The Mong ethnic minority people in the north held their first ever panpipe festival in Dong Van district, the mountainous province of Ha Giang on Aug. 21 and 22.

About 300 local people and artists performed at the event, which figured as one of a series of activities marking the 120th founding anniversary of Ha Giang province.

The event was aimed at raising Mong young people’s awareness of the need to preserve panpipe and its musical genre as part of their traditional cultural values.

The festival also coincided with other cultural and tourist activities to promote landscapes in the province, especially the Dong Van Stone Plateau.

Last year, the Dong Van Stone Plateau was recognised as the first geopark in Vietnam and the second in Southeast Asia by the Global Network of National Geoparks (GGN). It covers a total area of nearly 2,400 sq.m and houses 34 percent of the province’s population./.