Danish Vietnamese Workshop on The Cultural Industry

On 13 and 14 May 2010 the Embassy of Denmark in Hanoi and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism join forces and arrange a workshop on “Cultural Industry: its role in the economy and a suitable policy framework for its development in Viet Nam” within the Danish supported project “Dialogue amongst cultural decision and opinion makers”.

Within the framework of the 5 year Danish funded project “Dialogue amongst cultural decision and opinion makers”, the Embassy of Denmark and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will jointly organize a workshop on “Cultural Industry: its role in the economy and a suitable policy framework for its development in Viet Nam” with participants from the Ministry, representatives from cultural institutions, arts associations, media, NGOs, cultural researchers, lecturers and local artists.

Speaking about the workshop, the Danish Ambassador Peter Lysholt Hansen says, “As regard to this year’s theme on the cultural industry, Vietnam is only just beginning to fully understand the importance of the cultural industry’s role. I believe this workshop is an excellent opportunity for policy makers, cultural managers and art practitioners to discuss on how to make up a suitable policy framework for the cultural industry’s development in Vietnam”.

The Danish expert Mr. Jens Nielsen, Head of the Culture and Leisure department in the city of Greve and associate professor to the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Business School, will give 2 presentations on “Cultural Industry: its role in the economy and policies for its development” at 3 levels (in the world, in Europe and in Denmark particularly) and on “Experiences and practical lessons of Denmark in building up policy for the development of cultural industry”.

Furthermore, two Vietnamese keynote speakers, Dr. Nguyen Van Tinh and Dr. Luong Hong Quang, will share their insights about the Vietnamese cultural industry. The presentations will work as background for the main discussion on possible solutions and suitable policies for the cultural industry’s development in Vietnam. All in all, the workshop is expected to provide a reference for Vietnamese policy makers to develop supportive policies and mechanism for arts and culture.

Two workshops have been held previously under the Danish supported project “Dialogue amongst cultural decision and opinion makers”. The first workshop was organized in 2007 with the title “Cultural identity and diversity” while the second workshop was held last year under the theme “Models for art funding”.

Both workshops were deemed a success with more than 50 participants attending each event and creating a good environment for discussions of arts and culture in Vietnam under the integration process as well as challenges in Vietnam’s cultural policy in facilitating the development of arts and culture.

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