A "coastal villages festival" began Sunday in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan Province to promote the sea tourism industry, Nguoi Lao Dong reported.
The festival, part of the National Year of Coastal Tourism in the South-Central Regions program, gathers the performance troupes from Quang Nam, Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and HCMC.
Performances will inlude folk dancing, singing and boat racing, each specific to a different region.
Some 500 historical documents will also be on display, including those proving Vietnamese sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) and Truong Sa archipelagos.
Vo Dai, Vice Chairman of the Ninh Thuan People's Committee and head of organizing board, said that the festival aims to bring the diversified cultures of each province closer together while also raising people's awareness of national security and defense issues.