In June 2019, a music residency brought to Hoi An (Vietnam) more than 40 musicians from a diverse spectrum of practices, ethnicities and geographies. At a point we counted around 105 different instruments being used on stage for performing: bagpipes, t’rung, k’ni, cello, gongs, electronics, cham drums, harp, the list goes on.
Over 20 days of living/eating/laughing/crying together, music and sharing an outdoor concert was culminated by the river of Han (Hoi An) in front of more than 400 audience. It was a great achievement to bring master musicians from all over Vietnam with different ethnic backgrounds and cultures (Jrai, Ede, Muong, Tay, Cham, Kinh), 3 Scot traditional musicians and other international artists to the ancient town of Hoi An.
FAMLAB (Film–Archive–Music Lab) strand of Heritage of Future Past, a Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth project in Vietnam is an initiate by the British Council. Over the years this program has helped bridging connections between peoples and cultures.