Catru - Vietnam Folklore Association

Catru - Vietnam Folklore Association

Tour code: OD013

Duration: 1 Hour

From: US$25/person US$39

In September 2009 "Ca tru" was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage Urgent Need of Safeguarding.

Club of Ca Trù Thang Long is a voluntary, non-profit group of Ca Trù musicians founded in 2006 in Hanoi. It has about 15 members, most of them aged between 10 and early-30s. This club was set up by two elderly master-musicians, Nguyen Thi Chuc and Nguyen Phu De, with Pham Thi Hue, who is teacher of traditional Vietnamese music at the National Academy of Music in Hanoi. Ca Trù Thang Long has grown to be one of the most active of Ca Trù clubs in north Vietnam, especially in teaching the genre to young people, performing publicly, increasing audience engagement, and generally raising the profile of the genre. 

If you would like to enjoy the fantastic of Ca Trù, please come first of all to their performances! You will have more experience to discover about Viet Culture and Ca Trù history.

Ca Trù Concert - 87 Ma May (Ancient House)

Time: 20h00, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

- Under 25 seat

- Tea and green bean cake

- One hour belong to you

- Discover about Viet culture and Ca Trù history

- Learn experience about unusual instruments in an ancient house, built over 110 years ago.


Ca Trù is a Vietnamese religious music genre, which belong to tradition in northern Vietnam; in other hand Ca Trù also such as a sung genre of chamber music. Already in the 15th century Ca Trù was played for ceremonies and entertainment in the Vietnamese court. In the late 19th and early 20th century Ca Trù was cracked down on the village communal houses where it was performed, quickening its demise. The musical knowledge had to remove to the big city and it was played for entertainment-hat choi, in singing houses and privat homes.

By the 1950s the genre had become associated with disrepute (opium, girl serve wine and misunderstanding about Ca Trù singers). From the late 1950s to the late 1980s, Ca Trù performances were rare, and a lot of the musical knowledge was lost. Despite renewed public interest and a spate of recent revitalization initiatives, there are still few regular performance contexts. The few remaining competent Ca Trù musicians are mostly very elderly. In the countryside, the ceremonial part of the Ca Trù repertoire, Hat Cua Dinh, was still cherished for festivals and ancestral worshop ceremonies.

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