At the press conference held on October 24, in Hanoi, Vice Director Pham Minh Huong said the National Ca Tru Festival offers an opportunity to review all achievements in preserving Ca Tru and the vitality of the art genre currently.
Troupes attending the event come from Hanoi, the northern localities of Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Hung Yen, Thai Binh, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, and Phu Tho, the central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh, and Ho Chi Minh City.
|Photo for illustration. Source: Internet.
The event will contribute to affirming that Vietnam has fully implemented and achieved practical results as committed to UNESCO for the protection and promotion of the value of Ca tru cultural heritage.
According to Ms. Pham Minh Huong, after the festival, Vietnam will compile the dossier to gain UNESCO recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity instead of the current status of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
Ca Tru was recognized by UNESCO as a world Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding by UNESCO in 2009. It is one of the most uniquely Vietnamese genres of folk music in the Vietnamese treasury of traditional music.
Ca Tru features a female singer accompanied by a small group of musicians. The art genre appeared in the North around the 15th century and thrived until the early 20th century. Since then, it has decreased in popularity due to the spread of modern recreational and cultural activities.
Today, this kind of singing is practiced in 15 provinces and cities throughout Vietnam. The recent festival is part of the national programme to preserve and develop Ca Tru.
By Linh Bui