|Gong dances will be highlighted at the Kon Tum Province’s Culture Tourism Festival from December 14 to 17 in Kon Tum City. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang|Viet Nam News
KON TUM — The Tây Nguyên’s (Central Highlands) province of Kon Tum’s Culture Tourism Week opens today in Kon Tum City.
The four-day event features the folk culture of ethnic groups who live in the Central Highlands, their gong dances, as well as traditional costumes and cuisine.
The festival will open with a gala concert “Sắc Thắm Pơ Lang” (Colour of Red Cotton Tree) featuring People’s Artist Vy Hoa and Meritorious Artists Ánh Tuyết and Tạ Minh Tâm.
The concert will begin at 7pm at the May 16 Square.
The event will attract more than 700 artisans, musicians and performers from the region, and from provinces in the central and Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta regions.
Gong dances and folk music performances with traditional music instruments of different ethic groups will be featured.
A wood sculpture exhibition and workshop will also be set up at a communal house where tourists and visitors can interact with artisans and learn crafts from them.
An exhibition introducing the Central Highlands’ cultural heritage will be held at the province’s museum.
The festival will also include presentations of the region’s traditional rituals, a cuisine fair, a street art festival and traditional games.
A number of trips around Kon Tum City and its neighbouring districts of Kon Plông, Kon Rẫy, Ngọc Hồi, Tu Mơ Rông and Sa Thầy will be offered to promote home-stay services and the province’s natural landscapes.
The organisers expect to welcome 200,000 visitors during the festival, which will close on December 17. — VNS