A gong culture festival will be held in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai from November 30 to December 2. The preparation for the Central Highlands event has been basically completed.


Ia Ka commune, Chu Pah district, Gia Lai province is the cradle of the gong culture. Despite being busy during the coffee harvest, local residents still gather for practicing. They are eager for the event that aims to conserve all long-lasting cultural values of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands region.

The festival, held to promote the unity of local ethnic groups, aims to honour the cultural space of the gongs in the Central Highlands.

Included in 2008 on the Representative List of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the cultural space of the gongs in the Central Highlands is closely linked to the daily life of the local people and the cycle of the seasons.-VNA