Festival Hue 2002 continuously develops the theme “Discovering art of Hue lifestyle” with linkages to the expansion of international exchanges. It took place in 12 days and nights. One month before the Opening Ceremony, the Festival was warmed up by the International Sculpture Symposium “Impression of Hue – Vietnam”. 33 typical art troupes from France, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia and also domestic art troupes with 1,554 artists, actors and actresses, technical staff participated in the festival. It attracted over 1 million people and 75,000 tourists, including 18,000 foreign guests (increasing threefold in comparison with Festival Hue 2000). Festival Hue 2002 created a great echo and was of national and international scale. It created premise to make Hue the city of festival of Vietnam.
Festival Hue 2004 entitled “Cultural Heritage with Integration and Development” took place within 9 days and nights eith 1-month warm-up festivities, such as the International Sculpture Symposium “Impression of Hue – Vietnam”, Folk Sculpture Symposium, Hue Poetry Festival and a lot of kick-off activities. There were 15 foreign art troupes from France, China, Argentina, Australia, India, Germany, and America; 25 domestic art troupes with 1,300 professional actors and actresses,