|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong delivers speech at the ninth congress of the Viet Nam Union of Literary and Arts Associations. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The ninth congress of the Viet Nam Union of Literary and Arts Associations (VULAA), has set its key tasks for 2016-2021 as helping Vietnamese artists develop in both quantity and quality.
The aim is to boost creativity in artworks that will help nurture Vietnamese people's souls by focusing on the values of morality, personality and lifestyle.
More than 475 delegates representing over 40,000 writers and artists nationwide attended the congress in Ha Noi, which ended Saturday.
Addressing the event, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hailed the achievements Vietnamese writers and artists reached over the past seven decades, noting that they had continually aided the nation in the revolutionary cause.
He cited late President Ho Chi Minh as saying that "culture and arts are also a battlefield, and artists are soldiers on that battlefield."
"Readers want literary and art works that sincerely and profoundly reflect the lives and people of Viet Nam and promote humanistic values while uncompromisingly combating the bad," he said.
He asked VULAA to make comprehensive reforms in its organisation and operations so as to provide a "favourable environment for creation" for its members.
The leader pointed out that hostile forces and political opportunists are trying to conduct the "peaceful evolution" scheme, with the aim of inciting some writers, artists and journalists to run counter to the nation's revolution.
The union must be well aware of this threat to strengthen its structure and members, Trong said.
He also told VULAA to thoroughly prepare for popularising the 12th National Party Congress, slated for late January, and internalise guidelines to be approved at that event in order to apply them to its activities, thus helping to create unanimity in society for the sake of an affluent and strong Viet Nam.
The congress approved a 25-member presidium for VULAA in the 2016-2021 tenure with poet Huu Thinh re-elected as the chairman.
People's Artist titles awarded
President Truong Tan Sang yesterday attended a ceremony to present the People's Artist title to 102 artists at the Ha Noi Opera House.
The Meritorious Artist title was also awarded to 377 artists.
The honoured artists work in a variety of fields including music, film, architecture, dance, fine arts, photography, theatre, folk culture, literature and broadcasting.
The President affirmed that these titles are the Party's and State's noble rewards for outstanding artists who have contributed greatly to building and developing the cultural sector and who are respected by their colleagues and fellow citizens.
He expressed his hope that in the context of extensive international integration and cultural exchange, Vietnamese artists in general will continue improving their knowledge and capacity to create high-value works and help promote Viet Nam's cultural values to the world. — VNS