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News and events Sunday, 17/11/2019
Vietnam Institute of Musicology hosts musical exchange
A Viet Nam - Sweden traditional music exchange programme will take place at the Ha Noi Opera House and the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology from Friday to Sunday, the event hosted by Vietnam Institute of Musicology.

This is part of a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to promote Vietnamese culture. Nearly 170 musicians from 18 ethnic groups nationwide as well as three famous Swedish musicians will take part in the programme.

This year, traditional music of remote ethnic groups will be showcased, featuring Gia Rai, Xo Dang, Nung, Muong and Hre, many of whom will perform for the first time in public, according to Dr. Le Van Toan, Director of Vietnam Institute of Musicology.

The performances will offer Ca tru (ceremonial singing), hat Van (spiritual songs), Quan ho (love duets), fan dance, Xam (street music performed by blind musicians) and solo instrumentals.

The Swedish artists will perform their traditional music and collaborate with Vietnamese artists from the National Conservatory to perform some Vietnamese folk songs.

The performance on Friday at Ha Noi Opera House will be invitation only while the two-day programme on Saturday and Sunday at the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Ha Noi, will be open to the public. Performance will be held across four stages comprising of the museum’s centre, Vietnamese old houses area, Ba Na ethnic people’s communal house and E De ethnic people’s long house.

Performing the music of Vietnamese ethnic groups at the traditional houses is a good idea, musician Dang Hoanh Loan, director of the programme, remarks. "Audiences will be offered a comprehensive performance featuring traditional music of the minorities and an insight into their lives."

Dr. Toan said that this significant event will also reflect the results of cultural co-operation between Viet Nam and Sweden. SIDA has supported the institute since 2005 to study, preserve and develop traditional music for more than 30 Vietnamese ethnic groups in 18 cities and provinces across the country.

The musical pieces created over the last five years will be compiled on a double CD which will be used to promote the unique variety of Vietnamese traditional music abroad.

(Vietnam News)
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