From 7 to 22 November, festival audiences will be able to immerse themselves in a range of exhibitions, workshops, seminars, talks and competitions, the majority of which will also be accessible online.
This year’s festival will welcome returning co-organisers UNESCO and the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS), as well as new partner COLAB Vietnam, a creative organisation founded by singer-songwriter Thanh Bui.
Around 25 other organisations, active in areas such as craft and folk arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, music, and creative education, will join as hosts and supporters.
UNESCO Representative to Vietnam Michael Croft expressed his delight at UNESCO returning as a co-organiser.
“2020 has been extremely difficult for the cultural industries with the impact of COVID-19. However, it has also allowed creative individuals, groups and institutions to demonstrate their adaptability.
“For UNESCO and everybody involved, the Vietnam Festival of Creativity & Design is a opportunity to showcase this resilience, and celebrate the promise and potential of the creative industries in Vietnam,” Mr Croft said.
VICAS Director, Associate Professor Dr Bui Hoai Son said that VICAS is proud to contribute to promoting Vietnamese creativity by co-organising the festival.
“A VICAS team of experts in the cultural and creative industries will co-host various activities within the festival, including a seminar on curating Vietnamese art and culture, an exhibition featuring works by Vietnamese and Australian designers, artists and craftspeople, as well as other discussions and exchanges.
“Our goal is to actively promote the creativity of young Vietnamese people, thereby highlighting the role of culture and creativity for the sustainable development of Vietnam in the coming time,” Associate Professor Dr Bui Hoai Son said.
For new joiner COLAB Vietnam, the festival will be a platform to help connect the younger generations with the knowledge and growth opportunities that exist in the creative industries.
“We hope that young people will find inspiration and connections to help them realise their potential. We want to bring a clear and sustainable direction towards a greater future for Vietnam – one that focuses on next-gen creative education and growth,” said COLAB Vietnam founder Mr Thanh Bui.