Promoting cultural and creative industries and the diversity of cultural expressions

Where
Viet Nam
When
2020
Who
Heritage Space
This measure was reported by civil society.
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Heritage Space is an independent art space in Ha Noi which focuses on nurturing, developing and promoting contemporary art. Currently, Heritage Space is operating under the legal status of a CSO. Its activities have contributed to training and capacity building of artists and cultural professionals, including artistic programs for domestic and international artists, art exhibitions, concerts, film screening, seminars for artists, cultural experts and public together with continuous communication activities. Such events have practically contributed to promoting the diversity of cultural expressions.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
Established from 2015 up to now, Heritage Space has implemented a project on contemporary art entitled Month of Arts Practice – MAP. This project selects and invites famous foreign artists, scholars and cultural and art experts (age 30-60) to Ha Noi to work with Vietnamese talented young artists (age under 35) in Ha Noi. The format of the project is based on the activities of participants during their stay in Ha Noi for 5-6 weeks within October and November. It ends with a four-week exhibition in December. During this period, the participants take part in many weekly activities such as roundtable discussions on professional knowledge, talks with public of artists and art experts, meetings with the owners of creative hubs in Ha Noi. From 2016 to 2019, MAP organized 4 seasons with the participation of nearly 100 artists from the US, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Spain, Japan, ROK, Singapore, Myanmar and Vietnamese young artists from 3 regions of the country. The activities in various forms of arts of Heritage Space such as regular exhibitions, concerts, seminars and film screenings also provide opportunities for domestic and foreign artists to perform for Vietnamese audiences. Almost every month, Heritage Space holds events with the participation of Vietnamese, Vietnamese-overseas and foreign artists coming to Viet Nam for short-term exchange as well as cultural scholars and experts. Number of events: Annually, Heritage Space organizes on average of 40-60 programs/events in various scales and forms including exhibitions, seminars, music events, film screenings, workshops in each month of a year. MAP Project from 2015 to 2019 has carried out 20-30 activities. In total, annually, Heritage Space holds from 60 to more than 80 events, which do not include the activities of receiving or exchanging delegations from domestic and foreign partners. The regular art events in various forms of Heritage Space have provided chances for artists of many creative kinds, cultural and art researchers, curators and experts to perform and introduce their new works and studies as well as to exchange with the public and educate the youth. From 2018, Heritage Space is one of 6 creative hubs being invited to join the project “Viet Nam cultural and creative hubs” for the period 2018-2021 organized by British Council, in cooperation with Viet Nam Institute of Culture and Art Studies (VICAS) and sponsored by the EU. The project includes three components: (1) Improve the ability of the owners and managers of cultural and creative hubs, (2) Connect the cultural and creative hubs with state management agencies in the field of culture, (3) enhance the exchange and mutual learning as well as linking cultural and creative hubs from different regions of Viet Nam, at the same time, connecting this network in Viet Nam with other similar networks in Europe. Communication: During its 5 years of operation, Heritage Space always maintains its official website and social network (Facebook) with more than 23,000 followers as the main communication channel. Its network of reporters from cultural and art press and media agencies includes 40 to 50 focal points. Heritage Space has been developing communications with international cultural artistic channels. Today, the information on events and programs of Heritage Space has been broadcast on some international websites such as CoBOSocila.com (Hong Kong) and Dodooba.com (Korea – Singapore). Audience: Heritage Space annually welcomes a stable number of audiences at the above-mentioned programs and events. There are about 25-50 audience members at small-sized programs and 200-500 audience members at large-sized exhibitions and programs monthly. The total annual number of audiences to Heritage Space is recorded from about 4,000 to 5,000.