Under the project, works of traditional music, theater and literature with artistic values from ethnic minorities will receive financial support.
Works featuring different forms of ethnic theater and music will be featured in videos, documentaries and books to bring the arts closer to the public.
Literary works will be printed in e-book and in books with 3D technology.
The theatrical and artistic associations will lead the five-year project, starting this year, on the publication and dissemination of ethnic folklore and cultural goods.
Over 1,500 literary works out of 2,500 pieces will be published as ebooks. A collection of 54 books featuring theater and music by ethnic people from different groups across the country will also be released.
According to People’s Artist Ha Quang Van of the Ho Chi Minh City Theater Association, the association will work with folk and ethnic artisans, clubs and traditional art centers in the southern provinces to collect, perform , record and film their works for online distribution in order to keep the arts alive.
“If we do not offer urgent solutions and policies to help distant artists keep their art alive, many forms of Vietnamese ethnic arts will disappear in the near future,” Van said.
Van’s association works with Soc Trang and Tra Vinh provinces to preserve and promote Du ke, a unique style of Khmer ethnic musical theater in southern Vietnam
Du ke was born in Tra Vinh in 1920 to local farmers who loved to sing. Art is a product of the creativity of the Khmer ethnic people.
In traditional dress, local residents sing, dance and perform plays based on religions, traditional customs and Khmer culture at their traditional festivals such as the Khmer festival called Chol Chnam Thmay (New Year festival), which begins in the third month of the lunar calendar.
Duke’s performances are often staged by major traditional theaters in the region, such as Tra Vinh’s Anh Binh Minh (Dawn) traditional art troupe. The art also appears in television broadcasts of the Soc Trang television and radio station.
“Through our performance, we hope that young audiences can learn more about traditional art and culture as well as learn useful lessons about love, life and people,” said meritorious artist Thach. Sung from the Anh Binh Minh troop.
“We are not looking to make a profit or gain fame from our art, but we hope to encourage people, especially young people, to care about their culture much more than they do now”, a- he added.
Khmer ethnic groups from the provinces of An Giang, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh and Bac Lieu also painted murals on the walls and ceilings. The paintings present the Buddhist art, culture and way of life of their communities. They often appear on the walls of local Khmer pagodas.
“The Khmer murals are very vivid and compelling, depicting a southern way of life. They should be preserved and extended to the world, ”culture researcher Huynh Thanh Binh said.