Dimen Dong Folk Chorus


The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus from Guizhou Province, in southwest China, features youth who preserve their cultural heritage through a centuries-old a cappella singing tradition. The Dong people are among China’s fifty-five acknowledged ethnic minorities. Their folk song tradition is inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus performance provides a preview of the 2014 Folklife Festival program on China, and is produced with support from the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China.

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Video 6/29/2013: Dimen Dong Folk Chorus

The group performs a multipart polyphonic singing technique unique to the Dong nationality, who mainly dwells in southwest China, which will be a Smithsonian Folklife Festival focus in 2014.

Dimen Dong Folk Chorus