Hanoi wants to make the cultural industry a leading economy | Culture-Sports

Hanoi wants to make the cultural industry a leading economy hinh anh 1The “Quintessence of Hanoi – convergence and influence” Festival, organized in the pedestrian street on October 10, 2021. Photo: VNA/CVN

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi has just promulgated a resolution on the development of its cultural industry by 2030 and vision 2045. The capital plans to make this sector a leading economy which should contribute about 8% of its GDP in eight years.

“For Hanoi, the development of the cultural industry is a priority in its socio-economic development strategy. The city plans to make it a leading economic sector that will effectively contribute to GDP growth, bring more jobs and will promote the development of other areas, helping to achieve its goal of rapid but sustainable development,” said Dinh Tiên Dung, secretary of the municipal Party Committee.

According to major objectives set in the resolution promulgated on February 22 by the Municipal Party Committee, the cultural industry will become in 2025 an important economic sector of the city, creating a new engine of socio-economic and cultural development. In 2030, it will become a leading economy, strongly favoring the development of other industries. The revenue it brings in increases year on year to contribute about 8% of the city’s GDP.

In 2045, the cultural industry will affirm its solid position and contribute around 10% to the capital’s GDP, allowing it to consolidate its status as the creative city of Asia.

Principles and key areas

Hanoi wants to make the cultural industry a leading economy hinh anh 2The imperial city of Thang Long, a historical site of Hanoi recognized as world cultural heritage. Photo: VNA/CVN

To achieve the objectives set, the city will rely on the following principles to boost its cultural industry: ensure harmony between the conservation and exploitation of heritage; fully exploit the assets of the traditional cultural values ​​rich in identity of a thousand-year-old capital; continue to promote the creative city label; strengthen international integration activities and promote the position and image of the capital.

In order to refocus its investments, the city has focused on a number of potential and beneficial areas including cultural tourism, traditional performing arts and crafts, fine arts, film, fashion, gastronomy, software and entertainment games, audiovisual… The authorities are particularly committed to completing the mechanisms and policies in order to arrange an adequate budgetary source for this sector, to promote creativity and the formation of creative spaces, to encourage start- up and technological innovations in this area, to develop the night economy, and to promote traditional craft products.

The application of science and technology in this field, as well as the implementation of cultural exchange and cooperation programs at the national and international level will be accelerated. In particular, Hanoi will continue to promote its label of “creative city” awarded by UNESCO with a series of specific measures such as the construction of a creative design center, the strengthening of the connection between creative spaces, the a series of television programs on creative talents, or the annual organization of Creative Design Festivals.

Promoting intangible cultural heritage

Just recently, the Municipal People’s Committee released a plan on the preservation and promotion of its intangible cultural heritages until 2025. This plan aims to raise public awareness and mobilize community resources in this activity. Specifically, by 2025, Hanoi will develop three to four files to introduce them into the National Intangible Cultural Heritage List. It will release publications presenting this treasure, digitize documents, organize two to three teaching classes on the practice of exemplary and endangered intangible cultural heritage. A festival will also be organized to present this type of treasure. The city will implement policies to support artists, organize heritage education programs, etc.

Hanoi will also prepare plans for the preservation of its intangible cultural heritage already registered with UNESCO. To finance them, it will accelerate the mobilization of private resources from organizations, individuals and companies inside and outside the country. Since the extension of its administrative boundaries in August 2008, Hanoi has become the richest locality in the country in terms of intangible cultural heritage, currently numbering nearly 1,800.

Assessing the capital’s cultural industry development strategy, Lê Thi Minh Ly, a member of the National Council for Cultural Heritage, Vice President of the Cultural Heritage Association of Vietnam, said that “Hanoi’s great asset for developing this sector is its treasure of cultural heritage that is both rich and diverse”, citing that the city is home to the largest number of museums in the country, some of which possess national treasures of great value. “It also has many craftsmen in the field of intangible cultural heritage. Its 1,206 festivals and 79 heritages relating to folk performances will constitute a solid base to boost the cultural industry”, she underlined. – CVN/VNA

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