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This year 2012, Lam Dong province be chose to hold Gong culture festival

The space of Gong culture in Central Highlands of Viet Nam consist five central highland provinces such as Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong. The masters of gong culture are the ethnic groups of Ba Na, Xo Dang, M'Nong, Co Ho, Ro Mam, E De, Gia Rai… The gong performances are always closely tied to community cultural rituals and ceremonies of the ethnic groups in Central Highlands. Many researchers have classified Gongs as ceremonial musical instrument and the gong sounds as a means to communicate with deities and gods.

So this year 2012, Gong Culture Festival will take place on April 21st at Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province. The festival will draw the participation of 12 delegations with over 300 veteran gong artists from ethnic groups in the region.

Mr. Nguyen Vu Hoang, director of Lam Dong province cultural centre, the vice organizer of the event, said, "The 12 artisan delegations this year fully represent the two major ethnic groups who speak Mon-Khmer and Ma languages in Lam Dong."

Gong cultures include two main types of the instruments, cong and chieng. Cong gongs have a knob in the middle and deliver a deep bass sound, while the chieng gong is more melodious.

The 6th Gong Culture Festival consists of three main types of gong cultures: Ma, K'ho and Churu. The festival is aimed at promoting the UNESCO recognised Central Highlands gong culture of the area's ethnic minority people.

This is also the first time the Lam Dong Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will award the title "artisan" for gong players in Lam Dong province. At the same time, the chieng competition will be held between teams and, if it is successful, it will be maintained and developed in coming festivals.

Following here are some suggestion for visitor in and out the Vietnam country how to get there for enjoying Cong Chieng world intangible heritage.

Here is some certain information how to get to this destination for enjoying
For visitor who departure from Hanoi, can chosen take sleeping bus, ticket cost around 35 USD/ person, take about almost 24 hours. the best bus company is Hung Long, Hung Thanh, and Hoang Long, please contact them to reserve the seat or sleeping berth in advantage.

Second  way is booking directly with Hanoi tours company who give serval option such as getting there by airplane, bus, or train with very reasonable price. 

For tourist  start from HCM city, saving time you can take short flight to Lien Khuong air base, in the mean time can take visiting Da lat then contineu  to festival, after festival highly recommende take bus travel down coast line for relaxing in party city of Nha Trang then flight back to Saigon

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