Enjoy Vietnam cultural festival in the land of martial arts
Vietnam cultural festival, Binh Dinh Province has announced that the Tay Son-Binh Dinh 2008 Festival will take place on August 1-3. It will promote culture and tourism relics of the province, as well as feature traditional martial arts and theater of the birthplace of the famous Quang Trung King.
The three-day festival will take place in the province's Quy Nhon City, the Nhon Hoi Economic Zone, Quang Trung Museum, and neighboring areas.
As is typical in festivals around the country, the celebrations will also include activities such as an exhibition to promote tourism, trade villages, traditional food.
However, a unique event at the Tay Son-Binh Dinh festival is the traditional martial arts competition with international and Vietnamese competitors, who will compete in various forms of martial arts and there will also be a special performance by Binh Dinh's martial arts instructors.
Binh Dinh expects the event to attract many martial art clubs in the province and hopes that the competitions between Binh Dinh's martial art instructors, other instructors across the country and foreigners will help the province to introduce and preserve the beauty of Binh Dinh martial arts.
Last year, some tour operators were surprised to hear about a festival honoring martial arts. They indicated that they could sell more tours to Binh Dinh Province if they had advance notice of the event. In response to that request Binh Dinh has promoted the festival earlier this year, and plans to make it an annual event to attract tourists to the province.
At a promotion meeting in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, the organizers said that the festival will also include programs to introduce Vietnamese classical drama, a kind of operatic theatre that to untrained eye may resemble a Chinese opera. The final Dao Tan classical drama competition will take place on August 2.
On the night of the gala there will be floral garlands and colored lanterns, speeches and traditional music performed by artists from around the country, as well as from abroad.
(Source: SGT, URL: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/06/788920/)