More cultural and arts shows will come to remote, border, island and ethnic regions under a 2014-2020 project recently approved by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The scheme is meant to narrow the gap in cultural and art products between underprivileged and urban areas. It will be done by promoting public arts activities, including both professional and amateur performances while calling for domestic and foreign investment along the way.

Traditional cultural values are also expected to be brought into full play, thereby improving economic, cultural and social lives.

To deliver on the mission, relevant agencies are responsible for reviewing the local enjoyment of culture and arts, via festivals, song-writing contests, film screenings and book exhibitions.

Simultaneously, officials from the grassroots and central levels must raise public awareness of the fact that culture is both a spiritual foundation of society and a driving force of socio-economic progress.

They are also tasked with personnel training and the better use of media like radio, television and internet for the cause.-VNA