|Tài tử (a traditional music genre of the South) performances featuring southern culture and lifestyle will be staged at the Eco-Tourism Festival in Cần Thơ City. — Photo baomoi.com|
CẦN THƠ — A four-day Eco-Tourism Festival will begin on Friday in the Cửu Long (Mekong) River Delta City of Cần Thơ.
The event will include street shows of traditional martial arts and dances performed by art troupes of Cần Thơ and other provinces in the region.
A long-boat race attracting dozens of teams from cities and provinces in the region will also be featured.
Organised by the city’s People’s Committee in co-operation with its partners, the festival will also include folk games, artistic performances, and cooking and sports competitions.
Tài tử (a traditional music genre of the South) performances will be staged at the Cái Răng floating market, one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations.
Food courts will introduce traditional dishes and fruits from local farms.
The festival will also feature paper lanterns placed on the river to wish for happiness and good harvests.
Local tourist agencies have been encouraged to offer new eco-tours at reasonable prices for local and foreign visitors.
Last year, Cần Thơ attracted 5.3 million visitors, earning more than VNĐ1.8 trillion (US$79 million). It has 37 homestay and eco-tourism sites.
This year, the city plans to develop eco-tourism services and promote cultural and tourism activities at the Cái Răng floating market and Ninh Kiều Wharf. — VNS