Vietnam Brocade Festival celebrates national culture

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HÀ NỘI A festival to honour the traditional brocade products of Việt Nam’s ethnic minorities will take place in Gia Nghĩa City and at several tourist attractions in the Central Highlands province of Đắk Nông from November 24-29.


Miss Việt Nam 2010 Đặng Ngọc Hân (left) and Miss Universe Việt Nam H’Hen Nie wearing traditional brocade costumes from Đắk Nông Province. The second Vietnam Brocade Festival will take place in the province from November 24-29. Photo

The second Việt Nam Brocade Festival is being organised by Đắk Nông’s People’s Committee with the theme Cultural and Tourism Festival — The Quintessence of the Orient.

Fourteen provinces and cities nationwide have registered to participate in the event. The organisers have also invited artists from Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea who are now based in Hồ Chí Minh City to join the festival.

The festival aims to honour the cultural values of traditional craft villages, contributing to preserving and promoting the cultural identities of Vietnamese ethnic groups.

It is also expected to introduce Vietnamese tourism and cultural beauty and to both domestic and international tourists.

The festival will create an opportunity for ethnic artists nationwide to meet and exchange experience and search for a stable output for brocade products, increasing incomes for locals and creating potential tourism products for Đắk Nông.

The event will include a ceremony to grant UNESCO recognition of Đắk Nông as a Global Geopark, a brocade festival and fashion show, and a conference to promote and call for tourism investment in 2020.

Other highlights will include the semi-finals and final of the 2020 Miss Tourism Việt Nam Beauty Pageant, a festival of light, hot air balloons and charity activities to raise funds for disadvantaged districts in the province.

The organisers will also donate VNĐ1 billion (US$43,000) to help people in central Việt Nam overcome the consequences of natural calamities.

According to Tôn Thị Ngọc Hạnh, vice chairwoman of Đắk Nông Province, the area has long been the home of ethnic communities like the M’Nông, Mạ and Ê Đê, as well as of many other people from around the country who have started new lives in the province.

“The local ethnic cultural is very colourful,” she said.

“For generations, brocade weaving has been a symbol of traditional cultural beauty, and become an indispensable part of life for the ethnic minorities living in the Central Highlands in general and in Đắk Nông Province in particular.

“Brocade weaving is still maintained in Đắk Nông to serve both daily needs and tourism. Traditional brocade costumes are worn by locals every day and particularly during traditional festivals and rituals.”

The first Việt Nam Brocade Festival was held in Đắk Nông in 2009. VNS

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