Son La hosts an ethnic festival

SON LA, Vietnam, 15 August 2019: The 14th festival of northwestern culture, sports and tourism will take place in Son La town 18 to 20 August, with over 1,000 artists.

Most of the artists originate from ethnic minority groups in Son La, Hoa  Binh, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Phu Tho.

Details of the event were announced by the People’s Committee of Son La province during a press conference held on Tuesday.

Pham Van Thuy, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and head of the organising board, said the festival aims to honour traditional cultural values of regional ethnic groups and offer artists a chance to exchange and share an experience.

The festival’s opening closing ceremonies will be broadcast on Vietnam’s national TV.

Cultural, sports and tourism activities will be hosted at Son La’s Tay Bac square and on To Hieu street as well as the provincial cultural centre and the sports competition and training centre.

Sơn La is a province in the Northwest region of Vietnam, bordering Laos to the south. The population includes Black and White Tai ethnic group. The province is home to the Sơn La Dam, the largest hydroelectric power station in Southeast Asia.

Son La town stands halfway between Hanoi and Dien Bien Phu surrounded by mountain landscapes and stepped rice terraces. The province has a substantial population of minority groups, living a very traditional lifestyle well away from Vietnam’s larger, more urbanised centres.

(Source: Vietnam News Agency)