The fourth International Vovinam (traditional Vietnamese martial arts) Festival has opened with an impressive show in the central province of Binh Dinh.
It involves 725 martial artists from 69 delegations of 27 countries and territories over the world.
Present at the opening ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Huynh Ngoc Son, representatives from central and local agencies and thousands of domestic and foreign visitors.
Speaking at the opening ceremony on August 1, Deputy PM Nguyen Thien Nhan expressed hope that the festival will strengthen friendship and solidarity among martial arts lovers in the world, and that martial arts will be introduced into the educational curriculum at school in coming years.
During the three-day festival, exchanges among martial artists, seminars, exhibitions, art performances and other events will be held.