The opening was attended by Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education Võ Văn Thưởng, representatives from Ministries, sectors and localities, religious dignitaries and outstanding individuals from ethnic minority groups nationwide.
In his opening speech, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyễn Ngọc Thiện said the ministry worked with relevant ministries and sectors to build policies on ethnics and ethnic culture affairs.
He also pointed out challenges in preserving the traditional cultural identities of ethnic groups.
The traditional cultural identities of several ethnic groups are at risk of falling into oblivion, while conservation and development is not synchronous and the development of new culture values remains limited, he said.
Additionally, there is a shortage of funding to implement projects and programmes, and it is difficult to attract investment in mountainous and ethnic minority areas in preserving culture.
The situation demands more attention, and proper solutions from sectors to implement the Party and State’s policies in the work, contributing to strengthening national unity, he added.
After the opening ceremony, an art program took place, featuring artists from 11 art troupes.
Visitors to the cultural event, which lasts through April 23, could take part in folk games, enjoy folk music and learn about and practice rites of some ethnic groups from the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang and the central province of Nghe An.