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Jan 14, 2024 / 07:27

Hanoi eyes cultural industry development in 2024

The city government aims for cultural industries to contribute around 5% of the city's gross regional product (GRDP) by this year.

In 2024, the capital's culture and sport sector will focus on developing cultural industries. The city government will identify regions and districts with available advantages, potential and resources to invest in the development of appropriate cultural industries.

This is an issue raised at the conference to roll out the tasks of Hanoi's culture and sports sector in 2024, which took place in Hanoi this week.

 Vu Thu Ha, deputy chairwoman of the Hanoi People's Committee, said the main task of the capital's cultural sector in 2024 is to boost the cultural industries. Photo: Lai Tan/The Hanoi Times 

According to Vu Thu Ha, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People's Committee, as the country's major cultural centre, Hanoi is focusing on developing culture to be worthy of the capital of a thousand-year-old civilization, building a city that truly crystallizes the country's culture and becomes a new source of development.

The city government has identified building quality and competitive cultural products as one of its priority tasks.

In 2024, while implementing resolutions, programs and plans on cultural development, especially cultural industries, Hanoi's cultural sector will build mechanisms and policies to promote innovation and develop cultural industries in all fields.

At the same time, the industry will explore public-private cooperation mechanisms in heritage management and utilization, cultural preservation and development as well as build investment funds and award funds in the form of public-private cooperation.

Hanoi will play host to a wide range of cultural events and art programs, such as the Hanoi International Music Festival, art festivals will also be held. The preservation and promotion of cultural and artistic values will be strengthened.

Faced with such an amount of tasks, it is necessary to improve the capacity of cultural managers, change perceptions and approaches in cultural management, and correctly recognize the role and position of culture, according to Vu Thu Ha, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People's Committee.

"It is important to raise the awareness of cultural managers, propose mechanisms and policies for the cultural sector, especially when the (amended) Capital Law is passed and comes into effect," Ha said.

 The night tour of the Temple of Literature is a new activity of the capital's tourism in 2023. Photo: VNA

In 2023, Hanoi's Department of Culture and Sports has coordinated the organization of 2,230 events of various scales, among which the Creative Design Festival, Food Festival, Hanoi Autumn Festival and others stand out. These events have created a vibrant and inspiring atmosphere for the city.

According to Do Dinh Hong, Director of Hanoi's Department of Culture and Sports, the "All People Unite to Build a Cultural Life" movement has contributed to fending off social evils and building a healthy cultural environment.

The management, preservation and promotion of the city's cultural heritage have been well implemented, Hong said.

Art units across the city staged 2,023 performances, including 541 performances for political purposes, foreign affairs and people in remote areas.

In addition to the results achieved, Director Hong also acknowledged the shortcomings in the city's promotional activities, performing arts and the functioning of pedestrian space. The implementation of projects to restore and beautify relics and special national monuments is far behind schedule. Some relics are deteriorated, damaged and in danger of collapsing.