‘Wow Da Nang’ short film contest promised to be launched Da Nang eyes to mobilize more resources to develop culture in tandem with tourism
Paying attention to developing human resources for cultural affairs
Ms. Cao Thi Huyen Tran, Head of the Board of Cultural and Social Affairs under the municipal People’s Council said that, in the coming time, focus will be placed on training and attracting high-quality human resources in key local economic fields, including the cultural sector, in a bid to accelerate the local socio-economic development.
In his perspectives, Mr. Nguyen Duc Tuan, Chairman of the Da Nang Cultural Heritage Association also underlined a need to employ those who possess great passion and grasp deeper insights into culture so as to boost their active engagement in introducing the city’s distinctive cultural features to domestic and international friends.
Also, it is a good idea to develop the Da Nang Junior College of Culture and Arts, which should be considered the so-called ‘cradle’ for training cultural human resources, in parallel with making preferential policies to attract the highly-qualified.
“With knowledge and enthusiasm for culture, these people will come up with highly practical and proper ideals to fully tap cultural values in service for tourism. At that time, culture is not only a driving force for the non-smoke industry but also an endogenous resource for economic progress”, analyzed Mr. Tuan.
The municipal Department of Culture and Sports has issued a plan to consolidate the organizational apparatus and the contingent of civil servants and public employees working in the city’s cultural sector in the 2021 – 2025 period.
Those who are qualified will have the chance to join training at home and abroad in such aspects as cultural management, event organization, conservation, the operation of museums and libraries, public administration, and cultural and performing arts.
Mobilizing more resources from the community
Over the past times, the Museum of Da Nang has launched a number of events with active contributions made by individuals and organizations such as the thematic exhibition of the artifacts including commercial ceramics that have been collected from ancient ships found in the Vietnamese waters, and the ‘Da Thanh Antiques’ fair.
“In the time ahead, we will continue to calling for more donations of artifacts from organizations and individuals in society in an effort to enrich the museum’ collections and launch more thematic exhibitions”, said Mr. Huynh Dinh Quoc Thien, the museum’s Director.
Ms. Truong Thi Hong Hanh, the Director of the municipal Department of Tourism, said that in order to effectively promote cultural institutions across the city, specific mechanisms should be released to allow the general public to participate in the management, conservation and exploitation of cultural and historical relics, especially the hosting of international events, amidst challenges facing the state budget.
Previously, municipal Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Quang asked relevant local agencies to draw up plans for the development of a citywide system of cultural and sports institutions at the grassroots level by 2025, with a vision towards 2030” in line with the Prime Minister –approved adjustments to the Da Nang Master Plan for its major developments by 2030, with a vision towards 2045.
Travel firms contribute to offsetting climate change with tree-planting tours in Hoi An
A number of tour operators have organized trips which facilitate individuals planting trees upon traveling in Hoi An City, located in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, to fight climate change.
“The last disastrous year clearly proved the fragility of human life,” said Le Quoc Viet, a hotelier on Hoi An’s famous An Bang beach who together with a number of other tour operators have been organizing such tree-planting trips across Quang Nam. “Only by living in harmony with nature and offsetting what we have taken away from it can we reduce disasters like what happened in 2020.” Since then, Viet has called on local businesses to plant trees in both coastal and mountainous areas.
Quang Nam authorities have called on not only tourists but also local dwellers to participate in tree-planting activities to mitigate the impact of climate change. The first sizable forest planted following the aforementioned October-November aftermath in the central province is a golden oak forest in the Thanh Ha industrial cluster in the namesake ward in Hoi An City. As many as 1,000 golden oak trees funded by the Quang Nam Tourism Association since 2019 were placed on an area of more than one hectare in December.
Programme to advertise Da Nang cuisine to be launched
The Da Nang Tourism Promotion Centre, in the near future, will work with Helen Le (Le Ha Huyen) – the host of Helen’s Recipes Youtube channel on Vietnamese cuisine to conduct a livestream programme entitled ‘Da Nang Mam Mam’ (Yum Yum Da Nang) to provide viewers with step-by-step cooking instructions for typical Da Nang dishes.
Each livestream session will feature interesting information about the city’s most typical delicacies such as ‘banh xeo’ (sizzling cake stuffed with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts), ‘mi Quang’ (noodle with pork, shrimp, and fresh herbs), ‘bun cha ca’ (fish cake vermicelli) and seafood dishes. Interestingly, many attractive gifts will also be offered to those who participate in quizzes during the session.
Watching ‘Yum Yum Da Nang’, viewers can find new, easy-to-make, easy-to-find and healthy dishes for daily meals.
The programme aims to introduce online tourists to Da Nang, and its superb cuisine in particular.
Since 2011, Helen has shared her cooking video tutorials on social media to help food lovers cook Vietnamese dishes at home in the quickest and most authentic way. Helen has been featured in many magazines and television programs as a character, guest as well as cooking show host. She is also the author of several best-selling cookbooks released for the Vietnamese and international markets. Her cookbooks available in English, Vietnamese and Chinese can be found on most e-commerce sites and bookstores around the world.
Da Nang to renovate and restore many cultural and historical relics
The Da Nang Department of Culture and Sports has chosen highly qualified contractors to implement the preservation and restoration of the downgraded Nam O communal village house Hoa Hiep Nam Ward, Lien Chieu District in a bid to promote the cultural and historical values of this time-honored site. A total of more than VND 8 billion from the municipal budget will be spent on upgrading components such as the roof, walls, foundations and constructing new work items. Recently, the municipal government also gave a nod to select the contractor for the upgrade of Da Son communal village house in Lien Chieu District at a total investment of more than VND 8.3 billion.
In addition, VND 4.5 billion from the municipal budget be earmarked for the renovation and expansion of national-level Phuoc Ninh Cemetery in Nam Duong Ward, Hai Chau District. A land plot covering an area of nearly 3,200m2 at the front Nguyen Van Linh – Hoang Dieu in intersection adjacent to the cemetery will be turned into a park for the public use. Following recent approval by the municipal administration, Hoa Vang District-based tomb of Le Van Hoan, a famous Vietnamese general in the Tay Son and Nguyen feudal dynasties will be restored at an expenditure of more than VND 3 billion. Likewise, a total of more than VND13 billion will be used to bring a “new coach” to a number of degraded relic sites in Son Tra District.