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Vietnam Institute of culture and arts studies (VICAS)

Copyright Vietnam Institute of culture and arts studies Vietnam Institute of culture and arts studies (VICAS)Established on April 1st, 1971, the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS, originally called the Institute of Arts), is a scientific institution under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) which conducts research and scientific activities and provides graduate training in culture and arts.

For many years, VICAS has been one of Vietnam's leading institutions in theoretical research and cultural policy development. The Institute has built up three successful UNESCO Cultural Heritage candidature files: The Space of Gong Culture in the Central Highlands of Vietnam (2005), Quan Ho Bac Ninh Folk Songs (2009) and The Giong Festival of Phu Dong and Soc Temples (2010) and the candidature file of The Worship of Hùng Kings in Phu Tho, submitted to UNESCO for the circle of 2012.

The Institute also directs and monitors the National Target Program on collection, safeguarding and promotion of intangible culture heritage.  Through this programme, thousands of items of intangible cultural heritage all over Vietnam have been collected, safeguarded and promoted, and a number of items of intangible cultural heritage have been saved from the risk of disappearance or loss. The products of the programme are archived in the forms of writings, audios, photos and videos at the Center for Cultural Heritage Data. At the same time, the Visual Anthropology Program at VICAS has been developed to provide training workshops and make anthropological and documentary films in order to promote the visual approaches to the cultural and social expressions in Vietnam.

VICAS has the largest doctoral programme in the field of culture, sports and tourism in Vietnam. It has further collaborated on research projects and graduate training programs with many international institutions such as the Temple University in Philadelphia, the University of Toronto, the University of South Australia, the China Institute of Arts and the Korea Institute of Culture and Tourism.

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