A wooden folk statue carving competition kicked off on March 10 in the central highlands province of Dak Lak.

The wooden folk statue carving competition is part of the 6th Buon Ma Thuot Coffee festival and the 4th Central Highlands Gong festival 2017, which are slated for March 8 -13.

The competition gathered 70 artisans from five provinces in the Central Highlands and the central provinces of Quang Nam and Khanh Hoa.

Contestants show their talents through wooden statues which feature nature, local lifestyles, and people of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands.

The folk sculpture embodies not only belief of animism but also a unique and long-standing handicraft of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands.

The contest, which runs through March 13, provides a venue for artisans to exchange experience on folk wooden sculpture while contributing to preserving traditional cultures .-VNA