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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vietnam: Vietnam’s Quan Ho songs recognised as world intangi...


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Vietnam’s Quan Ho folk songs were recognised as “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO on September 30. UNESCO declared the list of “intangibles” at the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage, which took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Vietnam’s Quan Ho songs

From Abu Dhabi, Dr. Nguyen Chi Ben, dean of the Culture and Art Institute and member of the National Heritage Council said that this is a great news for the two provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang - the home to Quan ho folk songs - and for Vietnam in general.


Ben said on October 1, Vietnam’s Ca Tru singing was also be considered as intangible heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.

Quan ho folk songs stand alongside 76 additions to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. These 76 were decided by 24 member states of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage.

To date Vietnam has had three such intangibles recognised by UNESCO. They are the Hue royal court music, the gong area Central Highlands and now the Quan ho folk song.


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