The hybrid event, held by the Da Lat People’s Committee, the Lam Dong Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, was attended by 150 Vietnamese and international delegates.
The event provided insight into the goal, role, and principles of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It also shared the dossier compilation experiences of other countries and presented the draft dossier of Da Lat.
Nguyen Phuong Hoa, director of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, emphasized that Da Lat should consider the opinions of its people while building a plan to join the network. Additionally, Da Lat needs to focus on training and nurturing creative communities to promote initiatives revolving around music, dance, and arts among local students and young people.
Da Lat, a popular tourist attraction, is located on the Lam Vien Plateau at an altitude of 1,500m above sea level. It spans 394sq.km and has a population of about 260,000 from various ethnic groups.
The city is home to the cultural space of the gongs in the Central Highlands, which was recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in November 2005. Additionally, Da Lat is associated with many famous musicians and singers from Vietnam, such as Trinh Cong Son, Le Uyen Phuong, Khanh Ly, and Pham Duy.
In 2004, UNESCO launched the Creative Cities Network to promote cooperation among cities that recognize creativity as a significant factor in their development. The network recognizes seven creative fields, including craft and folk arts, media, film, design, gastronomy, literature, and music. Currently, there are 301 member cities in the network, including 61 cities in the field of music.
Hanoi was the first city in Vietnam to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2019.