Nhan Dan Newspaper picks out Vietnam’s top ten cultural highlights of 2014

Thursday, 2015-01-01 11:42:00
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A performance during a event held in Dien Bien province on May 6 to honour 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory (Photo credit: Canh Kien)
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NDO - Nhan Dan (People) newspaper has chosen its list of the top ten cultural events in 2014 as follow:

1. The promulgation of a Party resolution on the building and development of Vietnamese culture and people to match the country’s sustainable development requirements on July 9.

The resolution, adopted at the 9th plenum of the 11th Party Central Committee (Resolution 33-NQ/TW), targets to comprehensively develop Vietnamese people while making culture a firm spiritual foundation for the society and the inner strength of the country.

The resolution reflects Vietnamese Communist Party’s vision and thought on culture and its role in the new situation.

2. Arts programme held by the National Committee of the Vietnam Union of Culture and Arts Associations to celebrate 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu victory.

Under the programmes, 120 artists across the country went to Hoa Binh, Son La and Dien Bien provinces on March 9 – 13 to deliver performances on praising Uncle Ho, General Vo Nguyen Giap and the glorious Dien Bien Phu victory to the locals there.

Grand musical events were also staged in Dien Bien Phu city, Dien Bien province; Hanoi and Son La provinces on the occasion.

3. A series of activities hosted by the culture sector to reaffirm the country’s sovereignty over its sea and islands.

Visitors at an exhibition on Vietnam's sea and island held in June as part of the ‘Great Family of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups and the Cause of Building and Defending the Country’ festival (Photo credit: Thanh Ha)

Two highlights of the series are the ‘Great Family of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups and the Cause of Building and Defending the Country’ festival at the Vietnamese Ethnic Groups Culture and Tourism Village in Hanoi; and the Mobile Propaganda Festival themed ‘Vietnam’s Border, Sea and Islands.’

The two festivals drew participation of thousands of people, who took part in a wide range of cultural and arts events, exhibitions, festivals, and parades to raise public support towards the country’s sacred sea and islands.

4. UNESCO’s recognition for Trang An landscape complex and Nghe Tinh Vi-Giam folk singing as a World Heritage, and a World Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, respectively.

By winning the title, Trang An complex in northern Ninh Binh province established itself as the country’s first site to be acknowledged as a mixed natural and cultural property.

Nghe Tinh Vi-Giam folk singing was acknowledged for its significant role in the cultural and spiritual life of the locals in Vietnam's central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh as a way to express their thought and feelings and to consolidate the community’s solidarity.

5. The promulgation of a document warning against the use of exotic symbols and mascots in historical-cultural relic sites, offices and public areas.

The document, issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in August 2014, has received strong support from the public.

Many activities have been implemented to eliminate the exotic symbols and mascots. The Ministry also announced samples of Vietnamese traditional symbols and mascots so that local craftsmen can adopt in their products to meet the demand of Vietnamese customers.

6. Vietnam continuously gains votes from world’s travel magazines and tourist websites as a favourite destination.