Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth (CH4IG) is a British Council’s action research programme exploring ways in which local culture can improve the lives of individuals around the world. From 2018, through pilot projects in Colombia, Kenya and Viet Nam, the programme explores cultural heritage for inclusive growth as a global concept with local solutions. The projects are community- and people-led and are devised and managed with local partners on the ground, supporting local communities to promote their own cultural heritage, leading to economic growth and improved social welfare.
In Viet Nam, the in-country Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth project – known as Heritage of Future Past (HoFP) – works with music and film heritage, in particular valuable aspects that are under-represented or at high risk of disappearing. By employing innovative approaches that enable a variety of communities to contribute to and benefit from the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, Heritage of Future Past seeks to create inclusive and sustainable growth opportunities in the heritage sector. The project is implemented across two closely-linked programming strands: Community Culture Heritage and Film-Archive-Music Lab (FAMLAB). While activities in the former focus on the safeguarding of cultural heritage within the project’s target communities, FAMLAB reaches out to the creative industry at large – in particular to artists, creative practitioners and audiences – to serve as a catalyst for collaborative works that engage with Vietnam’s music and film heritage via contemporary pathways. The strand of Community Cultural Heritage has been focusing on building capacity and creating opportunities for members in target communities to plan and implement activities to preserve and promote their heritage, including heritage tourism. From 2018 to 2021, with a focus on Vietnamese traditional music, activities have been implemented in four locations: Gia Lai, Kon Tum (working with the gong music of Bahnar people), Ninh Thuan (Cham ritual music), and Ho Chi Minh City (cai luong theatre). These activities aimed to ensure that communities and heritage owners could benefit from their efforts, in a comprehensive and community-based way, in preserving and promoting their cultural heritage. From 2021-2023, Community Cultural Heritage Challenge initiative has been developed as grant scheme to enable local communities to come up with ideas and receive support to design and implement actions aiming to preserve, promote and benefit from their cultural heritage. It is an opportunity for communities that had received training in the previous years to apply their new skills in the form of actions.
2. Scope of work
From the learning of Heritage of Future Past with people led approach, a symposium and showcase on Living Heritage and Sustainable Development will be organised discussing how the community participation contribute to the intangible cultural heritage (or living heritage) safeguarding and sustainable development in Viet Nam. Living Heritage and Sustainable Development Showcase is scheduled between 28 November 2023 and 05 December 2023 in Hanoi, as part of Living Heritage and Sustainable Development Symposium. Proposed activities include the followings activities.
- Exhibition launch on the same day with the symposium, last for 1 week. Interactive design
Reach target: 2000 pax (1 week)
- Workshop 1: Gong cultural space and the preservation – from a community perspective
Reach target: 50 pax/workshop
- Workshop 2: Bau Truc traditional pottery workshop and people’s stories/initiatives
Reach target: 50 pax/workshop
The British Council is looking for a curator to review the content and stories generated by HoFP, help plan and stage the showcase and suggest options for making best use of the content after the exhibition. The objective of the showcase is to (1) presenting successes and learnings from Heritage of Future Past/ Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth from 2018 – 2023 (2) creating opportunities for raising the profile of community members who have been engaged with Community Cultural Heritage Strand of Heritage of Future Past (3) creating useful and engaging connections between the project and the communities with stakeholders, general audience (4) monitoring and evaluation of the exhibition including collecting stories from audience members.