Vietnam/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.3 Associations of citizens, advocacy groups, NGOs and advisory panels

Under the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 68/2010/QĐ-TTg dated on 1 November 2010, Vietnam has twenty eight Professional Associations nationwide, including some art and cultural associations as follow: the Vietnam Union of Literary and Arts, Vietnam Writers' Association, Association of Vietnamese Folklorists (AVF), Vietnam Musicians’ Association, Vietnam Cinema Association, Vietnam Dancers Association, Vietnam Association of Architects, Vietnam Association of Fine Arts, Vietnam Ethnic Minorities' Literature and Arts Association, Vietnam Association of Photographers. These associations have their central committees and branches in provincial level.

These associations usually have funds to support their artists. For example, the Hà Nội Literature and Arts Creation Fund is an NGO set up under the auspices of the Hà Nội Union of Literature and Arts Associations with the aim of facilitating research, documentation and new creativity in literature and other fields. It issues small grants to individual artists and publishes the monthly Thăng Long Văn hiến (Thăng Long Civilisation) Magazine, which provides a platform for new writing.

Besides these associations, there are some advisory panels such as the association of cultural heritage (advisory unit for the Prime Minister on heritage issues), the Central Theory Council (advisory unit for the Party Central Committee Secretariat’s on theoretical issues), and Central Council for Theory and Criticism of Literature and Arts (advisory unit for the Central Committee for Propaganda and Education on theoretical issues of culture and arts).

Chapter published: 30-11-2013