2017 Ho Chi Minh City Ao Dai Festival opens

The 4th  Ho Chi Minh City Ao Dai Festival 2017 themed ‘HCM City’s Charming Ao dai” was opened in Nguyen Hue walking street in Ho Chi Minh City on March 3.

A performance of Ao dai collection by designer Do Trinh Hoai Nam

The outstanding event in the opening ceremony was a perfromance with the participation of the muncipal leaders and consuls' ladies of India, Hungaria, South Korea, Cuba, Thailand, Finland, Singapore, China, Italia, Germany and more.

A fashion show featuring collections of Ao dai by famous designers, namely Sy Hoang, Minh Hanh, Lan Huong, Lien Huong, Vo Viet Chung, Thuan Viet, Viet Hung, Minh Chau, Ngo Nhat Huy, Cao Minh Tien, Tuan Hai and among was introduced at the opening ceremony.

The festival will include a series of cultural events, such as the “Vietnamese charming Ao Dai” exhibition and  street photo competition on Ao dai in Nguyen Hue walking street; Ao dai fashion shows in Ao dai Museum, Southern Women's Museum and the municipal Youth’s Cultural House; a parade titled “I love Vietnam” featuring more than 3,000 women wearing Vietnamese traditional ao dai in Nguyen Hue walking street.

A performance of Ao dai collection by designer Lien Huong

Ao Dai Festival aims to honor the culture of traditional Vietnamese dresses during different periods of time and promote Ao Dai to foreign visitors; preserving and developing the unique quintessence of the Vietnamese culture.

The city’s government also encourages female officials and students to wear Ao dai in 1-2 days per week and even during March.

The festival held by the city’s Department of Tourism in association with the HCM City Women's Union will run until March 17.

By Vo Tham – Translated by Kim Khanh

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