The first national festival of Don ca tai tu, the musical art that UNESCO recognised as an intangible cultural heritage, will take place in the southern province of Bac Lieu from April 20-25. This was announced at a press briefing in Hanoi on January 9th by the festival Organizing Board. The festival aims to honour and popularize the specific art of the Vietnamese nation in general and in southern region in particular; to preserve and develop the art in modern life; promote the popularization about lands and people in southern Vietnam; create opportunity to promote investment in commerce and tourism, contributing to the socio-economic development in southern Vietnam and Bac Lieu province. There will be 21 major activities such as commerce-tourism fair, southern gastronomy festival, art performances, picture and artistic photo exhibition, national musical instrument festival, a project on expanding memorial areas, and ceremonies to open the festival and receive the honorary certificate of UNESCO recognition as an intangible cultural heritage. According to the board, the opening ceremony will take place at Hung Vuong square in Bac Lieu city on the evening of April 21./.