Int’l traditional martial arts festival to kick off in August

The sixth international Vietnamese traditional martial arts festival this August will attract 15 foreign delegations from around the world, according to Nguyen Van Dung – deputy head of the event’s organising board.

The biennial festival will take place in the central province of Binh Dinh from August 2 – 4, said Mr. Dung, who is also Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

It will see the competition of 49 delegations with more than 900 martial arts instructors and artists. Fifteen of the delegations come from foreign countries and territories such as France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, the US and Canada.

Participants will join in exchanges to be held at renowned martial arts clubs in Binh Dinh and visit local historical and cultural relic sites. The festival will also feature a photo exhibition on the practice of martial arts in Viet Nam and other nations, he added.

Mr. Dung noted the event is intended to honour Viet Nam’s cultural values, popularise traditional martial arts which Binh Dinh Province is famous for, and develop the country’s martial arts around the world.

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