UNESCO to consider nomination of Xoe Thai as heritage of humanity

Nomination of the art of Xoe dance of Thai ethnics of Vietnam as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will be discussed at the 16th session of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. As scheduled, the dossiers of the art of Xoe Thai will be put under discussion on December 15.

Xoe Thai is a unique type of traditional dance that is associated with and plays a significant role in the daily life of Thai ethnic communities in the northwest of Vietnam.

It is performed in various community activities from festivals to funeral rituals.

There are about 30 Xoe dances, which have been developed, protected and handed down through generations intact over hundreds of years.

With gentle and alluring rhythms, dancers usually form a circle around a festive flame and move to the sound of melodic traditional music./.