Ho Chi Minh City Ao Dai Festival 2017
Ho Chi Minh City Ao dai Festival has recently become one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year that contributes to preserving and promoting the cultural value of the traditional long dress.
The 4th Ho Chi Minh City Ao dai Festival themed “Ho Chi Minh City’s Charming Ao dai” was held from March 3-17 with a variety of activities to honour the original charm of the Vietnamese Ao dai from different periods of time.
At the festival’s opening ceremony on the pedestrian street of Nguyen Hue, fashion lovers and tourists enjoyed a special program with an Ao dai fashion show, pieces of music and dances and a reportage telling the history of Vietnam’s Ao dai and its development in this city over the years. Addressing the ceremony, Tran Vinh Tuyen, Deputy Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee highly appreciated the city dweller’s positive response to the event and support from units, organisations and individuals in the city, making the festival become more popular.
The highlight of this year’s festival was a parade entitled “I Love Vietnam” with the participation of more than 3000 people wearing Ao dai and the performance of 1,000 female students from Trung Vuong High School who wore Ao dai and marched into the letter S – the shape of Vietnam with Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes. Bao Tran, a student from Trung Vuong High School, said: “When we learned that we would wear Ao dai and produce the shape of an S, I was very eager to participate in the event. I hope that more people will wear the traditional long dress at work or in their daily life.
During the festival, Ao dai designs were modeled at different places like the municipal Youth’s Cultural House, Women’s Cultural House and Ho Chi Minh City’s Ao dai Museum in order to give viewers a real experience. On this occasion, those who wore Ao dai could visit Dam Sen and Thao Cam Vien parks free of charge. To encourage the locals and visitors to wear Ao dai, many tailor shops in the city implemented a promotion period with a big discount on products.
1,000 female students from Trung Vuong High School wear Ao dai and march in the shape of
the letter S – the shape of Vietnam with Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes. Photo: An Hieu & Quang Dinh
Ho Chi Minh City Ao dai Festival is one of the cultural events of great significance which has made great contributions to promoting the image of Ho Chi Minh City and developing tourism.
Girls in Ao dai participate in a bicycle parade on the pedestrian street of Nguyen Hue. Photo: An Hieu & Quang Dinh
Part of the Ho Chi Minh City Ao Dai Festival 2017. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
Ho Chi Minh City’s women look graceful in Ao dai. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
A unique image from the Ho Chi Minh City Ao Dai Festival 2017. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
A show of “the Quintessence of Vietnam’s Ao dai” draws much attention from visitors. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
Photographs of Ao dai from different periods are displayed on the pedestrian street of Nguyen Hue. Photo: Thong Hai/VNP
Story: Nguyen Oanh – Photos: Thong Hai, An Hieu & Quang Dinh