47 artisans of intangible cultural heritage in Bac Ninh honoured in a ceremony held on February 25 (Photo: VNA)

Bac Ninh (VNA) – A ceremony to honour 47 intangible cultural heritage artisans was held in the northern province of Bac Ninh on February 25.

The artisans honoured this time came from six traditional arts including quan ho (love duet singing), ca tru (ceremonial singing), tuong (classical drama), trong quan singing (a response folk singing between male and female groups), water puppetry and cheo (traditional opera).

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Bac Ninh People’s Committee Nguyen Van Phong said the province is home to three intangible cultural heritages recognised by UNESCO, including the folk game of tug of war (in Huu Chap village, Hoa Long commune, Bac Ninh city), quan ho and ca tru.

He described the artisans as living treasures who have a significant role in cultural heritage preservation.

As many as 41 local artisans were honoured in the first ceremony held in 2010, Phong added.

The same day, the province also organised a quan ho singing contest, which drew the participation of more than 300 artists from all localities of the province, together with a competition on ornamental plants and a spring newspaper festival. – VNA.