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Art of bài chòi honoured

Remarkable: Binh Dinh’s bai choi festival. —
Viet Nam News

BINH DINH — To celebrate Viet Nam’s bai choi (folk singing), which has been recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, an art festival is being held  on Wednesday in Binh Dinh Province’s coastal Quy Nhon City.

The bai choi singing festival aims to help artisans to encourage the singing in the province. Each province and city chose an art troupe to perform bai choi for no longer than 40 minutes.

According to the organisers, the festival has received full participation from provinces active in promoting bai choi, such as Quy Nhon, An Nhon, Tuy Phuoc, Phu Cat and Hoai Nhon.  

Bai choi 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 bai choi until April 30 this year. — VNS

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