Vietnam has forwarded two more dossiers on its cultural assets to the UNESCO to seek its Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity recognition.

The documents featured “Don ca Tai tu Nam Bo” (the southern amateur music) and the worship rituals dedicated to Hung Kings in the midland province of Phu Tho.

To prepare for the dossier on “Don ca Tai tu Nam Bo”, a crew from the National Academy of Music of Vietnam filmed the southern amateur music in 14 southeastern and Mekong Delta provinces over two months. An international seminar on this genre of music was held in January this year.

There has been no study affirming the date of southern amateur music but many researchers said that this art was formed when land in the south of the country was reclaimed at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. This kind of folk art is performed by southerners after their working day is over.

Vietnam has to date had five UNESCO-recognised world intangible cultural heritages, including the Hue Royal court music, the cultural space of gongs in the Central Highlands, the Bac Ninh love duet folk music, the ceremonial song, and the Giong festival in Hanoi’s outlying districts of Soc Son and Gia Lam./.