Bai Choi art receives UNESCO heritage certificate
16:51 | 07/05/2018

VGP - Binh Dinh province held a ceremony on May 5 to receive a UNESCO certificate  recognising “Bai Choi” singing, a popular folklore style of singing in the central and south central regions of Viet Nam, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The ceremony was organized by the People’s Committee of Binh Dinh Province and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the People’s Committees of Quang Binh Province, Quang Tri Province, Thua Thien – Hue Province, Da Nang City, Quang Nam Province, Quang Ngai Province, Phu Yen Province, and Khanh Hoa Province.

The ceremony aims to honour and promote the special values of Bai Choi singing while reflecting national pride and raising the awareness of preserving and promoting cultural heritages of the nation and humanity.

Chairman Ho Quoc Dung of the Binh Dinh People's Commitee affirmed that the provinces where bai choi is practised are determined to effectively implement a scheme on promoting the heritage.

The ceremony also featured a wide range of bai choi performances as well as other songs and dances typical of the central region.

This is the occasion to honor and promote the special values ​​of the art of Bai Choi in Central Viet Nam to domestic and international visitors at the same time raise the awareness of preserving and promoting the values ​​of this cultural heritage, thereby contributing to the socio-economic development of Central provinces.

Also within the framework of the ceremony, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism  announced a National Action Program to protect and promote the values ​​of the intangible cultural heritage – the art of Bai Choi in Central Viet Nam.

Bai choi singing was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 12th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Republic of  Korea on December 7 - 8, 2017.

Bai Choi is a type of folk art and folk games featured in the Central of Viet Na. Throughout history, it has been developed into a festival. Bai Choi is annually  organized at the beginning of the year to welcome a new year. It is the chance for people to communicate through songs and to entertain with games.

By Vien Nhu 

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