The 10th anniversary of the inscription of Thăng Long Imperial Citadel on UNESCO World Heritage List took place in front of the Dragon Steps of the Kinh Thien Palace, the centermost venue of the capital city Thăng Long (now Hanoi), where occult spirits converge.
The event was an opportunity to look back on the cultural and heroic traditions of Thăng Long – Hanoi. It also contributed to promoting the Outstanding Universal Values of the Thăng Long Imperial Citadel, a heritage site with a history of more than one thousand years, a site of international stature.
The celebration took place on the occasion of Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day 23 November and left many unforgettable impressions.
The special art program featured folk songs and intangible cultural heritage items that express the quintessence of national culture, and as such, have been inscribed by UNESCO on its honorary lists.
Festive drum of Thăng Long kick-starts the welcome art programme
The performance of the epic “Transferring the Capital” depicting the quintessence of Thăng Long, a heroic city with a thousand-year culture.
Quan họ duets, a form of repartee, alternate singin
The melodies of ví giặm from the Lam River in the central province of Nghệ An, imbued with love for the country
The singing of ca trù
Performance of chầu văn
The glorious and eloquent song “An occult and talented Hanoi” concludes the welcome programme.
Part 2: The solemn ceremonial part of the Anniversary
Distinguished delegates taking part in the incense- offering ceremony
Flag salutation ceremony
Mr. Trần Việt Anh, Director of the Thăng Long – Hà Nội addressing the Anniversary
Mr. Nguyễn Minh Vũ, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs delivering the welcome remarks
Mr. Michael Croft, Head and Representative of UNESCO Office in Hà Nội delivering his remarks
Mr. Chu Ngọc Anh, Member of the Central Party Committee, Deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee delivering his speech
H.E. Mr. Vương Đình Huệ, Member of the Politburo, Secretary of Hanoi Party Committee presenting Certificates of Merits to high-performing units in the preservation, safeguarding, and promotion of heritage
Mr. Chu Ngọc Anh, Member of the Central Party Committee, Deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee presenting Certificates of Merits to individuals with outstanding contributions.
Thăng Long – Hà Nội Heritage Conservation Centre