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Quan ho festival offers diverse activities

Various activities kicked off in the northern province of Bac Ninh on February 14 as part of an ongoing festival marking a decade since the Quan ho Bac Ninh folk songs were recognized by UNESCO as part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

The “Returning to the land of Quan ho 2019” festival included a Quan ho singing contest, which drew the participation of 350 artisans and instrumentalists across the locality. The annual contest has become a traditional cultural activity of local Quan ho artisans, greatly contributing to the conservation and development of the intangible heritage.

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A performance at the Quan ho singing contest.

A spring press festival also opened the same day, introducing more than 100 newspapers and magazines from press agencies across the country. The festival is designed to honor the reading culture and improve the quality of people’s lives.

In addition, there was an exhibition featuring nearly 4,000 ornamental trees from hundreds of artists and associations in Bac Ninh and other localities, including some trees over a century old. The event runs through until February 26.

Meanwhile, the Bac Ninh Culture and Tourism Week, which aims to popularise the province’s image to visitors from across Vietnam and other countries, will be underway until May 12.

Quan ho Bac Ninh folk songs were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on September 30, 2009. Since then, Bac Ninh has made considerable efforts to realize its commitments to UNESCO to conserve and uphold the value of this art form, thus obtaining comprehensive results.

The songs are alternating response verses between male and female singers. Quan ho singing is common at rituals, festivals, competitions, and informal gatherings, where guests will perform a variety of verses for their hosts before singing farewell.

 

Festival to honour Bac Ninh love duet singing
The ‘Visiting the land of Quan Ho (Love Duet) singing’ festival 2019 will take place in the northern province of Bac Ninh from February 13 to 28, to mark a decade since the folk art form won UNESCO recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity (2009 - 2019).
 
Nurturing passion for love duet song
(BGO) – Since being established in 2009 by Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuc, General Manager of BAGICO Joint Stock Company in Vang hamlet, Bich Son commune, Viet Yen district (Bac Giang), the club of “I love Quan Ho folk song” has inspired thousands of youth members to learn the love duet songs, creating a meaningful playground for the youngster and promoting their passion for the unique art form.
 
Love duet folk song and traditional operetta taught to young talents
(BGO) – Under the project of “Conserving and developing the cultural heritage of the Bac Giang provincial minority ethnic groups for the period of 2011 - 2020”, several classes have been held by the Cultural and Cinema Center (Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism) from April 10 – 20 to teach the Quan ho (love duet) folk song to 100 art talents in the Sub-region 3, Neo town (Yen Dung district) and Cheo (traditional operetta) to 60 others in Ngoc Thien commune (Tan Yen district). 
 
Love duet singing festival kicks off in Bac Ninh
Thousands of local people and visitors have flocked to Tien Du district in the northern province of Bac Ninh to attend the Lim festival, which honors Quan Ho (love duet singing) – the world intangible cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO. 
 
Bac Ninh to host love duet singing festival
The annual love duet singing festival will be organized on February 27 and 28 in Lim town, Noi Due and Lien Bao commune of Tien Du district in the northern province of Bac Ninh.
 

Source: VNA

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