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The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism have announced that VND4.5 trillion will be invested from 2006 to 2010 in a program to build and equip data banks of intangible cultural heritage.
The Japanese Cultural Exchange Centre opened in Ha Noi yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister, Pham Gia Khiem has given a approval for the set up of a Japanese language training and cultural exchange center in the capital of Hanoi.
Government requires artists’ to have practice cards 09/01/2008 (GMT+7) VietNamNet Bridge Five years ago, the practice card granted to artists was annulled along with sub-licenses, but the card will soon return under a Decree recently issued by the Government. Accordingly, one of the missions of the Ministry of Culture - Sports - Tourism is guiding the issuance of practice cards for artists and licensing art shows. Pham Dinh Thang, a senior official of the Performance Art Agency, said it is necessary to resume granting practice cards to better control performance activities. The halt of issuing practice cards five years ago caused difficulties to local culture management agencies in managing performance activities and controlling artists. The card’s annulment is said to have caused artistic violations, such as participating in overseas shows without asking authorities, not declaring income, illegally issuing albums, etc. To get a card, an artist must pass an exam that is supposed to gauge his talent. Thang said most professional artists support the re-issuance of practice cards for artists, saying that the card is a “certificate of quality;” this is particularly important to some as impersonators assume famous artists’ names to cheat audiences. Many cases of this have been reported, particularly in rural areas that advertise shows featuring famous singers who are in fact fakes. http://english.vietnamnet.vn/lifestyle/2008/01/763278/
The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism held the first official get-together between tourism managers and artists since the merging of the culture, sport and tourism sectors.
A foundation has been established to provide scholarships to young Vietnamese talent and funding culture and arts exchanges between Vietnam and Korea.