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
or at email@example.com.
Réhahn is a photographer born in Normandy, France. He has travelled to more than 35 countries prior to making Hoi An, in central Vietnam, his home in 2011. He is particularly known for his portraits of Vietnam, Cuba and India, and the media regularly describe him as the photographer “who captures the soul of his models” (Paris Match, August 2015). Réhahn invests his time and builds strong relationships with the people he meets, hence his Giving Back Project. After first journeying to the northern regions of the country and making his way down, he has witnessed first-hand the complex diversity and fragility of some ethnic groups’ cultural heritage. Having already met 45 of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, he now focuses his work on completing this project. By capturing images of these exceptionally contrasting cultures, and collecting their traditional costumes and precious artefacts, he has built up the Precious Heritage Collection, which is now the core of the eponymous Gallery Museum.