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Ha Noi to host minority festival

Ethnic groups from six provinces in the Northwest of Viet Nam will join in a festival in Ha Noi from April 8 to 11 to demonstrate their most typical cultural customs.

Under the banner of Cultural Festival of Ethnic Groups from the Northwest, the programme consists of professional and amateur art troupes performing typical traditional rites like harvest welcoming, house inau-guration and wedding ceremonies.

Artists from the Northwest provinces namely Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La, Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Hoa Binh as well as from Ha Noi, Gia Lai, Ninh Thuan, Ca Mau and electricity and airlines sectors will take part in the performances.

Some 200 photos featuring daily life of ethnic groups in Dien Bien Province 50 years after the French war will be displayed including Thai ethnic groups from Che Can, Co Mî hamlets, Mong communities in Hua Rom, Lao communities in Na Sang and Kho Mu from Pu Sung.

Most of the hamlets are on the road Vietnamese army troops came down to liberate Dien Bien from the French colonists in 1954.

Some of the localities lie a few kilometres away from the shelter of General Vo Nguyen Giap commanded the troops.

Many quotes, diaries and written accounts by local residents on the Dien Bien Phu battle in Vietnamese, English and French are also on display.

Five video clips, each lasting up to ten minutes, offer a closer look on local ethnic minority�€™s life.

The festival will take place in the Viet Nam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre, 2 Hoa Lu Street and the Thong Nhat Park from April 8 to 12.

VNS - (02/04/2004)

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