UNESCO to consider Vi-Giam as World Intangible Cultural Heritage

15:53 | 20/11/2014

VGP – Vi-Giam folk music, a representative of Vietnamese heritage seeking UNESCO’s recognition as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014, will be considered at the 9th session of the UNESCO meeting in Paris from November 24-28.

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Vi-Giam singing is popular in nearly 260 villages in the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh. 
The two provinces have 51 singing clubs with over 800 vocalists, many of whom are actively preserving the folk music. 

Vi-Giam folk music, estimated to have 15 tunes of Vi and 8 airs of Giam, is a repartee sung while working. It reflects the work, cultural lives and feelings of the residents in the central coastal provinces. 

Viet Nam now has seven examples of intangible heritage recognized by UNESCO as world intangible heritages, namely Nha Nhac – the Vietnamese Court Music, The space of gong culture in Central Highlands, Quan ho Bac Ninh folk songs, Giong Festival at Phu Dong and Soc temples (Ha Noi), Ca Tru singing, Xoan singing in Phu Tho Province and Worship of Hung Kings in Phu Tho Province.

By Thuy Dung