14 May 2015
The Ministry of Culture will invite representatives in various artistic fields from ASEAN countries to join a seminar in Thailand to exchange knowledge on ASEAN cultural heritage.
Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said that the Fine Arts Department told a meeting of the executives of the Ministry of Culture that the regional seminar would be held on the topic "ASEAN Cultural Heritage.”
Besides Thailand, participating in the seminar will be Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Viet Nam. These representatives are engaged in artistic creations, such as craftsmen in lacquer ware from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam.
Apart from craftsmen, experts in performing arts and literature from ASEAN will also be invited. The seminar, which is scheduled for July 2015, will handle knowledge management of ASEAN cultural heritage. It will provide craftsmen and experts in various artistic fields with an opportunity to share knowledge and experience and present their craftsmanship, as well as demonstrating their artistic creations.
In the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint, ASEAN will promote the conservation and preservation of ASEAN cultural heritage. This will ensure its continuity and enhance awareness and understanding of the people about the unique history of the region and the cultural similarities and differences between and among ASEAN Member States. It will also promote the distinctiveness of ASEAN cultural heritage as a whole.
Mr. Vira said that all relevant agencies would discuss preparations for an ASEAN Ramayana Festival, to be held at the National Theater in Bangkok in December 2015. The festival is meant to honor His Majesty the King on the occasion of his birthday on 5 December.
Artists in various artistic fields in ASEAN will also be invited to discuss the organizing of the khon masked performance on the Indian epic Ramayana. This performance is regarded as part of ASEAN’s cultural heritage. The discussion will be held during the time when the Fine Arts Department holds the seminar on the ASEAN cultural Heritage.
Mr. Vira said that construction of an ASEAN Cultural Center in Bangkok is being accelerated. The center is located at the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. It will feature exhibits showing ASEAN cultural heritage and way of living. The center will offer various services for searching for information about ASEAN countries. There will be a library and an exhibition site, and cultural products will also be on sale, as well.
The center will officially be opened on 8 August 2015, which marks the ASEAN Day Celebration.