Viet Nam-Denmark development cooperation programme in the field of culture in the period of 2011-2015

Viet Nam
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (International Cooperation Department)
Key objectives of the measure:

The overall objective of the programme is to support Vietnamese people to have access and participate in diversified cultural and artistic activities.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

In order to achieve the objectives of the program, the Danish side provided financial assistance for Viet Nam to implement two components: one is the "Policy dialogue among cultural managers and policy-makers" in order to help managers, policy makers and artists to achieve a common understanding for the issues in the management and development of contemporary culture and arts today, and make policy recommendations to support this growing trend; second component is “Support the arts in public space” to develop a diversified contemporary art in Viet Nam through the enhancement of public participation and cultural cooperation between Viet Nam and Denmark.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Through dialogue at the annual conferences (4 conferences in the whole supporting period), with the participation of authorities and cultural policy makers from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, universities and training institutions, Departments responsible for culture in provinces, literature and art associations, the media, independent artists and other international experts, the parties will identify issues and challenges related to management and policy in order to provide recommendations for adjusting and promulgating new policies to create an enabling environment for the creation, production, distribution and access to diverse cultural expressions in nowadays context.

"Art Space" in Vietnam is expanding, especially the interactive contemporary art events in the public spaces organized with the participation of the audience; and the art creativity of young artists in experimental art forms is encouraged and promoted.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Fund from the Danish Embassy and counter-fund from the State budget

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

The components have reached its set objectives, in which the component of policy dialogue has made practical inputs for the development of the National Strategy for Vietnamese cultural industries and the National Strategy of international relations culture, as well as policy recommendations to develop Vietnamese visual art market amd incentives for film industry.

Component “Support arts in public spaces” has provided catalyst and effective financial support for the formulation of an international music festival in a large open space for the public audience, especially the youth. At the same time, through the program "the lucky duck", the young artistic talents were discovered and received the support in terms of professional counseling and finance to develop their creativity. In addition, artists have the opportunity to enhance their professional competencies and find new collaborations.

Indicators used to determine impact:
The International Monsoon Music Festival consecutively won the award “Music programme of the Year” in the Dedication Award programme in 2015 and the award “Music programme chains of the Year 2016” in the Dedication Award programme in 2016, resulted from the votes of journalists specialized in culture and arts across the country.