VNS- The rich cultures of the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region will be celebrated in Ha Noi later this month with a grand festival representing the mountain people.
Hanoians will have the chance to enjoy the sound of cong chieng, or gongs, which form the very soul of the highlands. Cong have a knob in the middle, while chieng have none.
The gongs are played to commemorate good harvests, religious festivals and many other occasions such as childbirth, weddings and funerals.
Other Tay Nguyen instruments to feature at the festival include t'rung and a lithophone - an instrument aged between 4,000 and 10,000 years that was discovered by the French in Dac Lac in 1949.
An exhibition of traditional dress, jewellery, tools, handicrafts and stilt houses will also be held in the capital city, and legends, folklore and songs will also be featured.
Alongside music shows, the traditional rituals for health, happiness, good harvests and new homes will be revived at the festival.
The highlands' folk games and special food are also on the festival programme.
A photo exhibition entitled Tay Nguyen on the Path to Renovation will chart the changes in the highlands and its people since Liberation Day in 1975.
Almost 300 artists from the four Central Highlands provinces of Dac Lac, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Lam Dong will exhibit their work at the Culture and Art Exhibition Centre at 2 Hoa Lu Street from August 30 to September 2.
Viet Nam Television will also host an evening of exchanges called Meeting Tay Nguyen, between cultural researchers, village patriarchs and artists.
The Tay Nguyen region covers about one-sixth of the country's total area and is a major economic and cultural centre, with many historic sites. Besides the ethnic majority Kinh people, there are 40 ethnic minorities living in the region.