Gong Festival held in Central Highlands Vietnam
Vietnam gong Festival has recently been held in the Central Highlands city of Buon Ma Thuot Vietnam with the participation of more than 400 gong artists, half of them were teenagers, who belong to ethnic groups in the region.
The event, the fifth of its kind so far, was part of an effort by ethnic groups in Dak Lak province, as well as in the Central Highlands generally, in preserving the unique culture, which was proclaimed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Dak Lak and other Central Highlands provinces plan to conduct gong-playing classes for young generation of ethnic minority groups and work out policies to encourage the old to teach the young people the gong art.
Vietnam gongs consist of two main types, Cong and Chieng. Cong has a knob in the middle, while Chieng has none. Cong makes the deep bass sounds, and melodies are coaxed out of Chieng.
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