The 12th Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival for ethnic groups in Vietnam’s northwest region has been a success, with a flurry of activities held in Hoa Binh province on November 16-18.

Over 600 art troupes and athletes from six northwest provinces brought traditional music and sports to the festival.

Other big draws were a national customs contest, a vivid photo exhibition and a rural market.

Themed “Northwest ethnic groups unite, integrate and look towards to the future”, the event helped improve the cultural and spiritual lives of the participants as well as develop tourism by attracting visitors from both at home and abroad.-VNA