Warm, vast cultural space


The unique cultural identity of the indigenous ethnic groups of the Central Highlands was introduced and honored at the 5th Vietnamese folk song festival in 2013 in the Central Highlands region held in Mang Den, Kon Plong district (Kon Tum). – Photo: Tran Thi Yen.

The second time the Vietnamese Folk Song Festival in the Central Highlands region was held in Kon Tum – a land rich in patriotic traditions, gratitude and traditional folk culture. For the first time – in 2007, the Festival was held under the most beautiful communal house in Kon Tum province – Kon Klor communal house, Kon Tum city. Six years later, Kon Tum was again honored to host the Festival and the province chose Mang Den, Kon Plong district – a legendary land recognized as a 2000 National Monument. Recently, it was recognized by the Government. The government approved the planning of the eco-tourism area until 2030 to organize. This is an honor and a great joy for officials and people of Kon Plong district in particular and Kon Tum province in general.

With the purpose of finding, maintaining, preserving and discovering original folk songs and folk dances, typical of the Central Highlands region to introduce, promote, and contribute to fostering and promoting ancient folk songs. Traditional tradition of the nation, this Festival has achieved much success in terms of quantity and quality of art. In particular, the good news at this year’s Festival is that most of the participating troupes have a team of young artisans performing folk songs, folk dances, and traditional musical instruments proficiently.

Taking place over two days (March 5 – 6), the Festival attracts more than 70 artisans representing ethnic minorities such as: Ba Na, Chu Ru, K’ho, Xe Dang, Gia Rai, Mo Nong , Ma, comes from 5 Central Highlands provinces: Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Lam Dong, Gia Lai and Kon Tum. The artisans have selected and introduced to the audience the typical and unique cultural features of the nation. through 15 almost complete performances with unique characteristics of each ethnic group, with folk songs, lullabies, love songs, folk dances and unique national musical instruments such as: Love love songs Buoi Pcam Ya (Don’t be afraid) of Xe Dang ethnic artisan group, Kon Ko Lok village, Dak Ma commune, Dak Ha, Kon Tum; or Shield dance in the buffalo stabbing festival by Gia Rai ethnic artisans, Thang Loi ward, Pleiku city, Gia Lai; or blow the gourd flute during the New Rice Celebration festival by artist L, Kel Ma Tham, Chu Ru ethnic group from Tua Tra commune, Don Duong district, Lam Dong province; Cing Kram (Bamboo Gong) medley concert of the Ede ethnic group in Dak Lak province; folk song “Mother loves you” of the Ma ethnic group, Dak Nong province;…

The festival is an opportunity for the Central Highlands provinces to introduce to domestic and international friends the uniqueness of the Central Highlands gong cultural space – an intangible oral cultural heritage of humanity. As for Kon Tum, as the host unit, this is an opportunity for the province to promote and introduce the tourism potential of Mang Den eco-tourism area. In addition, the Festival is also a driving force to help local authorities continue to restore, preserve and preserve the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of ethnic minorities in the area.

Director of the Vietnam Television Center in Da Nang, Head of the Festival Organizing Committee Dang Xuan Thu said: Unlike previous festivals, this time, in addition to folk songs, there is also folk dance, which means it is not necessary There must be a performance that not only includes singing but also dancing, including gongs, including re-enacting the worshiping and ceremonial costumes of the people. This year there are no professional actors from participating troupes. 100% are compatriots from each village and each village that we discovered, nurtured and brought to the festival…

The 5th Vietnamese Folk Song Festival in the Central Highlands region ended with many beautiful impressions in the hearts of the people of the Central Highlands in particular and the whole country in general. The Central Highlands is the common home of many ethnic groups living together. During the working process, the people here created a rich treasure of folk songs and dances, creating a very unique culture for the vast, windswept plateau. Despite being under pressure from the interference and introduction of many different cultures, the people here still preserve the cultural features left by their ancestors for today, tomorrow and for generations to come, leaving a lasting legacy. The Central Highlands will always be the cradle of gongs, gongs, and wine with folk songs and folk dances that captivate people’s hearts…

Article: Sy Tien

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