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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ethnic minorities celebrate gong culture in Viet Nam

The 2007 Central Highlands Gong Festival will be held in the Dak Lak Province next month, reported Thanh Nien news reported last Saturday.

The United Nations Economic, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, recognized gong culture to be a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005. In order to preserve this culture, UNESCO has pledged US$91,000, and according to To Dinh Tuan, director of the province’s Department of Culture and Information, the Vietnamese government pledged an additional $43,000.

The festival will include gong performances, ethnic musical instrument-making contests, elephant races, and photo exhibitions, as well as seminars on the preservation of gong culture and art of making ethnic musical instruments.
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