2019 to be declared Year of Thai, ASEAN Cultures

‘2019 as the Year of Thai and ASEAN Cultures‘. The cultural year theme will have action plans in place to arrange activities to celebrate the Thai and ASEAN cultures, including a special Khon performance which will be nominated as Thailand’s intangible cultural heritage at the UNESCO

Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said his agency is proposing to the cabinet to declare 2019 as the Year of Thai Culture, in keeping with the resolution of the ASEAN ministerial meeting in Indonesia which endorsed 2019 as the Year of ASEAN Cultures. 

Khon performance which will be nominated as Thailand's intangible cultural heritage at the UNESCO
Khon performance which will be nominated as Thailand’s intangible cultural heritage at the UNESCO

The cultural year theme will have action plans in place to arrange activities to celebrate the Thai and ASEAN cultures, including a special Khon performance which will be nominated as Thailand‘s intangible cultural heritage at the UNESCO, the publication of cultural heritage books featuring the ASEAN cultures, studies on possible cultural cooperation with ASEAN members and the arrangement of Thai cultural performances in foreign countries. 

The Ministry of Culture has prepared cultural research projects in fiscal 2020 to reflect national needs and comply with the 20-year national strategy, which will allow those researches to be concretely applicable for cultural management and polices, such as the project to promote Thai films in the global market, the initiative to have each Thai child being able to play at least one Thai instrument and the creative economy promotion approach.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten Southeast Asian countries, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration among its members and other Asian states. It also regularly engages other states in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Being a global powerhouse, the central union for cooperation in Asia-Pacific, and one of the world’s most prominent and influential organisations, ASEAN maintains a global network of alliances and dialogue partners. It is involved in numerous international affairs, and hosts diplomatic missions throughout the world. It is a major partner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), developing cooperation model with the organisation for the peace, stability, development and sustainability of the Asian continent. It also serves as an international role model in seeking harmony and strength among diversity and differences, as well as a leading figure in global economy, trade, diplomacy and politics.

Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia
Founded: August 8, 1967
Members: Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Brunei, Laos
Founders: Adam Malik, Narciso Ramos, Thanat Khoman, S. Rajaratnam, Abdul Razak Hussein
Did you know: ASEAN has the highest nominal GDP among ASEAN countries (4,891,000 million of USD), according to IMF estimates.

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Source: National News Bureau & Public Relations