Hundreds of experts from 30 countries and territories have gathered in Hanoi for a week-long conference discussing the role of traditional music in maintaining ethnic harmony.
From Wednesday to Friday, the International Conference of Traditional Music will discuss music as a cultural facet that perserves ethnic communities, and compare and contrast the traditional music of Vietnam's ethnic groups.
On Saturday and Sunday, the experts will move to Quang Ninh Province and discuss applied traditional music study, performing arts and how to preserve them.
Le Van Toan, head of the Music Institute under the Vietnam National Music Conservatory, which is co-organizing the conference along with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the International Traditional Music Council, said the event marked a new stage and global trend in Vietnamese music.
This is the sixth edition of the International Conference of Traditional Music, and the first time it is being held in Vietnam.
The event, which ends on July 28, also marks Hanoi's millennial anniversary in October and sixty years of the Music Institute.