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British Council launches "Heritage of Future Past"

Released at: 19:37, 04/04/2018

British Council launches "Heritage of Future Past"

Photo: British Council in Vietnam

Project to engage with Vietnam's musical and film heritage, with particular focus on aspects under threat, disappearing, or under-represented.

by Hai Van

The British Council in Vietnam will carry out “Heritage of Future Past”, a cultural heritage for inclusive growth project, to mark the 25th anniversary of its work promoting closer cultural relations between the UK and Vietnam.

Heritage of Future Past, or Di San Ket Noi in Vietnamese, is a project delivered through the British Council’s culture and development initiative, with activities spanning two years. The project will engage with the music and film heritage of Vietnam, with a particular focus on aspects that are under threat, disappearing, or under-represented. It will use innovative approaches in working with musical and film heritage assets to create inclusive and sustainable growth in the heritage sector.

It will also work with a wide range of communities throughout Vietnam to create new opportunities for them to contribute to and benefit from the protection, promotion, reinvigoration, and wider knowledge and appreciation of their heritage.

Ultimately, the project will promote a more dynamic understanding and greater enjoyment, as well as use, of heritage assets in everyday life in the communities and in artistic, curatorial, and educational practices. It will engage with a wide range of partners, including cultural heritage agencies, institutions in central and local governments, arts and cultural organizations, and the private sector.

Project activities will focus on research, documentation, conservation, training and capacity building (including oral teaching techniques), experimentation and innovation, advocacy and education (including policy and community dialogues), and the re-imagination and revitalization of cultural heritage assets in contemporary practices.

Heritage of Future Past is a major part of the British Council’s cultural relations mission in Vietnam as the principle cultural and educational organization of the UK. The project is also part of a series of programs and activities the British Council will deliver in 2018, as it celebrates 25 years in Vietnam.

The British Council is proud that it has made an effective contribution to the development of cultural and educational understanding between Vietnam and the UK, which has strengthened the strategic relationship between the two countries.

It promotes the exchange and sharing of friendly knowledge and understanding in a wide range of areas, including the arts, creative economy, English language training, education, social enterprise and innovation, and testing and accreditation.

The event to launch Heritage of Future Past took place on April 1 at the Hanoi Opera House and featured two performances that captured the remarkable essence of Vietnam’s musical heritage. A similar event will also held at the Soul Academy, 214 Pasteur, District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City from 6.30pm to 9pm on April 6.

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