Vietnamese traditional art forms introduced to the public in Korea

Before wrapping up his state visit to Korea, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the Viet Nam – Korea art show at Gwangju Culture & Art Center. At the program, a number of unique Vietnamese traditional art forms were introduced to the public in Korea.

Towards the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relations establishment between Vietnam and Korea (December 22, 1992 – December 22, 2022), Viet Nam – Korea Art Show was a significant political and cultural activity, contributing to tightening the traditional friendship between the two countries. The program was honored to have the presence of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, a high-ranking delegation of Viet Nam, and attracted hundreds of attendees.

Under the direction of director Tan Loc and musician Hong Kien, the program was a combination of many art forms, mainly music and ballet, performed by the artists of the Arabesque dance troupe (12-18 artists). Outstanding and high-class art performances were presented under many creative formats, vividly reflecting the national cultural identities and promoting the image of an innovative, dynamic, modern, and promising Viet Nam. 

As the opening performance of the art show, Bamboo flute by two artists Thien Lam and Trieu Nguyen successfully featured the labor picture of Vietnamese people. By using rustic materials in rural areas, such as nipa leaves, straw, conical hats, grass bushes, and wooden clogs, “Huong Viet Nam” vividly depicted a peaceful atmosphere in the morning, which has been familiar to generations of Vietnamese people.

Inheriting the traditional values from their ancestors, the people of Quan ho villages elevated the culture of betel and areca to a unique art form. Using the material from Quan ho Bac Ninh – an intangible cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO, “Invitation to Betel” was performed with rustic and emotional parallel verses. The performance is a cultural bridge showcasing the delicate beauty of the inviting betel culture through the skillful hands of Vietnamese women.

In the spiritual life of Vietnamese people, especially those in the Central Region, which have been dramatically destroyed by natural disasters annually, the custom of visiting  pagodas to pray for fortune, peace, and happiness embraces the beauty of Vietnamese tradition. Combining the traditional dance “Luc cung hoa dang” with the song “Light the night” performed by Meritorious Artist Trung Thao, director Tan Loc exceptionally brought back the cultural values from the Nguyen Dynasty. Through the performance, the artists spectacularly conveyed to the public in Korea the hardworking and tolerant beauty of people in the Central region.

In addition, the program also introduced to the audience the unique art forms of the Southern region. As one of the intangible cultural heritages, Don Ca Tai Tu bears a long-standing cultural imprint associated with the daily life of the inhabitants of the Mekong River Delta. The harmonious combination between the singing of Meritorious Artist Trung Thao and the sound from straw props and drums featured the image of people in the Southern region as generous and sincere.

To bring audiences memorable experiences, director Tan Loc staged a unique bamboo percussion dance, in which the audience directly experienced the joyful dance with handmade bamboo beats. The moment participants at the Gwangju Culture & Arts Center – regardless of artist and audience – were immersed in the lyrics became the spotlight. 

With world-class and excellent performances, the art show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Vietnam-Korea relations has played a significant role in tightening the friendship between the two countries, promoting cooperation in areas such as tourism and culture.