This festival is a delightful occasion for introducing, honoring, conserving, and evolving the art performance of Then singing and Tinh instrument, a noteworthy folk art-form harmonious with ethnic minority groups of Tay, Nung, and Thai for years. It is a cultural practice born from the desire to pay tribute to the elite culture in remote areas. Simultaneously, it also promotes the nation as well as local community’s images of hospitable locals, rich traditional culture, and unparalleled mountainous landscapes to the nationwide and worldwide fellows. The two-day celebration offers a splendid chance for artisans, artists, and performers of Then singing and Tinh instrument to meet up and encourage the pursuit of cultural interchange.

Then singing festival in Hagiang

Then singing festival in Hagiang (source: Internet)

This years festival has the participation of up to 16 provinces throughout the country, comprising of Ha Giang city, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Lang Son, Thai Nguyen, Bac Giang, Quang Ninh, Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Dak Nong, Dak Lak, and Ho Chi Minh city.

The art performance festival of Then singing and Tinh instrument will be inaugurated at 20.00 on May 13th 2018 at 26/3 Square (Ha Giang city). The aim of the exhibition is to highlight these art forms to the cultural and spiritual life of Tay, Nung, and Thai ethnic people with the participation of the most gifted artists from professional performing groups.

During the two days of celebrating, the festival will enchant sightseers with various well-treated “meals” of recreational activities related to culture, art, sport, and tourism in the Hagiang tour. Festival-goers or visitors can mingle with each other in this cluster of pursuits, such as at an exhibition displaying the traditional stuff and the folk fabric weaving of locals. They will also hold an international marathon race, named “running on the road of happiness”. Hence, the cultural identities of the mountainous region come alive with these attractive programs.

Regarding its origin, folks say that Then means sky, so it was considered as the singing of fairies passing on. Then singing is celebrated in the salient occasions as a rule like wishing for peace or rain ceremonies. Over the years, this practice is still preserved and developed into a giant cultural space and became an indispensable spiritual dish of ethnic minority groups of Tay, Nung, and Thai.

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PostDate: 06/06/2018