The cultural identity of the northwestern region has come into sharp focus at the 12th Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival for ethnic groups in the region.

The event is taking place in Hoa Binh province from November 16-18 with a wide range of activities following the theme “Northwest Ethnic Groups Unite, Integrate and Look towards the Future”.

Cultural ritual practices by ethnic groups from the six regional provinces of Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Yen Bai and Lao Cai are among the highlights of the event so far.

Businesses from Hoa Binh and Son La are showcasing a variety of their ethnic brocade and jewelry as well as forestry products at 50 pavilions in a rural market that opened on November 16.

The same day, a photo exhibition capturing the northwest cultural, sports and tourism activities was opened for the public.

Meanwhile, the Hoa Binh Museum put on show over 400 documents reflecting the historical and cultural development of the local ethnic communities and illustrating their material and spiritual life.

The previous festival was held in Lai Chau province in 2009, drawing the participation of more than 600 artisans and people from the six localities.-VNA