A performance at the opening ceremony (Photo: VNA)

The ninth tourism, sports and culture festival of ethnic groups in the northeast region opened in Bac Kan province on September 10.

The event hosted Vice Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs Nong Quoc Tuan and Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai, among others.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee asserted the festival aims to promote and preserve the cultural identities of ethnic minority groups in the northeast region while contributing to developing the economy and improving the material and spiritual life of local residents in the process of innovation, integration and development.

The three-day festival is also an opportunity to promote and honour the ethnic groups’ historical and traditional cultural values as well as introduce Bac Kan’s culture, sports and tourism.

Diverse cultural activities will include performances of excerpts of outstanding ethnic group festivals, mass art performances, traditional ethnic clothing shows, an exhibition on cultural products and tourism and a photo exhibition on specific cultural identities in the region.

The northeast region comprises Bac Kan, Phu Tho, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Quang Ninh and Vinh Phuc provinces.-VNA