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Ceremony honours Xoe Thai art

To honour Xoe Thai art is to honour the noble and beautiful value of art culture, solidarity, kindness, optimism, conservation and development thinking.

The remark was made by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the ceremony to receive the UNESCO certificate of registration for the art of Xoe Thai in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity held on September 24 in Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai Province.

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Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Hoang Dao Cuong receives the UNESCO certificate of registration for the art of Xoe Thai from United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Pauline Tamesis.

The event was attended by former Permanent member of the Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong; former National Assembly Standing Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong; Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Head of the Central Propaganda Department Nguyen Trong Nghia; and representatives of a number of diplomatic agencies and international organisations in Vietnam.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, speaking on behalf of leaders of the Party and State, congratulated the authorities and people of ethnic groups in Yen Bai, Son La, Lai Chau, and Dien Bien on the recognition of Xoe Thai art as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during his remarks at the celebrations.

The Prime Minister has expressed his belief that the recognition of Xoe Thai as Vietnam's 14th heritage inscribed by UNESCO is a moment of great pride for the Thai people and the community of the country's 54 ethnic groups.

PM Pham Minh Chinh praised generations of folk artists and the Thai ethnic community for their tremendous efforts to conserve this priceless cultural heritage.

He also thanked and praised the efforts of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the National Council for Cultural Legacy as well as other relevant ministries, agencies, and localities, collectors, and researchers towards preserving and promoting Xoe Thai art and Vietnam's cultural heritage.

The Prime Minister expressed his hope that UNESCO's Representative Office and Christian Manhart, UNESCO's Chief Representative, would continue to provide Vietnam with close cooperation and effective help to ensure that the country's cultural values are widely disseminated and in tune with the cultural quintessence of humanity.

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Xoe is a form of Vietnamese dancing with movements symbolising human activities in ritual, culture, life and work.

To continue to create new vitality, spread, and strongly inspire the value of Xoe Thai art, the Prime Minister suggested that the authorities, people, and Thai community in the Northwest provinces, as well as the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, work cooperatively to effectively implement the "National Action Programme to protect and promote the value of the intangible cultural heritage of Xoe Thai art" in accordance with the commitment to UNESCO.

According to the PM, the noble and beautiful value of Xoe Thai art should be protected and promoted internationally as well as domestically. Therefore, it is vital to recognise that this is the representative intangible cultural legacy of humanity and take appropriate action.

The Prime Minister suggested expanding studies and coming up with concrete plans to protect and enhance ethnic groups' and Xoe Thai's identity and customs in socio-economic growth and tourism development.

He urged everyone to take steps to improve the lives of skilled artisans who are committed to preserving the heritage, while also making it easier for people to experience and perform Xoe Thai in light of the country's new development conditions.

At the ceremony, Pauline Tamesis, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, presented the UNESCO certificate recognising Xoe Thai art as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity to the representative of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, as well as leaders of the People's Committees of the provinces of Yen Bai, Son La, Lai Chau, and Dien Bien.

Tamesis offered congratulations for this significant event and wished that the Thai community and Vietnamese people would continue to maintain, promote, and disseminate the significance of Xoe Thai art, while also contributing more to UNESCO's activities and human culture.

On this occasion, Yen Bai Province inaugurated the Muong Lo Culture and Tourism Festival, programme discovering the special national landscape of Mu Cang Chai’s terraced fields in 2022.

Within the framework of the ceremony, the art programme "Xoe Thai - the quintessence of the heritage region” which brought together traditional folklore values that have become the heritage of the Thai people in the Northwest, with the involvement of more than 2,000 artisans and performers.

Activities within the framework of the ceremony and Festival will take place from September 22 to 29, 2022. In addition, localities in Yen Bai have been and will continue to organise many cultural and tourism activities and events in response, taking place from August until the end of December 2022.

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Source: NDO

Xoe Thai art, noble and beautiful value, Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO, tremendous efforts, Vietnam's cultural heritage
 
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