In particular, a hot-air balloon festival, with the participation of representatives from ten countries - the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, France, Switzerland, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam - will add more color to the event. Those attending the festival can experience a bird’s view of Hue on board these balloons.
The closing program will be combined with an announcement ceremony, in which outstanding domestic and overseas prizes and art programs will be presented.