Anantara Hoi An Resort’s New Cultural Festival Celebrates Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities

Anantara Hoi An Resort in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Quang Nam Province in Vietnam is launching a series of cultural events celebrating the customs and traditions of a local ethnic minority – the Co Tu people.

The inaugural celebration in June will coincide with the monthly Full Moon Festival in Hoi An and will be followed by two more events on July 8 and August 6, 2017.

The Co Tu festival at Anantara Hoi An will commence with a floating lantern ceremony at the resort’s jetty illuminating the Thu Bon river with myriads of shimmering lights. A sumptuous buffet dinner will then be served at the Riverside Café while traditional dancing teams of Tay Giang, Dong Giang and Nam Giang districts take centre stage.

A ceremony that traces its history back thousands of years, the Co Tu dance comprises Tung Tung – an energetic male dance to the sounds of drums and gongs, and the Ya Ya dance performed by the women of the village in a series of graceful flowing movements. These dances are usually performed simultaneously around a central bonfire under the starry sky.

Following the performance, a talk by Réhahn – a renowned French photographer who has spent years documenting Vietnam’s ethnic minorities – will offer an insight into the daily life of the Co Tu community. With some of the artist’s most celebrated works on display at Anantara Hoi An during the event and, afterwards, as part of a permanent exhibition, the festival will offer an immersive experience for everyone interested in Vietnam’s fascinating culture and traditions.

For further information about the Co Tu Festival, please contact Anantara Hoi An on +84 510 391 4555
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