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Experience where Quan Ho Bac Ninh folk song was born

Quan Ho Bac Ninh folk songs

In the provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang in northern Viet Nam, many of the villages are twinned, reinforcing their relationship through social customs such as Quan họ Bac Ninh folk songs. The songs are performed as alternating verses between two women from one village who sing in harmony, and two men from another village who respond with similar melodies, but with different lyrics. The women traditionally wear distinctive large round hats and scarves; the men’s costumes include turbans, umbrellas and tunics. The more than 400 song lyrics, sung with 213 different melody variations, express people’s emotional states of longing and sadness upon separation, and the happiness of the meeting of lovers, but custom forbids marrying a singing partner. Quan họ singing is common at rituals, festivals, competitions and informal gatherings, where guests will perform a variety of verses for their hosts before singing farewell. Younger musicians of both sexes may practice the four singing techniques – restrained, resonant, ringing and staccato – at parties organized around singing. Quan họ songs express the spirit, philosophy and local identity of the communities in this region, and help forge social bonds within and between villages that share a cherished cultural practice.

Quan Ho Bac Ninh was listed of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2009.

What to Expect
  • Go to Quan Ho Bac Ninh village and enjoy performance
  • Collect unique typical traditional fashion of the actors
  • Learn about meaningful of folk song, lyrics and contact with artists
  • Learn more Vietnamese culture, custom and habit
  • Visit Vietnam northern countryside

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