|The first training course of Hát Bội, or Tuồng (Classic Drama) performance is opened for kids in Hội An City. The ancient city aims to preserve the old art performance and serve for tourism. — VNS Photo Trung Sơn|Viet Nam News
Hội AN — The Culture and Sports Centre in Hội An City has launched a training course in Hát Bội or Tuồng (classical drama) for 15 children.
The move is an attempt to preserve the ancient art form and to entertain tourists.
Director of the centre Võ Phùng said the course, funded by Hoàng Châu Ký Foundation, will last three months, with Tuồng artists instructing the children every Saturday night at 39 Nguyễn Thái Học Street.
“It’s the first-ever course in Tuồng for children in Hội An after a training course in Bài Chòi (a traditional Vietnamese game combining folk songs and picks from a deck of cards) was launched for children two years ago,” Phùng said.
“The trained children will perform for tourists visiting Hội An, while the ancient art form will also be preserved,” he said, adding that Bài Chòi was being staged on the Hoài River bank for tourists every night.
The classical drama from Quảng Nam Province was researched and preserved by late professor Hoàng Châu Ký (1921-2008).
Last year, the Tuồng Xứ Quảng (Quảng Nam classical drama region) art performance was recognised as national intangible heritage.
Hội An, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the most popular destination in the central Quảng Nam Province.
A survey showed that 27 per cent of the international tourists visited the city to learn about its culture and history. – VNS