|Representatives of the Thái ethnic minority in the central Thanh Hóa Province perform their traditional dance at the festival. — Photo courtesy of the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A festival in Hà Nội yesterday aimed to promote the values of culture diversity and the indigenous knowledge of ethnic minorities in Việt Nam.
Representatives of 11 ethnic minorities in 15 provinces staged a total of 16 performances at the Việt Nam National Academy of Music. The performers depicted their daily lives and told stories of how indigenous knowledge is applied from generation to generation.
Bàn Thừa An and Bàn Thị An, two performers of the Dao ethnic minority from the northern Yên Bái Province, said that they wanted to promote the Dao culture and customs to friends nationally and internationally.
“We often perform our traditional dances at cultural festivals and teach them to our siblings as a way to maintain them,” Thừa An said.
Bế Hồng Vân, deputy director general of the Department of Polices on Ethnic Minority (under the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs), said that the festival is a good occasion for ethnic people to introduce the highlights of their cultures and their ancient knowledge.
“As a management agency of the ethnic minority affairs, we will increase the collaboration activities between different cultural organisations so that ethnic people will get more involved in the cultural, economic and political activities of the country,” she said.
The festival also held a photo exhibition about the traditional games and daily lives of ethnic people. — VNS