Monday, February 6, 2023


UNESCO recognizes Quan họ as world’s cultural heritage

Quan họ Bắc Ninh is recognized by UNESCO as the world’s cultural heritage.

The 76 inscriptions were honored from 111 nominations from 34 nations by the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage at its 4th session in the United Arab Emirates from September 28 to October 2.

The UNESCO highly appreciated Quan họ’s special cultural values in terms of social practices, performance arts, singing techniques, cultural behaviors, lyrics and costumes.

Many of the villages still practicing the singing are twinned and reinforce their relationship through customs such as Quan họ folk songs. The songs are performed as alternating verses between women from one village who sing in harmony, and men from another village who respond with the same tune but different lyrics.

To date Việt Nam has had three such intangibles recognized by UNESCO. They are the Huế royal court music, the Central Highlands gong cultural space and now the Quan họ folk song.

On October 1, the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee inscribed Việt Nam’s ca trù (ceremonial singing) on the List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

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