At the competition (Photo: VNA)
 
 Dak Lak (VNA) – A wooden folk statue carving competition kicked off on March 10 at KoTam EcoTourism Destination in Ko Tam Village, Ea Tu Commune, Buon Ma Thuot City, the central highlands province of Dak Lak.

As part of the sixth Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival and Central Highlands Gong Festival 2017, the competition gathered 70 artisans from five provinces in the Central Highlands and the central provinces of Quang Nam and Khanh Hoa.

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

The wooden folk sculpture embodies not only belief of animism but also a unique and long-standing handicraft of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands, said Vo Van Canh, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dak Lak at the opening ceremony.

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, he added. 

The same day, a street festival also took place in Buon Ma Thuot City with gongs performances and elephant parades by thousands of artists from five Central Highlands provinces and the central provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Phu Yen. The event also witnessed the participation of four folk art delegations from Romania, the Republic of Korea, Laos and Cambodia.-VNA