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Central Highlands gong festival celebrates culture, tradition

In Vietnam Culture on November 30, 2009 at 4:12 am

On the occasion of Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage Day (November 23), a Gong Festival was held at Di Linh Commune in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong November 28-29. The event aimed to preserve and promote the gong culture of the area’s ethnic minority people.








Gong melodies are used as background music for the elders of the ethnic groups who sing songs based on their stories and epics.

Eleven groups including more than 300 artisans from ethnic minorities such as Mr, K’ho, Churu and M’nong attended the festival.


The event kicked off with an offering ceremony to the God of Fire of the K’ho ethnic minority, followed by a performance of gong and folk music accompanied by traditional dancing.


Other activities included a buffalo ceremony and time honored folk games.


The Central Highlands Lam Dong Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism gave permission to 12 gong troupes in the province this September to perform for locals and hold events.


As of September 2009, there were more than 100 gong troupes in the region with 14 troupes in villages of Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Province – most of who perform for tourists.


With permission from the culture department, the troupes will be able to enlarge the scale of their performances to promote the culture of the Central Highlands, attract more tourists to the province, and improve the lives of local ethnic people.


The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said it would continue to appraise and license more gong troupes to perform at tourist sites.


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International gong festival ends in Central Highlands

In Vietnam Culture on November 16, 2009 at 9:18 am

The sounds made by the gongs of different ethnic groups and countries are an invaluable treasure of the people, the chairman of the Gia Lai Province People’s Committee, Pham The Dung, said at the closing ceremony of the International gong festival at the March 17 Square in the city of Pleiku, the central highland province of Gia Lai, in the evening of November 15.








The Chu Se District’s gong troupe of Gia Lai Province perform at the closing ceremony of the 2009 International gong festival.

The ceremony featured special performances like “the Legend of Bien Ho (sea lake),” “The arms of Dam San (the heroic chieftain of E De group) and more.


The four-day event attracted more than 20,000 Vietnamese and international visitors and 400 journalists.

The festival, held to honor the gong culture in the Central Highlands, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, drew 63 troupes and gong troupes from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Laos, and Myanmar.


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Vietnam’s biggest gong to be displayed at festival


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Preservation of gong culture discussed

In Vietnam Culture on November 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a seminar November 14, “Changes in socio-economic conditions and the preservation of gong culture in Vietnam and Southeast Asia,” in the Highland city of Pleiku as part of the ongoing International Gong Festival 2009.








(File) Performers in traditional costumes participate at an ox-killing festival (Photo: SGGP)

Many international and domestic social scientists spoke about the social role of gongs and gong culture in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia, focusing on economic and social effects, as well as preservation and development of human values of the culture.


The presentations also mentioned measures to preserve and build on these cultural values. Participants stressed that keeping space for the gong could protect and preserve the special culture.


Master Linh Nga Niek Dam said ethnic minorities all have sets of gongs because the musical instruments are the soul of a group.


Gongs are regarded as the axis of the culture of rice, architecture, traditions, oral literature and food. It therefore needs to be protected with proper policies and public awareness to preserve the specific culture raised, he added. Otherwise, a group of ethnic people should be trained to keep the culture.


Vietnamese Prof. To Ngoc Thanh said teaching how to play gongs from generation to generation is very important; therefore society should pay attention to nurturing artisans as ‘human treasures.’


Furthermore, schools should teach gong culture and folk traditions and cultures in curricula in a bid to cultivate young generations to have an understanding and sense of protecting the special musical instruments, Prof. Thanh said.


Artisans are currently performing gongs sets, statue sculpting and slaughtering an oxen throughout Pleiku, such as at Dong Xanh Cultural Park, Dien Hong Park, Ve Nguon Entertainment Zone.


In addition to performances of M’nong, Cham and H’roi artisans, Burmese players contributed with 70 musical instruments of the Mon people and Indonesian performers with ten instruments.


A photographic exhibition, “Space for the Highland’s gong culture,” was also opened in the province’s museum the same day.


VTV 2 will broadcast the closing festival ceremony on November 15.

Related articles:
International Gong Festival opens in upland
Jubilant atmosphere covers highland city
22 ethnic groups to join Gong Festival
Vietnam’s biggest gong to be displayed at festival


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VN’s biggest gong displayed at int’l festival

In Vietnam Culture on November 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

A ceremony to present Vietnam’s biggest gong was held by the Vietnamese Guinness Record Center in the city of Pleiku November 13.








 







The biggest gong in Vietnam is displayed in Pleiku, Gia Lai Province. (Photo: SGGP)

The gong, measuring 2.5 meters across and weighing 700 kilograms, was cast by artisans and experts at the Phuoc Kieu Bronze Casting Village in the central province of Quang Nam.


The gong took 90 days to take shape, with one ton of brass and 100 kilograms of other metals used.


The gong is displayed at the Green Field Cultural Park during the four-day the International Gong Festival in the central province of Gia Lai.


On the same day, there were gong performances by 15 troupes, including groups from Indonesia and Cambodia.


Three international troupes, including Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines, also performed at Dien Hong Park, Pleiku.


On the framework of the International Gong Festival 2009, Gia Lai Province’s People’s Committee held a conference on investment promotion.


The conference attracted more than 250 domestic businesses nationwide.


The province called for investment in 53 projects with a total capital of VND11.2 trillion.


Pham The Dung, chairman of the province’s People’s Committee, said the province needs businesses to invest in many fields, such as industrial plant processing, mining, tourism and wind power.


At the conference, many businesses donated over VND48 billion to the province’s social welfare fund to build houses and hospitals for disadvantaged people.


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International Gong Festival opens in upland city

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 at 10:29 am

The 2009 International Gong Festival will open at the March 17 Square in the city of Pleiku, the central highland province of Gia Lai, in the evening of November 12 and runs until November 15.








The Buon Trap gong troupe of Dak Lak Province rehearse for the Nov. 12 opening ceremony of the 2009 International Gong Festival (Photo: SGGP)

The festival, this year themed “Space of Gong Culture of the Central Highlands,” aims to highlight the gong culture in the Central Highlands, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.’


According to the province’s People’s Committee, 22 ethnic groups with 63 troupes and five gong troupes from Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar, a total of 3,000 people, will join the event.


Earlier, the Vietnamese High Quality Goods Fair, featuring more than 200 businesses with 450 display booths, was held on November 11.


The province’s ethnic groups’ handicrafts were also presented to visitors at the fair.


The day also saw the opening of a photo exhibition of Dinh Nup, a freedom fighter of the Bahnar people, who was born and spent most of his life in the idyllic region.


Held at the Gai Lai indoor sports center, the display features 152 pictures taken by over 50 photographers and collected by Nguyen Quang Tue, deputy director of the Gia Lai Museum, of the hero’s daily activities and struggles from 1946 to 1999.


Dinh Nup (real name Dinh Nhui), who lived from 1914 to 1998, led the local resistance against the occupying French for many years and was a leading character in Nguyen Ngoc’s famous novel Dat nuoc dung len (The country’s uprising). He was also the first member of an ethnic minority to be awarded the title “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces.”


The festival will include gong performances, a food fair, a seminar on promoting investment in the province and a photo exhibition of Space of Gong Culture and the Central Highlands’ ethnic culture, among many other events.


The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, will increase the number of flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku between November 11 and 16.


The provincial Transport Department will also increase bus trips during the festival.

Related articles:
22 ethnic groups to join Gong Festival
Vietnam’s biggest gong to be displayed at festival


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22 ethnic groups to join Gong Festival

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 4:55 am

The People’s Committee of Gia Lai Province November 7 announced 22 ethnic groups and five gong troupes from Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar will join the International Gong Festival 2009.








A Gong performance at the Central Highland province of Dak Lak.

The authorities held a meeting to announce its preparation for the International Gong Festival 2009, which will be held for the first time in the central highland province of Gia Lai from 12 – 15 November.


Pham The Dung, chairman of the committee said 25 provinces and cities, with a total of 35 troupes including 788 people, will join the festival.


The festival will feature the Central Highlands’ gong culture, a unique Vietnamese art form recognized as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


The festival will include gong performances, gong tuning performances, sculpting, exhibitions of the Central Highlands’ ethnic culture, craft villages, seminars on tourism products attached to gong culture and the preservation of gong culture, a conference on investment in the province and local cuisine and drinks.


The province has asked travel companies for special tours to attract visitors.


The opening ceremony of the festival, with a fireworks show, will take place at 8pm on November 12 at March 17 Square and broadcast live on VTV.


The festival will help people in Gia Lai be aware of preserving the most specific cultural values of communal activities and gongs, said Deputy Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Tran Chien Thang.


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Promoting images of gong to international friends

In Vietnam Culture on October 13, 2009 at 3:06 am




Promoting images of gong to international friends


QĐND – Saturday, October 10, 2009, 22:22 (GMT+7)

The Central Highland region is busy preparing for the 2009 International Gong Festival which will take place in Gia Lai next month. A VOV reporter interviewed Mang Dung, vice chairman of the Gia Lai provincial People’s Committee about the festival.


VOV: Can you tell us about the province’s preparations for the event?


Mr Dung: This is the first time Gia Lai will hold the International Gong Festival. Every week, the provincial authorities check the preparations. We have also launched a number of programmes to promote the event and designed tours to guide tourists.


So far the province has prepared more than 1,600 hotel rooms to accommodate visitors. If there are a lot of tourists, the province will transport them to Kon Tum by bus. The festival is expected to attract around 30,000 guests.


VOV: With a wide range of activities, isn’t this a good chance for the province to promote its image to domestic and foreign friends?


Mr Dung: That’s true. Gong culture is a bridge for countries around the world to unite through mutual understanding. The festival will help the province to promote itself. We want friends to gain a better understanding of the province’s culture in order to help the province preserve and promote our unique gong culture.


VOV: At many festivals, national culture heritages are not kept true to their origin. What will the organising board do to avoid this problem?


Mr Dung: If Vietnam wants to promote gong culture to international friends it must perform it authentically. Currently, some hamlets still exchange gongs performances. Thus, the gong stage does not lose its origin. It is simply performed in another cultural space for people to enjoy.


VOV: How does Gia Lai province preserve and develop Gong culture in the middle of modern life?


Mr Dung: We must remember that the origin of gong culture as shown by research. To serve tourism purposes, Central Highland dances should be based on their origin. Gong is the flesh and blood of Central Highlanders. The Party and State have issued policies to preserve and promote gong cultural values. Traditional culture will never fade into oblivion because it is forever the foundation for people living in the Central Highlands.


VOV: Thank you very much


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Promoting images of gong to international friends

In Vietnam Culture on October 11, 2009 at 4:19 am




Promoting images of gong to international friends


QĐND – Saturday, October 10, 2009, 22:22 (GMT+7)

The Central Highland region is busy preparing for the 2009 International Gong Festival which will take place in Gia Lai next month. A VOV reporter interviewed Mang Dung, vice chairman of the Gia Lai provincial People’s Committee about the festival.


VOV: Can you tell us about the province’s preparations for the event?


Mr Dung: This is the first time Gia Lai will hold the International Gong Festival. Every week, the provincial authorities check the preparations. We have also launched a number of programmes to promote the event and designed tours to guide tourists.


So far the province has prepared more than 1,600 hotel rooms to accommodate visitors. If there are a lot of tourists, the province will transport them to Kon Tum by bus. The festival is expected to attract around 30,000 guests.


VOV: With a wide range of activities, isn’t this a good chance for the province to promote its image to domestic and foreign friends?


Mr Dung: That’s true. Gong culture is a bridge for countries around the world to unite through mutual understanding. The festival will help the province to promote itself. We want friends to gain a better understanding of the province’s culture in order to help the province preserve and promote our unique gong culture.


VOV: At many festivals, national culture heritages are not kept true to their origin. What will the organising board do to avoid this problem?


Mr Dung: If Vietnam wants to promote gong culture to international friends it must perform it authentically. Currently, some hamlets still exchange gongs performances. Thus, the gong stage does not lose its origin. It is simply performed in another cultural space for people to enjoy.


VOV: How does Gia Lai province preserve and develop Gong culture in the middle of modern life?


Mr Dung: We must remember that the origin of gong culture as shown by research. To serve tourism purposes, Central Highland dances should be based on their origin. Gong is the flesh and blood of Central Highlanders. The Party and State have issued policies to preserve and promote gong cultural values. Traditional culture will never fade into oblivion because it is forever the foundation for people living in the Central Highlands.


VOV: Thank you very much


Source: QDND