Central Highlands prepares for largest ever festival

Central Highlands Festival 2005 will take place in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province from March 9th to 14th, 2005 with various cultural activities to mark the largest-ever cultural event in the province on the occasion of 30th anniversary of Buon Ma Thuot City’s Victory and Dak Lak?s Liberation.

Buon Ma Thuot City has been upgraded into a second class city under a recent decision by the Government. An art troupe from Ho Chi Minh City will perform in Dak Lak from February 28th to March 5th to welcome the festival. Dak Lak provincial authorities will co-operate with the Vietnam History Institute to organize a special seminar on Buon Ma Thuot City’s Victory on March 6th. In addition, a book exhibition on National Politics Publishing Houses will be held from March 6th to 15th. From March 8th to 10th, as many as 14 mobile information disseminating teams nationwide will organize many activities along the Ho Chi Minh Highway and Truong Son path to the Central Highlands.

The opening ceremony of the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) Festival 2005 will be held at 5 pm on March 9th with a special performance programme by artists from participated provinces and the Dak Lak music and dance delegation. During the opening ceremony, artisans from Ksia Hamlet in Buon Ma Thuot City and Ea Tieu Commune in Krong Ana District will display a special programme relating ritual prayers for good health and rain.

On the morning of March 9th, an exhibition on orchids, stoneware and dried trees decorations will be held by the Creatures Association in co-ordination with the Dak Lak Culture and Information Department.

From March 9th to 14th, visitors will have a chance to enjoy the film week, featuring daily lives of people in mountainous areas and ethnic minority people in Vietnam. Meanwhile, an exhibition featuring the crimes of Fulro and Dega will be held at the Dak Lak Museum. An exhibition on Dak Lak?s reference index will be displayed at the province’s library.

On the morning of March 10th, a grand meeting will be organized at Buon Ma Thuot Square to mark the 30th anniversary of the Buon Ma Thuot City Victory, which led to the total liberation of Dak Lak Province. Various activities will take place, including a large procession by local people, artisans and 30 elephants; sports and games; and martial art performances. In the evening, artists from Dak Lak?s 12 neighbouring provinces will gather in Buon Ma Thuot Square to present special performances. In addition, an art troupe from Bac Ninh Province, a cradle of Quan Ho folksongs, will perform at the site where a trade fair will take place.

March 11th will be a Cultural Day in Dak Lak. Various cultural activities will be held such as traditional festivals and folk games of the ethnic minority groups of Ede, M Nong and Xe Dang; and many special ceremonies, including riverbank-worshiping, old-style cooking, rice spirit procession to welcome bumper crop and new rice eating, as well as Mnam Ring-Mbo Drai wine offering. Many art troupes from Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Binh Thuan, Tra Vinh and Hue will also join the festival.

March 12th will be Tourism Day, during the day, seminars on investment promotion will be held. In the evening, there will be special performances by artists from Ha Tay Province.

On March 13th, many sports programmes will be organized in Dak Lak in various forms. The final round of the contest entitled Nha nong dua tai (farmers show their talent) will take place. In the evening, artists from the south-central province of Ninh Thuan will display art performances.

On March 14th, various activities by the province’s Youth Union will be held in Buon Ma Thuot City. An impressive closing ceremony will be held the same day with special performances by artists from Hanoi and Dak Lak.

Currently, all preparation works are almost completed and Dak Lak is eager to welcome visitors and enterprises to join the Tay Nguyen Festival 2005, the largest cultural event ever to be held in the Central Highlands.

Courtesy: Ba Tours

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