Nights of Co Tu

The Co Tu Night Festival, performed by Co Tu ethnic minority artisans and artists from the districts of Dong Giang, Nam Giang and Tay Giang in the mountainous area of central Quang Nam province, is on show in Hoi An.

on December 07,2017 11:33 AM

Attractive colours of the Co Tu

Artists play many strange musical instruments at the festival. They are simple and hand-made but create impressive sounds. The music is even more impressive when combined with the traditional colourful clothing of the ethnic minority group.

‘We are welcomed everywhere in Hoi An and many people watch our performance and interact with us. I am proud of our traditional culture and expect to have more opportunities to perform in Hoi An,’ said Alang Bung, a village patriarch from Tay Giang district. The Old Quarter, An Hoi Statue Garden, and the Precious Heritage Museum in Phan Boi Chau Street serve as venues for the performance.

The Co Tu, one of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups, have one of the strongest practicing cultures. The festival stemmed from the idea of French photographer Réhahn, in the expectation of assisting the Co Tu in protecting and maintaining their culture and introducing its richness and uniqueness to promote tourism in the mountainous area. The idea has been supported by various government offices and organisations, and the festival has been organised by the Precious Heritage Museum in partnership with the Quang Nam government and Anantara Resort.

According to photographer Réhahn, from 2018, every month, artisans and artists from three other ethnic minority groups - the Co (or Cor), the Gie Trieng, and the Ca Dong - will perform in Hoi An. In July and August, all will join together to create fantastic cultural nights.

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