Performers, artists and craftsmen form 16 provinces will bring their traditional cultures and arts to the ASEAN- Vietnam Heritage Space Programme at the Hoi An Statue Garden form June 18-23.

The event will be the biggest heritage exhibition ever organised in the ancient town, according to Deputy Director of the Vietnam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre Nguyen Thi Hoa.

The 16 provinces are all home to UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites as well as tangible and intangible relics, Hoa said.

Representatives from the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang will promote the province’s UNESCO-recognised Dong Van Karst Plateau, which was named Vietnam ’s first Global Geopark in 2010.

They also plan to introduce traditional foods of the Mong ethnic people like thang co (horse meat soup) and men men (maize powder cake) which are sold in Dong Van’s markets.

The northern Bac Kan province will display exhibits on Ba Be National Park.

Tangible and intangible relics to be shown include Dong Son bronze drums from Thanh Hoa, xoan singing from Phu Tho and ca tru singing from Hanoi. Images of Rong Wharf and the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City will also be displayed.

Quang Nam province will also promote its own UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites - My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An, where the exhibition is to take place.

The central province will also host the Heritage Journey Festival from June 21-26.

Last year, the province hosted 2.8 million tourists, of which 1.3 million were foreigners, and earned total revenues of 1.4 trillion VND (67 million USD).-VNA