Vi-Giam folk singing seeks UNESCO recognition

(VOV) -Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien is leading a Vietnamese delegation seeking UNESCO recognition for Vi-Giam folk singing at a conference in Paris.

The 9th session of the UNESCO Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage convened on November 24 to evaluate 36 UNESCO nominations including Vi-Giam folk singing of Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces.

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During the session they discussed preservation work for eight intangible heritages and worked out measures to mobilize financial sources for UNESCO.

On the sidelines of the event, in response to questions of a VOV correspondent, former Director of the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Prof. Dr. Nguyen Chi Ben, emphasized Vi-Giam folk singing meets the UNESCO requirements for recognition.

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Prof. Dr. Nguyen Chi Ben

Vi-Giam folk singing plays an important role in the cultural and spiritual life of local people in central Vietnam, vividly depicting their daily activities, from baby lullaby to fishing on the river, Ben said.

He reported that Vietnam’s Vi-Giam dossier was completed at the end of 2012 and submitted to UNESCO for consideration in March 2013. Nghe An and Ha Tinh held many activities to introduce this type of folk singing to international experts, including those from UNESCO.

If recognized, Vi-Giam would be the ninth Vietnamese intangible heritage honoured by UNESCO, Ben added.