Organization - Association of Vietnam Folklorists

Association of Vietnam Folklorists
Basic Information
English Association of Vietnam Folklorists
Local language Hội Văn nghệ dân gian Việt Nam
Country Vietnam
Category General NGO
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Research
Education and Training
Established year 1967
  • To gather and unite individuals acting in the field of folk arts and culture with a view to support one another in carrying out professional activities on the base of willingness to maintain, promote, and inherit national quintessence of various valuable folk arts and culture on a nationwide scale;
  • Tto contribute to building Vietnam culture deeply stamped in the national identity;
  • To widen exchanges to introduce Vietnam cultural quintessence at home and abroad;
  • To develop human advanced culture;
  • To reinforce and enhance friendship and understanding among countries for everlasting peace in the world.

Pursuant to Decision No. 82-VN dated 3 January 1967 by the Ministry of the Interior on behalf of the government to establish the Association of Vietnam Folklorists.

The Establishment Congress was held on 21 and 22 November 1966 at the Hanoi Revolution Museum, while American invaders raided in the north, where Hanoi is located. The establishment of the Association of Vietnam Folklorists became an important event that was commented on by western broadcastings as follows: “Northern communists gathered at a congress to establish an association with the functions of collecting and maintaining Vietnamese traditional cultural heritage. It means that they are sure of their victory, despite the American air force dropping bombs day and night (BBC, Reuters).” The existence of the Association of Vietnam folklorists makes the people aware of the importance and the value of folk art heritage that has been handed down by ancestors for thousands of years.

After forty-eight years of establishment and development, the Association of Vietnam Folklorists had 1,113 members and 78 branches and provincial associations nationwide as of 2015.

The Association has honored 445 people as folk artisans.

Major Activities
  • Gathering and uniting people in the fields of professional and non-professional folk arts and those who research, collect, and impart culture and folk arts to maintain, promote, and inherit cultural quintessence and various valuable folk arts of ethnic groups to take part in building Vietnamese culture deeply stamped in the national identity.
  • Developing the association’s members; improving standards, awareness, and specialty for members; introducing scientific research achievements in folk arts and culture; encouraging collection, research, propagation, and imparting in folk arts culture.
  • Combining branches and concerned national authorities in centers and localities to carry out programs and subjects on collecting, researching, propagating, and imparting in folk arts and culture with association and state activities.
  • Consulting, critiquing, and socially assessing in terms of folk arts and culture.
  • Proposing regimes and policies in terms of collection, research, propagation, and impartment of folk arts and culture to party and state.
Contact Information (Organization)
Address 3rd floor, 66 Nguyen Van Huyen, Cau Giay, Hanoi
Tel +84-38693280/ 38682608
Fax +84-38682607

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