Creativity and the City: Chances and Challenges for Vietnam

Creativity and the City: Chances and Challenges for Vietnam

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Conference (with poster exhibition): Wed 01 Oct 2014, 8.30 am – 6 pm
Goethe Institut

Field trip to creative spaces in Hanoi: Thu 02 Oct 2014, 9 am – 12 pm

From Goethe Institut:

The promotion of creativity is a key asset for economic upgrading and for providing new jobs all over the world. Vietnam is no exception to this. In this context, creative spaces offer huge chances: Their galleries, artist studios, craft shops, design studios as well as bars, restaurants, and cafés may form a vibrant and attractive neighborhood. Such creative spaces may also serve as a visual spatial symbol of city marketing, which contribute to build an image of a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis against the backdrop of increasing global city competition.

The core objective of this conference is to gain a better understanding of the potential creative spaces have to contribute to the further urban development of Vietnam and what is needed to promote this. Role models of such creative hubs will be presented from other countries in Southeast Asia or from western countries such as the UK and Germany. It will be further discussed what can be learned from these case studies.


Target groups are policy makers from a national and local level, companies and associations of creative professionals, scientists, representatives from non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, architectural and urban planning offices as well as the general public.

In addition, a poster exhibition with about 30 posters depicting creative spaces in East and Southeast Asia and Europe, as well as the screening of two documentaries about creative spaces, one about Zone 9 in Hanoi, will exemplify the potential of creativity in the city. The opening of the exhibition and the screening will take place in the evening of 30 September 2014.

See also: Presentation of Creative Urban Hubs in Asia and Europe

The organizer of this conference is the Goethe Institute Hanoi. The scientific organization is in the hands of Dr. Michael Waibel, a senior researcher and project leader from Hamburg University. Co-hosts are the Ministry for Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, British Council and UNESCO.

Program on 02 Oct: Field trip to creative spaces in Hanoi, optional, extra registration required

Languages: English/Vietnamese (Simultaneous interpretation)

Free admission. Please register by 26. September:

Ms. Do Thi Thuy at [email protected]

Tel.: +84 4 37342251 – Ext. 9

Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học
Ba Đình, Hà Nội
Tel.: +84 4 37342251
Fax: +84 4 37342254
[email protected]

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