Belgium’s Royal Merchtem Stiltwalkers group to perform at Hue Festival 2024

Tuesday, 04/06/2024 11:44
Hue Festival 2024 promises to be more exciting than ever when welcoming the return of the Royal Merchtem stilt troupe from Belgium.
Belgium’s Royal Merchtem Stiltwalkers group performs at Festival of the Cats in Ypres, Belgium. (Source: VNA) 

The festival Hue entitled "Cultural Heritage amid Integration and Development" will take place in the central province of Thua Thien –from June 7 to 12 .

Belgium’s Royal Merchtem Stiltwalkers group will present a grand performance on five-metre-high stilts, dazzling the festival.

This will be the group’s fifth appearance at Vietnam’s largest international cultural festival.

Head of the group Roger Daelemans expressed his delight to perform at the event, which, he said, will create an opportunity for the Belgian artists to promote cultural exchanges, make friends and discover the beauty of Hue city.

Besides stilt performances, the Merchtem team will have several field trips to teach young Vietnamese people how to walk on stilts through flood water, he added.

Over nearly eight decades, the group, with 150 members, has introduced the art of stilt walking, which was listed as an intangible cultural heritage of the Flanders region, to the world.

During the Hue Festival 2024, diverse activities, including performances of international and local art troupes, a food festival and shows of the world famous heritage of Hue royal court music and songs, will be held.

The festival will also draw the participation of other artistic troupes such as contemporary artists, hip-hop dancers from Cergy (France), Flamenco Hispano (Spain), the Eisa Urakaji troupe (Japan), the Zhejiang theatre company (China), pianist Steve Barakatt (Canada), and two art groups from the Republic of Korea./.

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