Love duets make waves at festival

VietNamNet Bridge – The annual Lim love duet singing festival, which often takes place on the 13th-14th of the first lunar month, will be marked this year with a festival titled Về Miền Quan Họ (Visiting Quan Họ Region). The event will include activities highlighting cultural values of the Kinh Bac region and Bac Ninh Province between February 14 and 26.

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Whatever the weather: Tourists and locals flock to the annual Lim duet singing festival. 


The party began on February 14 this year together with the Spring Newspaper Festival, an exhibition of ornamental bonsai and pets, and the opening of the Bac Ninh Culture- Tourism Week.

A highlight of the festival was the first ever Kinh Bac Beauty Contest, where Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong born in Yen Phong – Bac Ninh won the crown. The festival this year also celebrates the tenth anniversary of Bac Ninh love duet’s recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

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Getting ready: Local artists prepare costumes for a performance. VNA/VNS Photos Tran Viet


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Beautiful stories: The ancient melodies have inspired many people. 


Traditional love duets singing on boats together with water puppetry take place every day between 4pm and 6pm on February 22, 25, 26, 27 and 8pm on February 24 at Nguyen Phi Y lan Lake in Bac Ninh City.

Artists from various troupes throughout the country are also invited to an art show at 8pm, February 25.

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On the water: Love duet signing on a boat. 


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Good rhythm: A drum dance performance by local artists. 


An exhibition introducing tourism potential in the province, culinary art and handicrafts will open on February 24 at the provincial museum.

Visitors can join folk games like flying kites, walking on poles, swinging on bamboo at Nguyen Van Cu Park in downtown Bac Ninh City between February 20-26.

Bac Ninh City is located 30km to the north east of Hanoi.

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Big show: The main stage for love duet singing on Lim Hill.


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Treats: Female singers make trầu (betel and areca nut), an ancient snack, for visitors at the festival. 


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Historic: Hundreds of materials and objects concerning the folk art of love duet singing are on display at an exhibition at the provincial museum.


Quan họ is an art form that combines various elements, including music, lyrics and costumes, and features the distinctive culture of people in the region formerly called Kinh Bac, which covered present Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces. 

Source: VNS

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