The festival’s organising board said at a press briefing in Hanoi onJanuary 9 that Cheo (traditional opera popular in northern provinces)staged by artists from the northern province of Ninh Binh is expected toentertain a southern audience.
According to the board, theopening ceremony will take place at the Hung Vuong square in Bac Lieucity on the night of April 21.
There willbe a composition competition on the art with the theme ‘Bac Lieu andthe southern region’ and performances will be staged by amateur singersand instrumentalists from across the country.
The festival will also feature an exhibition on folk musicalinstruments, a show of ancient motors and a photo contest themed “Theland and people of Bac Lieu”.
The national “Don Ca Tai Tu” festival is scheduled to be held triennially in southern provinces in turn.
Known as a musical art that has both scholarly and folk roots, Don catai tu developed in southern Vietnam in the late 19th century. Theimpromptu art honours the creativity and artistry of the performers.
UNESCO recognised the art as an intangible cultural heritage in Decemberduring the 8th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for theSafeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Theart is performed at numerous events, such as festivals, ‘deathanniversary’ rituals, and celebratory social events. The audience canjoin in, by practicing, making comments or creating new words for songs.
It has been transmitted from generation to generation through officialand unofficial forms of education in all 21 provinces.
The art form is played on a variety of different instruments,including the kim (moon-shaped lute), co (two-stringed fiddle), tranh(16-string zither), ty ba (pear-shaped lute), song lang (percussion),bau (monochord) and sao (bamboo flute), and the violin and guitar, whichwere adapted to fir the style.
The musicians who contribute to Don ca tai tu include masterinstrumentalists, master lyricists, master singers, instrumentalists,and singers.
Influenced by other forms of cultural heritage from the central andsouthern regions of Vietnam, such as nhac le (ceremonial music) and hatboi (classical theatre and folk song), the music genre was added to theNational List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012.-VNA