Plastic Planet Exhibition by Tòhe Social Enterprise in Hà Nội ©


The world has experienced unprecedented changes as a result of Covid -19, arts and cultural sectors globally have contracted, and travel restrictions will leave a lasting impact on the way people work with international partners. Consultation in January 2020 with UK arts and Cultural sector partners revealed that people in the UK are keen to collaborate with partners in Viet Nam, but they currently do not know enough about the unique strengths of lesser known cities.

To assist UK partners to connect with Viet Nam, we developed an accessible digital directory with cultural city profile data. This directory report aims to provide information and an overview of six Vietnamese cities, outlining their cultural diversity, population, heritage, assets and policies. The report provides introductory information on the cities’ history, demographics and unique cultural practices, including the nature and scale of cultural, creative and digital policies and economy that exists in the selected Vietnamese cities. 

The research covers the following six Vietnamese cities:
a, Hà Nội
b, Huế
c, Đà Nẵng 
d, Hội An 
e, Đà Lạt 
f, Hồ Chí Minh City 

Commissioned by the British Council, the research is led by Dr. Tom Fleming, director; Nana Yu-I Lee, senior researcher; and Chris Joynes, research consultant from Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC). The Vietnam research team was led by Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Director of VICAS Art Studio, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS), and included Nguyen Vu Tu Hang, Nguyen Thi Bich Dao and Dinh Vu Nhat Hong from Hanoi Grapevine.