Recently, on November 2rd, in Vinh Phuc, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the People's Committee of Vinh Phuc province held the opening ceremony of the 10th Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival of North East ethnic groups in 2018 and receiving the Unesco Certificate of rites and tugs of war Game as the intangible cultural heritage of mankind.
Attending the ceremony were: Ms. Truong Thi Mai, Member of Politburo, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Commission for Mass Mobilization; Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Party Central Committee Member, Vice President of the State of Vietnam; General Do Ba Ty, Member of the Central Committee, Vice President of the National Assembly; Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Member of the Central Committee, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Mr. Michael Croft, UNESCO Representative in Viet Nam; representatives of ministries, committees and Central branches; leaders of provinces and cities in the Northeast.
Mr. Michael Croft and Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien presented the UNESCO Certificate to the localities
On the side of Vinh Phuc province, there were Ms. Hoang Thi Thuy Lan, Member of the Central Committee, Secretary of Vinh Phuc Party Committee, Head of the XIV Communist Party delegation of the province; leaders, former provincial leaders; leaders of departments, districts, cities.
The Festival is taken place from November 2 to 4 with the theme "Preserving and promoting the cultural identity of ethnic groups in the Northeast in the time Innovative - integration and sustainable development of the country ", attracting the participation of more than 1,000 artisans, artists, actors, musicians and athletes of ethnic minorities in 10 provinces including Vinh Phuc, Bac Kan, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Quang Ninh and Thanh Hoa.
The festival will have many attractively cultural activities, sports and tourism. In particular, there are demonstration activities, introductory excerpts of festivals, rituals of traditional cultural activities; festival of the masses; traditional costumes; traditional sports and folk games. In particular, at the festival, there is a photo exhibition entitled "Cultural Features of the North East", showing 300 photos of achievements, potential, tourist destinations, cultural beauty, human, landscape of the Northeast and 120 beautiful pictures selected from the competition "Beauty Tourism Vinh Phuc 2018"; the fair of tourism and food of Northeast provinces.
Speaking at the Opening ceremony, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien emphasized that the Festival was a chance for the provinces to introduce their potentials, promote cultural heritage values of the region in order to contribute to the development of the economy and care for the material and spiritual life of people; educate the patriotic tradition, consolidate the great national unity bloc in the area. This is also a chance for artists, actors and local athletes to meet, exchange, learn and introduce the good traditional culture, sports and tourism of the nation. Thereby, contributing to promoting the movement "All people unite to build cultural life" campaign and "All people learn the example of Uncle Ho"; raise the awareness of all levels, sectors and ethnic minorities in the region of their sense of responsibility in building and developing an advanced Vietnamese culture imbued with national identity and attached culture, sports and tourism with the realization of the socio-economic development objectives of the locality and the country.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman Nguyen Van Tri said, “Vinh Phuc has a long tradition of culture and history, with many landscapes, many historical and cultural relics. There are two monuments recognized as National Historic Sites, especially Tay Thien and Binh Son tower. In the province, we have 30 ethnic groups with their own customs and cultural identities but having common features with the ethnic people in the Northeast and the country such as solidarity, patriotism, hard work in production and resilience in the fight against foreign invaders.”
Chairman Nguyen Van Tri spoke at the ceremony
He also affirmed: with the focus on socio-economic development, in the past years, Vinh Phuc always pays attention to the construction of socio-economic infrastructure projects and cultural - sports institutions for the purpose of living of the community, contributing to preserve, protect and promote the cultural identity and traditional sports, create solidarity and community attachment in building and promoting traditional good cultural values of the nation, constantly improving the cultural and spiritual life for the people.
The Organization Board congratulated participating units
At the ceremony, Mr. Michael Croft and Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien awarded the UNESCO Certificate of rites and tugs of war Game as the intangible cultural heritage of mankind to the representatives of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Hanoi Vinh Phuc, Lao Cai and Bac Ninh.
One of the special items of the program "Shining colors of the Northeast"
Also on the night of the Festival, the delegates and visitors enjoyed a special art show entitled "Shining colors of the Northeast" with the participation of hundreds of actors from 10 provinces in the Northeast.
Thanh Nga (vinhphuc.gov.vn)