Vietnam concludes traditional music festival in Bac Lieu

By Minh Hung - Tien Trinh - Huynh Lam, Thanh Nien News

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The first national festival dedicated to don ca tai tu was held in Bac Lieu Province from April 24-29 to highlight the traditional, southern musical genre and honor those who have sought to preserve it.
The musical extravaganza was held after don ca tai tu was recognized as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in late 2013.
Apart from musical performances throughout the week-long festival, Bac Lieu also inaugurated a memorial house for composer Cao Van Lau (1892-1976), who wrote the now-famous song Da co hoai lang (Missing husband in a night of hearing drumbeats).
A fund was also set up to support traditional musicians, who have long been unable to earn a living.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who attended the festival opening ceremony April 25, announced a decision to promote Bac Lieu town from a 3rd to a 2nd-class urban area, which will ensure more favorable development policies for the Mekong Delta locality.

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