On 26 May 09 2015, in colla-boration with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Tuyên Quang province, the Vietnamese Institute for Musicology -Vietnam National Academy of Music organized the international conference “Preserve and promote the value of Then heritage of Tày, Nùng, Thái ethnic groups in Vietnam” in Tuyên Quang city, Tuyên Quang province.
The conference attracted nearly 100 delegates who are scientists in the country and foreign scientists from the UK, France, Thailand, and Malaysia. Mr. Huỳnh Vĩnh Ái, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, with representatives of relevant ministries and representatives of Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the provinces that have Then heritage, including Tuyên Quang, Bắc Giang, Cao Bằng, Lạng Sơn, Thái Nguyên, Bắc Kạn, Lai Châu, Quảng Ninh, Điện Biên, Hà Giang, Lào Cai, also participated in the conference.
During the workshop, the participants heard a lot of speeches, scientifically exchanged and evaluated opinions about the history, art, vitality and strong scattering of Then belief form of Tày, Nùng, and Thái ethnic groups in the lives of people in the mountainous province of northern Vietnam.
This international conference, “Preserve and promote the value of Then heritage of Tày, Nùng, Thái ethnic groups in Vietnam”, was one of the important activities in the construction process of a national profile submitted to UNESCO for inclusion on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It would also be an opportunity for Vietnam to present and widely promote this heritage in this country and abroad.
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