Temple of Literature hosts Ca tru festival

A festival honoring traditional Ca tru (ceremonial singing) artists will be held at Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) on November 11 – 13 in celebration of Cultural Heritage Day (November 23).

Ca tru was officially recorgnised by UNESCO as a world intangible cultural heritage in need of preservation in 2009. It is one of the most uniquely Vietnamese genres of folk music in the Vietnamese treasury of traditional music. About 30 artists from 10 ca tru clubs in Hanoi including the newly-established Phu Thi Club, will perform at the festival.

This is the third time the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports has hosted a ca tru festival. Ca tru artists aged 6 to 30 will perform for 20 minutes each, demonstrating their talent to a jury including Professor To Ngoc Thanh, musician Dang Hoanh Loan, music researcher Bui Trong Hien, and Meritorious Artist Pham Van Khue. The artists will be divided into two age groups: 6-15 and 16-30 years old. The jury will award two first prizes, A prizes, four B prizes, and eight certificates at the end of the festival.

Source: VOV5