HCM City to develop more cultural works, improve cultural
City will upgrade or build 28 cultural works from now to 2010, with the focus on
four key projects, according to the HCM City Department of Culture and
The four key cultural projects are a circus and multi-function
performance complex at Phu Tho in District 11, a museum about HCM City at the
Thu Thiem New Urban Town in District 2, a ballet theater at 23 Le Duan Boulevard
and a multi-functional cultural complex at 164 Dong Khoi Street in District 1.
Other works include completing technical infrastructure for
cultural development at localities, zoning and building a system of museums,
preserving and protecting historical sites, and rearranging and modernizing the
General Science Library, theaters, cinemas and statues.
The movement to encourage all people build a cultural life will
be expanded while the gap on cultural enjoyment between urban and rural areas
will be narrowed.
At a recent meeting with the Department of Culture and
Information on the city�s culture development plan to 2010 and vision to 2020,
delegates of the HCM City People�s Council remarked that the city still lacks a
strategic vision on cultural development.
The thinking of most cultural officers does not catch up with
cultural development while no cultural works measuring up to the status of the
country�s most dynamic city has been built, delegate Vo Van Sen said.
HCM City People�s Council Chairwoman Pham Phuong Thao asked the
cultural sector to build a civilized and healthy cultural environment, encourage
the participation of the society in cultural activities and preservation of
traditional cultural values, and improve the qualification of cultural officers.
At present, HCM City has four publishing houses, nearly 300
bookstores and companies engaged in book distribution, 272 printing businesses
and 1.500 advertising enterprises and establishments.
The city has 76 historical sites, 10 museums and six
commemorating houses, 7 city-level cultural houses and 24 district cultural
houses. It has proposed an additional 212 sites for ranking.
(Source: The HCM City People's Committee)