Ho Chi Minh City to host 2015 International Martial Arts Festival

The International Martial Arts Festival 2015 will be held in Ho Chi Minh City starting April 19-25.

Vietnamese martial arts performers, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Loan (R) and Tran Thanh Son at Chungju World Martial Arts Festival in South Korea (Photo: Sggp)
The event is an opportunity to promote Vietnamese traditional and Vovinam martial arts; and presents to local audiences about  20 different styles of martial arts which will be performed by nearly 300 artists worldwide, including ASEAN countries, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Uzbekistan, India, Russia, France, Sudan, South Africa, Canada, and Brazil.

The opening ceremony will take place at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium on April 20, and closing ceremony will be held at September 23rd Park.

The event aims to mark the establishment of the ASEAN Community comprising three pillars, namely, ASEAN Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.
              
The festival is co-organized by the the General Department of Sports and Physical Training, the World Martial Arts Union (WoMAU) and the municipal People’s Committee.  It is expected to become a biennial event.

By Ngoc Thien – Translated by Kim Khanh

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