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Curtain comes down on National Ca Tru Festival

A performance of artists from Nghe An province at the closing ceremony of National Ca Tru Festival. Photo: VNA
The National Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) Festival wrapped up in the central province of Ha Tinh on November 5.

The five-day festival drew nearly 200 artists and instrumentalists from 13 cities and provinces nationwide, with an increased number of young artisans.

The festival affirmed Vietnam’s full implementation of its commitments to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to protecting and promoting values of the traditional genre of music.

The festival’s outcomes also serve as a foundation for Vietnam to propose UNESCO remove the singing from the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and onto the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

First prizes were presented to five troupes from Hanoi and Hai Phong city in the north, and Ha Tinh, Nghe An and Quang Binh provinces in the central region.

Ca Tru was included in the UNESCO list of World Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2009. It is one of the most unique genres of folk music of Vietnam.

Ca Tru features a female singer accompanied by a small group of musicians. The art genre appeared in the north around the 15th century and thrived until the early 20th century.