Tuesday 31 January 2023

Vietnam: Daklak’s 6th Coffee Festival to kick off next month in Buon Ma Thuot City

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HANOI, Vietnam – Daklak’s 6th Coffee Festival will kick off at the beginning of next month, aiming to attract record local participation and to showcase the area’s economic potential, province leaders confirmed at a press conference held in the capital Buon Ma Thuot on Monday.

Nguyen Hai Ninh, vice Chairman of the province’s People’s Committee and deputy head of the festival’s organising board, said that this year’s event will host more activities than previous years, as it will include a gongs culture festival and a conference on investment promotion for the central highland area.

The festival’s opening ceremony will take place the evening of March 10, with the theme “Quintessence Convergence – Identity Promoting – Connecting for Development”. The closing ceremony will take place March 13, titled “Buon Ma Thuot: See You Again”.

The ceremonies will be live broadcast on Vietnam Television Network as well as TV and radio channels in Daklak and other central highland provinces.

Various gong performances and traditional area ethnic group ceremonies will be organised around Buon Ma Thuot and Buon Don District.

The 4th Conference on investment promotion for the Vietnamese central highlands will be held on March 11, expecting to draw 500 representatives from domestic and foreign agencies.

Between March 8 and 13, there will be various cultural activities around Buon Ma Thuot City, including a culinary street, a street festival (March 10), an elephant race, a boat race (March 12), a wooden statue carving contest (March 8-13) that will gather 60 artisans from central province of Khanh Hoa and Central Highlands; a photo contest featuring local cafe culture and a gongs space; a coffee harvesting competition and free coffee will be available to tourists in the city.

Hundreds of gong artists from around the country and other countries like Cambodia, Laos and Romania will join the gongs festival on March 10.

The local tourism sector will promote various ecological tours associating coffee and gong cultural values.

“Our aim is promoting trademark ‘Buon Ma Thuot Coffee,’ Daklak’s coffee in particular and Vietnam’s coffee in general to the international market,” noted Dieu Kre, deputy standing head of Central Highlands’ Steering Board.

“The event also aims to enhance awareness toward preserving and developing the identity of local ethnic groups, especially the gongs space culture, which was named in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.”

The event will also lure investors to trading and tourism projects in the area, he said.

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