Ban Me Thuot to host 6th coffee festival, 2017 Gong cultural festival

The 6th Ban Me Thuot Coffee Festival and the 2017 Cultural Festival Highlands Gongs will be held in Buon Ma Thuot City in Dak Lak Province from March 8-13.

A wide range of coffee brands are displayed in the 6th Ban Me Thuot Coffee Festival. (Photo: KK)

The event will also include the 4th conference on investment promotion for the central highlands area, on March 11, with the participation of around 500 representatives from domestic and foreign agencies and enterprises.

The coffee fest themed “Quintessence Convergence – Identity Promoting – Connecting for Development” will include activities, such as exhibition on agricultural products, machinery and equipment for agriculture; street festival, food fair, elephant festival, boat race, art performances and more.

While the 2017 Cultural Festival Highlands Gongs will feature many rituals of ethnic minorities, such as  the rain praying and brotherhood rituals of Ede people; the water trough installation ritual of the Xe Dang people; the new rice ceremony of the K’ho people; wedding ceremony of the M’nong people, Rong house (large community house) ritual of the Ba Na people.

The event will include wood sculpturing competition on highland ethnic groups, photo exhibition on Buon Ma Thuot coffee and highland gongs, an introduction of the “Heritage journey” program promoting Vietnamese coffee and gong culture.

The cultural space of the gongs in the central highlands of Vietnam was recognized by UNESCO as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” in 2005.

By Mai An – Translated by Kim Khanh

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