Over 1,200 Athletes Join Int’l Traditional Martial Arts Festival in Binh Dinh
The 8th International Festival of Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts opened in the south central province of Binh Dinh on August 2 night, VNA reported.
The eighth International Festival of Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts takes place from August 2 to August 5 comprising many events like the flame lighting ceremony from the Museum of Emperor Quang Trung, talk shows, performances of martial arts, tours to historical and cultural sites, martial arts clubs and schools, especially the cultural relic related to the Tay Son brothers, a photography exhibition featuring activities of the local martial art clubs and martial arts and so on.
|The opening ceremony is being held tonight at Nguyen Tat Thanh Square in Quy Nhon with highlights including a dance and music performance themed "Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts - Aspiration to reach out." Photo: VNA|
The opening ceremony was organised in Quy Nhon city with highlights including a dance and music performance themed "Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts - Aspiration to reach out".
The show saw the participation of local martial arts masters and trainees, as well as famous singers and performances from international delegations.
|International martial arts troupes join the parade at the event. Source: Do Dinh Thi|
In the following days, athletes will take part in martial arts talks, exchanges and visit Binh Dinh's dojos as well as tour the province's landmarks, historic sites and tourist destinations. A photo exhibition about martial arts practice in Vietnamese and international dojos will also be held.
The organisers are also holding a two-day conference about plans to push the development of Vietnamese traditional martial arts around the world up to 2030.
|Military traditional martial arts troupe perform at the International Traditional Martial Arts Festival in Binh Dinh. Source: Võ Cổ Truyền Việt Nam/FB|
Vice Chairman of the Binh Dinh Provincial People's Committee Lam Hai Giang said the festival was an activity to honour national traditional cultural values and introduce Binh Dinh's people, landscapes and customs to the world.
"It is a valuable opportunity for local and international martial arts delegations to share experiences on how to maintain and promote Vietnam’s traditional martial arts”, he said.
In the 8th edition, as many as 1,200 masters, martial artists and trainees from 77 delegations such as the US, France, Morocco and Switzerland have registered to take part in the festival which is hosted in Binh Dinh every two years.
In 2021, the event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Binh Dinh is one of the cradles of Vietnam’s traditional martial arts. Over the time, Binh Dinh martial arts has been promoted accumulating national values to become a cultural heritage.
Vietnam’s traditional martial arts is now practiced all over the world. This year’s festival has attracted a large number of foreign material artists.
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