Addressing the opening ceremony in Hoi An on June 22, Deputy PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said preserving and bringing into full playheritage values is a huge responsibility of the community.
He added that Vietnam is committed to well implementing theUNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible CulturalHeritage and helping the community fully grasp the convention.
He expressed hope that through this festival, Vietnam and ASEANwill have a common voice in preserving and developing heritage values.
The colourful opening ceremony also saw the participation of LaoDeputy Prime Minister Somsavad Lengsavath, UNESCO Director General IrinaBokova, and other distinguished guests.
In her speech, Bokovasaid the fifth Quang Nam Heritage is organised on the occasion of the 10anniversary of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of theIntangible Cultural Heritage (2003-2013), which is a significant timefor both Vietnam and UNESCO.
She also praised the effortsmade by the Hoi An ancient town to share heritage preservationexperiences with the world over the past years.
A string ofactivities will be held during the festival, including the Miss EthnicVietnam 2013 pageant, the 3rd International Choir Festival, and aninvestment forum on green growth for Quang Nam.
On thisoccasion, an international seminar was held in Quang Nam province onJune 23 to mark the 10 anniversary of the 2003 Convention for theSafeguarding of the Intangible Culture Heritage.
The delegatesat the seminar discussed the preservation and upholding of heritages,particularly intangible heritages, and the implementation of theConvention, as well as cooperation among ASEAN member nations in thisfield.
An exhibition featuring the cooperation between QuangNam province and UNESCO also opened to public on June 22 within theframework of the fifth Quang Nam Heritage Festival and the second UNESCOCulture and Development Week in Vietnam.
Quang Nam isthe only locality in Vietnam that is home to two world heritagesites (Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary) and one biospherereserve (Cham Island). The province has received lots of supportfrom UNESCO over the last decade, particularly during the most recentfour years.-VNA