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Traditional music concert to be held in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

Traditional music concert to be held in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

Wednesday, October 08, 2014, 11:25 GMT+7

A concert featuring traditional instruments and songs will be held in Vietnam’s UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay this weekend, the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism said Monday on its website.

The event will feature nearly 20 Vietnamese artists performing without the support of any electronic sound effects in Dau Go, one of Ha Long Bay’s caves, on Saturday.

It aims to bring listeners the purest sounds created by numerous traditional Vietnamese instruments including dan bau (monochord zither), flutes, dan ti ba (pear-shaped lute with four strings), and dan thap luc (16-chord zither).

The artists, from the Military University of Culture and Arts orchestra, are slated to present many Vietnamese traditional songs.  

The central section of Dau Go Cave has a special structure that helps perfectly echo the music, according to the ministry. The space can accommodate around 200 listeners.

The concert is also a chance to promote the cave and mark the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s recognition of Ha Long Bay, located in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The cave was also chosen to hold concerts in 2007 and 2010.

The weekend musical performance is part of the Asia-Europe New Music Festival 2014, which is taking place in Hanoi and Ha Long City, the capital of Quang Ninh, from October 8 to 12.

Ha Long Bay has won a slew of awards and honors over the years, including the World Heritage Site title given by UNESCO in 1994 and 2000.

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