Phu Tho receives UNESCO heritage of humanity certificate for Xoan Singing
Updated : Monday, February 05, 2018 2:31 PM (GMT+0700)

XoanSinging of the northern province of Phu Tho received a UNESCO certificate of anintangible cultural heritage of humanity at a ceremony at Lai Len Shrine, VietTri city, Phu Tho on February 3.

At the ceremony - Source: VNA

The event was attended byDeputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of the NationalAssembly Committee for Social Affairs Nguyen Thuy Anh, Deputy ForeignMinister, Chairman of Vietnam's National UNESCO Committee LeHoai Trung, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) Dang ThiBich Lien, Michael Croft, head of office and UNESCO countryrepresentative to Vietnam, among others.

Addressing the ceremony,Michael Croft expressed his delight to present the certificate, underliningthat the art form is closely associated with Hung Kings worship of Vietnamesepeople while helping increasing mutual cultural exchanges in the community.

He congratulated theGovernment of Vietnam, the MoCST, Vietnam's National UNESCO, localauthorities, and Xoan singing groups on their contribution to preservation ofthe art form.

For his part, Deputy PrimeMinister Vu Duc Dam said Vietnam has numerous heritage honoured by UNESCO,including Xoan Singing in Phu Tho, adding that the recognition reflects theinternational community’s acknowledgment of the efforts made by the province andcommunity to preserve the heritage.

Dam hailed the contributionsthe artisans have made to teaching and keeping Xoan Singing in the community,as well as the joint efforts made by ministries, sectors, UNESCO, and Phu Thoprovince over the past six years to compile a national dossier on Xoan Singingto be recognised as an intangible heritage of humanity.

On the occasion, Bui MinhChau, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee approved an action plan onprotecting Xoan Singing in Phu Tho - the Intangible Cultural Heritage ofHumanity from 2018 – 2023.Closely linked to the worship of Hung kings, Xoansinging is a religious practice rooted in the ancestor worship of theVietnamese people. It is traditionally performed during the first two months ofthe lunar calendar in holy places such as temples, sanctuaries and communalhouses.

There are three formsof Xoan singing: worship singing for the Hung kings and villageguardian spirits; ritual singing for good crops, health and luck, and festivalsinging where villagers alternate male and female voices in a form ofcourtship. 

The Vietnamese musicaltradition was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage inNeed of Urgent Safeguarding in 2011 due to declining appreciation of thistradition, notably among young people. 

The performing artwas transferred to the Representative List of the Intangible CulturalHeritage of Humanity in December 2017 in recognition for efforts by the localcommunities and the national authorities to reinforce the viability of Xoansinging.

Source: VNA

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