The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Information will focus on 28 projects to enlarge and improve the city’s lacking cultural works as part of a two-part plan for 2020.
|Uncle's Ho Museum located on Saigon riverside in HCMC (Photo:KK)|
The four main cultural works are the Phu Tho Circus and Variety Theater in District 11, the Opera and Ballet Theater in District 1, the Cultural Complex in District 1 and the Ho Chi Minh City General Museum at the new Thu Thiem urban area in District 2.
In an August 17 meeting between the city’s Social Science Department of the People’s Council and the Department of Culture and Information, representatives reckoned that cultural development planning is not quite on track and lacks strategic vision.
“City management is falling behind the pace of the city’s fast development and the city continues to grow without any large-scale cultural works,” representative Vo Van Sen said.
“The city’s cultural department still falls short in three main areas: they have not tapped the city’s full cultural potential, they lack specialists and experts, and there is a shortage of skilful managerial staff,” Ms. Pham Phuong Thao, chairwoman of the People’s Council, added.
According to Mr. Nguyen Tuan Viet, standing deputy director of the Department of Culture and Information, many cultural works will be improved and enlarged such as the War Remnants Museum, the mausoleum of Vo Tanh—a brilliant general of the Nguyen Dynasty, President Ho Chi Minh's Museum, and Thich Quang Duc statue—a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who burned himself to death in 1963 to protest the way the puppet regime in South Viet Nam was oppressing Buddhists.
The Department of Culture and Information has also petitioned the city’s authorities and Ministry of Culture and Information to promulgate running regulations of commune cultural houses in Ho Chi Minh City, construct of children’s library, and support private museums.