Vietnam’s Nghe Tinh Vi-Giam folk singing, part of the Humanity’s Intangible Heritage, has left a striking impression on the audience at the Asian Festival 2015 recently held in Australia’s Adelaide city.
The concert was performed on a stage in the middle of a lake against the backdrop of a floating market carefully designed by the Vietnamese students’ union in Adelaide.
The artists came all the way from Nghe An province, the folk art’s cradle.
Vi-Giam, a UNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritage of humanity, is popular in nearly 260 villages in central Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. The folk music, estimated to have 15 tunes of Vi and 8 airs of Giam, is a repartee sung while working. Thus, it reflects the work, cultural life and feelings of the residents in the central coastal provinces.
Besides the folk singing, the overseas Vietnamese students brought other musical performances, folk games and a boat race to entertain festival visitors.
The event also featured performances of students from Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea and China.