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Flow of quan ho runs forever

(BGO) - Quan ho (love duet) folk singing was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on September 30, 2009. Over the past years, the conservation and promotion of the value of the heritage in many localities and at the provincial level have been focused. Attention has been also paid to the teaching of quan ho to the young generation in Bac Giang, helping this art form to live forever.

The countryside of Tho Ha, Van Ha commune (Viet Yen district) is now changing day by day. Viet Yen has just been recognized as a 4-tier urban area. Quan ho - the treasure of this land has always been cherished and preserved. The quan ho culture still exists in folklore.

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The Tho Ha Quan Ho Club.

Nguyen Thi Thuy (born in 1961), from Minh Duc commune (Viet Yen) has been singing quan ho since the age of 17. Now she lessens farming work to serve as a collaborator of the district Culture, Information and Sports Center to teach quan ho to students. Thuy and a number of other artisans and teachers all teach these classes for their passion for quan ho, but not for remuneration.

Female singer Duong Thi Hoai Thu (born in 1979) just returned to her office after teaching quan ho to the 6th graders. Originally a teacher, Thu is currently Deputy Director of the Culture, Information and Sports Center of Viet Yen district. Thu, together with female singer Nguyen Thi Thuy and lecturer Nguyen Hai Duong from the provincial Intermediate School of Culture, Sports and Tourism, is teaching quan ho to children at the Viet Yen Folklore Club and clubs in schools and villages.

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A quan ho class for young children in Viet Yen district.

The predecessor of the Viet Yen Folklore Club is the "Bagico Quan Ho Club" established in 2008 following the initiative of Duong Thi Hoai Thu and businesswoman Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuc. It is operating under the auspices of the Bagico Company with Thuc as its director.

Many outstanding singers have grown up from the Bagico summer camp. They are Tran Tung, currently a music teacher at the Hanoi-based Nguyen Binh Khiem education system - one of the first students of the club; and Nguyen Thi Hoa Le, an actress of the Bac Giang Cheo Theater, who was once the third generation of students of the club and won a gold medal at the "National Student Singing Contest".

Regularly, Thu spends time going to schools to set venues to invite artisans to teach quan ho to students free of charge. She has also opened classes at the center and organized the opening of the Fanpage "Viet Yen Folklore Club" for teachers and students to exchange. Sometimes, online teaching and learning have been available on the forum. Currently, thousands of elementary and secondary school students know how to sing quan ho. Gradually, the club has received the attention of several businesses in the district.

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Female singer Nguyen Thi Thuy teaches quan ho to students.

Doan Van Toan, Director of the Culture, Information and Sports Centre of Viet Yen district said: "Currently, Viet Yen district has implemented a project to restore quan ho singing as well as bringing the practice of quan ho back to life, especially in Quan Ho villages along the Cau River in Tien Son, Van Ha, Ninh Son, Quang Minh, Quang Chau and Van Trung communes and Nenh township".

Making quan ho eternal and become a driving force in economic development requires the wisdom of many departments and the people. When quan ho is both a heritage and a tourism product in the new era, surely, the conservation story will be simpler. Seeing the children passionately singing quan ho next to the blooming yellow mustard flowers, I believe, one day...

Spring is present in every lyric of quan ho. In the midst of this life, the flow of quan ho will run forever.

Nguyen Thi Mai Phuong
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