Based on the press conference held on October 17 by the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports, the annual festival aims to implement Hanoi’s initiatives and commitments to UNESCO as a member of the UN organization’s Creative Cities Network.

The festival is themed “Flow” to highlight the significance of the Red River, which serves as a crucial link connecting the historical, cultural, and socio-economic values of the capital. In the master plan for Hanoi’s development up to 2045 with a vision towards 2065, approved by the Prime Minister in June, the Red River is identified as a green axis and a central landscape for a harmonious urban development along its two banks.

The experience route of the Hanoi Creative Design Festival 2023 will emphasize the connection between the two banks of the river and the historic Long Bien Bridge, while also showcasing the unique cultural and historical characteristics of the districts along the two banks.

The festival will also provide visitors with spaces to experience innovative arts, including the pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake, Hang Dau water tower, Long Bien railway station, Long Bien bridge, Gia Lam railway station, and Gia Lam train factory.

A photo exhibition showcasing heritage aspects, an exhibition displaying innovative handicrafts and souvenirs, creative architecture arrangements, and art performances will also be featured.

The organizers will create opportunities for residents and visitors to interact with creative design artworks. Several creative design contests for young people will be organized to encourage their involvement in the future cityscape construction.

The event, organized for the first time in 2021, is hosted by the administration of Hanoi, the Vietnam Association of Architects, the UNESCO Representative Office in Hanoi, and UN-Habitat.