Gong Culture Festival

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Country and Region VietnamDac Lac
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Buon Ma Thuot, Dac Lac, Vietnam
Festival Description

A Gong Culture Festival takes place in the Central Highlands city of Buon Ma Thuot with the participation of over 400 young and veteran gong players from ethnic groups in the region. Gong culture consists of two main types, cong and chieng. Cong has a knob in the middle and delivers a deep bass sound, while the chieng gong is more melodious. The event was part of an effort by ethnic groups in Dak Lak province in preserving the unique culture, proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Dak Lak and four other Central Highlands provinces—Lam Dong, Kon Tum, Pleiku and Dak Nong plan to conduct gong-playing classes for a young generation of ethnic minority groups and work out policies to encourage the old to teach gong art to the young.

Festival Dates November 21 - 24, 2009
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