The 4th international festival of Vietnamese traditional martial arts 2012 is going on in Quy Nhon City (Binh Dinh Province), lasting until 3 August.
The event is an initiative by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with People’s Committee of Binh Dinh Province to preserve and promote the quintessence of Vietnamese martial arts and serve as a platform for domestic and international martial arts groups to exchange experience.
The festival is expected to attract a large number of martial arts master, instructors, athletes from 40 domestic teams and 50 international teams. Notable performances include: performing with bare hands and weapons; competing each other by bare hand, bare hands with weapons, and weapons with weapons. Many other unique activities are also held such as: hat tuong (classical opera), Binh Dinh folk bai choi festival; Miss Marital Arts contest; Vietnamese traditional martial arts street festival; photo exhibition of Vietnamese traditional martial arts; Binh Dinh culinary program; tours to traditional martial arts villages; or Han Mac Tu – Xuan Dieu’s poetry night.
Along with the organization of the international festival of Vietnamese traditional martial arts, Binh Dinh Province are also focusing on promoting some specific local festivals (Dong Da victory festival, Go market festival, ỏ bai choi festival) to create new tourism products and attract more tourists to Binh Dinh. In 2011, the province welcomed nearly 1.2 million tourist arrivals, an increase of 21% over 2010, of which international tourists was more than 94 thousand arrivals