Pursuant to Document No. 8868/VPCP-KGVX dated 5th November 2012 and signed by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, “The custom of bài chòi playing in the spring in the Southern Central Vietnam” was on the list of intangible cultural heritages that would become the subjects to create UNESCO nomination files from 2012 - 2015. On 9th May 2014, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam advocated to assign Vietnamese Institute for Music-ology to prepare this nomination file to be submitted to the UNESCO for its recognition into the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. To prepare for the file making, in the morning of June 23, 2014, Vietnamese Institute for Music-ology hosted a scientific seminar. Par-ticipants included Prof. Dr.Sc. Lưu Trần Tiêu, Chairman of Vietnam National Cultural Heritage Council; Ms. Nguyễn Thu Trang, Deputy Head of the Intan-gible Cultural Heritage Bureau (Depar-tment of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lê Văn Toàn, Director of Vietnam National Academy of Music, represent-tatives from Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of cities and provinces where the heritage Bài Chòi is practiced, namely Thừa Thiên - Huế, Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định and Phú Yên; and experts on Bài chòi. The seminar aimed to finalize the official file name. According to many researchers, the name “Custom of playing bài chòi in the spring in Southern Central Vietnam” failed to include the entire cultural essence, the formation and development of this heritage. After discussion, all seminar participants consented to propose the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to change the file name “Custom of playing bài chòi in the spring in Southern Central Vietnam” into “Bài chòi folk art in Central Vietnam”. The agreement on the name of the file can help the Vietnamese Institute for Musicology to establish the goal and the scope for building the Nomination File the most effectively.
NGUYỄN THỦY TIÊN