Update: 11:07 | 05/02/2019
Authorities in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien will implement a plan to promote the recognition of
The provincial People’s Committee recently sent a document to the Government, the National Commission for UNESCO Vietnam, the National Cultural Heritage Council and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) to show their determination to follow an assignment by the MCST on seeking the title of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity for
In the document, the authority stated that after consulting cultural experts about the artistic value of
Xoe Thai art is a unique type of traditional dance that is associated with and plays a significant role in Thai communities in the northwest of Vietnam, especially in the provinces of Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La
It depicts the daily lives of Thai ethnic people in Vietnam and shows their wish for a peaceful and prosperous life.
Comprising about 30 different dances in total,
The dance has been developed, protected and handed down through generations intact over hundreds of years in many different forms including
With gentle and alluring rhythms, dancers usually form a circle around a festive flame and move to the sound of melodic traditional music.
The elegant dance has been named on the Government’s intangible heritage list to be submitted to UNESCO in the 2012-16 period. The provinces hoped the dance will receive UNESCO recognition this year.
The UNESCO title is expected to elevate the position of the dance to national and international levels, thus promoting Vietnamese traditional arts and cultural diversity.