11.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

UNESCO hands over to Viet Nam certificate of inscription of Đờn ca tài tử as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity


Ho Chi Minh City, 11 February 2014 – The official ceremony taking place in the Reunification Palace recognizes the importance of the Art of Đờn ca tài tử music and song in southern Viet Nam, also known as Đờn ca tài tử, and the value of the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next.

Speaking with emotion on behalf of the artists and practitioners of the Art of Đờn ca tài tử music and song, at the ceremony held in the esplanade of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Van Loan from Bac Lieu Province, expressed the excitement and appreciation for the recognition of their dedicated work through the inscription of this art form in UNESCO’s Representative List and encouraged the artists to keep this art alive through continued practice and teaching. During this exciting ceremony, The Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoàng Tuấn Anh shared the National Action Plan on Preservation and Promotion the Art of Don Ca Tai Tu music and song in Southern Viet Nam designed to support the protection and development of this art as required by UNESCO’s 2003 Convention on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung highlighted the importance of preserving and promoting the values of national cultural heritage noting that the ‘Vietnamese culture constitutes the spiritual foundation of the society and the goal and drive of national development’.   

UNESCO promotes Intangible Cultural Heritage as an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization. An understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities helps with intercultural dialogue, and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life.

Đờn ca tài tử is performed at numerous events, festivals, death anniversary rituals, and other celebratory social events and gatherings. The cultural element is present throughout 21 provinces and cities in Southern Viet Nam. ‘It is a practice that brings people together and evokes their lifestyle and work on the land and rivers of the Mekong Delta region, while reflecting their inner feelings and emotions, their industriousness, generosity and courage’, noted Katherine Müller-Marin, Representative of UNESCO in Viet Nam during the ceremony. The main certificate was handed over to Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoàng Tuấn Anh and each province received its own copy.


The Art of Đờn ca tài tử music and song in southern Viet Nam was officially inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on 5 December 2013 at the 8th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan.

For further details on Đờn ca tài tử click here


For more information, please contact:

Duong Bich Hanh

Culture Programme Coordinator

UNESCO Ha Noi Office

23, Cao Ba Quat Street

E-mail: db.hanh@unesco.org

Tel.: +84 (4) 37 47 02 75


Cell: +84 (9) 04 88 22 18

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