|Remarkable: Bình Định’s bài chòi festival. — toquoc.vn |Viet Nam News
BÌNH ĐỊNH — To celebrate Việt Nam’s bài chòi (folk singing), which has been recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, an art festival is being held on Wednesday in Bình Định Province’s coastal Quy Nhơn City.
The bài chòi singing festival aims to help artisans to encourage the singing in the province. Each province and city chose an art troupe to perform bài chòi for no longer than 40 minutes.
According to the organisers, the festival has received full participation from provinces active in promoting bài chòi, such as Quy Nhơn, An Nhơn, Tuy Phước, Phù Cát and Hoài Nhơn.
Bài chòi is a diverse art combining music, poetry, acting, painting and literature. Its practitioners include performers, card-making artists and hut-making artists. Performers and their families play a major role in safeguarding the practice, and dedicated groups continue to celebrate it. Most performers learn within their family but specialist artists also teach in clubs, schools and associations.
The festival ends Thursday. Other art programmes will continue to be held locally to praise bài chòi until April 30 this year. — VNS