From 2009, the Government declared April 19 as the annual cultural day of 54 ethnic groups with the aim of honouring their cultural values, strengthening the great national unity, and promoting patriotism, he said.
The President stressed the need to continuously implement effectively the Resolution adopted at the 9th session of the 11th Party Central Committee on the building and development of the Vietnamese culture and people to meet the country’s sustainable development requirements, as well as the cultural development strategy through 2020.
He urged to step up preserving, promoting cultural diversities and building new cultural values while expanding international exchanges.
It is necessary to increase the public cultural enjoyment, especially in the rural, ethnic minority, remote, border and island regions, and integrate cultural preservation with sustainable development of economics and tourism, he noted.
After the opening ceremony, an art programme took place, featuring the unique culture of 54 ethnic groups across the northern mountainous region, northern delta, central region, Central Highlands, and southern delta.
Participants are enabled to take part in folk games and enjoy food from different regions at the Culture and Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups from April 15-19.
A variety of art forms are highlighted such as Luon Coi singing of Tay, Nung ethnic groups, H’Mong panpipe and umbrella dancing, and Kho Mu folk music, along with “xam” singing – a genre of music once popular in the north of Vietnam, “cheo” (Vietnamese traditional opera), and “quan ho” (love duet), “chau van” (spiritual singing), Central Highlands’ gong performance, and “don ca tai tu” (amateur singing) of southern people.
Nearly 120 village patriarchs and artisans from various ethnic groups are engaging in cultural activities.