Vi-Dam Folk Singing Festival to seek UNESCO recognition

Vi-Dam Folk Singing Festival to seek UNESCO recognition

A national Vi-Dam Folk Singing Festival has been taking place in the central city of Vinh City since 23 June.

The festival features more than 20 top Vi-Dam singing clubs from the region of Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces and art performances of other genres by local and national artists drawing thousands of local people and tourists.

The three-day festival is co-organized by the provincial People’s Committees of Nghe An and Ha Tinh to help preserve the thousand-year-old folk music, and to prepare a profile asking for UNESCO recognition of the music as part of the World Intangible Heritage.

Vi-Dam singing is a genre of folk music originating from the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, often reflect the working and cultural lives of people in the coastal provinces. It is a treasured cultural heritage and features vocalists singing in a call and response pattern. This folk singing style has seen a revival in recent years, thanks to the effort of 50 clubs with about 20000 members in Nghe An and Ha Tinh,  who play an active role in preserving the art.

Vietnam now has 6 UNESCO World Intangible Heritage, namely Hue’s royal court music, space of Gong culture in the Central Highlands, the northern province of Bac Ninh’s love duet singing, the Giong festival, Ca Tru ceremonial singing and Xoan singing. 

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