First ethnic group youth festival opens

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The first festival for young people from ethnic minorities officially opened in the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Dong Mo, Son Tay Town, Hanoi on April 17, attended by more than 300 delegates.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ho Anh Tuan, said that through the festival, the organising board hoped to raise awareness and responsibility of the young generation for preserving and developing cultural traditions, while promoting the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups.

He also confirmed that each group has its own culture, and the conservation and spread of cultural values is very important to all people, especially the youth.

Under the theme “Vietnamese youth preserve and develop the traditional cultures of ethnic minority groups”, the festival is a chance for young people all over the country to meet and exchange experiences.

The main activities of the festival included visiting the statue of the heroic martyrs and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum as well as cultural exchanges among ethnic minorities and a seminar on preserving and developing traditional cultural values during the renewal process.

A number of other activities were held such as a youth camp, folk games and discussions about managing Cham, Thai, Muong, Brau, Jrai and Ma villages.

A programme entitled “Colour of Youth-Colour of Solidarity” was also organised on April 17 evening.

The event honoured Vietnam’s Ethnic Minority Cultural Day (April 19) in response to Youth Year 2011.
(Source: VOV)