Hanoi, 16 December 2021 (TDI): The art of dance of ethnic minority people belonging to Thailand in Vietnam, was accredited as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on Wednesday.

UNESCO organized the 16th session of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage from December 13 to 18. During the session, the organization recognized the Xoe dance as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee declared that the art of Thai dance met all of the five criteria set by UNESCO.

Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to UNESCO, Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van stated
in an interview that the accreditation is a positive and proud moment for the Thai community in particular, and Vietnam, in general.

She also expressed that the event demonstrated the appreciation of the international community toward the Vietnamese heritage. Moreover, it also promoted Vietnam’s cultural values as well as its image of people and landscapes.

Le Thi pointed out that the accreditation will create better resources for Viet Nam’s sustainable and inclusive growth of the economy. This will also devise options for the development of the culture across localities and communities.

Xoe Thai Dance

Xoe Thai dance is a distinctive traditional dance culturally sought in Thai ethnic communities in the northwest of Viet Nam. It has a significant role in the everyday life of the Thai ethnic communities.

Such kind of culture exists especially in the Vietnamese provinces of Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, and Yen Bai. The Thai ethnic minorities perform it during multiple community activities ranging from festivals to funeral rituals. The Xoe cultural dance is the 14th intangible heritage of Vietnam to obtain accreditation from UNESCO so far.