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Floating cultural centre to open in Quang Ninh

Cua Van Floating Cultural Center will be inaugurated in Cua Van Fishing Community, Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province on May 19, 2006.

Cua Van Floating Cultural Center Project is a component of the Ha Long Bay Ecomuseum concept approved by the Prime Minister Phan Van Khai in 2002, aims to support and encourage the participation of local fishing communities in the cultural and environmental conservation of Ha Long Bay and its hinterland.



The floating cultural center was built in Cua Van fishing village to provide a venue for interpretation and an interface between the fishing community and visitors to the World Heritage Area. 



“This has been a fascinating project – the Cua Van Floating Cultural Center is the first floating cultural community center with an ecomuseum orientation, not only in but in the world!”, says Chu Shiu-Kee, UNESCO Representative in




“Development of the Center has come through a dynamic collaboration between the Cua Van community, Ha Long Bay Management Department, the local government, professionals from the Vietnam Women’s Museum and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, as well as the central government which has shown commitments at the highest level,” he continues.



Establishing an interpretation, display and



in the Cua Van Floating Community co-managed by local fishing people has provided an opportunity for the community to preserve and showcase their customs and culture, to play a more proactive role in conservation of their surrounding environment, as well as to generate employment and income.



The project started in 2003, and has received generous support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in




VIETNAMNET - (18/05/2006)

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