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The People’s Committee of Quang Tri Province has just issued the project “Protecting and promoting the value of intangible cultural heritage in Central Quang Tri Province” in the period of 2018-2023.

Bai Choi is a unique folk art form, formed and developed in the process of production and cultural exchange and has long been in the Central Provinces.

On December 7th, 2017, in South Korea, the 12th Conference of the Intergovernmental Commission for UNESCO on the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage officially issued the Resolution to “Art Central Booth Vietnam” to represent the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. In Quang Tri, Bai Choi is a folk art born long ago. Prior to 1945, in most villages in Quang Tri Province, there is a form of entertainment on the occasion of Lunar New Year.

From 1990 up to now, the Bai Choi festival in Quang Tri has been restored to the villages of Tung Luat and Co My in Vinh Giang Commune, Vinh Linh District, Ngo Xa Tay in Trieu Trung Commune, Trieu Phong District. After the restoration, the Bai Choi in Quang Tri is still boldly folk, expresses in the dance, the question and the entertainment factor, community cohesion.

At present, the Bai Choi in Quang Tri is being preserved by oral tradition. Most artisans know about the Bai Choi was elderly, while the transmission of lessons for the younger generation is not synchronized. Therefore, the Bai Choi in Quang Tri is at risk of anomaly and loss.

According to the People’s Committee of Quang Tri Province, the total budget is estimated to protect to promote the value of intangible cultural heritage art Bai Choi about VND 1.8 billion. By the end of June, the People’s Committee of Quang Tri Province also organized a ceremony to honor the art of Central Vietnam which was listed by UNESCO as the intangible cultural heritage representing humanity.

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Peter Kastain is a travel blogger and an explorer based in Hanoi. After spending 2 years traveling around Southeast Asia, he found his love in the culture, landscapes, and people of Vietnam. His goal is to introduce the beauty of Vietnam to people around the world - the beauty which is so special through his eyes


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