Oriza Hirata, one of the most influential opinion leaders on the arts scene in Japan, will give a lecture on "Arts and Culture as the Basis of a Nation" in Hanoi at 6 p.m. on March 30.
The event will be held at Conference room (6F Building D), National Library of Vietnam by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam in the capital city.
According to a press release from the organizer this week, in his thought-provoking book, "Geijutsu rikkokuron [lit. Arts as the Basis of a Nation]" (2001), Oriza argued that the key to restoring Japan is in the attempts to put the arts as the basis of a nation, beyond the obsession of economic growth.
His vision in this book won him the AICT (Association Internationale des Critiques des Théatre) Critique Award in 2002.
"Why should we put the arts and culture as the basis of a nation? How can we do so?," asks the release.
In his lecture in Vietnam, Oriza will use his multiple experiences as a playwright, a director, a manager of a private-sector small theater and a professor for several universitie to set out concrete ideas and opinions on cultural policies for a nation. He also has first-hand experience as a Special Advisor to the Japanese Cabinet (2009-2011).
At a time when Vietnam is developing rapidly and the society is changing drastically, the lecture will provide a good opportunity to re-think the position of arts and culture in Vietnamese society, and to consider how to shape cultural policy in Vietnam.
The lecture will be presented in both Japanese and Vietnamese. Admission is free.
The National Library is located on 31 Trang Thi Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.