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Street parade bustles thru silent Huế

Update: April, 29/2018 - 18:00
The art troupe presenting Belgium on the parade. — Photo courtesy of Huế Festival Centre
Viet Nam News

THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — Streets in the silent city of Huế were bustling with performances by art troupes in a street parade on Saturday afternoon.

The troupes are participating in the ongoing biennial Huế Festival 2018, and their parade is part of the celebration.

Art troupes from countries and territories, including Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, Belgium, Poland and Slovakia, brought their native colours to the streets. Vietnamese art troupes from communities from the northwest mountains and in the provinces of the Central Highlands, as well as local residents from Thừa Thiên- Huế, participated in the parade.

Audiences enjoyed their performances, which demonstrated their circus skills, along with dance and music, and displayed their costumes.

According to the event’s organisers, the parade offered a chance for Huế Festival’s art troupes to get closer to audiences, as well as to foster exchanges between troupes from different countries.

Nguyễn Dung, head of the organisers, said the street parade was one of the key events held during the Huế Festival. It is to be repeated at 4pm every afternoon until May 1, he said.

The parade will rotate its route on the main street in the city to entertain residents living in different neighborhoods in the city.

The street parade is not new to local residents, as it was also held during other versions of Huế Festival, including the last one in 2016.

Some local residents, however, have not displayed much eagerness in watching the parade.

A handful of residents consider it a nuisance, as they have to change their familiar routes to avoid traffic jams. Others, especially those addicted to taking photos, videos and live streaming with their smartphones, took this chance to further their hobby.

Huế Festival 2018 opened on Friday evening and will perform its farewell ceremony on May 2. This year is the 10th version of the biennial event, with many shows having similar formats with those from past years. — VNS

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