Hanoi museum to revive rare northern folk song

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A poster of the event to be held on October 26-28 in Hanoi

The Vietnamese's Women Museum will revive xam tau dien, a folk song that blind musicians in Hanoi once sang at streetcar stops for money, at a 3-day event that opens Friday October 26.

Xam tau dien is a subtype of hat xam which is a folk song popular in the northern regions of Vietnam. It flourished in the first half of the twentieth century when French streetcars began plying Hanoi streets.

Nearly half a century after Vietnam first threw off the French colonial yoke in 1945, the vehicles stopped running, and Hanoi's signature culture has almost disappeared since then.

The Vietnam News Agency reports that the event, "Xam tau dien - Hanoi's street culture", will feature performances by xam tau dien artists as well as renowned singers including Hoang Anh Tu, Thanh Ngoan, and The Dan.

It will also present an exhibition of 3D paintings about Hanoi's old quarter.

The Vietnamese's Women Museum is located at 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District.

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