Vietnam joins World Folklore Union

(VOVworld) - The Culture Centre of Vietnam (CCV) in France officially became the 56th member of the World Folklore Union (IGF). Vietnam will now have new opportunities to promote its culture to the world.

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Representatives from members of ​the World Folklore Union (IGF) congratulate Vietnam on its IGF membership. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam’s campaign to become a member of the IGF began in mid-2016 with a performance tour of artists from the Viet Bac Theatre at the 33rd World Cultural Festival in Voiron city, France. The artists also performed at street festivals and schools and made a good impression on French audiences.

At IGF’s plenary meeting on March 31, CCV Director Nguyen Thanh Vuong outlined Vietnamese folklore, saying Vietnam needs to preserve, promote, and diversify its traditional culture and make it a passport to global integration.  

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son noted that Vietnam’s culture is a blend of the diverse cultures of 54 ethnic groups. Vietnam has had 11 intangible cultural heritages recognized by UNESCO, including Quan Ho folk singing, Hue Royal Court Music, and the Gong Cultural Space of the Central Highlands.

Ambassador Son said: “The Culture Centre of Vietnam’s IGF membership will enhance dialogue and mutual understanding between countries. The Union will contribute to the preservation and promotion of cultures and folklores.”

IGF President Dorel Cosma said Vietnam’s membership will contribute to IGF’s success.

IGF membership enables Vietnam to access information, engage in folklore projects, and share the folklore museum network with other IGF members. Vietnam can also receive financial and technical support from other countries and invite foreign artists to perform at local events.

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