Vi-Giam Singing honored as Intangible Cultural Heritage
Posted On Fri, Dec 26, 2014 by Vietnam Discovery
A cultural program to honor  the local Vi-Giam folk singing – which has recently been praised as part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage in November - will be organized by the two central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, on January 31st 2015.

Vi Giam Folk Singing Vietnam Intangible Cultural Heritage - Vietnam Tours
                      Performance of Vi-Giam Folk Singing

According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s announcement at a press conference on December 25th, this program will be scheduled to broadcast live on Vietnam Television (VTV1 and VTV4).

“Local authorities from the Nghe An & Ha Tinh will be in charge to co-outline a project preserving and promoting the folk singing in 2015-2020 with a vision to 2020-2030,” said the Vice Chairwoman of the Nghe An provincial People’s Committee Dinh Thi Le Thanh.

Furthermore, she also stressed that the two provinces would try to promote the popularization of the singing via schools and the media while developing a network of singing clubs as well as to publish policies in order to honor and support folk artists of Vi-Giam Singing.

One month ago, at the 9th session of its Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the UNESCO officially acknowledged Vi-Giam folk singing as part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
There are an estimated 15 tunes of Vi and 8 airs of Giam, all of which are themed the daily work, cultural life and emotional feelings of residents in the central coastal provinces.

Vi-Giam Folk Singing marks the 9th Vietnamese cultural practice winning UNESCO’s intangible heritage status. The others include Hue 's royal court music, Gong space culture in Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands), the northern province of Bac Ninh's love duet singing, the Giong festival, Ca Tru ceremonial singing, Xoan singing, Don Ca Tai Tu music and the worship of Hung Kings.
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