More than 570 athletes, artists and artisans, including 140 ones from 31 ethnic groups, are taking part in a culture, sports and tourism festival for ethnic groups in the central province of Phu Yen .

With the aim of preserving and upholding cultural values of ethnic groups, the festival offers a chance for ethnic people to present their cultural identities through such activities as arts, gongs and traditional costume performance, culinary culture and craft making.

The event, the eight of its kind so far, also involves competitions of folk sports like shooting crossbows, tugging and walking on stilts.

During the opening ceremony on August 17, thousands of audience enjoyed distinctive ethnic cultural features through traditional costume and folk music performances.-VNA