The fourth International Vietnamese Martial Arts Festival
officially kicked off in the central province of Binh Dinh on August 1.
The opening ceremony was attended by many party and state leaders,
representatives from sectors and localities across the country and thousands of
domestic and foreign tourists.
Participating in the event, organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and
Tourism in collaboration with the provincial People’s Committee, are 725 martial
arts masters , instructors and athletes of 69 martial arts delegations from 27
countries and territories across the world.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said
Vietnam ’s traditional martial arts always keep abreast with the country in the
national defence and construction, contributing to developing the sporting
tradition and the intangible culture of the nation.
He expressed his hope that this year’s event will contribute to preserving and
promoting unique values of Vietnamese martial arts and that traditional martial
arts training will be developed at schools in the province and the whole country
in the future.
This year’s festival will see the establishment of the Vietnam International
Martial Arts Federation, which is expected to help popularise the traditional
martial arts of Vietnam all over the world.
During the event, martial arts competitions and performances will take place.
There will be also a workshop on enhancing Vietnamese martial arts and a photo
exhibition of Vietnamese traditional martial arts along with arts performances
and a folk singing festival.