Highland cultural days to gong in Hanoi

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Vietnam's second annual Highland Cultural Days Festival will be held from August 28 to September 9 at the Culture and Art Exhibition Center, 2 Hoa Lu, Hanoi.

The week-long event will feature images and artifacts from teh region's ethnic minority populations--including depictions of the Ba Ba tribe's harvest buffalo slaughter or the Ede's marriage proposal cereomony.

The festival will also include perfomances of the region's unique musical instruments including the large Highland drum, the lithophone, the T'rung (bamboo Pan pipes) and Dinh Put (the Gia Rai's traditional instrument.)

Photos of traditional burial sites and midwife tools will also be displayed.

The highlight of the festival is the first-ever disclosure of a hundred folk tales of highland owned by Ba Na, Ede, Mo Nong, Raglay and Xe Dang peoples.

At the press conference held on August 22, Nguyen Thi Hoa, vice director of the Vietnam Cultural and Art Exhibition Center, said that the scholars and researchers who studied the tales were amazed at their great value.

Some of the recorded tales have been compiled into volumes that are 1,400 pages long.

"During this festival, some highland artisans will present the tales in an effort to convey the truest highland spirit," Hoa said.

The festival will also include a food and crafts fair featuring delicacies from Lam Dong and Dak Lak provinces--including fresh tea and coffee.

A seminar highlighting the preservation of highland culture will also be part of the festival.

The festival, held in Hanoi, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Lam Dong and Dak Nong provinces, will also feature some local cultural exhibitions.

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