Vietnam Art Books -- Gongs top list for world cultural heritage (March 09, 2005)

Gongs top list for world cultural heritage (March 09, 2005)


The famous gongs of Vietnam’s Central Highlands now top the list of five art forms.
The famous gongs of Vietnam’s Central Highlands now top the list of five art forms given priority by the Vietnamese Government for UNESCO’s world cultural heritage recognition in 2005.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) grants the title every two years. Each country may nominate five unique cultural art forms for consideration as “intangible” art forms. Vietnam has selected the Central Highlands gongs, ca tru, water puppetry, quan ho (Bac Ninh love duets), and the Central Highlands epic.

The merits of each entry are a subject of hot debate and Professor To Ngoc Thanh, known for taking the Hue royal court music to world cultural heritage status, said though the gongs top the list, they are not higher art, simply most appropriate, adding that the results are still not in.

The concept of “intangible cultural heritage” was first mentioned at the 25th UNESCO Congress in 1989.

Reprinted from VietNamNet

     

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