Exhibition in Hoi An puts local heritage in spotlight

Hoi An Statue Garden.—Photo hoian.vn

DA NANG (VNS)– Performers, artists and craftsmen from 16 provinces will bring their traditional cultures and arts to the ASEAN-Viet Nam Heritage Space Programme at the Hoi An Statue Garden from June 18-23.

The event will be the biggest heritage exhibition ever organised in the ancient town, according to deputy director of the Viet Nam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre Nguyen Thi Hoa.

The 16 provinces are all home to UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites as well as tangible and intangible relics, Hoa said.

Representatives from Ha Giang will promote the province’s UNESCO-recognised Dong Van Karst Plateau, which was named Viet Nam’s first Global Geopark in 2010.

They also plan to introduce traditional foods of the Mong ethnic people like thang co (horsemeat soup) and men men (maize powder cake), which are sold in Dong Van’s market.

Bac Can Province will display exhibits on Ba Be National Park, recognised as an ASEAN Heritage Park.

Tangible and intangible relics to be shown include Dong Son bronze drums from Thanh Hoa, xoan singing from Phu Tho and ca tru singing from Ha Noi. Images of Rong Wharf and the Reunification Palace in HCM City will also be displayed.

Quang Nam Province will also promote its own UNESCO-recognised world heritage site –My Son Sanctuary – during the five-day programme. Hoi An, where the exhibition is to take place, is also a world heritage site.

The central province will also host the Heritage Journeys Festival from June 21-26.

Last year, the province hosted 2.8 million tourists, of which 1.3 million were foreigners, and obtained total revenue of VND1.4 trillion (US$67 million).

(Source: http://vietnamnews.vn)

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