Danish fund announces recipients of grants hinh anh 1Then Cafe is the only art space from Hue city to receive a CDEF grant in 2018 (Photo facebook Then Cafe)
Hanoi (VNA) - Eight art spaces and art initiatives in Hanoi and Hue will receive grants from the Danish Culture Development and Exchange Fund (CDEF) to carry out and develop their activities during 2018.

The eight CDEF recipients are Hanoi Doclab, Heritage Space, Manzi Art Space, Matca, Nha San Studio, Rec Room, The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD) and Then Cafe.

Within the grant’s framework, these local art groups will be able to produce projects that engage the community with various types of modern arts such as painting and installation exhibitions, film-making and photography workshops, publications and performances in the years of 2018-2019.

Hanoi Doclab will receive 150 million VND (6,600 USD) for its A Multi-Faceted Platform for Moving Image and Media Arts project which will focus on sound and visual works. It will equip local art practitioners with technical and critical knowledge to sustain their practices through a series of workshops, projects, exhibition programmes, publication initiatives and collaborations with Danish partners.

Heritage Space will receive 180 million VND. This is the second time it will receive a CDEF grant for its Months of Arts Practice.

Manzi Art Space will use its grant of 120 million VND to carry out Contemporary Art in Vietnam: Audience Development & Roles of Art in Social Development Project. The project contains a variety of contemporary art activities with film screenings, cultural debates, a literature events, visual art exhibitions and music performances with the participation of both local and international artists.

Matca is the youngest organisation to receive the grant this year. It will get 150 million VND for its Matca - A Gathering Space for Vietnamese Photography project. It is to create a community art space for Vietnamese young photographers. It expects to hold four exhibitions under the project.

Established in 1998, Nha San Studio is the oldest contemporary art centre in Hanoi. Its grant is 180 million VND to consist of a series of arts and cultural events throughout 2018, promoting the work of young artists and curators and stimulating artistic and generational dialogues in Vietnam.

Key events will be the Emerging Artists Programme, Future in Reserve Programme and Nha San 20 Exhibition.

Hue-based Then Cafe will aim to create a residency programme for 10 young Vietnamese artists and five others from Asian countries in Art Village, in Hue city. With the support of 120 million VND, the invitees will create art-works inspired from their profound experiences and mutual collaborations.

TPD and Rec Room focus on film and music. TPD will receive 110 million VND for bringing cinema to audiences whilst Rec Room will get 80 million VND for its Vietnam Tour project. An art-bus tour with a special focus on music performances is used to promote Vietnamese young artists and their underground arts across the country. The tour will kick off on May 25 and will last tentatively around 24 days.

CDEF is a key component of Danish culture programme in Vietnam which was started in 2006 with total amount of 22 billion VND. Since its launch, the programme has supported hundreds of successful project and artists, assisting Vietnam in creating a vibrant contemporary art scene.-VNA