Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — President Trần Đại Quang has asked artists and writers to reflect Party and State orientations on literature and art in their work, and develop the culture and people of Việt Nam to suit the requirements of the country’s sustainable development.
The President spoke at a ceremony in Hà Nội on Saturday to honour 18 recipients of the 2017 Hồ Chí Minh Award and 95 laureates of the State Award on literature and arts, the country’s highest honours for outstanding writers and artists.
The State leader noted that the literature and art of Việt Nam has promoted the patriotism and humanism of the nation, and was closely linked with the revolutionary path of the Party and nation. They are a sharp tool in the cultural and ideological battlefield, significantly contributing to the victory of the struggle for national liberation, reunification as well as construction and defence, he said.
He recognised the creativity and devotion of generations of artists and writers in improving the country’s revolutionary literature and art, and bringing glory to the nation. Quang highlighted the outstanding artistic and ideological values of works honoured at the ceremony, which he said would have great and long-term influence on society and the country’s literature and art.
He asked literature and art associations to focus on reforming their operation to create favourable conditions for artists and authors to produce more socially valuable works, meeting the increasing cultural demand of people.
The associations should encourage new progressive factors and denounce bad ones that hinder the country’s growth, he said, urging the association to promote community art and focus on boosting the growth of professional art by expanding international cooperation and learning humanitarian values of friends around the world.
He also asked the ministry of culture to work more closely with relevant ministries and agencies to propose the presenting of the Hồ Chí Minh Award and State Award on Literature and Arts to those who deserve them. The awards have been presented every five years since 1996 in nine categories: literature, fine arts, music, cinema, theatre, photography, architecture, folklore and dance. — VNS