Power supply will meet the anticipated surge in demand during the dry season this year, said Dang Huy Cuong, director of the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Viet Nam.
Jam session: Amateur artists give a don ca tai tu performance to tourists at a house in the southern province of Vinh Long. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan
HCM CITY — About 120 Vietnamese and foreign cultural experts will gather in HCM City on Sunday for a three-day conference to discuss ways to revive don ca tai tu, or southern amateur music.
The organisers said researchers, educators, cultural administrators and musicians from Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and other countries will attend the conference at the Rex Hotel.
Don ca tai tu artists from 21 provinces and cities and four professors representing the International Traditional Music Association will also attend.
There will be 33 reports tabled at the event, seven of them by foreign experts.
Prof Yamaguti Osamu of Japan's Osaka University, who helped get UNESCO recognition for Hue royal music as a world intangible heritage, will deliver a speech.
Prof Le Van Toan, head of the Viet Nam Institute of Musicology, described the conference as being very important.
There are 2,019 don ca tai tu clubs in the country having 22,643 members. The number will be increased by the time an application is made for UNESCO recognition as a world heritage, he said.
Prof Tran Van Khe, a master of Vietnamese traditional music, said don ca tai tu was born at the end of the 19th century and has become popular in several countries.
"Don ca tai tu is not just for entertainment but is a communal cultural activity," he said. — VNS