Similar to the previous years, the 2021 program features multiple activities led by other partners. This year’s line-up of around 20 collaborators includes The Big Draw (an international initiative to promote the value of drawing), the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, the Contemporary Art and Social Transformation research group (CAST), Vietcraft, Work Room Four, and the Vietnam Design Week, among others.
An activity that will run throughout the duration of the festival is the digital collaborative art campaign To_morrow (Đến tương lai) held in association with Behalf Studio – the creative adviser of VFCD 2021. This project welcomes the public to submit their own photo on Instagram with hashtags and receive a bespoke design generated from the photo. The designs will then be added to a bigger mosaic-style artwork that grows over time on VFCD’s official website.
As the initiator of the festival, RMIT University Vietnam is spearheading around 10 events, including a forum on art and design archive in Vietnam, an ‘edit-a-thon’ to increase the quality of content on Wikipedia about Vietnamese art and culture, workshops on sustainable fashion and drawing, etc.
Culture Program Coordinator of the UNESCO Hanoi Office Pham Thi Thanh Huong believes that VFCD has been successful in “connecting the dots” between stakeholders in the cultural-creative sector over the past two years, and has high hopes for the program this year as well.
“I expect this year’s VFCD to continue engaging an even more diverse community thanks to the combined talents of all the participants, especially the young people with their digital communication acumen and creativity,” Ms Huong said.
Echoing this sentiment, international artist-educator and COLAB Vietnam founder Thanh Bui highlighted that the future is in the hands of the creatives. This is also the inspiration behind the six-part workshop series hosted by COLAB Vietnam during VFCD 2021 titled CREATIVITY, OPEN & UP!
“It doesn’t matter what company you work for – whether it’s in finance, education, or logistics – if you are creative and able to ignite ideas, you will be successful and be the leaders. So please join us and create this incredible community of Vietnamese creatives, so that we can truly connect with the world and bring our products and our culture to the world,” Mr Thanh Bui said.
Download the VFCD 2021 calendar at https://bit.ly/vfcd21calendar.
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