“Đờn Ca Tài Tử is an important part of Vietnamese cultural heritage. Recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2013, this art form has a long history dating back to the late 19th century. Originating from ceremonial and Hue Royal Court music, it is most commonly practiced in the Southern region of Vietnam. The enchanting melody is created by harmonious blending of various instruments including the zither, stork, lute, concave guitar, song loan, flute, pipa, violin, and pliers. Often performed as a group, Đờn Ca Tài Tử showcases the rich tradition of southern Vietnamese chamber music.
Traditionally, Đờn Ca Tài Tử is performed on significant local anniversaries, weddings, Tết (Vietnamese New Year), birthdays, and other gatherings. It serves as a means of connecting the community through the celebration of shared culture, art, and music. Preserving this cultural treasure is vital for future generations.
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