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Quan họ performances promote tourism

Quan ho (love duet) performance will be staged every Saturday evening in Bac Ninh Province. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — Quan ho (love duet) singing on boat will be held every Saturday evening in northern Bac Ninh Province, Nguyen Tu Quynh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said.

The performances will be staged on two lakes in front of office buildings of the provincial Committee of the Party and People Council at 8pm.

The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism takes charge of organising the performances, aimed at popularising quan ho not only among local tourists, but also foreigners.

Quan ho is an art form that combines various elements, including music, lyrics and costumes, and features the distinctive culture of people in the region formerly called Kinh Bac. It was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009. 

The singing represents different kinds of relationships -- the relationship between male and female singers as romantic lovers, the relationship between two friendly villages and the relationship between performers and the audience. Each element helps define quan ho, give it life and meaning, and the resulting harmony is so much more than just a beautiful song. — VNS


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