Xoan singing becomes new world cultural heritage
(VGP - 24/11/2011) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on November 24 voted to put Hát Xoan (Xoan singing) of Việt Nam into the list of the next world intangible heritages needing urgent protection.
Xoan singing is a vocal art of villages in the ancestral land of Phú Thọ. This genre of singing is usually performed in front of the communal house during the village festivals in the spring.
Based on legends and historical, archeological and social records, researchers say Xoan singing first appeared a long time ago, from the time when the Hùng Kings established the nation.
In the coming time, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will map out specific and long-term programs and plans to preserve and develop the world’s newly-recognized heritage, said Deputy Director of the Cultural Heritage Nguyễn Hữu Toàn.
Ten out of 23 candidates from nine other countries including Việt Nam, Indonesia, Iran, China, Brazil, Mali, Mauritus, Mongolia and the UAE won the title./.