A festival on the cultural preservation and development of the ethnic Cham community will be held in the central province of Phu Yen from August 13-16.
|Thap Nhan (Nhan Tower) will receive a certificate as the national special relic site on August 14. Photo dantocmiennui.vn|
The fifth Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival includes the participation of ethnic Cham from 11 provinces and cities, including Da Nang, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Tay Ninh, Binh Phuoc and HCM City.
“The festival will be a rich and unique expression of the spirit of the great solidarity of the Cham community throughout the country,” said Trinh Thi Thuy, deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The main activities will include an art show, traditional costume and folklore art performances, photo exhibition, and food and folk game competitions.
The highlight will be a ceremony to receive the national special relic site certificate for Thap Nhan (Nhan Tower) at April 1 Square on the evening of August 14.
Nhan Tower was built by the Cham from the 10th to 13th century at Nhạn Mountain on the Ba River side in Ward 1 in Tuy Hoa City. It is a quadrangle with four 23.5m high sides.
It is the only Cham tower still intact in the province. An altar inside the tower is a unique architectural Cham feature and one of the few remaining Cham altars.
During the festival, tours will be designed to explore tourism spots in the province and a seminar on connecting Phu Yen tourism and other central south provinces will be held.
The festival will not only honor, promote and introduce the cultural heritage of the Cham but also feature attractions of the southern and central south regions.
The festival organisers aim to improve national pride and strengthen solidarity and mutual understanding among Vietnamese ethnic groups.